About SonnyBone (twitter: @Phantom_Green)

Rad as fuck since 1983


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SonnyBone's Trophies

MAGFest 13 Panelist
Awarded by KilledByAPixel
on March 20, 2015
Has Beaten SnakeFormer And Lived To Tell The Tale
Awarded by TobiasW
on May 18, 2014
The good with children award
Awarded by Ditto
on December 18, 2013
Awarded by Alex Rose
on December 17, 2013
The Spirit of Ludum Dare Award
Awarded by codeapparat
on May 2, 2012
You cut all the trees!
Awarded by caranha
on December 22, 2011

SonnyBone's Archive

October Challenge! Make some dollars with … game music?

Posted by (twitter: @Phantom_Green)
Thursday, October 17th, 2013 8:17 pm

While Ditto and I have been keeping the DreamTeam alive by working on an actual game for the October Challenge (our Indie Speed Run entry: The Old Man And The NSA), I’ve also decided to release a new compilation album that features all of the music I’ve made for Ludum Dare games, LD warmups, and other game jams in general.

GameJams Volume One

GameJams Vol One AlbumArt
21 tracks and a super secret bonus track that will unlock when you download the album… all clocking in at around 50 minutes. Some of these games placed very high in the audio category, with two of them actually bringing home a Gold Medal… something that I never expected. You see, my first Ludum Dare entry had NO AUDIO AT ALL. I was very disappointed with myself and decided to try much harder in the audio category. I worked at it and worked at it until I actually ended up receiving a Gold Medal for audio during Ludum Dare’s 10th anniversary for my entry, ZUNZANDA. So I’m living proof that Ludum Dare is a wonderful way to push yourself into new territory, learn new things, and accomplish goals you never even dreamed of. I owe all of my current and future success to Ludum Dare, and GameJams Volume One is kind of like my ‘origin story‘ of game development, as this content dates all the way back to the very first game I ever released.

So what are you waiting for?! You can hear the entire album and PAY WHAT YOU WANT for the download right HERE.

You can also snag the official soundtrack to DreamTeam’s Ludum Dare 27 entry, EcoStar vs Aeronox right HERE.


Thanks for your support and LONG LIVE LUDUM DARE!

LDDreamTeam Needs An Artist!

Posted by (twitter: @Phantom_Green)
Thursday, August 15th, 2013 3:33 am


Are you an experienced and talented game jammer? Are you a radass artist that doesn’t want to work alone?


Ditto and I have teamed up to jump from the 48 hour compo to the 72 hour jam… the logical step after being ‘successful’ as a Ludum Dare solo developer!

Ludum Dare is all about learning… it’s about gaining new experiences… and it’s about challenging yourself. The LDDreamTeam is an effort to branch out and try new things in game development, and while we’re both comfortable with making our own art, we’d love to be joined by a dedicated artist/animator for Ludum Dare 27.

If you’re interested, please contact me at SonnyBone at PhantomGreen dot com or @Phantom_Green on Twitter. Be sure to link me to your previous LD games or your previous game-related work.

LD27 Dream Team Proposal

Posted by (twitter: @Phantom_Green)
Monday, August 12th, 2013 9:35 pm


Yo, Ludum Dare folk!

SonnyBone here with an idea that will surely eliminate world hunger, create world peace, and unite all races and religions… all in the name of gaming.

Maybe that’s a bit of a stretch. Maybe not. Can’t hurt to try!

I’ve been doing the Ludum Dare thing for quite some time, but I always end up doing it by myself. I wanna try working with a team, but not just any team. You see, I’m super busy working on a game of my own… a game that will be released commercially sometime next year. I don’t really have the time or energy to do a full-on LD compo, so teaming up with some other developers is a great way to still participate without having to go all out.

But I wanna do somethin’ special. I want to team up with former LD ‘winners’ to create a “Dream Team”.

I have won a bronze medal and two gold medals, and I want to team up with some other medal winners. In fact, you don’t even have to be a medal winner… maybe just top 10 or top 25. I’m looking for LD vets that may want to branch out from the solo game and try a team entry for a change. I’m looking for ‘newbies’ that kicked ass last time… or maybe you have a great portfolio and you want to finally join LD. Basically… I’m looking for something different than what I normally do, and I wanna work with some great coders/designers/artists/etc.

I am down for providing audio (that’s where I won my two gold medals), but I could also help to provide some artwork and OF COURSE some game design ideas / testing.

I am based in the U.S. but I am willing to work with anyone as long as we can communicate effectively.

If nothing comes of this, that’s fine. I’ll still be keeping my eye on what you guys and gals come up with. Ludum Dare is a great learning experience, and it’s always a blast!

If you’re interested, contact me on Twitter @Phantom_Green or email at SonnyBone at phantomgreen dot com
Or leave a comment, maybe. Whatever.







