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Show Your Moves!

Welcome back! Today we’re going to look at combat and moves in Cassette Beasts – since battling monsters as monsters is at the core of the gameplay, we thought it’d be a good idea to dive into how it works!


Stickers

You and your partner are able to act in battle using stickers – a list of actions that you can trigger on your turn. Each monster has a certain number of slots available to assign stickers, and monster forms are limited in which stickers they are able to use.

Let’s take a look!

A look at Bansheep’s default full sticker set.

You’ll notice that most moves here have a set of orange squares next to them: these represent the number of Action Points, or AP, it costs to use them. A party member gains 2 AP per turn, so you have some choices to make – do you spend your AP on a low cost move such as “Sharpen” this turn, or perhaps use a no-cost move like “Smack” in order to use a stronger move next turn? You’ll be making choices like this a lot as you fight: it’s time to think strategically!

You’ll also notice that one of the moves here does not have a cost, and instead is listed as “passive”. Some stickers have their own trigger conditions in battle, such as losing a certain amount of HP.

All of these stickers can be assigned and removed from a monster tape without any cost, so you are free to experiment to find the best loadouts for your monster forms!


Fusion

Wait, didn’t we say last time we’d show what these two looked when fused?

Oh yeah, we did!

When you and your partner fuse in battle, you combine into a powerful and unique Fusion form!

Banlope! Like, Bansheep + Thwackalope! That makes sense.

How does this affect your move list, then? Well, you get both move pools at once.

That’s a lot of moves!

Not only does it mean you can use any of the active moves assigned to either monster used to create your fusion form, but your passive moves will all still be able to trigger. You can have very interesting and versatile fusion forms as a result of this!

There are also unique “Fusion Power” moves that you can obtain when fused, but we can talk about that another time!


There’s one more cool thing to mention when talking about stickers – you can get uncommon and rare variants. Let’s have a look at this move set for Palangolin:

Palangolin can use Toxic Stab AND Battery? That’s pretty versatile.

Do you see how “Sharp Edges” is displayed with green text? That means it is uncommon, and has a bonus effect that is listed on the move description. In this case, it heals 7% of the owner’s HP when activated. There are lots of different bonus effects, and they differ depending on the kind of move and its rarity. You might find yourself coming across some extra useful versions of commonly-found move stickers!

This status page also displays the stat balance of the monster form. Palangolin is better at melee combat, which is no surprise.


Next Time

Wow, there sure are a lot of moves with many different elemental types. I wonder how they all work? I guess we’ll find out next time! If you want to ask any questions, feel free to visit the official Discord and follow us on Twitter!

What would these two look like when fused? Find out next time!

Roll the Tape!

This week, we’re going to take a look at the ins and outs of monster transformation. Cassette tapes? Recording? What does it all mean?


Transformation

If you’ve been following so far, you’ll know that in the world of New Wirral, the residents transform using cassette players. Each cassette tape contains the essence of one monster form, that its listener can transform into to battle.

Transforming into a monster is the best way to fight back against the hostile monsters that roam this strange island! But how does one obtain new monster forms?

Recording

The built-in microphone on the cassette players can be used to record the essence of a wild monster. This isn’t straightforward and it comes with its own risks. In order to record a monster, you must return to human form – which means you are vulnerable to attack.

When you select the “Record” option in battle, you are given the option to choose a blank tape, and also the wild monster you wish to target. For the next turn of combat, the party member who is recording will return to human form, establishing a recording connection with the target.

Let’s try and record a copy of this monster! Wait… is this piracy?

A percentage meter will appear above the heads of the target – this displays the chance of a successful recording. This likelihood can be raised or lowered before the turn ends, and is influenced by several things:

  • The quality of the blank tape
  • How much HP they had when recording begins
  • How much damage is done to the target in rest of the turn
  • How much damage is done to the recorder in the rest of the turn

A successful recording will net you a new tape, and a new bestiary entry for your collection if you’ve not obtained this monster form before!

It may look cute, but the Thwackalope’s big makeshift club gives it access to some strong attacks.

That’s the gist of it! Whilst most monster forms can be obtained from wild monsters, there are some that you might have to add to your collection through other means.


Next Time

For our next blog post, we’ll look at the battle system with more depth, as well as how fusion works. Which begs the question – what does a fusion of Thwackalope and Bansheep look like?

