In my mind, one thing that sets Prismata apart from many other wannabe eSports games is the tools they provide for pro level competition, even in the Alpha stage. Let’s take a deeper look into one of my personal favorites, the awesome Replay system.
First things first, what are Replay’s and Replay codes?
- All Prismata matches are recorded in a database and given a 10 character code.
- This code is displayed at the end of the match for all players to see.
There’s two ways to use the replay codesIn-Game Method
- URL format: http://play.prismata.net/?r=[replay code]
What can you do with them?Replay Playback
Using the replay playback controls and the timeline you can skip around the match to your hearts content and never miss a play!
This is a great way to learn from the Pro’s or just look for where you made the critical mistake that cost you the match.
The timeline itself also contains some good visual indicators to make it easier to find things
- the black and white indicates turns
- the dots indicate actions
You can mouse over the buttons to see these.
- Turn Speed (0.2x – 32x)
- Slower: – / Numpad –
- Faster: + / Numpad +
- Skip to Beginning: Shift + Left Arrow
- Step Back: Left Arrow
- Play: Spacebar
- Step Forward: Right Arrow
- Skip to End: Shift + Right Arrow
Clicking the “Analyze” button next to the Playback Controls will open the game in a new tab in Analyzer mode.
The Analyzer will let you try out lots of different “What if…” scenarios starting with whatever point in the match you press the button at.
More about the Analyzer in a future post!
Bot the Set
Clicking “Load from Replay” on the vs Computer screen will let you play a match against the bot using the same set of units as the replay you provide. While you can manually create the set yourself using the Custom option, loading from a replay code is obviously much faster. The set can be saved via the Custom menu as well.
You can use this as an easy way to test lots of different strategies with a given set against the bot, especially good for testing openings!
Some pretty useful features, but where can you find good Replay codes to check out?In Game
From this screen alone there’s 3 great ways to get more codes
- Live Games: Watch a live match and when it gets to the end you’ll see the replay code too!
- My Replays: Contains all that matches you’ve played in, even against the bot.
- Live Twitch Streams: Watch people play on Twitch and jot down the code when it comes up.
- Top Replays: Currently in development, but should be a good way to check out great games!
- Global Chat: Just ask people there! Be aware you can’t currently copy and paste from it though.
There’s some good places online to find more codes