Archive for January, 2011

Console Window

The console window is one of our new additions to BT3, available to anyone who has purchased a Parts Pack. Even if you purchased Parts Pack 1 weeks ago, you still get access to the console window in this update. This is a dev tool that’ll let you take control of the game as we do!

To turn it on or off, press the grave accent  ( ` ) key. This brings up a small bar at the top of your screen, displaying the frames per second, a text entry field, and an arrow to maximize the window. Once maximized, you can see output from various commands you’ve entered. Type “?” or “help” to see a list of available commands. I’ll explain these commands in more detail here.

clear - Pretty straightforward. Just clears whatever text is in the output display.

destroy - Permanently destroys the console window, removing all references to it. Not really necessary in most cases, especially since you’ll need to reload the game to get it back. But if you absolutely will not use it, destroying it could help a bit with performance.

display_units – Displays unit table. This will show what tanks have already been loaded into the game, displaying their keys and tank ID’s. For more clarification on enemy keys, see our post on enemy types.

downgrade – Bumps your tank down a tier. Useful if you want to make a specific tier of tank, or see your entire upgrade tree without having to wait for enemies to downgrade you.

insert_unit – Inserts another unit into the table. This is useful for controlling what enemies you want to see. For example, if you made an enemy that doesn’t fit any of the existing types, you can manually insert it and declare it whatever type you want. Imagine the fun you have when your Class 5, 50 GP toting enemy is classified as a TinyDeadHead. ;) You can also use it to simply make more challenging enemies appear much earlier. To do this, type insert_unit, followed by the enemy ID, followed by the key you want it to have. For example:  “insert_unit E10006592 TinyDeadHead”.

output_last_wave – Shows the last wave that was generated. So, if you go to a new bubblefield, it will show you the wave for that bubblefield. However, if you backtrack to one you’ve already been to, it will continue to display the wave for the newest bubblefield added. This is helpful if you see an enemy you like. You can get its ID and use insert_unit to add it to your games without having to search through your downloaded tanks to find it.

set_gp – Sets the gunpoints for your avatar tank.  Create a tank that decimates enemies before they can blink! (Wait, do bubble tanks blink?) However, this does not translate to infinite guns, as you are still limited by complexity. Still, you can make tanks that aren’t tanks so much as massive piles of guns, leaving a trail of death and destruction in their wake! To use, simply type set_gp, space, then the number you wish to set it to. Example: “set_gp 200″.

spawn – Inserts an enemy directly into your current bubblefield. A great way to test your creations and face them one on one. To use the command, type “spawn” followed by the enemy tank ID. For example, “spawn E10000019″.

trace – Traces out whatever you type in. It’s a good way to add notes to your console window for later reference.

trace_enemy_array – Traces out all the tanks you have saved, showing tank name, author name, and tank ID. Can be used to look up tank ID numbers for your own tanks.

unlock_all_parts – Unlocks all avatar parts. You are still limited by size restrictions, as some guns require a specific size in order to place them.

upgrade – Bumps your tank up to the next tier.

Enjoy your new found powers. You don’t even have to use them responsibly! :D

BT3 BIG UPDATE – Parts Pack #2 is Released!

Parts Pack 2

Parts Pack #2 is released and with it a huge update to the standard game! You can find Bubble Tanks 3 still at! Be sure that you are playing the latest version which is v 1.03.1 (can be found in top right of the main menu).

Information on Parts Pack #2 and the purchase page are HERE.

We also included 1 Free Avatar Part, 1 Free Enemy Part, and 5 new animated Bubble Cluster base parts!

In addition, there have been a LOT of bug fixes and small changes, too many to put all here. But hopefully you guys notice some improvement. I will post more details on what was changed in a later post.



