Alright– finally have my initial proof of concept demo up and available for any curious souls to try out. It isn’t too exciting yet but it will show you the initial inklings of what I’m going for anyway. It’s Flash so you can run it in your browser.
Basically this is a test level here with 4 stalactites, 3 steam geysers, and 6 flying bats. I am enjoying the bat movement at this point. Each time you play the game the cavern levels will have the same configuration of weapons for your use. What will change is some slight variables on the initial speeds and directions of the enemies in the cavern. The timer will likely be going away as now each cavern level has a limited number of weapons for you to use. You use a cavern weapon by clicking on it with your mouse.
I hope to support interesting combos and other funny events perhaps to help your score and experience of the game.
Today my main goal is still to get all the behind the scenes engine working with my levels, get all the enemies moving correctly in the various levels, and finish coding all the weapon functions and effects. That way tomorrow I can spend as much time as possible on bringing the graphics up to speed beyond the rapid primitives I’ve made everything here in. My plan is to have the game be fun before spending anything more then the bare minimum on graphics because the game is what matters in the end to me. Especially if I want to keep working on anything post-compo I’ll be far more motivated to improve graphics and polish if the actual game is fun! 😉
Click on the bubbling steam geysers or the stalactites at the top of the cavern with your mouse to trigger them. Steam geysers work like a short range shotgun at the moment so wait for the bats to be near. Stalactites fall so you need to time them right with the bats movement. 100 points per bat. Max score of current demo is 600 points… 😉