Just a small update this week.
- Bugs fixed
- The fix for copiers in the last update mistakenly applied to copiers in all old levels, not just new levels.
- If you got the secret on level 41, the game wouldn't recognize it.
- Minor changes to some levels
i have still the problem with the visible mouse cursor at level mode,
could you hide the cursor, if i press "Play" in the menu?
this should clear this problem.
oh i'm so happy !!! i was afraid you answer me you would be forced to keep this new rule applied to all old levels !!!ReplyDelete
i am reassured !!!
:D :D :D
thanks a lot Rob !!!
i wanted to build my lvl "skill&logic" a little bit harder...ReplyDelete
one blue jet should survive, but the "yellow enemy counter" is no more in the editor.
the secret sign in lvl 41 is shown, thanx rob for fast update.
by the way, i need a hint for lvl i, please.
for level i: look closely, it's right there:-)Delete
i always turned in a circle! i ve got two bullets and i can blow up two bombs with it, but i can not pass the way directly under the the minefield. should i draw a map from this level? does it helps? i do not understand your hint :(Delete
How to avoid cognitive blind-spots: "Examine an object, not just by mentally applying your preconceived image of the object, but really look at it.".Delete
And I'm not talking about the one fan that doesn't move:-).
If that doesn't help: there is a useful hint in the last blog post's comments!
thanX HTFU !Delete
i passed the mine field, but now is a bullet missing for shooting the barrel.
I ll try it later again ...
very very hard !!! but done! ;pDelete
but your yellow enemy counter is not eficient because there is another enemy in the second board...
i also noticed with the unnecessary counter later when playing, but had no desire to realize my idea differently.Delete
Can you give me a hint for lvl "i"? I dont get any further.
i miss a bullet to shoot the barrel.
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Ive decided to start removing hints that make things too easy — I’d like to keep this blog relatively spoiler-free.Delete
Of course, there’s no way I’m going to be totally consistent with this. I left HTFU’s hint in the other thread. But that was a nice obscure hint :)
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Paulus14 July 2018 at 16:47Delete
As a survivor of the original Blackshift (99 levels of it, anyway . . .), it's great to be working through the new improved version. You've done an amazing job. I'm not looking for spoilers, just basic reassurance. Are you certain nothing has gone awry in the changes to Level 41? I have no problem getting out of the first room, no problem getting the secret, but the middle room, the escape room, looks impossible to me . . .
it's great to see you here!!!
yes, the 41 is ok, i'm sure you're able to win it !!! ;D ;D
Ahhhh . . . Apologies, finally I see it. How could I ever have doubted?Delete
but why don't you come into the Level Pit, we could play all together ?!!!
And furthermore, HTFU's obscure hint can also answering to this last Burri's question!
"the "iii" is totally empty on py pc, but there might be a real level iii on a Mac ?!!"
on my pc too, i think that is normal...
sorry rob, that was my last posting :)
Hey my Blackshifty friends !!!ReplyDelete
i don't have a lot of time, but it's stronger than me : i've just published a new Level.
At the beggining, i wanted to make a well balanced level, not too hard, not too easy... but that ,too, is stronger than me : i added some difficulties, and little by little, i think this level became hard !!!
give me your opinion !
no, your level was well balanced, not too hard but very challenging and entertaining. thanx!Delete
but i had to set my resolution to "Blurry Mess" to rewind the speed part (the explosion field), my pc is terrible slow :)
oh thanx Burri, but you're a very good player, and maybe, what is well balanced for you, could be too difficult for others players ??!!! ;DDelete
Anyway, i'm just glad you liked it, despite the speed part !!
2 new little levels !!! "ATTENTION" & "Stop" . Both are based on the 3 new shipsReplyDelete
by the way, i published my level too early, so i had to make some changes, and the game is not at all buggy anymore when you edit it after it has benn published!!! congrats Rob, great job !!!
"Stop" is genius, very very very good, i had a lot of fun to puzzle it out.Delete
thanx burri ! i was sure you would like it !!! No Speed, Only Brain ! ;p #NSOBDelete
BTW, i had to try to beat your score to watch your replai, and i liked your way to win!!Delete
what does it mean?
