Elemental Focus

October 18, 2011

So this is how the scoring works…
Filed under: Poll,Skies of Fire — Chris @ 1:05 pm

Apologies for things being a little late. This was the winner of the poll for content on friday, but is obviously only going up now…

The aim in Skies of Fire is to create the most impressive fireworks display you can. Of course, this is very subjective and where the game is in development, the true scores themselves still have a lot of tweaking to go through, but here’s the gist of it:

Firstly, the biggest factor you need to pay attention to is crowd interest. The interest will start fairly high, but will drop if there are big gaps in fireworks or lots of repetition. You need to pull off high scoring sequences or use particularly unique fireworks if you want to increase it again. Keeping crowd interest is critical to your score as each firework’s score depends on the crowd interest at the time. If no-one’s watching any more, it doesn’t matter how impressive it is. Sadly I didn’t have this working properly for the game season trailer, but its represented by the bar on the right.

Each game is separated into multiple sets, averaging three, but this may vary depending on the level. The final set is worth the most, so this is when you want your most impressive fireworks, but the problem here is that you need to have kept crowd interest high through the previous sets, so this makes for a careful balancing act.

Each firework has its own base score, depending on the firework, and added to this will be a height bonus. Height is determined by power (which is the length of the firing arrow when you arm the firework) and direction. So for example, you lose height by firing a firework off at an angle, but without doing this, you’re also limited in other bonuses you receive.

Each sequence (how long a sequence is can be pretty much defined by the user) also has its own bonuses, including length, symmetry and sky coverage.

Hope that covers what people are interested in seeing. This is all subject to a bit of change, but this is roughly what to look out for.

Here’s the poll for this Friday, which will be on time this time! In case you didn’t notice last week, you can now vote for multiple options at once!

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