After a few hours of trying to get an idea I felt satisfied with I started coding a basic screen system hoping to get an idea while working. It worked and off I went. From then on things flowed nicely and I had very few places I got stuck. I didn’t have enough energy to work as long as I had planned on Saturday (~9hours effective work) but I made up for it on Sunday by putting in over 12 hours. I still had to cut a few things I had hoped to include, like a better level and scoring system, but over all I’m happy with my result. It was a great experience and I’m really glad I tried it and managed to finish!
The “effective work” times above were calculated from the number of screen shots generated by my little screen capture program I wrote the day before the compo for making a timelapse. I only had it running while actively working and I turned it off for even small breaks like when trying to figure out what to do next or working out some maths. Screen shots were taken every 12 seconds and with 6429 shots in the folder that amounts to about 21.43 hours of effective work during the 45 hours from when I started to when I submitted.
Here’s the resulting timelapse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6rGl6lPxSk