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nokukuProject

nokukuProject
Germany  

 visit nokukuProject's website: nokuku
  12/17/2012

Hi,
my name is Lioba and I am a german artist and web developer. I played Creatures a long time when I was young and it influenced me very much.
In the past four years I worked on a browsergame project with all the features of my favourite games. Nokuku is a mix between life simulation in the manner of creatures and role play game like pokemon or dragon quest monsters.

I write to you, because I am searching for user who join the closed beta. After finishing the beta the betatester will gain a premium account for 2 Years.

The game is about breeding unique creatures named nokuku. You can watch them interact with their environment and each other. With your character nokuku you explore the world and fight wild nokuku.
In contrast to other browsergames nokuku is not text based, the animations and all illustrations are handdrawn by me. There is sound, too ;-)

Screenshots and a full list of features are on the site:
www.nokuku.com

Nokuku is not finished yet, and there are still no quests, but you can already breed and explore.

I would be very happy if you join the beta. You can already visit the site but without the betakey you won't be able to register, so send me an e-mail if you have interest: contact[at]nokuku.com

technical infos:

Nokuku is a browsergame but it works only on firefox and google chrome. The latter is recommended because of its great performance. Unfornately nokuku dont work on smartphones becauce of its requirements for the browser. But I hope that will not prevent you from playing ;-)

This is my first post about nokuku, and if you have ideas where I could post it, too, please let me know!

(The picture in my signature is an example for a nokuku. By clicking on the link it will gain exp and you can view its familytree and fight values).


*Xina, 46 Years**her husband Megam*
 
FlyingEttiNorn

FlyingEttiNorn
United States  


  12/17/2012

Oooooh what a cute lil thing!! I will join the next time I get on a computer! ^^

etn eat dispenser
 
Malkin

Malkin
Australia  
Manager


 visit Malkin's website: Malkin's page at CWiki
  12/17/2012

Just as a bit of feedback on the site - I can't access any of it without being on firefox or google chrome. :( I'd be more likely to hit the 'back' button than to fire up another browser to even check out your project.

My TCR Norns
 
ylukyun
Chaotic Chimera

ylukyun

Manager


 visit ylukyun's website: Engineering
  12/18/2012

I bookmarked the site and am planning to join when I have time. Looks interesting.
 
nokukuProject

nokukuProject
Germany  

 visit nokukuProject's website: nokuku
  12/18/2012

Malkin wrote:
Just as a bit of feedback on the site - I can't access any of it without being on firefox or google chrome. :( I'd be more likely to hit the 'back' button than to fire up another browser to even check out your project.



Oh sorry, I thought, that many user would use automatically chrome or FF.

May I ask, which Browser you've used? Perhaps I can support it at least on the start page, if it is not the IE. (Because I am using HTML5)


*Xina, 46 Years**her husband Megam*
 
Papriko
Peppery One

Papriko
Germany  


  12/18/2012

nokukuProject wrote:
[...]I write to you, because I am searching for user who join the closed beta. After finishing the beta the betatester will gain a premium account for 2 Years.[...]

What happens after those 2 years? Is there a need to pay it then?


Lets play plants! Photosynthesis... Photosynthesis... Photosynthesis...
 
Ghosthande
Prodigal Sock

Ghosthande
United States  

 visit Ghosthande's website: Breeders Beware
  12/18/2012

Hmm, you mean IE isn't supported? :\
FF and Chrome may be more popular these days, but Explorer is still very widely used by a lot of people... you are turning away a very large number of potential players by dumping IE compatibility completely.

Plus, if it works in Chrome, chances are you've got half your work done already... IE and Chrome generally aren't that different from one another, compared to some other browsers, like Firefox.



 
vampir-maniac

vampir-maniac
South Africa  

 visit vampir-maniac's website: Ordered Chaos Blog
  12/18/2012

It does look very interesting indeed and I simply love the pixel art-like style! [nhearts] Everything looks so cute. i shall give it a go when I have time [ngrin]

Cute pixel art
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nokukuProject

nokukuProject
Germany  

 visit nokukuProject's website: nokuku
  12/18/2012

Papriko wrote:
What happens after those 2 years? Is there a need to pay it then?

No! You are absolutely free to buy the premium account. You can play it for free as long as you want. With the premium Account you can have a larger amount of nokuku (50), objects (150), items(150) and you can trade unlimited nokuku per day.

My target is not just to earn money with it, I want to make the players happy and give them a game they really like and they could change with their ideas.
because I spent so much time in it I decided to make a premium account, but every one can play it free, too.


