Pitcher Plants and Floating Islands

The pitcher plant has a hinged lid that opens on a timer.

The pitcher plant has a hinged lid that opens on a timer.

This week I’ve designed and implemented another deadly plant for the jungle areas – this one is a carnivorous pitcher plant. It has a hinged lid which opens and closes based on times set in the level editor. When closed, the lid serves as a platform, so the player can ride across it safely. When it’s flapped open however, the plant is basically a deadly pit. The player can fall in, and be digested like a fly in a real life pitcher plant (complete with comedic belching sound effect). Check out the video:

I drew the pitcher plant based more-or-less on real ones, such as this, just in the purple and orange colour scheme I’m using for the jungle plantlife, and with a few more thorny spines down the sides:

Additionally, I’ve been working on new levels, particularly some jungle levels featuring floating islands with lots of the jump-pad plants, which makes for a fun jump-pad playground area:

Floating Islands covered in jump-pad plants

Floating Islands covered in jump-pad plants

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