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Super Feed Me
Super Feed Me logo
The logo seen on version one of Super Feed Me.com
Developer Nitrome
Release date On hold
Current version TBA
Levels TBA
Platforms iPhone/iPod Touch
Genres Action, Platformer
Website Super Feed Me.com
Series Feed Me series
Credits Art
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Programming
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Music
Dave Cowen[1]

Super Feed Me is an action platforming mobile game. Although the game's core gameplay is not yet know, it is known that the player plays as a venus fly trap navigating it through levels. Super Feed Me will expand on the core idea of Feed Me (released in 2006), Super Feed Me introducing new features and enemies.

Development started in September 2009[2], the game unveiled at the Flash Gaming Summit on March 8 2010. Despite optimism for the game poor management of the project[3] and a long development time[3] caused it to be put on hold in 2012 in favour[3] of Icebreaker A Viking Voyage, though post-release Nitrome's enjoyment with developing other games caused disinterest in returning to Super Feed Me[4]. Nitrome is not ruling out that they will ever return to the game[5].

Controls

All controls for the game are not currently known.

  • Tap screen[6] - cause venus fly trap's head to bite in that direction
  • Press on screen[6] - causes venus fly trap's head to bite in that direction, causes venus fly trap's head to bite and hold platform/object

Gameplay

Super Feed Me is a platforming game that is level based, the player trying to reach a designated end point in each level.[7]

Character

The player controls a venus fly trap, which consists of a head connected to a linear green neck, this neck attached to a brown pot.

Controlling head

Tapping anywhere on the screen[6] will cause the venus fly trap to move its head and bite in the direction of the area the player tapped. Tapping somewhere on the screen and then ceasing pressure on the tapped area (letting go of the tapped area) will cause the venus fly trap's head to recede back in a similar position it was prior to the player tapping[6].

The longer the player presses on the screen, the closer the venus fly trap's head will approach to where the player tapped. If the player taps and holds, and the venus fly trap's head reaches where the player tapped, the venus fly trap will bite and hold on to the place the player tapped, and will hold on to this place until the player ceases pressure (lets go) of the tapped area[6]. The venus fly trap will complete its bite only if it reaches the place the player taps.[6]

Biting allows the venus fly trap to bite and hold on to platforms[6], eat bugs[8], and also interact with certain objects through biting them. Biting on to the top of a lever allows the player to pull back or push forward the lever[9]. Also, the player can bite and hold small objects in the venus fly trap's mouth[10], these objects able to be spit out again[10]. It is not known what actions the player has to perform to spit out other objects.

Bugs in Super Feed Me can be eaten by biting them[8], although it is not known if the amount of bites to eat enemies will vary. The player will not be able to increase the length of the venus fly trap's neck.

Neck and pot

Super Feed Me's physics engine allows for more fluid movements of sprites, along with sprites being able to react more fluidly to impact with the environment and other solid objects. With this addition, the venus fly trap's neck has more freedom in movement and is able to bounce, bend, and move based on the movements of the player's head. At a certain point in the game, the player will be able to grow a second head[11].

Since Super Feed Me has a new physics engine, the venus fly trap's pot is capable of moving, instead of being completely stationary, as in Feed Me. In Super Feed Me, the player 'spot will be able to tilt, rotate, and move based on their and also those of the environment.

Health

The venus fly trap can be damaged[12], however, it is not known how much health the venus fly trap has or the properties of its health, such as if it can be increased. The venus fly trap's weak point for being harmed is the green part of its pot and its neck[12]. When inured, the venus fly trap's green body will flash, but not its pot[12].

Movement

The venus fly trap traverses levels by constantly biting and holding on to platforms, biting on to platforms, pulling itself towards where the spot it bit, then biting somewhere else to pull itself in that direction. The venus fly trap's head is the only way of moving the venus fly trap. When it bites somewhere, the venus fly trap will always be able to bite areas that are next to the venus fly trap's head, such as to the left or right of the head (if biting on to a horizontal side platform), or above the head (if biting on to a vertical side of a platform).

The venus fly trap's pot serves as weight for the venus fly trap, causing the venus fly trap as a whole to be pulled down while in air and water, and for the pot to be dragged along while the venus fly trap is pulling itself across the ground. While in water, the venus fly trap will be able to move very quickly, but also will also fall down slowly.

