Super Neo Tektropolis – Mini Post-Mortem

Posted by (twitter: @vidarn)
April 29th, 2013 10:22 am

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I didn’t get much sleep last night so here’s a rather incoherent mini post-mortem of my game Super Neo Tektropolis.

I knew beforehand that I wanted to do some kind of platform or action game mainly becouse I wanted to play with Box2D and I wanted something a bit more fast paced than my previous LD entries.

I had planned on using clanlib (the game is written in c++) but when doing some preliminary testing I could not get cross compiling for windows (with minGW) to work. Being able to cross compile is great so I looked around for another graphics library. I finally settled on SFML 2 and looking back it feels like a great choice.

In the end I have mixed feelings about the game. It feels like the it’s missing some sense of progression. I went for infinitely sized procedural¬† levels but they turned out quite boring and monotonous I’m afraid. However, the enemies and the controls feel pretty good and I’m overall happy with the graphics. There are some parts that I really like and there are some parts that look pretty bad, but you can’t be too picky with a 48 hour game I guess.

The theme was a surprise to me. I hadn’t really noticed it when voting and wasn’t prepared for it at all (but to be honest, when are you ever ready for the ludum dare themes?) so I went with the lame aproach of “I’ll make the graphics simplistic and consider that the minimalistic part of my game”. Coming up with an unique take of the theme can be challenging but I had a hard enough time finishing the game anyway so I didn’t even try.

All in all I had a great time. A friend of mine also participated in the compo (check out his game, Super Monster Attack) and I spent the weekend at their place. Having someone to talk to, even if they are too absorbed in their own game to really listen, is great and I don’t think making the game would have been nearly as fun if I had been alone at home.

Anyway, enough rambling. I’ve got some Ludum Dare games to play. :)

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