October 2021: Item inventory!

Hello!! 🐸 Here to share what I’ve been working on for the past 2 months :)

I share semi-regular sneak peaks in the Mail Time Discord but now I want to go a bit more in-depth. Let’s get into it!

Is that?? Could it be(e)??

✨A wild bee appeared!!!✨ 🐝

There’s now a friend! Kinda.

I heard you asking for pets (pls my phone was overheating from all the notifications) and while that would be a bit weird in a game where you deliver mail to animals I want to introduce you to Bee!

Bee is a.. well, bee and when you encounter them in the game you quickly become friends. Bee will follow you around for much of the game, occasionally offering words of wisdom:

So smart 😔

BUT at other times Bee will leave you because it has found more interesting things to do. They are easily distracted by all kinds of things and will sometimes disappear only to reappear later.

I wonder what would happen if you followed them???


For all the hoarders- I mean ‘collectors’ - out there you can now stuff all kinds of random trinkets in your backpack!! Introducing:

the inventory ✨

For example, let’s say you to talk to our man Jim:

He wants a bottlecap. Okay, we can do that! You’ll have to go looking around to see if you can find the item you need.

When you find it all you have to do is get close to it to collect the item! As you find more and more trinkets they’ll start to move much more subtly, making them more difficult to find. Of course finding everything will get you an achievement ;)

Whenever you collect an item you’ll see this beautiful UI screen which was created with ideas from you all and I absolutely love (although this is such a pain to keep looking nice on different aspect ratio screens TuT). Also excuse the lack of a bottlecap drawing, it’s on my list haha. This sparkle patch is just a placeholder!

Much of the inventory system was done while streaming on Twitch! It’s been my favourite way to get immediate feedback from the community and suggestions on new features. If you want to see the VODs of those streams you can find it here & here :)

Throughout November I’ll be streaming a lot more so join me there if you want to help make the game and watch me work!

Now that we have the bottlecap we can go back to Jim and give it to him. He even gives us a reward for our effort 💖🍓

New areas??

I’m not going to be showing too much yet because it’s still very much in the early stages BUT I wanted to show you some color palettes for different areas of the game I’m working on :))

Right now the game only has a prototype of 1 of the 7-8 areas I want to eventually have; the yellow flower field (middle of the second row). I’m trying to go all over the rainbow to have different vibes for everything! What areas do you think will be the different colours? Come speculate in the discord: discord.gg/mailtime

With the inventory system I felt the game also needed an updated pause menu that could give you a lot more information about what you can do in the game.

The Mail Scout Handbook

You receive from the Mail Scouts (who you work for) an official Mail Scout Handbook to track your deliveries and other things (coming soon) in!

You can see all the deliveries you need to do as well as if any items are needed in order to complete the delivery. A different letter icon is in front of a delivery depending on if the delivery still needs any items :)

At a different bookmark you can open the save menu where you can manually save and load the game (although the game will also automatically save for you)!

You can also quit the game from here :( (although really why would you ever want to?? Just play forever, what’s the problem???)

That’s it for the handbook FOR NOW!!! There’s still some pretty important tabs that will be added in the future. It’s nice to have this more expandable system to put things in rather than having to make endless menus for different functions.

Now you can all find it in your trusty Mail Scout Handbook! (property of the Mail Scouts, damage will have to be paid!! >:( )