I really wanted to support the IE, but Im am only one person and I drawed the graphics by myself and programmed the whole game and that would have been really to much. Unfornately I cant change this. This is a project I've done because I wanted to realize a game with all the features of my favourite games, because I could finde a game that combined them.

I know that creatures is a really great game and my game isn't better but my wish is that people who like creatures would like to play something new in a new world and with other features including training and breeding species even human. And new breeds are much easer to make than in creatures.




*Xina, 46 Years**her husband Megam*
 
Malkin

Malkin
Australia  
Manager


 visit Malkin's website: Malkin's page at CWiki
  12/18/2012

I use Safari. :) It would be better to have the 'the Nokuku only like Firefox or Google Chrome' message on the 'let's play!' part of the site, so that everyone can browse, read your terms of use, etc. and then just before they make the commitment to the game, they get that page (if they don't use Chrome or Firefox) - so that people can get hooked on the idea first and then they'll be more likely to change their browser to suit.

My TCR Norns
 
Ghosthande
Prodigal Sock

Ghosthande
United States  

 visit Ghosthande's website: Breeders Beware
  12/18/2012

I agree that there needs to be something that tells them what the requirements are... if they know what the options are, then at least they can decide if they want to give it another go in a different browser. Preferably somewhere where they will see it before they run into any of the parts that require a certain browser to function correctly... otherwise some people may be more likely to think it's just broken or something, and not realize their browser could be the issue.


 
nokukuProject

nokukuProject
Germany  

 visit nokukuProject's website: nokuku
  12/18/2012

That is a good idea, I thought it would be not nessecary but I think your are right. As a webdeveloper I see the things differently and thats because I need feedback.
I will change it the next days.


*Xina, 46 Years**her husband Megam*
 
Malkin

Malkin
Australia  
Manager


 visit Malkin's website: Malkin's page at CWiki
  12/18/2012

Thanks! [ngrin] I'll be sure to check it out again once you've changed it to open up the main areas of the website more.


My TCR Norns
 
FlyingEttiNorn

FlyingEttiNorn
United States  


  12/18/2012

O_O wooooooooow. SIGN ME UP PLEASEEEE. xD
You could send it through PM, couldn't you? [ntongue]


etn eat dispenser
 
nokukuProject

nokukuProject
Germany  

 visit nokukuProject's website: nokuku
  12/18/2012

Malkin wrote:
Thanks! [ngrin] I'll be sure to check it out again once you've changed it to open up the main areas of the website more.


I'll do it! After work... -.-°


*Xina, 46 Years**her husband Megam*
 
Malkin

Malkin
Australia  
Manager


 visit Malkin's website: Malkin's page at CWiki
  12/18/2012

In regards to promotion, have you considered sending a press release to Flayrah? Nokuku seems like it'd be popular in the furry fandom.

My TCR Norns
 
FlyingEttiNorn

FlyingEttiNorn
United States  


  12/18/2012

It's really interesting, how you incorporated the Creatures aspect in there. Though, the site lags on Firefox. That's probably because of all the Flash stuff, could you limit the Flash stuff?
I am really confused though xD


etn eat dispenser
 
Amaikokonut

Amaikokonut
United States  

 visit Amaikokonut's website: Naturing :: Nurturing
  12/18/2012

This looks wonderfully adorable; I can't wait to try it out. It looks like you put a lot of work into it!

[Naturing :: Nurturing]
 
FlyingEttiNorn

FlyingEttiNorn
United States  


  12/18/2012

I was just playing around with the lab, and the animals with human heads look really weird. Same with humans with tails, or humans with animal heads...
Also, here's a plot idea: There is a town full of mini-nokuku that is under attack by a clan of evil mantises. You have to defeat all the hungry mantises before they chew the walls surrounding the city down and abduct the residents.


etn eat dispenser
 
nokukuProject

nokukuProject
Germany  

 visit nokukuProject's website: nokuku
  12/19/2012

Malkin wrote:
In regards to promotion, have you considered sending a press release to Flayrah? Nokuku seems like it'd be popular in the furry fandom.



Not yet, that seems a reallay good idea to me. Do you know more communities that could be interested?

@FlyingEttiNorn: You have now a premium account ;-) I like your plot Idea! If you like you can post it in the idea section of the forum.