As always, you can come chat to us on the official Discord and follow us on Twitter!
Until next time!

Home Sweet Home…?

We’re back from summer hiatus (and sunny weather) to take another dive into Cassette Beasts! In today’s blog post, we wanted to take a look at the world of the game.


New Wirral

The game is set on the island of New Wirral, a mysterious land inhabited by, as you might have guessed, beasts. The player begins the game having washed ashore on the beaches of New Wirral, and you soon learn of the predicament you are in.

New Wirral holds many environments, dangers and secrets. On your quest to find your way back home, you’ll explore the island at your own pace.

It must be said that there is nothing unique about your arrival – the other residents of the island also found their way there in the same way.

When the first people to find themselves on New Wirral arrived, they eventually founded a town – a town that stands to this very day! Which is…


Harbourtown

Harbourtown is the home for all residents of the island, and is a place you’ll be returning to often. Built as a community that accepts everyone, Harbourtown is a place you can:

  • Heal up without having to use wood for a campfire
  • Swap out your adventuring partner for another
  • Catch up on the latest town gossip
  • Exchange resources for new moves to use in battle
  • And more!

Rumors

In regards to gossip, the townsfolk will often have rumours to impart to you. These can tip you off about new monster locations, quests and other information that will help you explore the island!

Town Hall

The Town Hall is the HQ of the rangers, who help keep the island safe. Here you can unlock certain unique upgrades for your cassette player that help you in battle.

The residents of Harbourtown may be strangers at first, but the more you get to know them, the more you’ll learn about this strange world you’ve found yourself in!


That’s all for this blog! If you have any further questions, why not join our growing Discord community? There you can get the latest info on Cassette Beasts, as well as participate in exclusive events and gameplay streams!

We have lots of exciting news coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

Heart of the Town

Happy 2022! It’s been some time since our last blog update. Last October, we announced our partnership with Publisher Raw Fury, alongside a shiny new trailer.

This also came with the announcement that Cassette Beasts is coming not only to Steam but to Xbox Game Pass and Nintendo Switch! We can’t wait for everyone to play it.

We’ve been hard at work at always, and wanted to kick off this year’s blog posts with a look at a key location in Cassette Beasts – the Town Hall!

Check out this footage of Harbourtown’s Town Hall!

The Town Hall is the center of Harbourtown and a hub for adventurers. Here, you can:

  • Pick up quests and hear the latest on the island’s happenings
  • Upgrade your character in the community gym

And more!

If you’re a budding adventurer, then Wilma will have what you need!

We’re going to have a lot of cool stuff to show off this year, so keep an eye on the Bytten Studio Twitter page and come hang out in the official Discord!

Until next time!

Unwind & Rewind

All good adventurers need time to rest, and what better way to chill out than by sitting down to chat with your companion? In Cassette Beasts, when you need to heal up, you’ll locate a campfire to sit down at, and spend some quality time with your travelling partner!

The campfire spots across New Wirral mark areas that it’s safe to set up camp. At these locations, you’ll get a chance to heal yourself, rewind your tapes, and transfer tapes in and out of storage.

Spending time with your buddy strengthens your relationship with them. Strong friendships create strong fusions, so this is not something to be underestimated. And who knows, maybe it’ll lead to something more… 💕

If you’re excited for Cassette Beasts, make sure to head over to our Steam page and wishlist the game! We hope to have some big announcements coming sooner rather than later, so stay tuned! You can follow us on Twitter, and join our growing Discord community!

Collecting Stickers

Hey folks! Today I’m going to run you through how you’ll be able to configure your monster tapes with new moves and abilities! Scroll down if you’re just here to check out the new beast, Palangolin.

This ‘rare’ version of Shield Bash also puts the target to sleep.

In Cassette Beasts you’ll fight by using your cassette tapes to transform into the monsters you’ve recorded. At first, your tapes won’t have many moves to use in battle, but as you spend more time using them they’ll unlock new ones. If you don’t like the moves a tape gets by default you can always replace them using stickers! A move you don’t want can be peeled off as a sticker, freeing up an empty slot for you to put a different move sticker down!