Biting in a far away direction will cause the venus fly trap's pot to tilt in that direction, or move, even though the player has not bitten on to anything.[13]

Levels

The levels of Super Feed Me are filled with interactive objects for the player to use, along with lots of bugs, and sometimes hazards. Bugs in a level will likely either be harmful or non-harmful, these bugs able to be eaten[8]. Levels of the game will take the player to different places, such as the greenhouse, a desert, and an underground cave/sewer, with area-specific objects and enemies.

A new addition to the Feed Me series is the concept of bosses. Currently, the only known boss is a moth fought in the sewers area.[14][15]

Development

Press image 01-1-

The image on Super Feed Me.com stating that Super Feed Me is on hold

Development of Super Feed Me started in September 2009[2]. Nitrome decision to create their (at the time) first mobile game using the Feed Me series instead of a platforming game was because they wanted to create something that worked naturally on iPhone/iPad, and thus wanted to avoid virtual d-pads.[16] The next extension function of Feed Me was not used in Super Feed Me because it did not add much to the gameplay of the original Feed Me. [17]

The game's trailer was unveiled on March 8 2010 during the Flash Gaming Summit.[18]. Prior to the game's unveiling, an iPhone game was hinted around Nitrome.com in the form of an advertisement of an iPhone with a question mark on it. Following the game's reveal at the Flash Gaming Summit, the game was unveiled on the Nitrome blog on Nitrome.com[2]. Although the game was less than 20% complete at the time[19], Nitrome was optimistic about the game being released by the end of the year.[20]

The game's trailer caught the eye of Apple, who would consider promoting the game if it "played as good as it looked", although Nitrome had to unfortunately turn down this offer due to the inability to make a working demo in a short time, and also because levels were incomplete and some components required further development.[21]

In summer 2010, Nitrome devoted a lot of time and effort to working on Super Feed Me, with a large amount of the Nitrome team working on the project[22] This development stretched from late July to early October, and was evident due to the lack of any blog posts on the Nitrome blog during this time.

Although development on the game progressed a lot, Nitrome unfortunately had to momentarily cease work on the game[23] after these two months, as at this point Nitrome's revenue and site visitors were declining.[24] Nitrome decided at that point to not work on Super Feed Me until they had a steady release of flash games[23].

On May 31st 2011, Nitrome released a video updating Nitromians about the state of Super Feed Me.[25] Nitrome shared that they were looking for an iPhone programmer, who would allow for Nitrome to continue work on Super Feed Me without affecting the development of other projects[26]. At the time of publishing the video, Nitrome said that they did have time to work on Super Feed Me[27], however, they did not state whether development was currently ongoing or not. Despite this, they did state the development of Super Feed Me was "going to go on at some point"[28] and that the game had been worked on considerably since the release of the trailer[29].

Put on hold

No information on Super Feed Me was disclosed, until July 17th 2012 when Nitrome announced on Touch Arcade that Super Feed Me had been put on hold to work on Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage[30]. Nitrome also revealed that they may continue work on Super Feed Me if Icebreaker generates enough revenue ("if we do well enough from Icebreaker."[30]).

Reasons for Super Feed Me being put on hold were not only so that work could be concentrated on Icebreaker A Viking Voyage, but also because the development of Super Feed Me was poorly managed[3] and was taking a long time[3]. It lacked organization[31], a set plan[3] and a designated end point[3]. The project was also hindered by its endlessly stopping and starting[3], which ultimately caused key members to lose faith in the project[3]. Along with this, not all of the Nitrome team were working on the game[3].

Although Super Feed Me was no longer being developed at that time, Apple was still interested in the game even at the release of Icebreaker A Viking Voyage.[32]

Currently Nitrome is not working on Super Feed Me mainly due to wanting to work on other games[4] and also because they currently do not have any time to work on it[33]. However, the game is not cancelled[34]. When Nitrome does return to making the game, development will be restarted and the graphics overhauled[35][36], though Nitrome will still use some content made prior to the game being put on hold. [35] In addition, the game will likely be made for both iOS and Android.[37]

Plot

Announced content

From the updated website, the player is trying to get a venus flytrap out of captivity[38], however, it has not been announced if this is the same venus flytrap as seen in Feed Me, or if it takes place after or prior to the events of Feed Me.