*Xina, 46 Years**her husband Megam*
 
FlyingEttiNorn

FlyingEttiNorn
United States  


  12/19/2012

Posted. [nwink]

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Norngirl

Norngirl
Sweden  

 visit Norngirl's website: Norngirl's Temporary Storage
  12/19/2012

This sure sound like a game I would like - sounding uniq and all with the combinations I do like! : D Im going to give it a try,if you don't mind ^^ Edit: ow,just realized,it say something about a betakey heh..guess I do have to ask you if im allowed to obtain one,no?
*in the meanwhile I guess I can sign up for the Nokuku forum perhaps*

I agree - there is very few games that combine the most interessting stuff into one good mix - is tired of neopet staleness (no offense..but I do not think that pet games that have still images change per refresh button feels.."alive" XD * nor am I big on nintendogs clones where it's all about nonstop dressup,feed and bath >_> *I do have nintendogs,was the reason I did got my DS back then..but..it's getting boring after a while when you know your'e dog isn't growing old or is..well..limited..hmm*

For me,creatures and petz 5 (have catz3 too)
is the best pets games for me still - specialy because I can cross breed new looks and traits,hah >: D

Btwn: Indeed I must say the sprite work looks neat,well detailed and so :3

I am sure this probably will develop further to something amazing!


 
FlyingEttiNorn

FlyingEttiNorn
United States  


  12/19/2012

Welcome back Norngirl :D
I am still confused, for example how do you tame nokuku, how long does it take for eggs to hatch, how does the garden work, etc.


etn eat dispenser
 
nokukuProject

nokukuProject
Germany  

 visit nokukuProject's website: nokuku
  12/20/2012

FlyingEttiNorn wrote:

I am still confused, for example how do you tame nokuku, how long does it take for eggs to hatch, how does the garden work, etc.



Look here, I made a chart for the garden. I hope it is helpful.


@norngirl: Thank you for your feedback.
This was my idea, too. I dont like the games where there are no animations at all, only some flash games. I wanna create a real life feeling, that I only had with creatures and petz. I played Petz 3, too ;-)

>>I am sure this probably will develop further to something amazing!

Altough it will take still time, I will do all for it! :D

@FlyingEttiNorn:
All the animations and effects are written in Javascript and HTML5, but that's slow, too. I know that. It is a big disadvantage but I chose it, because it is evolving very fast in the internet and the browsers are becoming better in performace. For instance you can use chrome if you like but I dont want to force you. I think it is important to test the game in FF, too.

Your red Firekatty is very sweet ;-)





*Xina, 46 Years**her husband Megam*
 
Norngirl

Norngirl
Sweden  

 visit Norngirl's website: Norngirl's Temporary Storage
  12/20/2012

@ FlyingEttiNorn - thank you very much,it's nice to be back :3

@NokukuProject - Im glad to hear finaly another who think alike :D also you're very wlecome, and even thought if it may take time,I am sure you will do a great job on expanding and evolving it,you allready made a good start so far : D!

Oh btwn, the thing I said before " : D Im going to give it a try,if you don't mind ^^ Edit: ow,just realized,it say something about a betakey heh..guess I do have to ask you if im allowed to obtain one,no? "

I was actuly asking if I could possibly join,as when I try to register at http://www.nokuku.com/index.php?go_to=register ,it say something about a beta key is needed for register,thus not leting me register : (

"Registration is only possible with a valid betakey

So I wonder,where do I get the Betakey?


 
FlyingEttiNorn

FlyingEttiNorn
United States  


  12/20/2012

PM her and she will send it to you :)
I also drew a picture of Firekatty, it's pretty derpy though...


etn eat dispenser
 
nokukuProject

nokukuProject
Germany  

 visit nokukuProject's website: nokuku
  12/20/2012

@norngirl: Sure! I sent you a PM! Thank you very much.

I'll do my best. I am not very fast because I have two jobs and a dog so be patient with me ^.^

@FlyingEttiNorn: Really?!!! Where is it?

Firekatty is poisoned, try the antidote to cure her! Did the chart about the garden help you by the way?


*Xina, 46 Years**her husband Megam*
 
Norngirl

Norngirl
Sweden  

 visit Norngirl's website: Norngirl's Temporary Storage
  12/21/2012

Thanks a lot for leting me know,FlyingEyyiNorn and
thanks for nokukuProject for PM me it - Just registered and made my first one,take some time I get to know what to do and stuff,but I am all excited ^o^
(Im known as MichyChan btwn and my first Nokuku is Xai)

Hmm fanart you say,FlyingEttinNorn ^^? Not an bad idea! Maybe will draw mine as well - I love to try draw things I love that actuly need more love - like this mobile game I found,wich is neat,but is not well known (Agent C) I been doodling every little creature from there I obtained so far,and hopefuly may do a proper pic : D


