Blood Moon Post Mortem

Posted by (twitter: @MagnesiumNinja)
August 26th, 2015 1:25 pm

 

This was, I think, my fifth completed Ludum Dare. It was also by far my favourite.

We started off the weekend staring blankly at the theme. It was similar, not only to a previous Ludum Dare theme, but also to a game jam we had done on another website. It was uninspiring, and it took us a good three hours to come up with a concept. We initially had wanted to do something that involved a unique or novel game mechanic as the focal point, but quickly came to realize that everything we were coming up with had also been considered by numerous other developers.

For that reason, we took a slightly different approach. We made a strong effort to create an experience that was complete and professional. We wanted to develop a game that players might look at and think, “Wow, there’s no way this was made in under 72 hours!”.

I think we succeeded.

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Now that a few days have passed, we’ve been given an awesome opportunity to receive bountiful feedback from strangers and friends alike. The commonality between each response is how amazed they are at the overall quality of the game. Blood Moon isn’t a game that will shock people with a crazy mechanic or twist, but I think that it is a game that will make people strongly consider playing it all the way through, regardless of the difficulty.

There are definitely some flaws with the game. The primary one that I think has hindered people’s enjoyment is a slightly uneven difficulty curve. There are a couple of saves that are much harder than anything else in the game. That sucks, because I think the game is absolutely worth playing to the end. But I can’t blame people for getting frustrated.

All the same, having the opportunity to watch streamers and friends play the game through, and to even watch some people enjoy it enough to speed run it, was an experience that I’ve wanted for a very long time. This is definitely a fulfillment of dreams in that regard.

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Overall, I think that this Ludum Dare has taught me some very valuable lessons. Not necessarily in terms of technical programming, but in terms of user experience and difficulty. Our ongoing project outside of the Dare is another difficult game, and I want to make sure that it’s both fair and fun to fight through. Participating this past weekend will help me accomplish that.

 

If you’re interested in checking out Blood Moon, we’d love it if you left us feedback as well! Good or bad, we always appreciate your honest opinions. They make us better developers, and we really do care.

You can find Blood Moon at the following link:

 

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-33/?action=preview&uid=3595

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