You’ll get move stickers in a few ways (including by peeling them off of other tapes), but what’s important is that you can always easily peel and apply them to customise your combat abilities. In some ways, finding a good set of stickers is just as important as finding a good set of tapes. Not all stickers are compatible with all tapes of course, so if a particular strategy you have in mind requires certain moves, you may need to take that into consideration when choosing your tapes.

Some stickers provide a passive ability instead of a regular attack. And some stickers affect which branch your tape will take when evolved. So they’re pretty useful things with wide variety of effects!

Occasionally, you’ll come across a sticker marked as ‘Uncommon’ or ‘Rare.’ These stickers come with added randomised attributes that provide bonuses over the regular ‘Common’ version of the sticker, such as increased damage, or a chance to provide a buff, or inflict a debuff.

Here are some more examples (click to zoom):

Smack is a basic attacking move that costs no AP. You’ll use this when you’re saving up AP for your big attacks. In addition, it’s typeless, so here it’s getting the Plastic type from my Traffikrab.

This version of Smack has two uncommon attributes: one that will sometimes let your attack go before others, and one that gives you a higher critical hit rate the more sticker slots you leave empty. Fully upgraded and evolved tapes have up to 8 sticker slots, so this is quite good!

Inflame is a ranged Fire-type attack. This one has two uncommon attributes that work really well together: one increases the damage dealt by critical hits, while the other guarantees a critical hit when you’re at a type advantage (in addition to the usual debuffs type advantaged-attacks inflict).

AP Refund is a passive ability, a kind of move that you don’t use manually, but is triggered automatically by certain conditions. This AP Refund sticker has one uncommon (green) and one rare (blue) attribute. The uncommon attribute increases the chance of AP Refund taking effect after I use another move. The rare one passively increases my Melee Attack stat by 3%. As long as I have the tape and the sticker equipped my Melee Attack stat is higher!

Elemental Wall is a status effect move that a lot of monsters can get access to. It creates a wall in front of the user can block incoming hits for a while. There are various ways of countering walls with type chemistry, multi-hit attacks and so on, but what’s interesting here is its rare attribute: it has a chance to automatically be used (for free) at the start of battle!

And that’s just a taste of the moves and attributes available! So far the game has more than 170 moves with plans for more, and over 60 different kinds of attributes.

Rare and uncommon stickers can be obtained by upgrading your tapes through combat, and from certain chests and merchants. Bootleg monsters have a slightly higher chance of unlocking rare and uncommon stickers when upgraded!

Palangolin

You might have noticed a new monster in the video above. It’s Palangolin, chivalric knight of principles and honour. Palangolins wield striking golden halberds, which they use to defend their allies in the heat of battle.

Palangolin, the heroic paladin pangolin.

Finally, in case you missed them, here are a couple of little videos we’ve tweeted over the last few weeks–including a quick look at the bestiary, and a timelapse of the day-night cycle! And hey, while you’re here, don’t forget to wishlist Cassette Beasts on Steam!

A Fight To The Glitter End

Happy new year everyone! I hope you all managed to get some rest and keep safe over the holidays. Today I want to celebrate the shiny new year by showing you a shiny new visual effect!

Glitter-type bootleg Dandylion transmutes Dominoth.

We introduced Cassette Beasts’ Glitter type back in our Elemental Chemistry post. If you want more info about the types go back and check out that post, but otherwise here’s a quick summary:

There are 14 elemental types in Cassette Beasts, including some you’d expect, such as Fire and Water, and some you wouldn’t, such as Plastic and Glass. Out of all of them, the strangest is Glitter.

Type match-ups in Cassette Beasts produce status effects that can be either buffs or debuffs depending on which type is strong against which. In some cases the status effect can temporarily ‘transmute’ (change) the target’s elemental type. An example is Fire melting Ice-type into Water-type.

The Glitter type is unique in that it transmutes all types to Glitter (and is transmuted by all types). It kind of emulates glitter in real life–once glitter gets onto something everything that thing touches gets covered in glitter too! Tactically, it can be used when your monsters’ types put you at a disadvantage, but can go quite wrong if you get the turn order wrong and are hit with glitter yourself!

There are no natural Glitter-type monsters so your options for making use of Glitter are to obtain the Glitter Bomb attack, or to find and record a rare bootleg monster.