NSOB : No Speed, Only Brain ;)Delete
Oh tatascan!!! you won my 14 Juillet with a great score !!!ReplyDelete
i dont know how you did it, but i don't want to know!!! just congrats !!!
Hi Mills. 14 Juliet is a great level, the kind of level I love. I take me forever to finish it and once I solved it I played several times trying to beat your time just to see how you solved it. I think that at least 300 plays of the 500+ plays the level has are mine LOL!!!!ReplyDelete
yes, i did the same : i played and played and played again, very fastly to try to beat your time, but then, your time was still 9 seconds better!!! so i had to try and try again, and i finally succeeded to beat your time, with 9s ! ;pDelete
oooooh my god, SabikDK is baaaaack !!! :D :D :DReplyDelete
sabikDK, both of your code cracker 1 & 2 are great !!! really smart!!!Delete
i think you should like my :
Get the code
Motion Detector Code
sometimes you can push a stone over a black field,
sometimes a stone falling down, and sometimes a stone stops in front of a black field.
what will be the final behaviour for a black field?
They should fall down; that's the new behaviour. As usual, old levels will keep the old behaviour.Delete
There are two different black fields:Delete
1°: The "non field",or an erased field... which appears as black.
2°: The black Tile
Movable objects fall into the black tile, but it can not fall into a non-tile because it is not a tile !!!
BTW, I would like to have tiles on which I cannot pass, but into whom blocks do not fall either...Delete
the black tile pit should have a differend design as the unset black field, perhaps a bright-black-transitionDelete
so a confusion is excluded, burri
The "unset" tile is only black is you don't surround your level with walls. Do that and it gets filled with the "terrain" graphic so it looks very different from a pit.Delete
yes but i wish i had a tile where the player can not go, but where a block does not fall down.Delete
2 different black tiles : a black tile as a hole, and a flat black tile...
yes, you're right, that's exactly what i did when i needed it.Delete
But this approach requires a minimum of 3 tiles : 1 tile for the laser, one tile for the flat black tile, and one tile to stop the laser...
it's not a big deal, and i can do with, i'm just saying it would even better with a simple flat black tile ! ;D
Somehow my previous comment didn't publish, so here goes. Yesterday I opened the game to find the Remember Password option unchecked. I did a little hunting and found it, and when I logged in again, all of my progress was gone and I had to start at Level 1 again.ReplyDelete
Has this happened to anyone else?
yes!! this seems to be a bugDelete
a great and beautiful level again, SabikDK !!!ReplyDelete
It makes me want to build again, but i don't have a lot of time, and i don't have any idea...
am back !!! it's not a great level, i don't have a lot of time, but i'm happy to be back in the building zone !!
Thanks Mills. as always, a great level. I really have fun with it.ReplyDelete
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sorry Tatascan, your run was very good, but i really had to fix some things !!!Delete
1°) I removed the "Red Dot / secrets" because they were useless and buggy !!! I've just used some walls instead of these "red dots / secrets"
2°) i moved one green bomb ... ;P
no idea for blast the stone, do i need the mirror or the undestroyable tool? burriDelete
the mirror is totally useless.Delete
The "yin&yang undestroyable" tool is usefull !
hi mills, you need three bombs and the ying yang tool to set one bomb directly in front of the cannon,Delete
but how did you get the third bomb?
copying seems to be is impossible.
i am puzzling over and over, but find no way.
You are totally right, you need 3 bombs. But copying is possible!Delete
A new small level, not hard.ReplyDelete
On the menu : Yin/yang
I've just published an Organized Chaos !!!ReplyDelete
as so often, congrats to NYNM, very nice run ! You solved all the puzzles! ant thanks to helped me to see the holes (fixed) ;DDelete
i love it, #NSOB :) thanx millsReplyDelete
i was wondering "what does NSOB means" ??? and suddenly, i remembered that it was me who have created this hashtag !!! NO SPEED, ONLY BRAIN !!!Delete
;D ;D ;D
thx Burri !!!
Mills: I finally got your BlockD!!! It only took me a year and then some...:-)ReplyDelete
But you will have to be faster if you wanna see how I did it;-)Delete
great job NYNM !!! it took 1 year but your are the only one who found the solution.Delete
Furthermore, i had to be faster to watch your run, but your way seems to be better!!!