In the Super Feed Me Update video, what is likely the very start of the game is seen at 6:53[39]. From what has been seen, the player starts out in a small alcove in which they are one of three plants. The player, who is a fully developed venus fly trap that is planted in the ground, has to bite on to a rotating wheel that will pull them up out of the ground, over the wheel, and drop them into a pot.

Level areas

Five areas of Super Feed Me are known: the upper part of the greenhouse, the lower part of the greenhouse, an underground cave area, an industrial gear area, and a beehive.

  • Greenhouse:
    • Upper part: This location is the location primarily seen in content relating to Super Feed Me. The upper part of the greenhouse is filled with lots of plants and bugs; visible in the background is glass with silhouettes of plants. Minimal mechanical objects are seen.
    • Lower part: This part of the greenhouse is housed underground and contains tools and equipment to be used by the staff of the greenhouse. This area is dark compared to the upper part of the greenhouse. The background and platforms are made primarily out of bricks. There are few bugs or plants in this part of the greenhouse.
  • Cave: An underground area that has different bugs and objects. Purple stalactites are visible in the background, along with the common occurrence of purple glowing plants behind platforms; the platforms in this location are primarily green coloured. Water occupies a large portion of the cave.
  • Desert: A vast sandy wasteland that is outside the greenhouse. Prominently visible in the background is the greenhouse, which is placed among large dunes of sand. Cacti are commonly found here, along with raised dirt platforms. Prominently present are leeches, who dig through the ground and also leap through the air; their prominence has caused the placement of danger signs throughout the area.
  • Beehive: Set in a beehive, this location is comprised of large yellow hexagonal platforms that constantly rotate on a dark orange-brown background. Bee related creatures are found in the beehive, the most common being the regular bee, who is often calm and stationary, but will react and attack if the player is near.

Demo

Nitrome has said in the Super Feed Me Update video that they may release a demo version of Super Feed Me on Nitrome.com[40] in order to promote the game. This demo version will be made in flash and be playable on a computer, and will have some levels from the full Super Feed Me game.[40]

This demo will be different from demo games released on Nitrome.com, as these current types of demos are created and released in order to gain feedback on the game while Nitrome is making it. Considering Nitrome's opinion that demo versions of their premium apps (excluding Nitrome Touchy) would harm paid downloads[41], it is likely that something like this will not be done when Nitrome's returns to making the game.

Images

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Trailers

Description

From website:

Help our pot bound hero escape from captivity. Chomp, Swing, Throw and Devour your way through epic environments in this truly unique platforming adventure.

Based on a popular flash game with over one million views on its YouTube trailer to date. Developed from the ground up specially for iOS devices.

Features

From website:

  • Chomp and tear apart any enemies that stand in your way.
  • Unique platform mechanics perfectly crafted for iOS devices.
  • Epic landscapes teaming with enemies, traps and wildlife.
  • Huge boss encounters like you have never experienced before.
  • Unlockable secrets and bonuses.
  • Stunning pixel art and animations.
  • Explorable map.
  • Set pieces.
  • More fun than pulling legs off a spider or burning ants with a magnifying glass.

Cameos

Super Feed Me Cameos

The cameos

Beta elements

When Nitrome Touchy was released, a trailer for Nitrome Touchy was released. This trailer used music originally composed for Super Feed Me, this music composed by Lee Nicklen.[42]
Nitrome Touchy Released!02:09

Nitrome Touchy Released!

Super Feed Me music by Lee Nicklen

References

  1. Dave Cowen's showreel: Nitrome, accessed 7 October 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Nitrome Blog: - Super Feed Me → ...which we've been working on for the past six months! [This blog post was posted on March 9th 2010, six months prior to that would be September 2009]
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Nitrome Blog: - Icebreaker Cloud Saves and UniversalComment by Nitrome:
    Icebreaker was just a much more organised [sic] development that meant people stayed focused to the end. Super Feed Me had no set plan or end goal and was stopped and started endlessly which in the end lead to a lack of faith in the project by key members. On a large timescale project like Super Feed Me it's hard to make a good game when the team isn't fully behind it so it got put on hold. With Icebreaker we learnt [sic] from that and although it's development wasn't perfect it was good enough to be completed.

