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    Ludum Dare 30
     
    Ludum Dare 29
     
    Ludum Dare 29 Warmup
     
    Ludum Dare 28
     
    October Challenge 2013
     
    Ludum Dare 27
     
    Ludum Dare 27 Warmup
     
    Ludum Dare 26
     
    Ludum Dare 25
     
    MiniLD #37
     
    Ludum Dare 24
     
    MiniLD #36
     
    MiniLD #35
     
    Ludum Dare 23
     
    SOPAJam
     
    Ludum Dare 22
     
    Ludum Dare 22 Warmup
     
    Ludum Dare 21

    Sheepolution's Trophies

    Puzzle Game Award
    Awarded by rfgpfeiffer
    on August 28, 2014
    The "Nice Bieber!" Award
    Awarded by Jarcas Studios
    on January 8, 2014
    LIVIN DAT HIGH LIFE
    Awarded by Jiggawatt
    on January 7, 2014
    Best Overall #1
    Awarded by HacksawUnit
    on January 7, 2014
    John Nash Award for Metagame Potential
    Awarded by rfgpfeiffer
    on August 31, 2013
    The Greatest Example of Lateral Thinking To Date Award
    Awarded by Tim Bumpus
    on July 14, 2012

    Sheepolution's Archive

    FACED – Our October Challenge game!

    Posted by (twitter: @Sheepolution)
    Thursday, October 16th, 2014 5:34 am

    Hey there! You may have played my Ludum Dare #30 game FACED. We are working hard to turn it into a full fleshed game! Take a look:

    PLAY THE DEMO

     

    Facedbook

     

    Twitter

     

    IndieDB

    FACED – Post Mortem

    Posted by (twitter: @Sheepolution)
    Sunday, August 31st, 2014 6:06 am
     
     
    If it fits, I sits.
     

    Play the game!

     

    Post mortem

    Information

    • Start: ~11:00 AM (5:00 AM EST)
    • End 3:00 PM (9 PM EST)
    • Time spend sleeping: ~18 hours
    • Software used: Sublime Text, LÖVE, Aseprite, Pixitracker

    Sick

    So this Ludum Dare didn’t went smooth for me, because what happened, is that I got sick. This led me to end up with almost no progress on day one, except for maybe the main mechanic. I went to bed early and slept almost 12 hours. My last Ludum Dare I spend only 11 hours sleeping, so being sick cost me 7 hours on sleeping only. On day 2 I felt a lot better, and somehow got my motivation back to make the best out of this.

    Idea

    The game idea came natural to me. As if in a fingersnip I had the idea of the  whole game down. No idea what happened :P

    Good game choices

    • The artstyle

    First the game looked like this:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It looked dark, gray, and just ugly. I decided I had to make it look more colorful. First I tried giving every color also its own shape, but that looked confusing. So then I decided to make them all squared, and give them faces. I get a lot of good feedback about how the faces tell you if they are overlaying or not. I’m very happy with the artstyle I ended up with.

    • The size

    I think 5×5 was the perfect size for this game. I first made it really big, like 10×10 or something. I’m happy that I noticed I had to keep it smaller.

     

    Bad game choices

    • The music

    Hit me in the face. I am such a dumb-ass. So I can’t make very good music. I tried some stuff but it just sounded bad. I ended up with a very simple, short tune. The game itself looked simple, so the simple music would fit. But I was afraid people would get bored of the 4 second tune repeat 100 times. So I made the music pitch go up after a while, where after the pitch got really high, it would go back to normal again. I hoped that this change in the music would reset the player’s mind about the music. But what happened, is that people would think they were hitting a time limit. I should’ve completely removed the pitching.

    • The tutorial

    Here is a summary of my tutorial vs the game:

    In the tutorial you get the basics. Which blocks you can push and pull. Then level 7 is the first real level, and it’s on a completely other level. I should’ve slowly worked towards the full game’s difficulty.

    Post Ludum Dare version

    I’m definitely going to expand this game. Here are some features I’m thinking about:

    • Mobile version
    • Levels with step limits
    • Levels where you are awarded if  you finish it with low step counts (bronze, silver, gold, platinum).
    • Undo step button
    • Time limit mode

    If you have any ideas for the game, I’d love to hear them!

     

    Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy the game!

    FACED – An innovative tile-shoving puzzle game

    Posted by (twitter: @Sheepolution)
    Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 5:13 am

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Play the game!

    Square Game Thing – Progress pic 1

    Posted by (twitter: @Sheepolution)
    Sunday, August 24th, 2014 9:45 am

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I just realized I didn’t post any progress pics so far. So here is a gif!

     

    Whoops, forgot to say this, but I’m in.

    Posted by (twitter: @Sheepolution)
    Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 1:07 am

    Okay really quick:

    Graphics: Aseprite

    Audio: Pixitracker

    Code-editor: Sublime Text 2

    Engine/Framework: LÖVE

    That’s about it okay bye.

    In Hiding: Post-Mortem

    Posted by (twitter: @Sheepolution)
    Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 12:01 pm

    I recommend playing the game before reading this:

    Play the game

    Information

    • Start: 11:30 AM (5:30 AM EST)
    • End: 3 AM (9 PM EST)
    • Time spend sleeping: 11 hours
    • Software used: Sublime Text, LÖVE, Aseprite, Pixitracker, bfxr

     

    The idea

    I had to think for a long time before finally coming up with an idea. But then it suddenly popped into my mind. I thought back to a flower parade float. You can take a look at it here on Youtube. When I was standing in the audience looking at it, I felt fear. They made the mood so strong, that I feared for them being captured. I took that as inspiration and started making my game.