:-). See if you can beat it now.Delete
(but using YOUR shortcut!)
It was always just a matter of time...:-)Delete
inspired of what htfu wrote, i tried to finishing BlockD and Quadricolor, both with success,Delete
i am really impressed of your creativity mills! burri
I'm with Burri that another subtle hint for "Hitman" would be appreciated...ReplyDelete
the both copyer are usefull.Delete
3 bombs are needed to blow the woodblock up.
a Yin/yang is needed to prevent the 3 bombs kill you.
Aha! Actually, thinking about blockD helped also:-). Haven't got the coordination for the last section though, guess a couple of hundred tries might help...Delete
4♦4♦4♦4♦ is published!!!ReplyDelete
have fun !!!
Sweet level Mills! With any luck I'll have a new one ready for christmas...:-)ReplyDelete
Oh great!! two months is a long time to wait, but i will be patient !! :)ReplyDelete
I just put up a short one in the meantime, enjoy:-)Delete
it's so good to play new levels!!! more levels please!!! :D
oups indeed... I saw the huge flaw now, I had to fix it. Sorry 'bout that.Delete
oups again ! ;DDelete
in my defence, I was really tired...:-/. I've fixed it, but maybe I should remove it altogether.Delete
Just out of curiosity Mills: how do you go about creating levels? Do you have a rough outline, maybe on a piece of paper before you start or just an idea in your head somewhere? How long does it take you to make an average level?
"a level, on average" I mean, not in any way implying that your levels are average:-)Delete
waiting for ...mas it is impossible to finish this level in 5.7 sec! and there is no short cut anywhere ???? mills how did you reach this impossible time? burriDelete
yes Burri, it should be impossible. Somehow my latest edit does not show up in the level... So effectively we'er all playing an earlier version than what's in my editor. @Rob: do you have any tips on how to make sure that what you publish is the latest version? Is there an app cache somewhere that can be emptied or something of that sort?Delete
i was been hasty...
because now i find the short cut and mills is pretty fast,
so i think his time is possible.
there are no rules...Delete
but i have never built on a paper!
sometimes, i begin with an item i want to use... and then, i look for a second item which the first has an interesting connection with.
Generally, i build a first puzzle. And a second one, etc,etc... and, if it's possible, i sort them to be played from the easier to the harder
But i would like it, unfortunately i find it very hard to build several puzzle which make a biggest puzzle. most part of time , my levels are a series of independant puzzles.
i build some things, and i play it, i try to find other ways, i try to find flaws, and sometimes i find new ideas ! so i add it to the level, or i save it for later.
and most often i like to add some difficultites on difficulties, and others, and others, etc...
most of time i think about burri to make a level which need not speed... but it's hard !
I often try to build some hard levels because my favorite levels are the xtrem hard ones... i love when i can not succeed!!! and i love much over when i finally find the solution
but, i know a good level is not too easy and not too hard, and the most important thing: the level must have a theme.
i won't be able to say you how long does it take me to make an level (even an average one ... ;p ) because it's very variable !
i use to build when the my children sleep... it can take several weeks, sometimes!!!
sometimes i start from an idea, and i build around it. but , i think the best ideas come when i'm playing.
there are some unfinished levels which are in my pit since last year!! and some of them will never be published!!!
i often think about Obie... he said : "start to build, and let your imagination run wild !!!"
Oh, i am going to publish a new level.
because , sometimes, i just want to create a mechanism. You can not see it, but i'm sure a few part of you wonder "but how did he build it???"
i saw you killed the "Summer Day" by Obie, 5 days ago... so, i played it again and again to figure out how you did it!!! and i finally found a way to beat your score!!!
Your turn ! ;D
Vert Nice microban, burri ! Thx !!!ReplyDelete
i've just published my new level.
I think it's quite hard...
"The Green Smoke Trip" requires self-control, composure, agility, reactivity, and brain !
You will have to be a Five-tool player !
Good Luck ;D
i cant find a way to pass the six barrels, any hint???
i saw Drerio has been playing BUrri's last level, 3 days ago !!!ReplyDelete
so, if you can see this message, Drerio, i wish you to build a new level!!!
