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Found mine ! + update

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Sunday, December 20th, 2015 9:33 pm

 

 

 

This was a game in itself!

By the way, Digicross recieved an update few days ago. It is not the official download since it’s post Compo.

mosaic

Download post Compo

See Digicross Page

Anybody up to multiplayer ?

Posted by
Monday, December 14th, 2015 4:28 pm

So… my compo from yesterday recieved a few comments and some were interessting but it seems that nodody ever tried the multiplayer or the coop mode.

Since my game was originally uniquely intended to be played this way, I’d like to see that happening (outside from my own place). Solo mode was added because I knew that a lot of people would end up being alone to test LD games and I didn’t want them to be frustrated. Also, I wanted my game to be played by more than a few friends. But solo mode turned out to be the only thing people experienced so far.

 

In Digicross, there is a multiplayer in wich you duel over who is gonna own the pixel art, a coop so you can play as a team to defeat the timer and a solo mode.

 

First pic is from multi (I hear it sayin’ “tri me”), second one is from coop (says “it’s hype to play indie game in coop”) :

Tri me !!!

Look at me i'm hype

 

It is this way, not this way.

 

Thank you kindly for considerating playing this game! Or at least, for reading this.

PS: best compo I played was this one. And I’m not promoting a friend or something, I don’t know this guy at all.

Try Digicross

Posted by
Sunday, December 13th, 2015 8:47 pm

LINK

Digicross (for lack of a better name) is a action picross game in wich you are urged to unravel the pixel art withing the time you got left. Don’t go away, there is no math to do ! Just control your dot with the 2 buttons and act quickly…

Many modes availiable:
-solo mode
-multiplayer mode
-coop mode

The multiplayer mode is a duel mode so it’s my favourite!
Every explanation you need is in the game, in the ‘how to play’ section.

Here you can see an example of a duel! The blue dot on top is the player 1, player 2 is the red dot. They compete for the triforce and at this stage it’s still hard to see who is winning. Maybe a Go player could tell…

At the begining of a stage, you don’t see everything (in fact, it’s all hidden) so you have to quickly figure out what the pixel art looks like.  And squash the Langton’s ant before it ruins your game! Well it’s not really a Langton’s ant since a reall Langton’s ant would have been too anoying for the game.

Google it, it’s quite interesting. If you speak french, watch this video.

 

Hope you will engoy this genuine compo, have fun!

PS: Sorry but there is no sound. Didn’t seemed to be a big priority for this game.

LINK to the game.

Back on A MAZE inc. What happened ?

Posted by
Monday, December 15th, 2014 9:11 am

Entry:

 

After a few days and some honnest feedack from the community on ludumdare.com, twitch and others, I’d like to draw the conclusions of my very first game jam. I decided to enter alone, in the compo competition using Game Maker witch i’m starting to love and hate at the same time. I’ve been eyeing Unity for some time but it’s still a bit unclear for me.

The theme was pretty inspiring to me as it meant basically, “you can make a very simple game that takes place only on one screen”. I immediately thought about an “auto-maze” that can generate an infinity of mazes using a system of pillars that go up and down. A MAZE inc. was born! In my head… Then I had to go to sleep.

Wallpaper

 

Process :

 

– First thing to do was that pillar system, as it was the core idea of my game, the rest would go by itself (…)

I drew my pillars directly in the paint-like editor inside Game Maker as it was supposed to be temporary, the first idea was to go with a metallic look within the hole game. And once i finally found a good way to control them i realized the hardest was to come. I wanted to create a random maze with a start, an end, some “monsters”, weapons (like bombs) and coins. The game would feel like a random pacman mixed with some bomberman. I felt exited.

– I knew the auto-maze system was ambitious but once it was done, the rest was easy it it would kind of spare me the level design phase.

I researched a lot on auto generated mazes and dungeons on GM. I haven’t found any working source that could inspire me. But what I should have seen was that most of them were pretty complicated. I spend so much time on researching and experimenting, I could have programmed an entire other game during that time! Finally I abandoned that system, I knew I didn’t have the time to make it work even if I was starting to get some results. At this point, I almost abandon the jam, then I had a game saving idead!

– I would abandon the auto-maze system and recycle the controller system so the pillars can be controllable by myself.

