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30 most rated

Posted by
Monday, September 14th, 2015 3:21 pm

Here is an overview of the 30 most rated entries (thanks to itch.io):

P.S: don’t forget to test Lil’ Drake if not done yet 😉

Lil’ Drake Post Mortem

Posted by
Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 5:08 am

Hi,

Here is a small post-mortem of my LD entry.

What is the game about ?

It’s a frantic game in which you can only fly and hit walls to change direction while avoiding deadly traps.

What went right:

Constraints: Since I knew I would only have around 1 day to make the game, I put some constraints on gameplay and art. I wanted the gameplay to be really, really simple. What could be more simple than pressing any key to fly ? As far as we were going to fly a lot I made the velocity better if we keep on flying. I soon realised that this simple mechanic could be highly enhanced by bumping on the walls.

I was working on a NES-inspired game when the contest started so I kept the same limitations for my entry: 3-4 colors per sprite and use my personal NES palette. I also tried to limit the sprite size to 16×16. These are very relaxed NES constrained but they work for me.

CharacterController2D: This is an amazing class to start with animating a character. It saved me a lot of work and allowed me to have pixel precise controls.

Looking at the classics: I had no idea about the look I wanted to give to the game so I went to Spriters Resource to search for art style. For the backgrounds and platforms, I’ve been heavily inspired by the Castlevania serie. And for the character I took a mix of several old games styles I liked.

Reusing: Both code(less than 1%) and derived my own art from the project  I was working on. It really helped me to get it on time. I just took the basic character controller of the game I was working on and adapted it to be able to fly. As for the art: I derived a secondary character to create the vampire.

Testing: I tested each levels a lot, I mean A LOT. It allowed me to create some pixel precise nightmare. So my advice would be: test, test, … test and test again.

What went wrong:

Time: As far as I’m dad of 3 wonderful children, I don’t have a lot of time to participate to LD. This time I knew I had less than 24h to work on it. Well, I could have had more time but I prefered to play with the kids :) .

I started by looking at the theme when I woke up and then…  worked on the art from 8 PM till midnight. On sunday I had something like 9-10 hours to work on the code and levels. Not much time.

Diversity: I wanted to have 10 levels. That sounded like a good number. I ended up with only 2 trap types: pikes and saws. I should probably had better targeting less levels but add more traps and enemies diversity. Everything is a matter of time vs feature.

Sound: I mostly play games without sound. That’s probably why I didn’t took time to add it to the game. It would have added a lot.

Jam or Compo: As far I reused some code and art, I entered the Jam. But to be really honest I used around 20 lines of code and just derived personal art. Does it worth not entering the compo ? I don’t know. I worked alone. I strictly applied the rules but I felt like participating to the compo without being able to join it. What do you think ?

The name: I still don’t know if I like it… I always find it hard to find name for the thing I do. I don’t know if it a good or bad name… what about Super Fly Drake ?… Does the name really matters?

Lil’ Drake : http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-33/?action=preview&uid=18768

Team: just me

Development time: +- 14h

Number of levels: 10

Development tools: Unity, Pixel Maker PRO, Aseprite, Pinta

Useful websites: spriters-resource.com, dafont.com

3 games that deserve more votes

Posted by
Monday, September 7th, 2015 1:42 pm

Here are 3 games that I selected both because I liked them but also because they deserve more votes.

Fright Night : you play has a serial killer. You need to be discreet to approach your victims and fast to kill them before they run away. This game has a really original gameplay.

Damned : You play as a monster trying to get its prey. The search mode is purely amazing. The art of the game is unbelievable. You should really try it.

Starvin’ Sasquatch : This is an original take on the stealth genre. This is a very fun game with nice graphics.

And if you still have some time you could also check mine 😉

Thanks for your comments

Posted by
Sunday, September 6th, 2015 6:22 am

Hi, I wanted to thanks again everyone for your amazing comments. Here are some of them:

shawn42 says …
One of the best entries so far.. hard to put down. The levels are really well designed and the controls feel great. Throw some audio on this and I’d buy it! 5 stars in humor for having my dead corpses cut up again by the saws 😉
Druid says …
Simple but incredibly catchy game! This is like brilliant combination super meat boy, flappy bird and castlevania. … I can’t believe i giving all 5 again XD
Shina69 says …
Best game i played so far and, trust me, i’m reaching 1 thousand of them! I would give it a 10/10 if it had music! Pls make more levels and share with the community, those mechanics are great!
Dizzyman572 says …
Excellent game here man! This is one of those games where it’s difficult but fair. The mechanics are so simple, yet so deep at the same time. Overall, very good game. 5/5
Gamepopper says …
Extremely simple to pick up and play, brilliant use of perma-death and really cute vampire graphics. Great job!
mat1er says …
Still a better vampire story than twilight!
 
I’m currently working on an extended version with sound (at last), more levels, different environments and enemies.
 
 The knight throws his sword directly to you.
 The ghost travels all around the screen and blows on you when you’re near.
 The Slime falls from the ceiling.
 The skeleton throws his bones on you.
And much, much more…

Lil’ Drake Twitch Playtest

Posted by
Friday, August 28th, 2015 11:32 am

Hi,

Lil’ drake has been reviewed by some really cool guys on Twitch.

Here is one of my personal favorite moments: PacManFevaa

And the start of the test if your interested: Full Test

If you want to try it by yourself : Lil’ Drake Entry

Capture d’écran 2015-08-23 à 22.07.04

Lil’ Drake

Posted by
Monday, August 24th, 2015 3:06 pm

Hi,

Here is my entry: http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-33/?action=preview&uid=18768

It’s an easy game to play but hard to master. I hope you’ll like it :)

 

Post-LD upgraded version

Posted by
Saturday, May 24th, 2014 6:54 am

Hi,

I’ve just created an upgraded version of my LD entry.

I’ve added drills, mines, best scores, better Android controls, and infinite digging.

Have a look on the play store: Diggity

diggity1

 

 

Reggid entry now available on android

Posted by
Friday, May 2nd, 2014 5:00 am

Reggid entry is now available on android.

Play Store

LD Entry

reggid_android

Did it for the second time!

Posted by
Monday, April 28th, 2014 12:46 pm

I finally made it for the second time.

I hope you’ll have as much fun as I had making it!

reggid1

 

Give it a try.

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