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CC3 Wishlist

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Chip's Challenge 3 is apparently happening eventually. Here are some improvements from CC2 that I would like to see.

Need-to-haves:
A sand tile. This would block monsters and blocks but allow Chip and Melinda (with hiking boots?) to cross. There is no tile with these properties in CC2 while even Chuck's Challenge has one. Using fake green walls as a block blocker is awkward.
A no-drop tile. An overlay tile that prevents boots from being dropped on it. Blank no signs and no signs with irrelevant tools technically do the job but they are unsightly and don't convey their intent as well as a dedicated tile would.
Native support for zero-directional blocks. This is the most commonly used "hacked" tile and is a logical extension of the other directional blocks.
Wiring on a separate layer. Wiring in CC2 is powerful, but still held back by their restriction to being placed on just floor and steel walls. The ideal solution is to combine the best of CC1's connection system and CC2's wiring system and allow wires to exist on a dedicated layer. Visibility while playing a level could be toggled by a key and they could appear as a transparent overlay. This would also fix the oddity of pink and black buttons not appearing when hide logic is on.
More consistent monster behavior. Bugs and rovers should not avoid canopies. Fireballs and ghosts with flippers should not avoid turtles. Rovers with fire boots should not avoid fire.
Support for bowling balls starting on clone machines. The ghost setup takes up an absurd amount of space for such a simple result.
Allow blocked green teleports to be skipped over.
Support for lowercase letters.
Give teeth monsters north-facing tile, and give blue teeth the same number of animation frames as red teeth.
Automatic recording while playing a level, like Tile World's. This should be easy to apply to normal play since it already exists in the editor.
Higher res graphics, 64x64? No 3D graphics like Puzzle Studio or Chuck's Challenge please
Extra green chip/bomb tiles.
More diverse sound effects. CC2 has fewer sound effects than the original Lynx game despite the wealth of new elements.

Important bug fixes:
Disallow hooks from attempting to pull monsters.
Disallow the player from being able to slap monsters.
If blocks can be pushed consecutively on floor, allow them to be pushed consecutively on force floors.
Trap logic fix, including multiple trap button problems and the issues with wired traps
Consistent snatching and hook block slapping behavior (i.e. not monster order related)
Flame jet max distance fix
The two disappearing Chip glitches and the Waterbirth glitch
Thin wall on closed side of railroad should not have any effect except when the RR sign is equipped
Allow player to step off force floor if they start the level on them
Allow key inventory to exceed 255.

Want-to-have fun stuff:
Allow blocks to be pushed at 2x speed when Chip has speed boots.
Make blocks have no effect on recessed walls. This would revert their behavior back to CC1. Ice blocks and directional blocks would still be able to be pushed on them, and turtles could still retain the CC2 "flicking" behavior.
More thin tiles: walls are the only tiles to have thin versions of them even though other tiles could be adapted to this concept. Puzzle Studio has thin toggle walls. Thin gravel, thin force floors, thin recessed walls, etc. have potential.
Lasers: Puzzle Studio and Escape have these. A beam it shot in one (or more) directions until stopped by a wall and other elements like blocks and perhaps monsters. Chip dies when hit by the beam. Maybe a beam receiver that converts the beam to an electrical current.
Reflectors: Chuck's Challenge has these, though they apply to the spitter enemy. Pushable block that reflects bowling balls and lasers 90 degrees. Could be rotated with train tracks.
Logic gate enhancements: Add NOR and XNOR gate for completeness. Add diodes which allow current in only one direction, the ability to specify a delay in frames from 1-10, which will make synchronizing circuits easier and remove the need for chained OR gates (Circuit City contains an example of long OR gate chains)
"Frictionless" blocks (don't have a better name): Copy of the yellow blocks from Escape. These are blocks, once pushed in some direction, that continue on a straight path until they hit an obstacle. Think of tanks but pushable in any direction by Chip.
Score gate: Exists in Challengo, essentially a socket that the player can open if they have enough points but will deduct from their score.
 

