We started the week working on the Octopus Temple - but on Weds we decided that since the Coloring Book Mode is going to be a part of the final release of the game anyway, we could shift our focus to releasing it as a standalone purchase soon. :) 3 years of development is starting to feel long, so we thought this would be a good way to motivate ourselves, give us an opportunity to share something substantial with players, and maybe build some awareness of the game at the same time.
The Coloring Book is currently functional, but there are a number of things we want to add to make it more fun. Issam is working on a save & load system, and after that he's going to change the way you take screenshots (currently you just get 4 set camera positions, but we'd like to add the option to set your own camera angles).
We also only have 3 rooms to choose from at the moment, and we are aiming for at least 6. This week I added a new Frog Temple Room:
Now I'm working on adding an Arctic Fox room - which will be good progress us since we haven't done any art for this temple yet. Yesterday I spent some time on research and found some cool stuff. I remembered that Never Alone has Cultural Insight videos that you unlock as you play, so I went back and watched them for inspiration. (If you haven't played it before, it's a really cool game! They collaborated with Alaskan Native storytellers to make it, and you learn a lot about Inuit culture while playing it. )
I found some reference as a starting point - in particular these sod houses that use whale bones. I had assumed the Fox Temple would have some fire, but now I'm wondering if it might also be a dark level (like the Frog Temple).
I started blocking out the room yesterday and I'm going to try digging into it today. (I'm also taking some time this afternoon to go judge some games at Game Worlds Camp!)
Miles is still in vacation-mode, I think.