It’s finally time! After 10 months and 5 massive updates, GrowRilla is finally releasing it’s 1.0 update. Working on the game has been a lot of fun and allowed us to try out many new things we wanted to implement in a singleplayer VR roguelite game. We want to say a big “thank you” to all of our loyal fans, who encouraged and supported us throughout this time. Without much further ado, here are the big additions we’ve added to GrowRilla for the 1.0 update:
New Campaign Mode
Not only can you play through the regular GrowRilla islands (renamed to “free mode”), but we’ve also introduced a brand new campaign mode. How far can you make it through a barrage of challenging island with only one life? The islands are, as per usual, randomly generated and now come with a variety of goals to accomplish. From disabling military recruitment campaigns, to getting rid of nuclear bombs, all the way to the final boss in his snow covered fortress (hint: it’s an enemy you’ve encountered many times so far, but with a new, much more menacing body).
With the campaign, we’ve also released a completely redesigned new island type: the desert island. Just like the snow island, it’s a harsh environment which will make surviving and growing big even tougher. It also has a variety of new enemies and secrets to discover. We’ve also experimented quite a bit more with vertical structures. The desert map can only be encountered in the campaign, so make sure to give it a try.
Along with the desert map, we’ve redesigned some of the other maps to add new variations as well as some new Points of Interests (some of which you can only discover in the campaign). These range from simple Stonehenge formations all the way to nuclear power plants.
Additionally we’ve completely reworked the in-game menu. This has been a sore point for a long time, but until now we we’ve focused on the gameplay. It wouldn’t be an 1.0 release without a proper menu. The new menu features a slick, high-tech computer monitor straight from the sixties! With new icons, new options and many Quality-of-Life improvements. We hope you’ll enjoy it!
Also part of the update is new support for LIV. LIV is a tool that lets you easily record and stream your VR experiences (with mixed reality support). You can now use LIV to record yourself playing GrowRilla and even insert yourself into the game. We’re also now listed on the officially supported list of games. We’ve also added a way to quickly toggle your GrowRilla avatar’s visibility. Simply press the J key to toggle it between visible and invisible. If you stream the game, please make sure to let us know, we’re always excited to see what funny things you come up with.
The Future of GrowRilla
GrowRilla has been an incredible learning experience for us. Compared to Late For Work, it’s a huge step forward, not just in terms of performance but also for gameplay and usability. Everything feels more intuitive and we’ve built up a sophisticated pipeline and VR toolset.
With this 1.0 release, we are going to take a step back and watch how it’s received by the community. We’ve got a few other projects brewing in the background and can’t wait to share them with you. Make sure to join our discord to stay updated.
Changelist - Build 362
- Added a campaign mode, with multiple missions and a branching progression system
- Added themed islands for campaign; the further you go the more unique islands you’ll encounter
- Added 14 different goals as random objectives
- Added desert island with plateau mountains, as well as unique enemies and plants
- Added new PoI to campaign maps, such as new military bases and nuclear power plants
- Added a jungle map, as an alternate forest map
- Added a jungle specific base
- Added an easy farmland island
- Added a Stonehenge themed island
- Added a Global buff system for campaign
- Added a super secret final boss to the campaign mode
- Added a new result screen for the campaign, as well as a trophy for beating it
- Updated the menu with a new slick design and layout
- Improved island visualization
- Added extra options to the “settings” sub-menu
- Reworked the design for the buttons in the menu
- Added a campaign section to the menu
- The quit button now properly takes you back to the lab when you are ingame and closes the game when you are already in the lab
- Improved the loading screen layout
- You can now find food and potions on top of the grain tower
- Tanks now attack you from further away
- Turrets can now turn their gun 360° and will do so faster
- Adjusted shotgun shots to be more precise
- Adjusted the volume of animals sounds
- You can now knock over fences when you reach the 3rd size
- Improved the map previews
- Added a tip to toggle your weapon the first time you shoot one
- Removed the “empty magazine” sound from spiders
- Made bears attack faster
- Added a farm variant with bulls
- Adjusted the weight of the windmill, so you can no longer pick it up and eat it
- Fixed an issue that would cause the game to crash when resetting your save
- Fixed a bug that would set your height too low to the ground after increasing in size
- Fixed the pivot point of snow covered trees
- Bananas on top of tanks are no longer floating
- Objectives no longer spawn above water
- The view cones of jeeps are no longer floating
- Fixed an issue that would cause floating hp bars to appear in the sky
- Updated the victory texts for free mode