Pickle It: Don’t Starve Together Mod

Pickle It IconLast night, we released Pickle It for Don’t Starve Together! Pickle It is a mod that adds a pickling component to the game, making it last longer.

Don’t Starve Together

Don’t Starve Together is an early access version of Don’t Starve that supports multiplayer. It is an open world survival crafting game. The goal is to survive in the strange world as long as you can while maintaining both physical and mental health.

Pickle It

Pickle It is a mod I made with my husband (Nick) and our friend (Sean). Nick and I designed the mod and did the coding, while Sean supplied the art assets. We initially made it for the original Don’t Starve game and knew we had to port it to Don’t Starve Together.

Pickle It adds a pickle barrel that lets players pickle their food to make it last longer (especially useful in winter!). It also adds new vegetables, some of which can be found growing wild in the world. Others have a random chance of growing from generic seeds.

It was important to us to balance the pickle barrel so that it wasn’t overpowered. While it makes food last longer, there is a trade-off with the pickled versions of most foods.

Pickle It: Version 1.3.1

The code for Don’t Starve Together changed significantly from Don’t Starve, so it took almost a complete overhaul of Pickle It to make it work in DST. Adding multiplayer support was tricky, but eventually we figured it out. There isn’t a lot of documentation out there for making mods for Don’t Starve (at least for our mod, which was unlike any other mod out there when we released it), so it wasn’t easy making it work.

We added Xbox controller support, fixed a few things that had gotten broken in game updates, and tweaked the food values.

Since I uploaded the new version of Pickle It to Steam last night, 155 players are already using it. 🙂 I hope it will be even more popular than our original Don’t Starve version, which currently has 24,301 people using it. It’s so cool to have so many people using something I made!

Pickle It mod for Don't Starve Together

Future Plans

We want to back port our changes so they work in the original Don’t Starve version of Pickle It. Unfortunately, it seems like Don’t Starve is still using an old version of the code, so we don’t foresee it being easy.

We also want to add some new things to the mod: more vegetables, new pickled foods, pickled food recipes, pickle equipment, and new craftable items.

Get the Mod

Please check out the mod at the links below and rate, favorite, comment, subscribe, etc. We’d love to hear your feedback!

Updated Don’t Starve Together version of Pickle It:

And here are some links to the original Don’t Starve version of Pickle It (which didn’t get updated):

Another World

Another World logo

Summary

Another World is an action/adventure platformer that was originally released in 1991.

Review

Here is a record of the ~15 minutes I played this game.

Another World
Wow, I look stoned.
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A professor who drives a Ferrari, huh?
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This cinematic is painfully slow. Dum dee dum…
Another World
Press action to continue?! Wtf is action?! *Pushes all the buttons* Okay, it’s Ctrl.
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Wait, I just saw this part. So did I die? Oh yup, I guess I so, because I can swim to the surface. The transition from cinematic to playable was not at all obvious.
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Damn, it won’t let me walk off the cliff. 🙁
Another World
Could I walk any slower? (Found out later you can run if you hold Ctrl)
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Ouch, a worm thing cut my knee.
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Aaaand I guess I’m dead. Bad worm.
Another World
Do I have any other controls? Doesn’t look like it.

I learned that you could get past the worms by jumping over them, but I could not for the life of me figure out how to jump over all of the worms in the second screen of worms. I could get past the first one fine, but the second and third worms kept slicing my knee open. 🙁 I wasn’t interested in this game anyway, so I gave up.

You might like this game if you like…

  • 25-year-old games
  • Dying over and over because you cut your knee
  • Games whose only instruction is to “press action” after you die without giving any indication which button that might be.
  • Retro graphics

Want to play?

Another World is apparently available on a multitude of platforms from desktops to mobile devices to consoles. Here are just a few options (I played on my PC via Steam):

$9.99 on Steam | $1.99 on Android | $3.99 on iOS

TUG Early Access: Alpha 0.8.2

TUG is an open-world sandbox crafting game that I funded on Kickstarter. It’s been a while since I last played it, so I wanted to see how the game is coming along. TUG is in early access, so of course the game is still very much a work in progress.

TUG: Stone furnace

Current version (Alpha 0.8.2) feedback

TUG: Smooth caves
Smooth, curvy caves

The good:

  • The world is large and fun to explore, with many different biomes.
  • Crafting is interesting and complex.
  • When mining, it leaves smooth, curvy caves that look a lot more natural than mining large voxel blocks.
  • Goats!

The bad:

  • Still no tutorial or tooltips, but the wiki is helpful (especially for crafting).
  • Controls are a little wonky and unintuitive.
  • There is a 3rd person view (press “x”), but it doesn’t seem as usable as 1st person.
  • Shortcut bar only has 4 slots.
  • No character customization yet.
  • Fires don’t last long enough.
  • A saber cat ate me. :'(

Version 0.8.2 trailer

Want to play?

$19.99 on Steam | $9.99 (for now) on Humble Store & developer’s website

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Summary

After their father becomes sick, two brothers search the world for a cure. Guide the brothers through various puzzles by controlling each brother separately on a single controller.

Brothers - Climbing a rope

Review

Brothers is a truly unique game that demonstrates how video games can be art. It is driven by its heartfelt story and although there is no dialogue (except gibberish), the message gets across through body language and tone. The scenery and lighting are gorgeous, too.

You control each brother separately on one controller, making it like a single-player co-op game. The brothers have to work together to get past obstacles. They have some unique abilties, too; for example, the older brother is stronger, but the younger brother is small enough to fit through bars. The puzzles themselves are simple, but satisfying… although they sometimes feel repetitive.

