Spanner in the Works

Posted by (twitter: @Pitzik4)
June 24th, 2014 6:43 pm

I made a game called Meddle for Ludum Dare 29. It won first place in Innovation. Obviously, I wasn’t just going to let an award-winning idea sit there and die in a little 7-or-so-level game without making something bigger, so I decided to postpone my other projects indefinitely to make a post-compo version of Meddle. I renamed it to “Spanner in the Works” because “Meddle” has three homophones to get confused with (in my accent, anyway): “metal”, “medal”, and “mettle”.

I have many ideas for Spanner in the Works. I have the beginnings of an interesting (and secret) story, and also some new graphical utilities that will let me use SVG graphics with animation from Synfig in HaxePunk. In introspection mode there will be monochrome, pixelated graphics along with the matrix-style text from the original, although I don’t know whether to make the sprites green on black or black on green. I also don’t know whether to give the player just one command slot, like in the original, or multiple. Suggestions are welcome.

And here’s a comparison between the original Meddler sprite and the new, vectorized version:

Two grumpy miner spheres.

Look at how much he’s grown!

I think that’s it. There is now nothing else to say. If I say anything more at this point, it’s probably pointless. So it’s a good thing I’m not saying anything. Yup. If I kept saying stuff, that would be such a waste of time. Good job realizing when it was time to stop and stopping, me.

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3 Responses to “Spanner in the Works”

  1. YarharALC says:

    I REALLY enjoyed Meddle. The art.. wasn’t perfect. I’m excited that you are perfecting it. The best of all games that have tried what you have. Even Hack ‘N Slash, which is a twenty dollar, commercial game. Please do a great job and put it on Greenlight. I’ll give you the $100 myself! (<– hyperbole, I'm a cheapskate)

    • Pitzik4 says:

      Thanks! I’m really glad you liked it so much. And yes, I am planning on putting it up on Greenlight when it’s finished.
      It’s great to get encouragement like this! Thanks again.

  2. oranebeast says:

    Meddle was amazing, Although I couldnt play it due to something that made the game crash in “editor” mode, I still found the idea amazing. I feel that one feature that oculd be intresting to add is modifying hitboxes, But I don’t really know.

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