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some excellent suggestions there!

Here's my own ideas (some original; some taken from other games). Some are good; some may be dumb, some may be pretty radical.

alterations to existing elements:
Up to 8 colors (red, green, yellow, blue, orange, purple, black, white, gray) of keys/doors/toggle walls/toggle bombs
Rover: needs some major overhauls but I don't have good ideas on improvements; other than it might be very interesting to be able to pre-program a specific path the rover takes, almost like having another player automatically doing things in the level.
Have more enemies that can pick up and use items!


NEW TILES:

black hole:
everything except ghosts are killed in black holes. All blocks disappear forever in them. Chip can only walk over black holes with the hover boots

cracked floor:    
has up to four types: this floor can be walked on once, 2, 3 or  4 times until it breaks depending on how cracked it is.
black hole is underneath the floor> it turns to this after being stepped on. Enemies follow all the cracked floor rules except ghosts
Maybe you can put other things (like fire) under cracked floor?

cracked ice:
works similar to cracked floor but has same properties as ice and water is underneath

spikes:
kills ants, centipedes, walkers, balls and blobs. Can be turned on and off with a button. Chip can also walk over them safley with the hover boots

lava/Volcano:
similar properties to fire but all blocks except stone blocks will be destroyed in it. Enemies except fireballs die in it. A Volcano spews lava from it and the lava will spread around the level somewhat similar to the way slime can be spread.

tortoise:
a moving monster which is NOT an enemy; works like a moving turtle but never sinks. Chip can ride a tortoise across water and (maybe) other obstacles.

boat/train:
objects allowing chip to cross water/tracks & safe from enemies but doesn't have free movement; must follow a set path. Boat is "docked" at land (so it's not an item like flippers, same for train).

Coin Door:
door to be opened only with a coin (item to be picked up). Door can be passed only once per coin.

ricochet block:
pushing on it will push blocks and enemies  adjacent to it away. These can be linked to interesting effect (from the game Enigma)

swap block:
swaps places with adjacent tile when pushed on (literally any tile other than floor)

puzzle piece block:
blocks with different symbols that fit together and form bigger blocks. These larger "tetris"-piece-like blocks can be moved as one unit.

Currents:
a current in water pushes chip and enemies and some blocks (beside stone blocks) in a set path.

mail system:
items dropped into the mail tile get sent (with button press) to other mail station. Items must be picked up before placing more.

Multiple levels
Ability to walk 'ontop' of walls or canopies by using a staircase or something similar or multiple layers/levels?

  

New types of blocks:
wood/plastic/stone/metal
With different interactions, most notable:
wood is destroyed in water and everything
plastic can float in water (pushed around like on floor)
dirt blocks turn into gravel in lava
metal blocks become stuck to force floors
stone blocks block just about everything like currents and cannot be destroyed by bowling balls or lasers.

magnet:
pushes or pulls on metal blocks with switch.

russian nesting blocks:
3 or 4 blocks which all must first be pushed together into one to have effects like hold down a button or other things.


ITEMS:
hazmat suit    
lets chip walk on slime (does not erase it)

soap    
chip erases slime by walking on it.

hover boots    
lets chip walk over spikes and black holes

magic satchel     
increases inventory (to 8 slots) (this item does not sit in inventory as
normal, but is separate)

hammer    
allows chip to destroy blocks (cannot move them while carrying hammer)

(someone, I think Chipster, had this idea on discord): item that lets you place or change wires during game somehow.


ENEMIES:
octopuse:
shoot ink in laser like fashion (something like the Chuck's challenge enemy)

walker 2.0    
movements: like blob, speed: like walker or normal enemy

Chessmen:
For a long time I had the idea of enemies that follow movement patterns of chess pieces like the knight but if you think about it this seems pretty tricky to impose and maybe not that interesting.

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