Brothers is a downright beautiful game and I loved it. My biggest complaint is that it’s pretty short and not very replayable. Whether the $15 retail price is worth 3-4 hours of gameplay is up to you, but I definitely recommend picking it up when it’s on sale. It was only $1.49 when I picked it up during the Winter sale.

Brothers - Snowy city

You might like this game if you like…

  • Beautiful, emotional stories
  • Video games as art
  • Gorgeous fantasy worlds
  • Unique gameplay

Want to play?

$14.99 on Steam (requires controller), Xbox, & PlayStation

Best Books & Games of 2014

Happy New Year! Here’s a list of my favorite books and games of 2014. The items within each category category aren’t ranked; they’re chronological.

Books:

Flowers for Algernon
Flowers for Algernon
The Martian
The Martian
A Man Called Ove
A Man Called Ove
Kindred - Cover
Kindred

Games:

Dominion
Dominion
Portal
Portal
Epic Battle Fantasy 4 NPC
Epic Battle Fantasy 4
Hearthstone
Hearthstone

ORION: Prelude

ORION: Prelude - Logo

Summary

Survive waves of dinosaur attacks in this multiplayer sci-fi FPS game.

Review

Right off the bat, I have to say that first-person shooters aren’t really my thing… but at 49 cents, I figured I’d give it a try anyway.

I played ORION: Prelude with Nick on co-op survival mode for about an hour. You pretty much just run around and shoot dinosaurs. In between waves, you can buy weapon upgrades and augments to beef up your character. You can apparently also spend real money if you’d like to customize your character further.

This game would benefit from a little more direction in where to go and what to do, especially for first-time players. We also had a few bugs. I got stuck in between two boulders for a couple minutes before we found out there was a way to teleport out. Somehow, other players were able to join our password-protected game. Not sure how that happened.

ORION: Prelude isn’t terrible, but I wouldn’t really recommend it either. At the price, though, it’s certainly low risk if a dinosaur FPS appeals to you.

ORION: Prelude

You might like this game if you like…

  • First-person shooters
  • Shooting dinosaurs in the face
  • Jetpacks
  • Being picked up by a pterodactyl and dropped to the ground
  • An assortment of weapons

Want to play?

$0.74 on Steam (25% off during the Steam Winter Sale) (I got it for $0.49)

Papers, Please

Papers, Please

Summary

You have been selected to work as an immigration officer for a fictional dystopian country. As arrivals come to your booth, inspect their documents and look for discrepancies. You wouldn’t want to let in a criminal or terrorist, would you? You can also request for more information, like fingerprints or a full body scan. Sometimes, they will even bribe you or ask you to pass documents to other people.

At the end of each day, you receive your pay (less any deductions from mistakes you made). Hopefully, you made enough to pay for your family’s rent, food, heating, and medicine.

Papers, Please

Review

My family was grateful that I got a job with the government. I worked hard, but I was slow and I made some mistakes. After my second day on the job, we had to go without food. On the next day, we were all hungry, but I only had enough money after paying rent to afford medicine for my sick son. By the end of day 7, we were all cold, sick, and hungry and I couldn’t even afford rent. My family was sent back to their village and I was thrown in jail. I let down myself, my family, and my country. I am sorry. 🙁

Papers, Please is a surprisingly good game. Sure, it is a paperwork simulator and the graphics are terrible, but it’s thought-provoking, engrossing, and unlike any other game I’ve played. There are also 20 different endings depending on the choices you make while playing.

Glory to Arstotzka!

You might like this game if you like…

  • Pretending to be a toll officer
  • Bribes
  • Crushing the hopes and dreams of pixelated people
  • Looking at documents
  • Tearing apart families
  • Nerve-wracking desk jobs
  • Turning people away from your beloved mother country

Want to play?

$2.49 on Steam (75% off) | $7.99 on iOS

Hearthstone for Android

Remember how I was just talking about how Hearthstone would be coming for Android soon? Today, it did. 🙂 Er, well, yesterday. But it was only available in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand at first. Now it’s available in the US, too!

Hearthstone for Android

The game looks and plays the same on mobile as it does on PC. It’s just a bit sluggish, at least on the 2013 Nexus 7. I’m sure Blizzard will have performance changes in coming updates, though.

By the way, it will only work on tablets with screens 6″ or larger for now.

Google Play link: Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone

Hearthstone logo

Summary

Hearthstone is a free-to-play collectible card game that was released by Blizzard earlier this year. It is based in the Warcraft universe, so the spells, minions, and classes will be familiar to World of Warcraft players.

You can pick any of 9 different classes, each with their own unique ability; priests can restore 2 health, shaman can summon totems, etc. Craft your deck out of hundreds of class-specific and neutral cards. Win games and complete quests in order to earn packs of new cards.

Hearthstone

Review

After the whole ArcheAge failure, I renewed my WoW account for a month to see what had changed in the 2-3 years since I had played it last. I was disappointed by how old the game felt (and omg why are the gnomes so ugly now?!), so, still looking for a game to play, I decided to try out Hearthstone.

Hearthstone is a lot like Magic: The Gathering except digital, of course. With a smaller deck size than MTG (30 vs 60+ cards) and the computer performing calculations, I like that games are quick.

Today is the release of Hearthstone’s second expansion, Goblins vs. Gnomes. I’m hoping they also announce the release of Hearthstone for Android, too. It’s supposed to come out sometime this month.

You might like this game if you like…

  • Magic: The Gathering
  • The Warcraft universe
  • Collectible card games
  • Quick matches against other players

Want to play?

Free on PC & Mac | Free on iOS | Android coming soon