Your "playing with Pets" is one of my favourites ever!!!
i am agree with mills..Delete
your levels are very challenging and having no speed factor.
this means ("No Speed Only Brain") :)
Wunk is back too !!!!ReplyDelete
Burri, i'm gonna try tonight to list wunk's levels which don't need speed.
He built a lot of awsome levels !!! Very hard, but very good !
It's my favourite builder ever!!!
you can try "Extract Into" , Save me, pushing fun, and a lot of others, i will try to give you a list of NSOB wunk's level as soon as possible!
and please wunk , Build again!!!
Hey , my blackshifty friends!!!ReplyDelete
i've just published a new level...
i think it's really really hard.
Burri, there are a few fast moves needed, but not too fast, and not to hard. What is hard, is to solve the puzzle, understand my scenario, and find the right order...
I'm afraid there are some flaws... i don't know.
not a NSOB, but almost !!! ;P
Warm up your neurons !!!
Go go go !!!
Wow, that level was EPIC and I'm actually proud to have finished it! I'd say it's definitely a NSOB.Delete
This is one of your finest!
Now I only have to overcome my newbieness and provide you with a real challenge...
WAOUW!!! Great Job NYNB !!! i'm really impressed ! you solved all my puzzle perfectly! and you found 1 hole... There is only this point that i thought differently but you way is very clever, so i don't change anything !!!Delete
BRAVO BRAVO !!!!!!!!!!
yes , i can't wait to play your next level!!! make it extremly hard!!! ;D
oh yes NYNM, i've seen my Puzzle Puzzle have a duplicate. I had asked rob if he could delete it, but no answer yet...ReplyDelete
But finally, i am going to try to fix the hole in this duplicate level !!! ;P
I couldn't help myself:-). But in that level the bottom right area had a different entrance - by design or an earlier edit?Delete
both ! an earlier edit, that i changed by design !!! XDReplyDelete
okay, i edit the duplicate, a tried to fix the hole (but maybe you will find others...) and i also add some few difficulties here and there.
it's even harder, than ever!!! will you find the solution? ;P
This new edit is called "Puzzle-Puzzle-Puzzle" !!!
sweeet! it took me a while though...:-)Delete
Sorry dude... but i changed it again!!! Sorry for this re-re-edit!!!Delete
It was the last time, i promise. I will not change it anymore!
i think (i hope) it's perfect now !
Hehe, yep. You just went from really hard to insanely difficult...:-)...Delete
oh damn!!! you're f*****g insanely good!!!!Delete
i think i would not have won this level if i had not built it myself!!!
ENCORE BRAVOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i've just published a new level, for begginers.ReplyDelete
It's like my "Chapter 1 - Lesson 1" : a level to learn the basics...
I built it because i wanted to talk about blackshift on a french board: www.koreus.com.
So i did it !!! i wrote a description, with screenshots , the link of the game page download, a video trailer (old...)
i hope that will bring new players, and so, new builders !!!
it's in french but here is the topic, if you want to see:
Really nice summary Mills, and nice of you to entice new players from koreus with the future possibility of prize challenges!ReplyDelete
i don't know if it will work...Delete
but i think i will do the same on few other french boards!!
And for the prize chalenges, yes i already did it with some friends... but it is easier with friends than people in other countries!!! i don't know how i can do it, but i will find ! ;D
"Noel de hell" just published...! I hope it's better than the last one and much more difficult:-)
I was hard pressed to finsih it myself.
Than MY last one, that is, nothing else...!Delete
oh yeahhh!!! my goooooood!!! i'm going to play it now !!!Delete
you have to search for it, for me it doesn't show in the level pit... and my win didn't register?Delete
but sh*t m*z*f*k... your level is not here! but i can find it in your pit, just it was not won yet... :~ReplyDelete
@Rob: might be somoething you want to look into?Delete
oh i've not finished it yet, but i'm working on your #6 and it's absolutely genius !!!! :DReplyDelete
Goodie, I was afraid you were gonna butcher it in your usual second and a half...:-)Delete
So I just finished it again, my time registered but then I quit Blackshift and opened it again, the time was not registered. Weird. Oh well.ReplyDelete
ok, i've just finished your 24/12 !!! your level is absolutely AWSOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyDelete
but my score has not been recorded neither...
