Here it is. I'm almost done with it. I just need to pollish it. There's already been a lot of pollishing, it was a lot more difficult before. Painfully difficult, but the edges are softened. It will be up for download soon.
Sure this is a similar blog to the last one, but now all of the levels in Desert Land are done. The last two turned out to be very unique. I'm quite happy about that. Now I need to go through and play test in the actual game itself. There will be a trailer for Desert Land sometime in the near future.
I might end up doing the first pyramid, because it feels very off, especially compared to the second pyramid. Its very long and cramped... even by my standards. edit >> I just went back and raised the roof height of the lower level and it feels better. Maybe my dislike of the level comes from the vines. SMBX feels very slippery when it comes to vines and prescision.
The next version will of course have Desert Land. Increasing the level count to 20+ levels. With motivation from interest that the game page received, I've made 2 levels today.
The first level is an overworld and an underworld. Plus a few other things. There's a boss, octorocks, a red underworld and a few other things that make it stand out. This is pick your poison, because you can either stay on the surface with octorocks or go beneath with... well things that push you around.
The second level is the second pyramid of the land. It feels very Metroidish, because of the colored gates. It looks very nice and its a healthy play through complete with an exterior before and after the pyramid. Both are memorable.
Both are very fun and sure to stand out in your mind.
Now I think the only two levels to do are a second underground level for the land and finish up with the underwater level. Then I'll play through the game, improve what needs improving, make a trailer and upload the nwe version.
As for the land itself, its very wide open with pipes, mushroom houses and plenty of things to look at. I'm really looking forward to playing it in the game.