Think this’ll be my 5th time
Previously worked for TPLD and Two Monocle Games.
It’s a first for me, submitted before the deadline
Not much you can do with a theme like minimalism (still can’t believe that THAT won 0_o), rather than art I went with the decoring/lifestyle take on it:
Start with too much stuff, work to have less stuff…MINIMALISM!!
Though admitadly the theme did lend itself well to a quick project. It’s definately my most complete submission yet.
Well, looking forward to the judging.
After a little sleep I managed to fix a few things that were twisting my brain in knots the night before
Polished up the gameplay a bit, squashed bugs, added features AND improved performance (oh yeah, I’m the whole package baby 😉 )
Added new instructions image thingy to be a Yoda to your Luke:
Might have a publically playable version done before the deadline even :3
Whelp, 18 hours in and I’ve got most of the basic gameplay done:
Polished up the graphics a bit, gave the character a few poses, added a tiltle screen, stuff like that.
Still to do: Game over/completion stuffs, sex up the UI, add music, do a bit of world building – “Who is this man? Why is he happy that you are destroying his blocks?”.
I’d like to add some more features to the gameplay too… just not sure what :S
12 hours in and I’ve got something:
The aim is to remove as many blocks as possible while still supporting the little guy. Hopefully I’ll have plenty of time to add in some cool features (not too many though, it is suppost to minimalistic).
Right, after staying up for the theme (Minimalism… really!?!? Bleargh!), and grabbing a few hours of sleep I’m about ready to start.
Got a few ideas, nothing very good but I think I know what I’m going with.
Time to start coding.
Wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make it this time, but it’s looking like I shoud be on for my 4th LD!
Language: Actionscript 3
IDE/Tools: FlashDevelop, Notepad++, Paint.NET, Inkscape, Bfxr and Musagi (if there’s time…which there never is :S )
Powered by: Coffee and snacks
Finally got something new to show. There’s been constant work on AI, actions, equipment etc but none of that translates well to screenshots, but finally got the basics of those done and added a bit to the UI
Still got a looooot of stuffs I want to get in there before the end like story intro, sounds, proper level generato and hopefully have time to add more content.
After a couple of hours sleep to recharge and mull over ideas things are still moving at a decent pace 😀
Pretty much 0 noticible difference between 6hr and 12hr screenshots but there’s plenty ‘under the hood’
Camera controls and basic pathfinding are in and I have a name/title screen!
Next up is the basic AI and player controls, then story and then content, content, polish, polish!!!
First update and screeny:
Just a quick glance at the front page of posts tells me that quite a few people had similar ideas though :S
Well, regardless, I’m pretty happy with my idea and hopefully the story/setup and game mechanics are enough to hold it’s own
(Hopefully) Signing up for my 3rd Ludum Dare.
Not sure what stack I might use, Likely either:
Flash/Flashdevelop or C#/XNA/Visual studio
With Paint.Net, Audacity, Bfxr, Musagi, Notepad++
Well, the game’s in the bag and after a good nights sleep thought I’d do a submission/postmortem post for myself and anyone who’s interested (and to hopefully drum up some interest )
Congratulations Doc, it’s a Shrink Ray!
A platformer shooter where you play as a scientist forced to defend his latest greatest invention from the evil ninja army!
What went right
– The basic platformer physics were completed quickly and I came up with a level format that allowed me to define the level completely (with the exception of the enemies) in terms of platforms (including the backgrounds). This kept things moving at a good pace.
– The shrinking and ray gun effects. I was lucky to have been tackling problems like this recently for another project so it was all fresh in my mind (probably a large part of the reason I had the inspiration in the first place I guess). Resizing the characters to arbritrary scales was the easy part, but I really wanted a comic book style shrinking effect (you know, the blurred/faded cascading outline thing) and while it’s not as detailed as I’d hoped I did manage in the last few hours to get an effect close enough that I’m pretty happy with.
– Time management. I didn’t really have a plan but I feel I did prioritize well in terms of functionality, producing a game that wa playable (and fun, in my opinion) as soon as possible and adding features righ up to the last few hours.
What went wrong
– Anything that required artistic skill 😉 …except the main character, I’m really happy with how he turned out. I wanted the game to appear to have a little depth rather than be a totally flat platformer and, while when it works I think it looks good, it really caused me problems trying to create art assets to fit with the style/perspective (Most notably – cars. I really wanted a vehicle or two in the outside section but was completely unable to produce one).
– Enemy AI is practically non existent, they just run straight at you jumping occasionally. I don’t think I was ever going to get a good pathfinding system in there in the time but I would have liked to spice it up a bit to stop them being defeated by the simplist of obstacles.
– Enemy variety. Don’t get me wrong, I like ninjas, but when you’re killing nothing but ninjas all day every day some of the magic is lost. The one other enemy type in game was a pretty poor and ill concieved attempt but I left him in there anyway. I would have really liked to add attack dogs but my artistic skills were no where near up to it.
– Level… design I guess would be one word for it. Beyond the starting lab I didn’t plan out any more locations/setting and just stitched together whatever I was able to think of and produce images for.
– Ending. Well, the lack of it anyway. Similar to level design I didn’t have much of a story in mind so I’d never really planned for an ending, it just stops dead.
All in all great fun and I feel a pretty successful challenge. It’s been years since I tried to make a platformer and wa a nice change of pace. Looking forward to judging everyone elses entries now (and seeing how mine is judged :S )
New build available:
There’s a few known bugs/incomplete features there and work will no doubt continue up till the deadline but let me know what you think
Hour 40ish and feelin fine:
Finally got the comicy style shinking effect I wanted 😀
Pretty much everything I’d planned for is done. Some of it’s a bit rough so I’ve plenty to still polish, the main problems at the moment are my inabilty to draw any more objects for level design and the sucky ‘boss’ fight.
Half way point and I’m pretty happy. Finally have a title too:
“Congratulations Doc, it’s a Shrink Ray!”
There’s a test build online at:
The bit’s are there but I still need to weave it all into a story so it’s just a fun toy at the moment but let me know what you think.
Time to grab a few zzzz, then it’s back to work!