Just over a month ago I released an alpha demo on itch.io. It had 15 challenging levels will a ton of unique enemies, power-ups and surprises along the way. It was a great opportunity to get some much needed user feedback while the game was still early in development.
Try out the Alpha Demo Here:
Now that the demo was out it felt like the perfect time to do some huge code refactors to HLG that I had been putting off. I had been planning to switch over all the rendering code to use the LWJGL and openGL. Naturally this refactor broke everything for a couple weeks but I managed to get the game to run again with just enough things working to see a real improvement on performance as well as removing many graphics limitations that not using openGL caused. Now HLG really feels fast, responsive and full of pizazz. I can get away with more spam when it comes to graphics and can really light up the screen without worrying about lag.
I have so much more to fix but already I can see a huge difference in the graphical direction that HLG is going to take. Here is a before and after of the first change: Explosions and missiles.