Oh and no problem,Im a pateint person,I fully understand that life has it's little suprises on it's way too,wich usuly may halt some progress with stuff *I know,there is lots I wish I had done now,but allways have to wait now and then - making progress slow X_X*

Still,for being a start I think it's good,there is people that dosn't even go so far,and stays only in the planing stage haha ^^ So,myeah I think you manage to do a great job so far,and now you can do it :3
We realy need more interessting game concept like this,and lesser of the stale neopet clones (unless,someone make one that actuly feel alive X_X)

Thanks once again for leting me join ^^

 
Amaikokonut

Amaikokonut
United States  

 visit Amaikokonut's website: Naturing :: Nurturing
  12/21/2012

This is so adorable. I am watching my two nokuku take turns giving each other gooseberries.
Here are my two guys right now:


This has a lot of potential, I think <: Thanks for letting me help test!


[Naturing :: Nurturing]
 
FlyingEttiNorn

FlyingEttiNorn
United States  


  12/21/2012

I got an antidote (that's the blue potion, right??) but I couldn't get Firekatty to eat it and then she DIED. DDDD:

etn eat dispenser
 
nokukuProject

nokukuProject
Germany  

 visit nokukuProject's website: nokuku
  12/22/2012

@Ettinnorn: Oh poor Firekatty! It is a little bit like creatures. When there is much stuff around a nokuku, they eat the things they like more than an antidote. To get nokuku etaing the things you want, you have to seperate them from other food. In the most cases they'll eat it then, but sometimes they won't eat it at all, bacause they don't like the taste.. (I made 5 different tastes for food and each nokuku has its preference). For that case I made the emergency fish. Did you found it? It could have helped Firekatty, probably you hadn't enough money? :-(

I gave you another dna set to continue playing, I hope it is okay!

By the way, did someone found the help icons I put on the left upper corner of the garden and the world and did they helped you?

@norngirl: Yeah, they are too much Neopets clones. I growed up with Neopets and a liked it a lot when I was young, but It gets boring after I realized that I am just clicking on world images to move and have to play flash games to earn money....

I have to thank you (you all) for helping me, and to give me feedback. I am going to remove the betakey this evening, because I've found no other betatesters... :-(
I asked my sister to make a little advertising for me in the communities she is active in, so everyone can join. I am not the social network type of person, so I have unfornately not a ton of contacts. Maybe If you know someone, who would be interested in nokuku, I would be very glad If you could send him or her a link to the game. Or maybe if you are active in Facebook, you can spread it there.... ^^

I read the rules on Flayrah, and there is no advertise allowed, so I have to find other ways...


@Amaikokonut: Im glad to hear that you like it. Sometimes they do the "make a gift action" a little bit to long, I think I still have to regulate it.
By the way, the colors you chose for Tixie are really beatiful! I recognized that both of your nokuku are male. You could try to tame a wild nokuku to get a female one and then try to breed them. (I made a tutorial how to tame nokuku: tame a nokuku) . I placed some wild nokuku in the world. By winning a fight you earn money which you can use to buy baits ;-)


I hope I can implement the browser warning this evening, so that everyone can see the page.


*Xina, 46 Years**her husband Megam*
 
nokukuProject

nokukuProject
Germany  

 visit nokukuProject's website: nokuku
  12/22/2012

Now you can access the site from every browser!

*Xina, 46 Years**her husband Megam*
 
Amaikokonut

Amaikokonut
United States  

 visit Amaikokonut's website: Naturing :: Nurturing
  12/22/2012

Haha, I managed to tame a wild female, but then I forgot and left my garden running and came back to like a dozen kids! So perhaps something akin to wolfling runs is possible in this game?

I can do a write-up of the game on my Creatures blog if you like, to try and get it more attention; I don't know if anyone reads it that doesn't visit CCaves already, but it might be worth a shot.

I am a little sad that my Tixy does not seem to want to breed with anyone, is he too old maybe at 60+ years? Poor guy D:

I have to say this is just incredibly impressive for something you've done all yourself; how long has this been in development, can I ask?