    NitromeComment22

    The comment

  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Nitrome blog: - Icebreaker won game of the Year!Comment by Nitrome:
    SFM is on hold. We are enjoying making other games now and have no set plan on when or if we are going to return to it. We just want to do some other games and not re-tread old ground at the moment. Who knows in the future we may feel like going back to it.
  5. Game Developer's Blog - Nitrome: Play Glitch Lab! → comment by Jon Annal: we aren't ruling out that we will ever revisit the project., 15 Jul 14, retrieved 16 Dec 14.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 Nitrome Super Feed Me Update - 0:18
  7. Although not directly stated, this is indicated in the Nitrome Super Feed Me Update video where certain parts of the video will start off with the venus fly trap in a small alcove or area (0:47, 2:02, 2:36, 3:05, 4:14, 4:54, 6:37) with only one pathway out and/or the screen not scrolling in a direction the player moves (when the venus fly trap moves in that direction), and at certain parts of the video the venus fly trap coming to a spot where there is only an alcove or the screen stops scrolling (2:35, 5:20, 5:26, 6:22).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Super Feed Me - Trailer - 0:25
  9. Super Feed Me - Trailer - 0:58
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Super Feed Me - Trailer - 1:04
  11. Super Feed Me - Trailer - 1:32
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Nitrome Super Feed Me Update - 2:25
  13. Nitrome Super Feed Me Update - 7:15
  14. Super Feed Me - Trailer - 1:25
  15. Nitrome Super Feed Me Update - 4:26
  16. Touch Arcade: [http://forums.toucharcade.com/showpost.php?p=925887&postcount=19 Super Feed Me (Nitrome) → post by NitromeMat (Mat Annal)]: To everyones [sic] comments on why we chose Feedme rather than one of our other platform games or Final Ninja......We really wanted to make a game that felt natural on the iphone/ipod so we wanted to avoid virtual dpads., 11 Mar 10, retrieved 15 Dec 14.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Touch Arcade: [http://forums.toucharcade.com/showpost.php?p=925887&postcount=19 Super Feed Me (Nitrome) → post by NitromeMat (Mat Annal)]: Although the core concept may be the same the level of polish and the execusion [sic] of the idea is far far better than we were capeable of back when we made the original. There are also a few parts that are different between the games....for example we decided to ditch the idea of extending the reach of the neck through eating insects as we didn't think it added much to the original game., 11 Mar 10, retrieved 15 Dec 14.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Nitrome World: Huge news!, 8 Mar 2010, retrieved 15 Dec 14.
  19. on Facebook: [ https://www.facebook.com/Nitrome/posts/336317823123861?comment_id=1964326&offset=0&total_comments=12]: Remember that we did not show off anything on Icebreaker before it was 80% complete and that is only 20% complete. Super Feed Me was certainly not at that level of completion..., 15 Aug 12, retrieved 15 Dec 14.
  20. Game Developer's Blog - Nitrome: Super Feed Me, 9 Mar 10, retrieved 15 Dec 14.
  21. Pocket Gamer: Studio Profile: Nitrome → "They [Apple] said, 'We've seen Super Feed Me. It looks really interesting. Is it possible that we could give it a try and we might consider it for coverage, if it plays as good as it looks," explains Annal. "At the time we were like, ah crap, we don't really have [anything]. Like, we put together just enough of the bits of levels to actually make the trailer. So you could swing twice and be out of the level, do you know what I mean? "Also in terms of gameplay, some bits were great and others needed a lot of work. So there was no way we were going to let anyone try it and there was no way that we could comfortably sit down and make it into something they could try within a short space of time." 18 July 2013, retrieved 9 July 2014.
  22. Nitrome Super Feed Me Update - 1:35 → Jon: So we were still, um, working on the project, um, mid last year [2010]. What we noticed is that that we had, uhhhh, quite a large amount of our team working on the project...
