Post Mortem

Posted by (twitter: @frimkron)
August 26th, 2011 12:43 pm

Well while I wait for my timelapse to attempt to upload to Youtube for the 5th time, I might as well write a post-mortem for my game. Here’s a reminder of which one it was:


So I pretty much managed to stick to my original plan this time. I chose the absolute simplest gameplay concept I could come up with, and avoided the temptation to try to make something fancy.

Avoiding falling stuff has to be the simplest action game imaginable; and in fact for a program I used to use called DIV Games Studio, it was the tutorial. A bit of a speed-up mechanic and some lava to escape from and I had my gameplay down. The code was messy, but never got to an unmanagable state.

I was then able to spend the second day working on the graphics, which I was pretty happy with in the end. I managed to submit a couple of hours before the deadline with Windows build complete, which is a first for me. It was nice to not have that sinking feeling about 5 hours before the deadline when you realise that you’re nowhere near to completing what you wanted to have done. And ever nicer to not be scurrying around trying to throw a build together with 10 minutes to go.


I still didn’t leave enough time to record some proper sounds and write some music like I’d hoped to. I ended up throwing together some sfxr noise, which is better than nothing, but does all start to sound the same after a while.

While the code went well, I found myself writing unnecessary bits of boilerplate code that I always seem to end up writing. Code that could and should really be abstracted into a library and reused.

In Closing

I think I took the right approach this time. No grandiose plans, no over-optimistic attempts at procedural generation, no attempts to invent new genres, and generally no biting off more than I could chew. I kept it simple and relaxed and while my entry isn’t going to win any prizes (there aren’t any anyway), the sense of accomplishment and closure was pretty satisfying.

Next time though, I’m going to be better prepared in terms of the libraries I use, and cut down some of the boilerplate to leave more time for gameplay code. Every extra minute I can save here and there gives me more chance to add polish, namely audio which always gets left until last and therefore neglected.

TL;DR: Happy but music next time

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