Itty-bitty botty: Post mortem

Posted by (twitter: @royvanrijn)
April 24th, 2012 6:09 am

I absolutely loved my first Ludum Dare. It is a good exercise is planning, scaling, hacking, imagining and just plain having fun! Until two days ago I’d only build large enterprise software systems, and never really a game before. But I really enjoyed it, and recommend everybody to join LD24 four months from now.

The concept:

For this game I decided to stick with plain Java. It is the language I know and are familiar with. Also I decided not to use any framework whatsoever. To make it playable for as many people as possible I decided to make an applet. It could easily be made into a standalone application, or maybe an Android app…! I loved the old point-and-click games when I was younger, from Dirty Larry to The Day of the Tentacle, from Monkey Island to Gobli(iiii)ns. So that was settled, it’s going to be a point-and-click adventure!

The big pro:

Not a lot of physics and/or complicated game code.

The big con:

I’d have to brush off my paint skills because point-and-click adventures are filled with graphics and animation! I’ve fallen in love with my little animated robot (see above).

One big factor in games is music, and for this contest I took some MIDI control code I made years ago. This was turned into a procedurally generated music generator. Every time you play my game you’ll hear something new. Also, the music is constantly evolving and will never play the same thing twice. But, to make it easy on the ears, some chords do repeat and all changes are slow.

I’ve also added three types of chords, happy-chords, sad-chords and scary-chords. During the game the emotion of the character will change, and so will the music. It can also speed up and slow down.

The result:

I had a volleyball game on saterday, and visitors coming on sunday, and I had to watch the F1 and Luik-Bastenaken-Luik. So it was already a busy weekend. But I managed to squeeze in some hours. I think the game turned out pretty well. You really have to search to find all the items and get further in the game. A friend who test-played the game said he had the same good feeling the moment he found something new, making progress in the game, that he had playing games like The Day of the Tentacle. Which was a huge compliment.

Here is my result, have fun playing the game: Itty-bitty botty!

p.s. Any comments (and ratings) are appreciated! Perhaps someday I’ll create a full blown game, I’d love to do…

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