So i start over to find the place where there is a problem... it's often with the random red cubes! so i think it's in the #7 !!! Try to find a way to kill these red cubes when the player has passed this zone, and i think the bug will disappear
Aha, I see what you mean. I will fix it later tonight!ReplyDelete
Glad you liked it and great that you managed to win it! Should I remove some of the save opportunities, or is it difficult enough as it is?
i finished this level too, it was a pleasure to play, hope you can fix it! thx burriDelete
Your fix has worked !!!ReplyDelete
no, don't remove some save, it's perfect like that!!!
maybe, i should even had added some save points! XD
Anyway, this level was great!
my favourite areas are :
(yes a lot of !!!)
Thank you, it was awsome !!
Yes, both you and Burri did it a little too fast for me. This is the kind of level I would "hate" if I didn't do it myself:-). I prefer the NSOB-style for sure.ReplyDelete
Your puzzlex3 is for me the perfect kind and the microban levels from burri!
@HTFU oh no .. this levels was greatful.ReplyDelete
i have to minimize the game window to thumbnail size, so the speed factor is no longer a problem ... very challenging! congrate for this genius lvl! burri
by the way..if i play for a longer time the game begins to jerking!ReplyDelete
if i restart "blackshift.exe" it is good again.
maybe a hint for rob?
something is still wrong with this level. i beaten my best time, but no storing is happened! burriReplyDelete
Yeah, I know. My score doesn't even record... Sorry but I don't understand how to fix it...Delete
Hey § !!!ReplyDelete
i am too happy to see you are back !!!
Your "Think before doing" is genius!!! a real NSOB!!! ;D
i found a hole, but i had to win the level normally first, to understand and find this hole... So your level is really great.
And then, i went into you pit to remember your older levels, but i found an unpublished level... So, i am sorry, i'm sure you would have prefered to win it first... but i couldnt help myself ! Sorry.
Anyway, great levels ! Thank you very much !
New level : HAPPY 2019 !!! ;DReplyDelete
We have a new player/builder !!!ReplyDelete
Welcome to therealdanit !!!
i'm gonna try to publish a new level each day of january.ReplyDelete
It might be sometimes easy, sometimes difficult, sometimes NSOB, sometimes not, etc...
Only one rule: A level per day !
the 01/31 has been published !
Great, looking forward to it! Your first was good, keep 'em coming!Delete
Happy new year btw, I'll try to make some more levels this year:-)
sorry guys, i won't be able to win my own challenge to publish during the whole january! i give up! i shouldn't have said that !!! XD XD XDDelete
It was too good to be true...:-)Delete
Hey guys, love all your new levels! The creativity is high this year:-)ReplyDelete
i back up my old "MISSION IMPOSSIBLE".
it was too much difficult. I added some visual hints. I also deleted some useless traps.
For example, at the beggining you had choice between a yellow block bomb and a Glassy block. I deleted the glassy block because it was just a trap : the yellow block bomb is necessary later.
It is still very very hard, but i think it is a little bit more tractable now.
after a lot of tries, a lot of edits and reedits because of bugs, i think my "Requiem en Sous-Sol" is stable now.ReplyDelete
There was bugs on the laser/diamonds part. I think there were too much saving tiles. i deleted some of them, and i made this part less difficult.
but you know me: it is still very hard, i guess!
There are some pieces which are inspired by others levels...
have fun !
i have a great hard challenge for you, greatest players ! and yet, i did not have built a new level.
I miss Obie, so much ! but he is gone leaving us a wonderful gift.
This gift is : "Don't Play - No end!"
A few days ago, i was back in obie's pit. i played few levels. I tried this one ("Don't play - No end!) and i had a hunch that there might be a way to win. And i played it, again and again, more than 2000 plays!
And it was making me crazy because there was always something missing to be able to win. it was always very close, but it was always impossible...
But, there was this hunch in my head, which was telling me : IT IS POSSIBLE !
so, i insisted. sometimes, i wondered if obie made this level deliberately to seem to be unwinnable, or if he really thought there was no end possible.
I don't know, but i love the idea he left it as secret treasure !!!
