Provided Owlchemy Labs can energize the creative members of their playerbase, Snuggle Truck [$1.99/HD] owners won’t want for levels in the near future. A new level editor as well as a hip new social component that lets you share, rate, and explore each other’s levels, will appear in the game’s next update -- an update that’s currently in testing, but is being teased openly on the studio’s blog.
I get the sense that the sky is the limit in terms of raw sharing. The game can currently boast 41 original levels, but it’ll soon support thousands. The user levels, as explained in a recent video release, will appear next to the level select screen in their own special sub-menu, complete with all sorts of sorting and finding mechanisms. This is THE editor that the developers used to create the game, so you’ll be able to play or provide a similar level of quality to those that ship with the game.
Olwchemy Labs sees this as a great value add and I tend to agree. But version 1.5 won’t just boast the level editing stuff. It’ll also feature a re-position UI, new higher-resolution art, new achievements, and a “ton of low-level optimizations” and bug fixes.
We see a lot of game creators dabble with putting their tools in their user’s hands. For the most part, it doesn’t seem to enrich the overall experience -- bad level design or funky implementation never makes for a good time. See: Infamous 2, ModNation Racers, and LittleBigPlanet for plenty of examples of both. Really, for level sharing to work for you, creative minds have to get involved, feel like they have a stake in the product, and keep iterating. I hope Snuggle Truck owners will do that over the long haul.