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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!

Mascotoy Story

What is the creature that shuffles across the empty expanse of a long-abandoned mall? The being which saunters onwards endlessly, despite losing much of its polyester stuffing? Some say you can occasionally hear them crying–but perhaps that’s just the sound they make when they’re devouring some unlucky soul with their zipper maws.

Mascotoy just wants to be friends…

Mascotoy proves that plastic-type beasts aren’t all fun and games. Once some sort of character costume, the Mascotoy is now closer to a shambling corpse. Whilst it’s slow, you wouldn’t want to be on the pointy end of its oversized claw. Perhaps if one were to record it, however, this unnerving entity would make for a formidable form to take in battle.

We’ve got some big and exciting Cassette Beasts news to announce soon, so you should keep an eye on our Twitter page! We’ll sometimes show off some exclusive looks at the game there, such as this sneak peek at the character creation:

If you’re excited for the game, don’t forget to wishlist it on Steam! Until next time!

Fire & Ice

Hey, everyone! The summer is over now, and a cold wind is slowly but surely upon us. Development on Cassette Beasts is going well, and we thought it’d be a great time to show off some new monsters! To match the changing of seasons, we’ve gone for a fire and ice duo.

Elfless and Artillerex

Elfless is the first ice-type monster we’ve shown! The Elfless fashion crude masks out of tree bark in order to hide their true emotions. Rumours say that there is one day a year when all the Elfless of New Wirral gather to replace their old masks with new fresh ones. In battle, they are nimble and spry, and able to summon blasts of snow and ice with a click of their fingers.

Artillerex is a mighty fire-type monster, towering above the diminutive Elfless. Its body contains a pit of molten metal, which it can form into shrapnel and shoot out in blasts from the “turret” on its belly. Keen eyed fans may remember Artillerex from its brief appearance in our reveal trailer. It surely must be one of the most powerful (and biggest) monster forms you can find on New Wirral!

You might be asking yourself what these two monsters might look if you fused them with the fusion mechanic. Well…

If you have a monster tape for both Elfless and Artillerex, you and your partner can combine to become Elfrex!

That’s all for now! As always, you can chat to us and the community on our Discord server, and keep up with Cassette Beasts news on Twitter! See you next time!

Cassette Beasts Quarterly Wrap Up #1

Hey everyone! It’s been 3 months since we announced Cassette Beasts so we thought it’d be nice to do a catch up of everything we’ve revealed since then – and maybe show off some new stuff as well!

Our announcement trailer reveal in May went down better than we could possibly have imagined:

  • Over 100,000 combined views across Youtube and Twitter
  • Over a dozen press articles including PCGamer and Kotaku
  • A bunch of new Discord community members, now 500+ strong!

Along with the trailer, we also showed off some monster designs, a look into the game’s chemistry system, and also the fusion system. Our in-browser playable fusion demo also let players see for themselves the capabilities of our fusion system!

It’s been fun seeing fans discuss their favourite monster fusions!

Since the reveal, we’ve been showing off snippets of the game alongside working hard on it:

Our reveal trailer song, Same Old Story, was also announced as a part of Black Screen Record’s free compilation vinyl “Sounds of Summer 2020”. It’s really exciting to see our composer Joel’s work alongside other talented musicians – it’s totally free to order the record so you should totally do that!

As a little celebration for our quarter-year anniversary, we thought we’d show off some new monsters!

Carniviper and Dominoth

Carniviper may exude a friendly demeanour, but don’t let its smile fool you – it isn’t particularly welcoming. If these poison-type beasts are encountered in the grasslands of New Wirral, they are known to silently watch any passing humans intently until they leave their vicinity. If not, they’ll become hostile very quickly! You may also have seen Carniviper’s evolved form before.

Dominoths can flap their large wings to take flight, and also whip up gusts of wind to attack their foes. Rumours are that recording this air-type creature uniquely gives the one who recorded it the power to summon wings of their own… That can’t be true, can it?

That’s all for now! Thanks for joining us on this journey so far, it’s been great fun! There’s lots of cool stuff involving Cassette Beasts we can’t wait to talk about, so keep an eye on our Twitter page. As always, feel free to come by the Discord and chat to us!

We hope you’re keeping safe this summer!

Cat-5 & Kirikuri

Hey folks! Today we wanted to shine a spotlight on some of the monsters that featured in our trailer, but haven’t been formally introduced!

Cat-5 and Kirikuri

Cat-5 is a powerful lightning-type beast, with razor sharp claws and a towering stature. Whilst its face may resemble a plasma screen display, it appears to be perfectly able to see out of it. How does it eat without a mouth, you may ask? It draws static electricity out of the atmosphere with its twin cable tails in order to power itself.

Cat-5, of course, featured prominently in our reveal trailer. We felt that its strange appearance that merges animal aspects with technology would showcase the monster design aesthetic of Cassette Beasts quite well!

