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Devlog #6: Prototype 3.1 is out!

It’s only been 1 week since the release of 3.0, but we’ve got another update for you: 3.1. Download it now on http://powerlevelstudios.com.

As you can expect, it’s not a very big update, but it does have some nice improvements:

A Title Screen

Starting the game from outside the vault was always a terrible experience. Like most games, we added a title screen. The background is a video of the game playing. We’re experimenting with the idea. Currently, it’s only a placeholder video.

As you can see from the screenshot below, we also added a Latest News section. That way you’re always up to date with the latest development.

We’ll add an Options menu there in the future.

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Much better Saved Game selection

We’re showing the player’s level, their equipped loot and the top 10 souls they own. The equipped loot will obviously look better once we have actual icons for each loot.

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Timeline Target Highlighting

By moving the cursor to select a monster, you can see where they sit in the timeline, making planning your attacks much easier (see how the Bubbly Fish’s timeline icon is coloured green?).

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Sounds!

We finally put sounds in all the menus. The game feels a lot more polished simply by adding those. The sounds are not final yet though.

What do you think?

Are you looking forward to the new changes? Do you prefer weekly little updates like this one or big monthly updates like the previous 2 months?

What improvement would you like to see in a small weekly update like that?

First published here:  https://medium.com/power-level-studios/devlog-6-prototype-3-1-is-out-cbace0475a0b

Game Guide: Soul Reaper featured builds part 2

If you haven’t tried the prototype 3.0 yet, make sure to download it here: http://powerlevelstudios.com.

The changes in 3.0 make it really interesting to experiment with different Legendary Loot and Soul Gear to become quite powerful. Below are builds we think are valuable to graduate from wannabe reaper of soul to a real Soul Reaper!

If you missed the previous guide for 2.0, here it is: https://medium.com/power-level-studios/game-guide-soul-reaper-featured-builds-1ab3bb077f11

The Builds

Stayin’ Alive

This build boasts incredible health bonuses due to the synergy between the Undead King Crown (Windy Fish) and the Nutty Band. Stay healed thanks to all the Life Percent On Turn bonuses. Plus, the Paw Pendant and the Sharpener Soul Gear synergizes really well due to increase Life On Kill, which now also gets applied on Hit.

Nutty Band: Life Percent On Turn, Health Bonus

Undead King Crown (Windy Fish): Doubles vitality received from the Windy Fish soul gem

2 slotted armor: Holy Shield (Shield Turtle, Saint Squirrel): Life Percent On Turn, Life on Combat End

Paw Pendant: Life on Kill gets applied on hit

3 slotted weapon: Sharpener (Stabby Squirrel, Bubbly Fish, Feline Clawer): Life On Kill, Life on Kill gets applied on hit

Party Player

The Carapace Shield’s bonus is really incredible. Slot any soul gem that does buffing or healing and it will target all your allies. The increase in Intelligence from the Undead King Crown with Bubbly Fish makes it so you can cast more often!

Carapace Shield (Saint Squirrel or Shield Turtle or Burning Worm): Heal all party members.

Undead King Crown (Bubbly Fish): Doubles Intelligence received from the Bubbly Fish soul gem.

Better Together

Similar to the Party Player build: deal damage to ALL targets. Take advantage of this by slotting your most effective single target soul!

Carapace Shield (any single target Soul Action): Deal damage to all targets.

Undead King Crown (Bubbly Fish): Doubles Intelligence received from the Bubbly Fish soul gem.

The Frequent Unreaper

You basically get two meat shields and damagers for the price of one. Take advantage of enemy weakness that way. Beware of spirit expenditures though!

Undead King Crown (Bubbly Fish): Doubles Intelligence received from the Bubbly Fish soul gem.

Worm Threaded Necklace: Slotted Soul gets unreaped twice

The Cheap Unreaper

Using the Red Rose, you can now cast Soul Actions for free while having a meat shield.

Red Rose: Slotted Souls have their spirit cost reduced to 0 when unreaped.

Beef Up!

There’s no better way to level up a soul of your choice, all the while beefing up the Soul Reaper thanks to increased exp.

For extra efficiency, combine with the Better Together build and fight the largest possible groups of monsters.

Beef Up Belt: Gain way more exp and reap two souls of the same type as the slotted soul for the price of one!

You die I die

The main idea here to have a 2 slot head piece. Red Rose usually comes with 2. With the Disgusting Mask, an attacker receives a large percentage of the damage back to them. Plus they get a burn effect that damages them every turn. Amplify the burn effect using Drakey Toothey with Scorch Blade Soul Gear, the Ring of Fire, Burning Man and Hot Wrap.

It’s a good idea to not equip that in areas with monsters with high resistance or absorption of fire damage.

Red Rose: Disgusting Mask (Burning Worm, Octoblader): Burn On Turn, Thorns

Drakey Toothey: Scorch Blade (Flame Bee, Stabby Squirrel, Burning Drake): Fire Damage Bonus

Ring of Fire: Fire Damage Bonus

Burning Man: Fire Damage Bonus

Hot Wrap: Fire Damage Bonus

You wait, I act

Apply a slow effect to all targets thanks to the Carapace Shield’s unique attribute. Power up the fire damage more with all the legendary fire-based loot.

