Mini-LD 4 has started.

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
October 3rd, 2008 3:50 pm

Alright! Mini-LD 4 has start and the main theme is

MSpaint: Best Level Editor Ever

Ok, that may sound a bit silly but here’s the idea: A while back I was talking with some people about how it’d be cool if we had a bunch of games that all had the same save format so you could play one game, save, open up a different game and it would affect your status in that game. It seemed impractical but then I had a simpler idea. What if every game used the same file as the level data? It’d be so cool to see how everyone could interpret the same data in different and crazy ways.

So here are the requirements:

  1. Your game must use included files as level data.
  2. You must make a compatible level of your own.
  3. Optional theme: robots and kittens

So, I’ll explain each of these in detail. The first is that I’m going to upload 3 24-bit bmp files that your game has to be able to run as levels. Now the requirements on this are pretty lax. The file is just an abstract representation, a yellow pixel could be a randomly generated badguy, or a lift or a forest or whatever. For example if you wanted to make a simcity clone and use the file as the base for some terrain generation that’d be fine. The biggest requirement is given two levels, A person can tell which one is being used given your derived “level”. So you can’t just feed in the bits as the seed of a random number generator and use the generator to make your “level”

Now making the level was taking quite a bit longer than i had hoped so I’m going to post the drafts right now and when I get a chance, before I go to bed, I will post the final versions. So here are the drafts:

I’m going to have at least one more level when I’m done that might be slightly different. All of them should support a platformer type game. If you decide to make something that ISN’T a platformer then you aren’t required to support more than one of the levels.

Now, as the theme implies, one can make a level in MSpaint. The allowed color pallet is the defaults in MSpaint. And everyone has to make at least one level like the one provided. That level has to be a 64 by 64 bmp like the examples. For that level please try to make it platformer friendly so we can play it on other peoples games. Now, you are encouraged to make levels other than the one required. These levels will hopefully suit your game better and can be any size. Same filetype and pallet are strongly encouraged as the whole idea is to try different games on the same level. Here is a file for all of you non windows users that should have the correct colors.

Finally, for those who still want more of a theme than just the technical restriction, the optional theme is Robots and Kittens.

I have something of importance to take care of for the next few hours but hopefully, I’ve provided enough specific information for everyone to get started. Before I go to sleep I’ll have the final version of the files and answer all the questions anyone has so feel free to post a bunch.

EDIT: General LD rules apply unless otherwise contradicted or they don’t fit in. Let me know if any rules should be changed.


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