Kirikuri is a plant-type monster. Before it evolved, it was a wooden training dummy – but now it has armed itself with a wooden practice sword and archery target shield. Its featureless face hidden behind a wicker hat, Kirikuri is a master of melee combat.

We also recently previewed Cassette Beast‘s weather system on our Twitter account, so you should definitely follow us there for future news and tidbits! And, as always, you can join our official Discord community to talk with us and the rest of the Bytten Studio community!

To commemorate a month or so passing since we announced the game, I also put together a little breakdown of how I animated the animated segment of our trailer (featuring Cat-5!). Check it out!

Until next time!

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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Monsters

Hi folks! Wondering what monsters you’ll meet in Cassette Beasts? I’m here to reveal the first six!

Traffikrab

Please meet our first Plastic-type monster, Traffikrab!

For decades, plastic traffic cones have been washing up on the shores of New Wirral, which doesn’t have much actual traffic itself! Nature was quick to take advantage of this plastic waste. However, I don’t think I could tell you what the ‘krabs look like without the cone.

Traffikrabs can be found on beaches, and near the Cast Iron Shore.

Out in the world, Traffikrabs have quite a temper. Thankfully they’re less active at night.

Traffikrab’s signature move is Traffic Jam, which reduces the speed of all the other fighters in the battle.

Traffikrab is also known to possess:

  • Undertow: target’s priority and turn order are reversed.
  • Inflame: a weak, ranged Fire-type attack.
  • Water Coating: changes the target’s type to Water.

Dandylion

Type: Plant

Dandylions are loyal, defensive guardians. They’re typically found standing at the entrances to important caves in the grassy plains of New Wirral. If you find one with no cave nearby, it may be a hint that something is hidden!

Dandylion’s signature move is Cotton-On, a move that guarantees the next attack to target it will miss.

Dandylion is also known to possess:

  • Elemental Wall: creates a wall of the user’s type, which will block a certain number of incoming hits.
    • More information about how walls work in Cassette Beasts will be shared at a later date.
  • Doc Leaf: gives the target Healing status.
  • Snooze Spore: puts the target to sleep.
    • More information about how sleep works in Cassette Beasts will be shared at a later date.

Masquerattle

Type: Poison

Masquerattle is a real mean creature. With its high speed and highly offensive learnset, it’s definitely not something you want to accidentally tread on.

Masquerattle’s signature move is Hydra, a move that raises the user’s Melee Attack every time it takes damage.

Masquerattle is also known to possess:

  • Action Steal: reduces the target’s AP by one, and raises the user’s by one.
  • Revenge Strike: a passive, weak attack that has a small chance to automatically be used whenever the owner takes damage.
  • Parry Stance: reflects damage received that turn.

Pombomb

Type: Fire

Pombomb is a lovable, but dumb beast. Some residents of Harbourtown used to keep them as pets, but their tendency to cause fires means most are now unfortunately feral.

Pombomb’s signature move is Dog Years, which doubles the remaining duration of the status effects on the target.

Pombomb is also known to possess:

  • Hot Potato: plants a bomb on the target that will explode at the end of their next turn, if it is not passed on by a melee attack.
  • Sure-Fire: gives the target Locked On status, which guarantees their next attack will hit, regardless of accuracy and evasion.
  • Zoomies: a weak Beast-type melee attack with priority (i.e. it always goes first, before all other moves that don’t have priority, regardless of each fighter’s Speed stat).

Springheel

Type: Beast

Springheel gets its name from its surprising resemblance to Victorian London reports of Spring-heeled Jack. Springheel is an imp-like creature that hunts by shocking its prey into fainting. It can be found behind trees, large rocks, and inside your closet at night.

Springheel’s signature move is Jump Scare, an attack that has a 50% chance to cause its target to flinch.

Springheel is also known to possess:

  • Deja Vu: gives the user Multistrike status. With this status, each move the user selects gets used twice if there is enough AP for it.
  • Bish Bash Bosh: a medium-strength typeless attack that hits the entire opposing team.
  • Dodge: raises the user’s Evasion stat.

Stardigrade

Type: Astral

I know what this looks like. There’s no need to say it out loud!

Do you ever wonder what happens to the tardigrades that survive their journeys through space? After re-hydration they get bigger, stronger, and marginally more intelligent. Meet Stardigrade, master of both meditation and hibernation.

Stardigrade’s signature move is Hibernate, a move that puts the user to sleep and heals 25% of its maximum HP every turn that it’s asleep.

Stardigrade is also known to possess:

  • Meditate: a move that puts the user to sleep and increases all its attack and defense stats every turn that it’s asleep.
  • Mind-Meld: provides the user’s ally with access to all the moves the user has (except for Mind-Meld).
  • Spear of Longinus: a medium-power Astral-type ranged attack that cannot be evaded.

That’s all for today! We’ll be posting more about the monsters in Cassette Beasts in due time… Let us know what you think in the comments, and please share this post if you like it! 🙏