Parts Pack 2 – Parts List and Console Feature

Bubble Tanks 3

Alright everyone, I have LOTS of information for you on Parts Pack #2.  First off, we are looking at a release within a week I think.  w00t!  Parts Pack 2 brings you 20 brand new parts, charging weapons, new Avatar tanks, new Enemy tanks, and the all new CONSOLE (more on that).  Charging weapons are pretty sweet- the longer you hold them, the more they do.  For example, the Seeker Factory can build 7 different types of Seekers depending on how long you charge it up.  Click it and your seeker is little more than a bullet.  Hold it half way and your seeker will seek out and do area damage.  Full charged and little seekers break off it, it does area damage, and it has piercing, and so on…

We also have 7 new parts that are free for everyone.  We had only planned on 2, but then added the new Bubble Clusters.  These are groups of base bubbles that are animated with interesting behaviors or movements to allow for some cool new designs.  They are purely decorative for the most part.

Here is the full parts list:

  • Avatar Part – Birdshot
  • Avatar Part – Blaster
  • Avatar Part – Conical Blast
  • Avatar Part – Lightning Trap
  • Avatar Part – Seeker Factory
  • Avatar Part – Phaser
  • Avatar Part – Super Blaster
  • Avatar Part – Weaken Sludge
  • Avatar Part – Clone Decoy
  • Avatar Part – Shock Node
  • Avatar Part – Speed Booster
  • Avatar Part – Impact Shield
  • Enemy Part – Shock Node
  • Enemy Part – Super Shock Node
  • Enemy Part – Shock Cannon
  • Enemy Part – Jam-Gas Launcher
  • Enemy Part – Edge Proximity Mines
  • Enemy Part – Mine Trail Cannon
  • Enemy Part – Chomper
  • Enemy Part – Flocking Behavior
  • FREE Avatar Part – 3 Parallel
  • FREE Enemy Part – Shield Turret
  • FREE Base Part – Wiggle Cluster
  • FREE Base Part – Air Bladder Cluster
  • FREE Base Part – Tentacle Cluster
  • FREE Base Part – Smooth Tentacle
  • FREE Base Part – Sliding Cluster

We have also built a powerful Console system that you get with ANY Parts Pack purchase.  So if you only get PP1, you’ll still have access to the console.  You can bring up the console at any time in the game and type in any of a number of commands giving you some extremely powerful abilities.  You can spawn any local tanks, set your Gun Points to whatever you want, or display background stuff such as the Unit Table (determines what enemy types you see).  Say you have a local enemy you want to set as the SmallFighter type, there is a simple command for that.  It allows you to view the ID numbers of all enemies in the Bubblefield you just visited or even call our server to issue a full unit refresh.  All in all, it’s a powerful feature that we are excited to announce and I think will make the Parts Packs many times more valuable.

For the first week anyone who purchased Parts Pack 1 prior to PP2 release will be able to get the second for just $1.99 USD.  After that, pricing is the standard for everyone- $4.99 per pack or $7.99 for both Parts Pack 1 and 2.  That gives you 41 new parts, new avatars, new enemies, locking features, chargeable weapons, and the console, and even saves you a whopping 20%!

BT3 Console

The console in action. It can be hidden completely or pulled up to issue commands.

Lightning Traps

Lightning Traps are AWESOME. That's all I have to say about that.

BT3 Parts Pack 2 Info

Bubble Tanks 3

It’s been awhile since we’ve last posted, and while we plan (and need to) be doing more posting, the good news is that we are making a lot of progress on Bubble Tanks 3 and our other titles.  Parts Pack 2 is over halfway through development and will be released before we make the game go viral and hosted on other websites.  The theme of Parts Pack 2 is “Charging” and it includes all sorts of awesome stuff from electric proximity based weapons to parts that allow you to build up charges to deal more damage with the weapons in bigger bursts.

The next big game update will come out with the release of Parts Pack 2 and will include a lot of bug fixes and changes.  Number one on the list is that regardless of whether you won or not, you’ll be able to start the game with the tanks from the last game you played.  We are also including some new free parts that everyone will be able to enjoy as well as introduce Bubble Clusters: groups of base bubbles that have a pre-made animation such as wiggling side to side, etc…

There will be some sales going on with the release of Parts Pack 2.  For the first week, anyone who bought Parts Pack 1 will be able to get the second for just $1.99!

After that, each Parts Pack will be $4.99 each as standard, or, if you want to buy both Parts Packs together in a bundle, you can get all the awesome new stuff for just $7.99 and save 20%.

Parts Pack 2 Preview