But I still wanted my game to take place in one single room, as it was the theme and the hole reason to my pillar system. I started to create controllers designed to move the pillars in that single room as i wanted. But it turned out to be a horrible lost of time. It was too much complicated and abstract. With much more time it would have worked but still I had to construct the different combinations in an other room, so i could see the end result. That’s when it strucked me.

– I could just construct different rooms and the player couldn’t really feel teleported as long as these rooms look the same and I have a good transition system.

I didn’t have much time left but it worked pretty good and the effect was very efficient! I felt relieved, this was a good frame for a real game. I started to create a few levels, added a very simple controllable character and an advanced AI system that can find you no matter how difficult is the maze, like i knew how to make. I made all the game stripes and created a music from a huge bank of samples (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZhwRobYmps). It seem a like a big step (and it is) but it’s really not the most time consuming phase, I didn’t get stuck one second and I’m proud of how fast I came through that process. Untill…

– I went to the restaurant with my familly!

It seemed like a good idea at first. I would rest and eat well before the final straight. See, I live in Lyon and we have a traditional festival the weekend of December 8, “La Fête des Lumières”. Basically there are great illuminations all around the city and many people from everywhere come to see them. The streets are crowded and the restaurants too. And my family and friends choose a restaurant in one of the most touristic places. I didn’t know where it was, I lost time finding it, plus my family couldn’t enter without me (given the ton of people they don’t allow partial groups). And you know, it takes some time to eat in a real restaurant. Oh, and the subway was crowded too, I had to walk.

– Finish Express.

With my easy built-in level designer, I felt confident that I could wrap up the game easily. But the restaurant issues made me loose so much time that I had to rush the end! Fortunatly, we had one our to submit the game after the ending time. If I learnt anything it’s that you should always schedule ahead and take this matter seriously. I eventually compacted a roughtly finnished game just a few seconds before the gong. But because I fifn’t have time to test it before I ship it, there was a horrible bug! A never ending loop of explosion right on the player. The game was unplayable. It took a few minutes to fix that bug and a couple of others. I consider my game standout but then again with the restaurant episode and my late start, I can say that A MAZE inc. was made in less than 48 hours.

 

End result:

 

A MAZE inc. is not exactly what I wanted it to be. I was stubborn to make an auto-generated maze but I’m not a programmer. I lost time in the process and gained nothing. I’m glad that I found a compromise but I didn’t have the time to use it’s potential to the fullest. People who played my game all loved the transition system, and the overall presentation of the game but found it not exciting enough. Some said it was too slow, some said repetitive, some were bored by the enemies… All in all, I didn’t spend enough time on the game system, too much time on the superficial. I’m still proud of my entry and i feel that with a few tweaks and addons, it’s a good recipe for a nice little indy game. Bigger mazes, more different enemies and obstacles, and a basic enigma system with boxes and switches, that’s what I’d do to improuve that game. Most of Compo entries are pretty basic or not finished compared to it, so I think it’s not too bad for a first game jam 😉 See you next year!

 

If you want to test it, rate it and add your feedback, the game is still as it was on the first day:

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=46758

A MAZE inc. Soundtrack !

Posted by
Monday, December 8th, 2014 9:05 pm

A MAZE inc. Soundtrack !

A MAZE inc. Wallpaper

Posted by
Monday, December 8th, 2014 7:16 pm

Wallpaper

Just made this wallpaper from my game engine !

Enjoy

The A MAZE inc. special effect ™ looks better in video !

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Sunday, December 7th, 2014 10:47 pm

Posted by
Sunday, December 7th, 2014 8:22 pm

brainOUF !

Due to a very late bug, i almost peed myself ! But i made it (hum, i didn’t got the time to test it… hope it acttualy works!)

 

I’m gonna compile other platforms/installer now. Oh and test my game (hum hum).

 

[edit] : I made it an exe instead of an installer (no install)

Posted by
Sunday, December 7th, 2014 5:04 pm
Almost there !

Almost there !

Have to add some depth into the game, otherwise it’s working fine !

However, I’m not sure how to publish it for the contest (i’d hate to not participate because of that)

A MAZE inc

Posted by
Saturday, December 6th, 2014 8:53 am

Like others, i came up with a maze game… I had to sleep right away so i’m not very far.  And not only it’s on one screen, but it regenerate new mazes in real time!

It takes place in a simulation chamber, right now the walls are totally random, it will be my next task to make it fun.

I’m still thinking on the “fighting” system, it’ll be a mix between bomberman and pacman…

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