Cool Headed 1.0 is out


After 2 and a half years of work, Cool Headed is finally out !

Cool Headed is a puzzle game inspired by lemmings and lost vikings.

When I was a kid, I loved lemmings, but it always bothered me that I had to be fast or precise with the mouse. I knew what I had to do but I didn't have the skill to do on the screen what I had in mind.

In Cool Headed, you never have to rush or fear your mistakes. Just observe, change, and repeat.


So how do you play ? The game will discreetly guide you to understand, but if you are like me and want to know before diving in, here we go.

You start on the overworld screen, confined in a grotto. Leave this place if you can ! Pick an uncompleted dot to choose the level you want to go to.


Now that you are here, you need to pick a team. You currently have 2 slots available, each bot takes up one slot, no matter the size.

In this example, we have 7 points, so we can form a team of 7 points maximum ! By the way, the big one costs 4 and the small one 0 :its name is "the filler" for a reason ;)

At any point in time, you can clic on -OBSERVE- button on the upper left corner to have a clear view of the level. You can mess up, it's ok, no lives and unlimited tries.

Remove or add bot at your leisure, or change their order. 

Once you made your choice, clic on -GIVE ORDERS- on the top.


Every bot start with a BOOT ORDER and ends with a LOOP ORDER

The BOOT ORDER is the initial movement of the bot. In our example, the bot will walk from the left to the right, for 4.5 seconds. Oh yeah, don't bother the bots only know how to go right.

The LOOP ORDER is the last action of your bot:

  • MOVE and the bot will continue advancing whenever it can
  • STOP and it will stop forever
  • EXPLODE and it will... explode (I promise it is useful sometimes)

See those 2 intermediary orders ORDER1 ORDER2 ? depending on the bot EXTRA MEMORY statistic, you can have from 0 to 5:

  • MOVE is self explanatory, set the timer to suit your needs
  • WAIT is when you want to take a well deserved break
  • SKIP is for situations where those extra orders serve no purpose. Who needs orders ?
  • SPECIAL is available for some bots that have unique active abilities... but that will be for later, don't bother with it just yet

Clic Observe, go back to team etc until you are satisfied, and clic on -GO!- whenever you are ready. Remember, it is ok to fail, success will often come from adjusting your instructions.

GO!


Your bots deploy from left to right, 3 seconds before the first then 5 seconds between each.

Reach that pole at the right of the map with only one of your bots to win ! Each level will grant you skill points, keys, new bots, or simply new paths to explore.

The game counts more than 110 levels, and the demo will give you a solid idea of the game mechanics. Keep that demo save! You will be able to start the main game from where you left off if you do.


Have fun !

Files

cool-headed-windows-beta.zip 21 MB
Version 1.0.0 94 days ago

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