My creation for MiniLD #57

Posted by (twitter: @dexafreeHTC)
February 27th, 2015 10:42 pm

Hi!

This is my first LD (well, it is actually a Mini LD), and after being told about this by a friend (who also challenged me to make a creation), I only knew three things:

1. You have to make a game within a week

2. The topic is “REVERSED”

3. The only rule is “Can I? YES”

After taking a look to some other creations, I think that the topic was meant to be understood as “reversed in time”. Well, my game is made by a different approach.

It is a simple platform&puzzle game, but with a new mechanic that came to me while thinking how should I understand the “Reversed” topic: You can only go to the right, but you can use mirrors, which will REVERSE [almost] all the world.

There are only a few levels, but it’s as long as I have been able to create within this time.

Screenshots

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Plot

Your nameis Modnar. You are the only member alive of an ancient secret order, called Redro Terces, who are known by their interest on mirrors magical properties. After arriving to a castle, you finally found the book you were looking for.

You tried some spells, and suddenly you realize that something went wrong.

“Let’s get out of here”, you think.

Controls

  • Move Right: Right arrow
  • Move Left: YOU CAN’T
  • Jump: Up arrow
  • Use mirror: Space
  • Restart level: R

Download

As it’s written in Java, you will need the JRE installed. If Chrome detects it as a potentially harmful file, feel free to dismiss it. However, I ensure it does not contain malware in any form (in addition, I will Open Source it in a few days).

 

As I see, you have to write a Post Mortem, so there I go (sorry for not having read the recommendation of writing it before creating the game):

POST MORTEM

I have learned a lot while developing this.

It is made in Java, using Slick2D library, which 8 days ago I only knew for its name, I had never used it before. In its initial state, the game was only made with green, red and yellow rectangles, and when all the mechanics were done, I spent some time designing a few levels, and had to rush a lot in order to add some graphics (I had help with this).

After having the graphics done, I spent an hour trying to add some plot to it, so at least it would make the user feel a little interested about what is going on.

 

Bugs & Problems while creating it

The first one I had to face was that I had no idea about how to use Slick2D. Thanks to youtube, heaven StackOverflow and some examples I started figuring out how to do certain basic things, such as making the player able jump.

Then some software design issues came, such as if anidations, design patterns… and finally, exporting the jar was such an adventure, but I finally got it!

Well, at least I ended up with a decently looking game, which I consider my first finished graphic game ever.

Credits:

– Depth: Character, Mirror and Door design

– JRoig24: Graphic design (wall tiles)

– Raindrinker: Challenging me to do this

 

Thanks for reading and trying!


2 Responses to “My creation for MiniLD #57”

  1. klianc09 says:

    The length is just about right, because if you would make it much longer without introducing new gameplay elements it will get a chore instead. But as it is, it stays interesting ’till the end.

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