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Just for fun - a species of jumping spider will appear in the leafcutter levels. The artwork isn't ready to show yet, but the preliminary coding of his mechanics a few weeks ago was a giggle.

Some work to be done here, I think...


It would be a formidable enemy if it hid under the leaves of the plants and pressing ctrl won't  display its stats until it jumped to your ants. Though it should be a fast long jump than high jump. Either way, in late game it would just be a suicide bomber of sorts, like the wolf spiders.

Admin he doing it sideways

Hype for the eventual model.  Hopefully these can be some anti-backline enemies, since they'll be able to jump past walls of melee ants. 
And on the sixth day, God created ant in his own image, and gave them dominion over the earth and all of its creatures.  Amen.

Jumping spiders don't really jump that high, it's more like a DASH forward with a very low arc (the jumping part is mostly to increase the range, at short distances or if jumping at a target below their own height jumping spiders travel almost in a straight line).

They do this so fast that they can catch flies, so it should be A LOT faster than this. It would probably work if you just make them lock on to a target (or the place where the target is while giving them a stun attack with a very small area of effect, so it effectively looks like they grab their prey) and then dash there - so basically having their path determined at the moment the start the attack.

This is a very good example of how a jumping spider attack looks like:
https://youtu.be/jsm1yiMk_6s?t=28



Also remember that a jumping spider will ALWAYS turn towards a victim before making a jump. They have exceptionally good (binocular) vision for arthropods and use their two huge front eyes to focus their prey before attacking (in fact their superior eyesight makes them so dominant in many ecosystems that they have forced entire groups of other spiders into nocturnal life).
« Last Edit: November 17, 2018, 08:27:06 AM by Serafine »

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Yeah, like I said this is just a bit of fun after the initial code was implemented - of course he won't be jumping that high in the game.


As we can see the devs are having fun doing the game  ;D
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Yeah Jumping spiders are awesome! Mayby you guys can make them move like in arac attack I really liked those; they have been hilarious.