So , yes, "Don't play - no end!" is winnable and it is a particularly fascinating level ! Thank you Obie, RIP .
I look forward to see who wil be able to win it, and how !! (it might be several possible ways...)
PS: not for noobs, experts only ! ;D
It is a great level, that man was a particular kind of genius!Delete
I have yet to finish it though.
Your requiem still lacks a bullet in my opinion:-) I have gone past the diamonds part but I am stuck at the rolling barells. Is there possibly a bug there somewhere? The black blob stays in the same place even after i've taken the bullet, that's not really the expected behaviour?
no... no bug, no lack of bullet ! ;DReplyDelete
you might have wasted a bullet unnecessarily ?...
i finnished "Requiem en Sous-Sol" twice but no recording!ReplyDelete
sorry, may be i am too fast for the server, no it restored my level win.Delete
congrats burri, very very nice run ! BRAVO!!!Delete
"3 Legos" is online ! ;pReplyDelete
bravo to burri and HTFU, your runs are perfect.Delete
unfortunately, i changed the level because i did not want to the level be winnable dying. So i fixed it, and it has unvalidated your score . but i watched it, and your runs were perfect!!!
Get ready: a new great hard level is coming very very soon !
Good stuff Mills! Btw, @rob I think I've found a bug: if you watch burris attempt on the previous version of the level and then press "R" for replay while the video is playing, you get to play the level as it looked in that version...? Maybe Mills can confirm since you have a faster time and can watch his run?!ReplyDelete
yes there are often some bugs when a published level is edited.Delete
It's my fault, i should have been sure my level was good before to publish it. but, i realised too late that the level was wining dying and i dont like that!
My new level has just been published !ReplyDelete
I modestly called it "Mills." ;)
... puzzles, traps, conundrum: this level looks like me !
One more time, sorry for the begginers, i think this level is pretty hard !
Burri, i thought a lot about you when i built it. it's almost a NSOB. There are few speed moves, but these moves are very short and not too difficult!
I hope this level will burn your brain !
and, as Wunk says, i hope nobody will "break my toy" !!! ;p
Have an exciting time
Damn you:-). I will have nightmares about that green button...ReplyDelete
i am so happy to be your nightmare ! 3:)Delete
have anyone the same bug as i :ReplyDelete
the bullet color switcher didnt work from blue to yellow at block 15 in lvl "16 Blocks" by mills? burri
Yes.... It's been driving me nuts.ReplyDelete
Yes It is really weird,it works normally on my pc...ReplyDelete
But good news: you can solve it ! I found a way to solve the block#15 without "blue-to-orange" needed !!
Yay, did it! Thanks!Delete
well played HTFU !!Delete
16 blocks..me too ... thx mills!Delete
i tried your lvl "mills" several times, but find no way. if nobody find a solution in the next few weeks, you should give some hints perhaps tile numbers for the right sequence.
yes you are right !!!Delete
but not now. because i am sure one of you guys, will be able to win it without hints.
Burri, NYNM, Tatascan, Sebsheperd, wunk, etc... ??? Who will be able to find the solution ??? 3;P
The sun is shining and your level is DONE!:-)Delete
My brain hurts, this was hard as h-ll...
..and seeing how you solved it is really different from how i did - two ways to solve the hardest part, good stuff!Delete
and now i have a new challenge: to find your second way (without re-edit the level, of course!!! )
thanx a lot ;D
i think y know... but i don't like that ! >:(Delete
btw....16 blocks" is a great great level!ReplyDelete
NYNM, i found your way.ReplyDelete
when i saw your time, i understood you found an easier way!
now i hesitate : I fix, or i build "The Real Mills." ?
so, What are you thinking ?
1,09 are you serious...???!Delete
Don't fix it, I think it's great that the crux has two equally good approaches! AFAIC, it's not a design flaw but a feature!
Build "The real Mills":-)
yes, i won't fix it. I made a promise to myself that i would not re-edit this level. And you are right, it's good that there are several clever ways to win!Delete
And, there might be others smart ways!
But i am disappointed, because some parts are useless, then...
Anyway, i will build a fixed version of "mills." in few times !
BTW, is there anyone to build a new level, i'm boring ...ReplyDelete
Thanks a lot, burri! :)Delete