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‘m’ Timelapse

Posted by (twitter: @cadin)
Monday, April 29th, 2013 11:15 am

Here’s my screencap timelapse movie for my game ‘m’:

It’s not as interesting as my previous ones due to the lack of graphics in my game. Watching the timelapse of the graphic creation is usually my favorite part.

Play ‘m’ and let me know what you think.

‘m’ is Done

Posted by (twitter: @cadin)
Sunday, April 28th, 2013 12:17 pm

m

‘m’ is a maze game.

You have to navigate the maze blindly using only the arrow keys.

I’ll write more about this later.

Play m

‘Zephyr’ is Available on iOS

Posted by (twitter: @cadin)
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 10:07 am

Zephyr Touch

 

Zephyr, my game from LD 23 is now available on the iTunes App Store.

When I originally created the game a few people commented on how well it work with a touch screen, so I’m happy to finally have a version that runs on iPad and iPad mini.

I ported the game from Flash to iOS using the Sparrow framework. I wrote up some more in-depth development notes in this post at The Pencil Farm, if anyone is interested.

I’m keeping the game free until after LD 26, so get it while it’s fresh if you want to try it out.

Links:

Zephyr Touch on the iTunes App Store

 

Zephyr Touch Development Notes

Original LD 23 entry page

‘Sprout’ Timelapse

Posted by (twitter: @cadin)
Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 9:22 am

Here’s my timelapse of the creation of my game Sprout:

If you skip to the halfway mark when I start creating the art it gets a lot more interesting.

If it looks interesting to you:

PLAY SPROUT HERE

 

How high can you Sprout?

Posted by (twitter: @cadin)
Monday, August 27th, 2012 2:12 pm

My current high score for my game ‘Sprout’ is 1054 feet.

Can you beat it?

PLAY SPROUT

 

Boom. Done.

Posted by (twitter: @cadin)
Sunday, August 26th, 2012 5:22 pm

Whew! This was the closest I’ve come to not finishing (45 minutes to spare).

I wish I had more time to work on the audio. I shouldn’t have left that till the last minute. Oh well.
I think I wasted too much time just playing my game. I suppose it’s a good sign that the game is fun enough to distract me from working on it…

Take a look and let me know what you think:

PLAY SPROUT

Day 2 Progress

Posted by (twitter: @cadin)
Saturday, August 25th, 2012 9:12 pm

My gameplay is pretty close to being done at this point, but I’m realizing I have a ton of graphics and animation to get done tomorrow. Also, I haven’t even started on audio yet.

Oh well, here’s a screenshot:

Day one prototype

Posted by (twitter: @cadin)
Friday, August 24th, 2012 9:21 pm

Wow, I really struggled to come up with an idea for this one. The last two came me to pretty quickly, but I almost thought I was going to have to sit this one out. Luckily I think I’ve hit on something that could be fun:

My game will be about plant evolution.
You’ll control a plant bud that keeps growing and growing. You’ll be trying to collect little… um… things that will make your plant, like, evolve. Somehow.

Ok, I haven’t worked out all the details yet, but I threw together a prototype of the movement and it feels pretty good to me so far.

Try it out:

Evolution Prototype Day 1

Fav-o-rama

Posted by (twitter: @cadin)
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 8:08 pm

I’ve only rated 30 games (so many Windows-only games this time…) but here are my 3 favorites so far:

(Tiny) Worlds of Illusion

I love the idea of incorporating optical illusions into the gameplay. I’ve never seen anything like this before.

 

pixTown

Unique puzzle mechanic here, with smooth interaction and complementary sound effects.

 

Tinysasters

Another neat gameplay concept I haven’t seen before. The superb artwork is icing on the cake.

 

Tradesies?

Want me to rate your game? Drop the link in the comments and I’ll check it out (web or Mac versions only, sorry).

Please rate my game in exchange:

Zephyr

 

Great work everyone. Thanks for all the games!

‘Zephyr’ Timelapse

Posted by (twitter: @cadin)
Monday, April 23rd, 2012 3:36 pm

Here’s my time-lapse video of the making of Zephyr:

 

Play Zephyr

‘Zephyr’ is done!

Posted by (twitter: @cadin)
Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 4:58 pm

Done. So tired…

Once again I’m surprised and pleased that I was able to make a pretty decent game in under 48 hours. And once again I am exhausted. I will hopefully post more here later.

For now:

PLAY ZEPHYR

 

Tiny World Beginnings

Posted by (twitter: @cadin)
Friday, April 20th, 2012 9:07 pm

It’s still early here, but I think I might have to be done for the night. It took me way longer that it should have to figure out this tiny bit of code. So tired…

But, I think I have a good idea to start on first thing in the morning:

In my game tiny people will parachute into the screen riding on dandelion spores. You create gusts of wind with your mouse to help guide them to… um… safety? Well, I still have some parts to figure out, but I think I can make it work.

