Hello! I'm Tom. I designed a game called Gunpoint, about rewiring things and punching people, and now I'm working on a new one called Heat Signature, about sneaking aboard randomly generated spaceships. Here's some more info on all the games I've worked on, here's the podcast I do, here are the videos I make on YouTube, here are some of the articles I wrote for PC Gamer, and here are two short stories I wrote for the Machine of Death collections.
This is a split shot showing how the same level looks normally and in Crosslink mode. Crosslink mode is what you switch to to rewire the electronic bits of a building: you can see what everything’s hooked up to, and drag these connections around to make the level work the way you want it to.
Everyone in Gunpoint dies in one gunshot – even you – and the guards are extremely accurate. A good plan doesn’t involve giving them the chance to shoot at you. This – this was a bad plan.
The colours that devices glow tells you what circuit they’re on. Things on different circuits can’t be linked to each other, and some high security circuits require you to get to their circuit box and tap into them manually before you can rewire stuff. There’ll be a colourblind mode where circuits are distinguished by symbols, too.
If you can get the jump on them, you can throw yourself into guards pretty hard. Windows won’t stop you.
Guess I got shot a lot testing this level.
You can use Crosslink mode to set up ridiculously elaborate chain reactions, and even infinite loops of devices triggering each other. I try to make sure that the super advanced stuff is never necessary to progress, but there are always extra things to achieve with finesse solutions. This one isn’t a finesse solution, it’s just me connecting a bunch of shit up to make the wires look pretty.
You slide a bit when you land from a powerful jump. I don’t have anything intellectually interesting to say about this, it just feels really cool – particularly if you slip off the edge of a roof and land flat on your face.