Bootleg monsters are monsters with alternative color schemes, types and movesets. They have a very low spawn rate, so are sort of analogous to ‘shinies’ in other games. Although normally Plant-type, the Dandylion in the GIF above is a Glitter-type bootleg, making it a literally shiny shiny!

Going Underground

Hey folks, here’s a little look at what I’ve been working on since last week: caves! Before I go into much detail though, keep in mind that Cassette Beasts is still under development and anything mentioned here could change before its release.

Side quests in Cassette Beasts can often take you to caves in any part of the island of New Wirral. Caves can be entered at any time though, so if you’re looking for valuable resources, rare monsters, or just new routes and shortcuts across the island, you may want to explore them anyway.

Caves can be found in a lot of places if you’re looking for them.

The contents of caves vary a lot. Some simply contain one of the caches the rangers leave around to encourage exploration. Others contains puzzles to solve, or test your skill with your movement abilities!

But one thing all caves have in common is that they’re inhabited by some quite fearsome monsters. Rogue Fusions–minibosses that are half one monster and half another–can be found here. These ferocious beasts attack on sight, and when they get to the surface can cause drastic weather and ecological disturbances. Part of the reason the rangers were set up in New Wirral was to keep these creatures under control!

Facing down a Plastic/Air type ‘Stardinoth’ miniboss–a fusion of Stardigrade and Dominoth that has an altered type and moveset.

Defeating a rogue fusion splits it into its two component monsters, who will then be able to have a chance at regular monster life.

Rogue fusions are a good source of bootleg monsters to record for your tape collection. Bootlegs have altered colour schemes, types, and movesets. Having one in your party can open up a ton of new battle strategies!

There are several much more substantial dungeons (and bosses!) to find around New Wirral, but we’ll write about those another time.

Several more substantial dungeons are scattered across the island as well.

That’s all we have for now! As always, to keep up with the latest info, follow our studio twitter account and/or join our growing Discord community!

If we don’t find time to post again before the new year, then I hope you all have safe holidays and a happy new year!

New Wirral Park

Development on Cassette Beasts has been going really well! Today I want to show you some gameplay footage of New Wirral Park. So here’s Jay expertly dodging all the monsters and sneaking past NPCs!

New Wirral Park is the first major open area you come to after the game’s opening, with connections leading off to several others. We’re drawing inspiration from Breath of the Wild in the world design–there are many ways through each area and multiple ways to solve each puzzle.

There aren’t any flat surfaces you can see here that you can’t somehow get to and walk on, but sometimes you’ll need special abilities! These abilities can be obtained by recording certain monsters to tape. In the video you can see the Mothwing Glide ability and Electromagnetism. The rest we’ll show another time!

Townsfolk whisper rumours and speculate about something large buried under New Wirral Park. The Dandylions in the park must be guarding something, after all…

Evolution

Hey folks! I’m here today to talk a bit about monster “evolution” within the world of Cassette Beasts. A classic trope of the genre, monster evolution refers to your monsters “evolving” into newer, more exciting and more powerful forms. There is no chance we’d miss out on it for Cassette Beasts!

As you battle with a monster form, players will be given the opportunity to upgrade that monster form’s cassette tape (providing that the monster form has an evolved form). The evolved form will have improved stats, new moves, and might even change elemental type!

Weevilite and Lobstacle

Many monster forms in Cassette Beasts also have multiple possible evolved forms. I’m excited to show off Weevilite and Lobstacle, the evolved forms that Traffikrab can become. Weevilite is a more offensive monster, whilst Lobstacle has greater defensive and uses more support moves.

Weevilites, in their natural habitats, are effective predators. Their long necks allow them to spot weaker monsters from afar, and by alternating flashes of their red and green eyes they can paralyse their prey with dizziness and mild migraines.

Lobstacles, on the other hand, are much more docile and patient creatures. When retracted into their “shells”, the heavy Lobstacle is almost impossible to move or overturn. If a cluster of them decide to nap in your way, it’s very likely you’re going to have to find another way round.

The conditions that determine which of a monster’s multiple evolutionary forms they become can vary! Such variables may include what moves they have, what time of day you upgrade them, and so on.

Anyway, that’s all from us today! if you want to chat with both us and the community, you can always head on over to our official Discord!

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