Post Mortem for “Spaceway Transportation”

Posted by (twitter: @CodeNMore)
August 27th, 2014 7:23 am

Spaceway Transportation Incorporated is a transportation company devoted to transporting aliens safely and happily from planet to planet.   But, as a Spaceway pilot, you must be aware of flying objects and enemy ships that don’t want you near their planets. 

Play it here: http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-30/?action=preview&uid=33942

Timelapse/gameplay video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSkU-nWH2B4

Spaceway Transportation has gotten some feedback already – saying it was too difficult.  What’s wrong with super difficult games?!?  I can understand the level generation system at times can glitch and spawn an almost impossible object, of course, but the game is supposed to be difficult!  Anyways, to the post-mortem now.

Good:

I completed the game and *almost* everything I wanted to.  I even had time to implement an unplanned endless mode.  For writing a random interval-based level generation system in 48 hours, it turned out good (despite some impossible random things that happen once in a while).

The control system is great, and my OOP skills have grown very much.  More importantly, it is FUN (to me, at the very least)!

Bad:

The theme.  Really the only way for this game to fit the theme is if you play the Campaign mode and follow the story, so I wish I could have implemented the theme a bit more, but it still works.

GRAYSCALE – some people seem to like the grayscale graphics, but I don’t really like them.  I couldn’t change them, though, because I settled on a grayscale software-rendering engine, written during the 48-hours.  Either way, the graphics still look kind of neat (for my art skills, of course).

Better:

A lot could have been done better in this game.  The theme could have been implemented a bit more, and I wish I had time to REALLY tweak the level generation system.

Final Note:

I finished a game, it is fun, difficult, and looks pretty good!  Play it now!

Play it here: http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-30/?action=preview&uid=33942

Timelapse/gameplay video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSkU-nWH2B4


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