Pickle 1.0!

Posted by (twitter: @cadin)
Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 1:33 pm

(This is my last post about Pickle, I promise.)

Just wanted to let everyone know that Pickle 1.0 has been released!
Thanks to everyone who tried the alpha and helped with suggestions and feedback.

Try it out: www.pickleEditor.com

And be sure to let me know if you use it make anything cool.

Follow @pickleEditor for updates.

 

‘Pickle’ Pixel Editor Alpha Release

Posted by (twitter: @cadin)
Monday, January 23rd, 2012 6:36 pm

The public alpha release of my cross-platform pixel editor Pickle is now available for download.

The app features animation preview, seamless tile preview, and terrain preview—all live updating as you edit.

I’m trying to get feedback from the game dev community to help make it better. So if you have a few minutes to try it out and let me know what you think I’d really appreciate it. It would be great to have a more full-featured version complete for people to use in the next LD.

Download Pickle at PickleEditor.com 

Follow @pickleEditor for updates

‘Spawn’ Time-lapse

Posted by (twitter: @cadin)
Monday, December 19th, 2011 5:31 pm

Here’s my time-lapse of making Spawn this weekend. Total capture time was about 21 hours. Condensed to 9 minutes.

I forgot to put up my big clock for the first hour or so. I started recording at 6:45.

View the Spawn Timelapse

‘Spawn’ Development Timeline

Posted by (twitter: @cadin)
Monday, December 19th, 2011 4:10 pm

PLAY SPAWN

I didn’t keep very good notes while I was developing this weekend, so I’m going to try to just list out approximately what happened when before I forget too much. I’m referring to my time-lapse video to help me with the exact times.

Friday

4:00 pm – Took a short nap and then bought some groceries so I would be well rested and fed for the upcoming competition.

6:00 pm – Theme is announced! ‘Alone’.
Initially I am not too crazy about the theme. It seems a too broad. I imagine everyone just making standard platformers and dungeon crawlers and saying ‘the main character is alone’. I suppose that would happen with any theme.

6:00 – 6:45 pm – Brainstorming and sketching ideas.
Some idea fragments:

  • the last leaf clinging to a tree at the start of winter
  • the last chick left all alone in the nest
  • a lone amoeba swimming through a vast ocean
  • piloting a ship through empty space
  • a dandelion spore

6:45 pm – Open Flash and TextMate and start prototyping the basic movement and gameplay

7:45 pm – Briefly consider using Flixel. Decide not to due to my unfamiliarity with it.

10:00 pm – With a rough prototype complete, I stop coding and write a quick blog post.
I spend about 30–45 minutes sketching character designs in my sketchbook.

11:00 pm Sleep!
Saturday

5:30 am – I woke up on Saturday feeling refreshed and was glad that my game concept and prototype still seemed viable after sleeping on it.

6:30 am After breakfast I immediately started working on the designs for my main amoeba character (in Illustrator).
After about an hour I had a basic design that worked so I brought it into Flash and started animating.

8:30 am – Design title screen

9:00 am – Change Nutrients from being Flash Sprites to bitmap objects that get blitted onto the background, hoping to improve performance.

10:00 am – Added the collected nutrients to the amoeba’s belly.
The game becomes pretty playable at this point. From here on I think I wasted a lot of time just playing my game.

10:30 am – Sound effects (sfxr & Sound Studio)

11:00 am – Added spawning animation.

1:30 pm – Added ‘New Species’ label

2:30 pm – Added some placeholder new creature graphics

3:00 pm – Added the menu for showing all the creatures you’ve spawned.

7:00 pm – Added background bubble graphics

8:00 pm – Remade title screen as multiple graphics instead of just one.

I was starting to feel really burned out at this point, so I wrote a quick blog post and thought I would go to bed. Instead, I spent another hour or so working on some background music (GarageBand).

 

Sunday

6:30 am – On Sunday I woke up feeling terrible. I was tired and my whole body was aching. I was not looking forward to spending another day in front of the computer, but I knew I only had a few more (big) things to finish.

7:00 am – The major thing remaining was to draw the graphics for all of my spawn creatures, so I got started on that first thing.
It took most of the morning.

10:45 am – Added different probabilities for which nutrients show up based on where you are in the ocean.
I took a few big missteps before I got this right.

12:00 pm – Fearing poor performance on older computers, I decided to change the game’s framerate from 60 to 30. Most of the movement in the game is framerate independent, but my amoeba animation had to be adjusted.

1:00 pm – Posted my finished game with 5 hours to spare! Woo hoo!

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