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Super Feed Me Update - 2:05 → Mat: Yeah [in response to Jon saying Mat was going to interject]. So, basically, that, that meant we really had to, think about what, what we were trying to achieve with this and, and really like losing revenue wasn't one of it so, uhh, we made the hard decision at that point okay let's stand back a little, um, and let's see what's important and, and so we made a decision at that point we had to focus on on our flash projects and get that back on track. So, ummm, so a that point we really kind of, left the project a little bit limbo not not cancelled not not working on it but, uh, ummm, not doing anything with it until we got, um, our our flash stuff back on track, and, and that that's basically what happened I think you could see the effects of that towards the end of last year, and from then on we had a fairly steady release of games.
  24. Nitrome Super Feed Me Update - 1:52 → Jon: You might of all, uh, maybe noticed that, little bit a gap last year [2010], and, and subsequently that, there was a fairly substantial loss in traffic, and due to that a loss in revenue as well.
  25. Nitrome Super Feed Me Update
  26. Nitrome Super Feed Me Update - 3:09 → Mat: Looking forward now that we have more time to do that, ummm, you could see a little bit ago we were advertising, for, iPhone developers, we're still looking for iPhone developers if you're out there, ummm, and that is a key part to it we really want to kind of like, uhhh, have dedicated people working on the iPhone so stuff that were were making on the site isn't interrupting it as much as what it was before we are going to try to keep it a bit more separate...
  27. Nitrome Super Feed Me Update - 3:00 → Mat: Um... so that's great and and from that point we, we come to the okay now we can look at what we're doing with the iPhone. Looking forward now that we have more time to do that...
  28. Nitrome Super Feed Me - 3:43 → Mat: ...so it's not cancelled, ummm, it, it's it's going to be going forward, at some point.
  29. Nitrome Super Feed Me Update - 5:41:
    Jon: #6: have you worked on it since the last trailer?
    Mat: Yes, we worked on it quite a lot, quite a lot further than what you saw in the sost [last] trailer.
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Touch Arcade - Icebreaker - a viking voyage! by Nitrome → #9: Nitrome: It [Super Feed Me] is currently on hold while we finish Icebreaker after which we would like to think we will pick it up again if we do well enough from Icebreaker.
  31. Touch Arcade - Icebreaker - a viking voyage! by Nitrome → #9: Nitrome: It was a hard decission [sic] to make putting it [Super Feed Me] on hold but we are a small team and the game lacked organisation [sic] so [it] was going to take a long time to complete.
  32. Pocket Gamer: Studio Profile: Nitrome → Years later, when the studio submitted Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage for iOS, Apple responded, "The game's great, but we're still holding out for Super Feed Me." 18 July 2013, retrieved 9 July 2014.
  33. on Facebook: Nitrome - Timeline Photos → comment by Nitrome, 16 Dec 14, retrieved 16 Dec 14.
  34. Game Developer's Blog - Nitrome: Play Glitch Lab! → comment by Jon Annal: It [Super Feed Me] hasn't been cut, we just aren't working on it and haven't been for a long time now., 15 Jul 14, retrieved 16 Dec 14.
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 Game Developer's Blog - Nitrome: Brand new mobile game! (8Bit Doves → comment chain by Nitrome and Nobody, 1 Jul 14, retrieved 16 Dec 14.
  36. Game Developer's Blog - Nitrome: Icebreaker on Amazon → comment by Nitrome: But its looks pretty outdated now as we were building it on a 3G. So we'd want to start over., 30 Jun 14, retrieved 16 Dec 14.
  37. Nitrome on Twitter: [1]: we're not working on it but if and when we ever work on it again it would likely be for Android aswell [sic] as iOS., 28 April 2014, retrieved 28 April 2014.
  38. Super Feed Me.comDescription: Help our pot bound hero escape from captivity.
  39. 39.0 39.1 Nitrome Super Feed Me Update - 6:51
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 Nitrome Super Feed Me Update - 4:58 → Jon Annal: [Jon Annal is reading out the top 10 questions about Super Feed Me] #4, is the game going to be released on your website.
    Mat Annal: We're not going to be releasing the full game on the website, it's going to be a pay for game on the iPhone. We might make a promotional version of the game to, promote the iPhone version but we're not going to be releasing the game free on the website we spent too long on it to make that viable.
  41. Game Developer's Blog - Nitrome: Icebreaker: Good and Bad news!: A lot of people would part with the money to try an app but when they get the free demo they don't finish it and are essentially satisfied with that and you lose a sale, 19 February 2014, retrieved 25 April 2014.
  42. NitromeMusic page, http://soundcloud.com/leenicklen/nitrome-feedme-trailer-song-2

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