It’s not dead, so I can’t really perform a postmortem examination, but let’s take a critical look at my second Ludum Dare entry.
The main thing I wanted to achieve this LD was to make a multiplayer game that was fun to play with my family and mates. After my first LD, I was proud of what I had made but was aware that it wasn’t a whole lot of fun to play, and lacked polish. It’s cool, but I wanted to do better this time. My main focus was to make it fun. I think I have done that.
What went right
Focus on fun – I wanted to make something that I would actually play after the competition was over, and that other people would have fun with. I kept it as simple as I could, and focused on making it fun. I think I succeeded here.
Getting feedback early – I made sure that I got other people to play it before it was done. I think this ended up making a huge difference to the multi player. When my brother played it with me, he wanted a way to kill me himself, and the trailing asteroid turned out to be the most fun way to do this. Getting people to play test it during the competition definitely helps.
What went wrong
I must be looking at this with rose-coloured glasses, because I’m having trouble coming up with something. I guess this means that keeping it simple means a lot less goes wrong. That being said, I’m sure you all will have plenty of constructive criticism to share. Check it out, and let me know what you think I did right and wrong with this game.