Carapace Shield (Octoblader): Slow effect gets applied to all targets

Drakey Toothey: Scorch Blade (Flame Bee, Stabby Squirrel, Burning Drake): Fire Damage Bonus

Ring of Fire: Fire Damage Bonus

Burning Man: Fire Damage Bonus

Hot Wrap: Fire Damage Bonus

How to get the loot in these builds

We’re only going to cover the loot that’s new in 3.0. For the 2.0 loot, follow this link: https://medium.com/power-level-studios/game-guide-soul-reaper-featured-builds-1ab3bb077f11

Paw Pendant

Trade  Level 100 Feline Clawer  Soul Gem

Trade Level 100 Feline Clawer Soul Gem

Red Rose

Very rare treasure drop

Very rare treasure drop

Carapace Shield

Trade  Level 100 Shield Turtle  Soul Gem

Trade Level 100 Shield Turtle Soul Gem

Beef Up Belt

Very rare treasure drop

Very rare treasure drop

Worm Thread Necklace

Trade  Level 100 Burning Worm  Soul Gem

Trade Level 100 Burning Worm Soul Gem

What do you think?

Have you tried any of these builds? Which one worked best for you? Have you found any other great build?

First published here: https://medium.com/power-level-studios/game-guide-soul-reaper-featured-builds-part-2-6e32d91ee671

Game Guide: Soul Reaper featured builds

If you haven’t tried the prototype 2.0 yet, make sure to download it here: http://powerlevelstudios.com.

The changes in 2.0 make it really interesting to experiment with different Legendary Loot and Soul Gear to become quite powerful. Below are builds we think are valuable to graduate from wannabe reaper of soul to a real Soul Reaper!

First off: How to get the loot for the builds

Undead King Crown (drawing in progress)
 

Trade  Level 100 Cursed Snake  Soul Gem to Ryder

Trade Level 100 Cursed Snake Soul Gem to Ryder

Nutty Band

Trade  Level 100 Saint Squirrel  Soul Gem to Ryder

Trade Level 100 Saint Squirrel Soul Gem to Ryder

Butcher’s Carver

Trade  Level 100 Stabby Squirrel  to Ryder

Trade Level 100 Stabby Squirrel to Ryder

Manly Roller Shoes

Trade  Level 100 Windy Fish  Soul Gem to Ryder

Trade Level 100 Windy Fish Soul Gem to Ryder

Soul Caster Scythe

Trade  Level 100 Bubbly Fish  Soul Gem to Ryder

Trade Level 100 Bubbly Fish Soul Gem to Ryder

Drakey Toothey

Trade  Level 100 Burning Drake  Soul Gem to Ryder

Trade Level 100 Burning Drake Soul Gem to Ryder

Burning Man (Drawing in progress)

Trade  Level 100 Volcadillo  Soul Gem to Ryder

Trade Level 100 Volcadillo Soul Gem to Ryder

Ring of Fire

Trade  Level 100 Flame Bee  Soul Gem to Ryder

Trade Level 100 Flame Bee Soul Gem to Ryder

Hot Wrap

Trade  Level 100 Octoblader  Soul Gem to Ryder

Trade Level 100 Octoblader Soul Gem to Ryder

On with the builds!

One Healthy Skeleton

Undead King Crown (Windy Fish)

2-slot Armor: Saintly Clay (Saint Squirrel, Earthy Fish)

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Stay Healthy My Friends

Nutty Band (Windy Fish)

2-slot Head: Holy Lake (Bubbly Fish, Saint Squirrel)

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The Scythe Is The Way

Butcher’s Carver: Blade-o-rama (Stabby Squirrel, Octoblader)

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Just like The Flash!

2-slot weapon: Storm Commando (Windy Fish, Stabby Squirrel)

Manly Roller Shoes

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Soul Caster

Undead King Crown (Bubbly Fish)

Soul Caster Scythe (anything you want cheaper, but Scorch Blade recommended(Flame Bee, Stabby Squirrel, Burning Drake))

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Fire God

Drakey Toothey: Scorch Blade (Flame Bee, Stabby Squirrel, Burning Drake)

Undead King Crown (Volcadillo)

Burning Man: Fishy Garb (Earthy Fish, Windy Fish, Bubbly Fish)

Ring of Fire (any soul)

Hot Wrap (any soul)

Combine the Scorch Blade Soul Gear (Burning Drake + Flame Bee + Stabby Squirrel) with the Legendary Drakey Toothey Scythe for ultimate fire damage!

Combine the Scorch Blade Soul Gear (Burning Drake + Flame Bee + Stabby Squirrel) with the Legendary Drakey Toothey Scythe for ultimate fire damage!

Looking at those resistances and fire damage!

Looking at those resistances and fire damage!

What do you think?

Have you tried any of these builds? Which one worked best for you? Have you found any other great build?

First published here: https://medium.com/power-level-studios/game-guide-soul-reaper-featured-builds-1ab3bb077f11