[Naturing :: Nurturing]
 
Norngirl

Norngirl
Sweden  

 visit Norngirl's website: Norngirl's Temporary Storage
  12/23/2012

Is there any chances there will be more eggs in the nest?
Only because my mom had to be on FB,she promised to chek it fast (she had to use the same pc I was running Nokuku on,as I thought it would go swift and in the meanwhile,Unaia (my only second nokuku,and was a female ) died
*rest in peace,little one,she died young ;__; realy felt terrible to see this (and mom was sorry to,I know she didn't know,even thought I tried to ask her if she could chek the page tab that was there)..but oh well,I guess revives dosn't exist,as it meant to be lke "life like"..wich im fine with (hey,im playing creatures afterall,right? XD) Just a bit sad to losing such a sweety : (
(may it be digital/virtual/alive - I love my pets alike,even thought some may think it's silly >_>;)

I just thought that it would be nice if there was a possibility to get some eggs,as the nest is empty and when I got her,she was the only egg back then (sigh,quite a pity,she did get so well along with my first Nokuku,too)
dang that poisen and mom's FB >_<'
I still have hard to get them eat the gooseberry that cure poisen,did nearly lost Xai (my firrst Nokuku for that

I know you can explore the world,fight and try tame ones,but the thing is:
1. there is only one same kind that appear(same color,same exact look),and Im not found of how it look,it's a bit creepy with the insect legs,to be honest (even thought,one could try outbreed it..but meh)^^'
2. it may appear on same spot,but it's random - sometime it's there,sometime not..

also I wonder,is the explore the world,realy that small,or am I doing something wrong?
Am I right also that the arrow keys and enter is the keys used for the explore mode only?

also,while am at it - I feel stupid to ask this but,I can't manage to get the code working for having Nokuku in the signature here - it only appear as text X_X*

sorry for so many questions,hope you can help ^^'
*rest in peace,Unaia -_- You where a sweetheart*

 
nokukuProject

nokukuProject
Germany  

 visit nokukuProject's website: nokuku
  12/23/2012

@norngirl: I am glad that you pose so much questions! The funcionalities seem obvious to me so it is very important how an uninvolved person see it.
The world is not just that one level, (I just extended the world-tutorial after I read your post), you can of course enter the next levels and there is a cave with a dragon too : D !
Just follow the path to the the left until you touch the corner of the room, then you'll be taken to the next level! If you touch the corner while you are falling and there is no path, you'll be taken to the "abyss"-screen you've probably found already : - )
The wild nokuku appear after some time again.

I added a creatures cave signature code on the "Make a Nokuku Gif"-Site, so you can just copy it ;-)

I plan to give eggs as reward for example when you've finished a quest or when you've found a treasure. Only there are no quests yet ^^°°°°°°°
What's about when I place an egg in the cave and you have to manage avoiding the dragon (because he is on level 50 or so) to reach the egg?

The first nokuku is ugly I know ;-). If I would give away the pretty ones right at the start I think there would ne no ambition for the players to train their own to get better and catch the nice ones.
Look in the other levels (You have to pass the cave) there are different nokukus!

Unfornately I cant revive your Unaia because the databse-entry is deleted after death, so Unania died really.... There is a little time window after a Nokuku died for reviving it with the emrgeny fish but only for 30 Seconds... x_x

You've got onother dna mix now, but it doesnt replace unaia; i know...



@Amaikokonut: Thats great! I though this is a bug, because you were online all the time and I looked in the code and I was wondering how this could happen ;-D

Yeah there is absolutely the possibility to make wolfing runs! Congratulations to your large offspring : D
I have to admit that in creatures the norns can reach different layers in the level and there is a real physic engine but I thought when I add more objects, toys plants and critters It can be almost as interesting as creatures, because there is a function for objects to grow produce other objects and manipulate nokuku and other so I hope It will be not going to be boring after times. I only have to create more objects, rooms and breeds ^.^

Your Tixie is old now, but there is an aphrodisiac (chocolate bar) in the room that increases the fertility and the sex-drive for a short time. If Tixie eats much of it, he can be helped ;-)

To avoid aging you can put a nokuku in the container. It is like a quarantine in which the time is stopped. I thought it would be obvious but I am blind in that kind of things ^^°°°

It would be great, if you can write an article about Nokuku, I asked at Flayrah and I am allowed to do so but I have to be neutral and a not involved person would be great, maybe could I work with some of the passages of your text, when it is online? I would name you of course as a co author and would send you the text before submitting. But only if you have time and you want to do so, I dont wanto to obtrude on you!

Sure you can ask! I took about 4 - 5 years for development but I paused for one year so I think It took 4 years. I spent most of my free time for developing, mostly in the evenings or on sundays. The development contains drawing breeds, taking photos of the drawings, edit them on the pc, creating directly pixel graphics on pc, programming functions, debugging them -.-, building levels, rooms and events.








*Xina, 46 Years**her husband Megam*
 
FlyingEttiNorn

FlyingEttiNorn
United States  


  12/23/2012

I made another one, that is Violette down there. ^^

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