     

    The good

    • Art

    It was the first time I used Aseprite for Ludum Dare, and it is such a great tool. It does exactly what I want. So making the art, although it’s not the best, went alright.

     

    • The idea

    I personally think I succeeded again in coming up with an innovative, and fun concept. The idea had room for potential that I could come up with while making the game.

     

    • Programming

    I don’t think there was any bug that cost me more than 15 minutes of my time. Although the source code is one big mess, I managed to find my way through it. Luckily you only have to look at it for 2 days straight.

     

    The bad

    • Gameplay

    You could hug your daughter, and feed the baby, that was it. I needed a reason for you to walk from left to right and back. But with everything I could come up with, I had this argument for myself: “Then why wouldn’t the daughter stand on the right side?”. I solved it by adding the lights coming from the floor, which you weren’t allowed to be seen by (although this is actually not in the game, people still think it’s dangerous so they sort of added that feature by themselves). The ‘getting food’ was a perfect solution. You take the risk of the guy coming while you’re taking food, you need to let your daughter hold the baby, you need to feed your daughter. It added a lot of gameplay. So even though it sounds as if that all went right, it was something I had a lot of trouble with making the game.

     

    • Balancing

    Never had I so much trouble with balancing a game. It kept being too hard, I kept lowering the speed of how fast the baby or daughter cries, and upped the time of how fast the man comes to inspect. In the end I think I made it too easy, but that might be because I made the game. Most still seem to have trouble finishing the game their first or second try. Balancing cost me quite some time, and it’s the reason why the intro and menu are so shitty.

     

    • Audio

    I can’t make music or sound effects, and I felt that 8-bit sounds wouldn’t do its justice. In the end my brother told me to do a heartbeat, which worked out pretty nicely. It reminded me Eniko’s game from previous Ludum Dare, No way out. I felt like stealing it even though I didn’t took it from there. But if a single feature of another game makes your game at its best, then why not use it? In the end I think the audio gives some nice mood.

     

    The ugly

    • The baby

    If you’ve played the game, you might have seen what can happen to the baby. Now you might think: Sheepolution, what were you thinking in your sick mind while you decided to put that in your game? Well, I got it from the movie The Pianist. In the movie a woman cries. A man explain she’s crying because the police was searching their house when they baby started crying, she suffocated the baby, but it was too late, they were already caught. I thought this would fit perfectly in my game. I hoped it would make people skip a heartbeat when they suddenly see the option in the menu. The scene of the movie can be found here: At 0:45:40

     

    I hope you enjoy(ed) playing In Hiding. I think it’s a kind of game I won’t be making again soon.

     

    Cheers!

    Aaand…. DONE! In Hiding

    Posted by (twitter: @Sheepolution)
    Sunday, April 27th, 2014 6:59 pm

    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-29/?action=preview&uid=5959

     

    I’m happy with the result. That’s all I can say for now. Will do a post-mortem later of course!

    Progress Pic! Quiet.

    Posted by (twitter: @Sheepolution)
    Sunday, April 27th, 2014 6:35 am

    Progress pic! It’ll be alright.

    Posted by (twitter: @Sheepolution)
    Sunday, April 27th, 2014 4:18 am

    A little bit of progress

    Posted by (twitter: @Sheepolution)
    Sunday, April 27th, 2014 12:49 am

    Progress gifs!

    Posted by (twitter: @Sheepolution)
    Saturday, April 26th, 2014 10:24 am
    Badly colored because of the format.

     

    First mock-up!

    Posted by (twitter: @Sheepolution)
    Saturday, April 26th, 2014 6:54 am

    Came with my idea way too late. But anyway, here’s a mock-up!

     

    Hey guess what? I’m in!

    Posted by (twitter: @Sheepolution)
    Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 6:46 am

    Time for someone else to take the throne, or will I be able to defend it?

    Tools

    Language/Framework/Engine: LÖVE

    Text-editor: Sublime Text

    Art: Aseprite

    Music: PixiTracker

     

    Good luck everyone!

    One Take – Post Results

    Posted by (twitter: @Sheepolution)
    Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 6:54 am

    How did I do?

     Overall

     Innovation

    #5 Fun

    #9 Theme

    #14 Humor

    #41 Mood

    #89 Graphics

    #561 Audio

    Overall #1

    Woooooaaaaaaahh!

    Ever since I joined Ludum Dare it was my goal to achieve this, but I never thought I would get it this soon. I still have my moments where I realize that I actually won. Like.. Gold Overall.. what. I’m not sure what else to say than a big THANK YOU!

    Innovation #2

    I was hoping on a medal for Innovation, and I’m really happy with silver! If I’m not dissapointed that I didn’t got gold you ask? Not after playing #1. That is simply brilliant. Silver? Fucking awesome!

    Fun #5

    Glad to see this! Not only innovative but fun as well, cool I managed to do that. In the top 5 for 3 categories, awesome!

    Theme #9

    In the comments I noticed some people thinking it was a good take on the theme, and others said they didn’t feel like it was related to the theme at all. So I’m glad to see I still got to #9!

    Humor #14

    People like my humor. I like that.

    Mood #41

    Uhm.. I’m too confused about this category for me to celebrate my position. But yay, I guess.

    Graphics #89

    I think the style really fit the game. Looks like other people agree! Yay!

    Audio #561

    Not surprising. There was an obvious lack of audio.

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    I will say it once more: I am working on a post-compo version of the game. I have a friend who is an awesome artist, he will do the art for the whole game.

    If you want to get updates on the development of the game, you can follow me on Twitter:   @Sheepolution

    And here’s a progress pic of the scene creator, that will be used to make scenes, but can also be unlocked in the game so that you can use it to make and share your own levels!

    See you in April!


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