May 8, 2009

Quick update review on "STK w/Irrlicht" branch

Well, time for another review. Don't expect a world of a difference yet, since the devs have been really busy with other matters for a while. Fortunately, things are still improving, slowly but steady.
Okay, let's peek into a couple of screens.

The 'Options' screen

What "works":
Turning volume on/off, and up/down. Support for changing this with gamepad is lacking should work at the moment.
The video settings needs more work.

The 'Race Setup' screen

What "works":
Only normal race mode. As far as I know, changing the difficulty has the same impact on speed as in 0.6.1a, though it's not that easy to notice since there's no competing karts yet.
You wonder what's up with the font? Well, font handling is under development, and it's harder than expected, so for now it's rather messy. Don't worry, it won't stay like this forever. ;)

Different camera handling is being worked on as well, but exactly how it's going to behave in the end is not decided yet.
And, SDL is not in use anymore. It's no longer necessary, since Irrlicht and libOgg+libVorbis are going to take care of the SDL jobs for SuperTuxKart 0.7.


To sum up, there's still much work to do, and to all possible contributors - come on, join in, we need you! ;)
Note: As the "STK w/Irrlicht" branch is still in a very unstable state, the general public is recommended to use the latest stable version (0.6.1a) of SuperTuxKart.


  1. Hmmm, gamepad *is* supposed to work in options menu - mine does work for me :/

  2. Okay; I'll edit my post now, and later we can try to resolve this.

  3. I'm sorry to say I hates the visuals...
    These KDE-style buttons are horrible.
    The setting of the number of karts doesn't seem to be really pratical.

    But keep working, I want to play this version anyway ^^

    PS : I would love a more difficult expert mode than in the precedent, that the mode doesn't only change the speed.

  4. mcmic : keep in mind the work is mostly done on code; once the code is there, it's easy for an artist to jump in and create something that looks awesome. It's also easy to create alternate skins should you not like the default one.

    About setting the number of karts, see this as temporary, I'd like to add a number next to the icons.

    About difficulty, well we need someone that can code a better AI ;)