Fractured REMIX + Rad Game Roundup

Posted by (twitter: @Phantom_Green)
Monday, May 6th, 2013 2:30 pm

While playing through the games for Ludum Dare 26, I found an awesome little puzzler called Fractured by dalbinblue. The game features a really rad song that I decided to remix (with dalbinblue’s permission, of course). Check it out on Soundcloud!

Fractured REMIX by SonnyBone

Also, check out this collection of 15 of my favorite Ludum Dare 26 games… the RAD GAME ROUNDUP for LD26!


SonnyBone’s Rad Game Roundup – LD26 Edition

Posted by (twitter: @Phantom_Green)
Saturday, May 4th, 2013 2:28 am


Check out 15 of my favorite Ludum Dare 26 games… RIGHT HERE

And keep making those compilation lists, folks! With over 2,000 games… we’re going to help finding the best of the best!

Stop distracting me, LD blog…

Posted by (twitter: @Phantom_Green)
Sunday, April 28th, 2013 6:56 am


leave me alone, internet

FOOD! Totally not gonna make the deadline…

Posted by (twitter: @Phantom_Green)
Sunday, April 28th, 2013 5:25 am

chikin 2

More chicken. More Frank’s buffalo sauce. This time with beans instead of corn.

Needs moar taterz.

Also… my game.

Needs moar gameplay.

It’s alive! ALIVE!

Posted by (twitter: @Phantom_Green)
Saturday, April 27th, 2013 10:03 pm

LD26 - Sonny

2nd Screenshot – PROGRESS?

Posted by (twitter: @Phantom_Green)
Saturday, April 27th, 2013 9:16 pm


I am definitely NOT on schedule. The way that I am implementing the theme is really crucial here… and if I can’t make it work, then I will miss the theme entirely. Jam? Compo? We’ll see what kind of time I have left…

Stage 1 Complete – TIME TO EAT

Posted by (twitter: @Phantom_Green)
Saturday, April 27th, 2013 3:26 am



Progress! First Screenshot

Posted by (twitter: @Phantom_Green)
Saturday, April 27th, 2013 2:19 am

After screwing around with color palettes for WAAAAAY too long, I finally have something visible.

I have a wonderful idea, but I have no clue if I can make it work.

I may end up submitting to the jam because I really don’t have much time this weekend.




LOVING This Theme Right Now

Posted by (twitter: @Phantom_Green)
Friday, April 26th, 2013 7:32 pm

This is the theme I was rooting for. LOVIN’ IT!

I have a really rad idea, and all of my previous plans for this LD fell apart in the final hours leading up the compo… so this theme is really going to help me out. I have limited time this weekend, so I can use this theme to my advantage!


Looking To Collaborate On LD26

Posted by (twitter: @Phantom_Green)
Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 3:17 am

Hey everyone! SonnyBone here…

I said that I would not be competing in any more Ludum Dare competitions until my commercial game is released, but I lied a bit. I’m not going to be creating a game on my own, that’s for sure… but I’m willing to work with a talented team to provide audio.

My LD23 game earned a gold medal for audio, and my LD25 entry came in 4th.

You can check out my previous LD games HERE
And you can download the songs I created for my LD games HERE

If you’re interested, leave a comment here with your previous work/experience… or contact me directly HERE

I wanna work with some rad and talented dudes/dudettes that are familiar with Ludum Dare. Let’s do this!

Ludum Dare OST Volume One

Posted by (twitter: @Phantom_Green)
Sunday, January 13th, 2013 7:28 pm

LD OST Vol One Cover Art Smaller
I just compiled all of the songs from my various Ludum Dare entries into a single soundtrack. You can download it for free HERE !

Cure 48 Post-Mortem and Theme Analysis

Posted by (twitter: @Phantom_Green)
Thursday, December 20th, 2012 3:05 am

Ludum Dare 23 was a huge success for me with Zunzanda, and I said that I would not return to do another LD until my commercial game is done. But I guess I lied. It’s just too much fun to pass up! This marks my 7th LD (I think) and I think I did OK.

With the list of available themes, I picked the top three that I thought would win and began to brainstorm. I had some great ideas for END OF THE WORLD, and I was sure that it would win. Then, when the theme was announced, I just kind of stared at the screen in amazement. I honestly did not even think about YOU ARE THE VILLAIN. I should have, but for some reason it just didn’t pop up. I immediately stood up and began doing random things around the house while my mind raced with ideas. I usually go through this process. Instead of sitting down at the computer and drawing sketches, I just do some mindless task so my brain can sling crazy ideas around.

After enough thought, I decided to do something that I said I’d never do. I made a ‘Zelda clone’ with unoriginal slime creatures as the main enemy. This style of game is very unoriginal and the enemy is ‘easy’ to draw and is a total copy of about a million other games… but in that familiarity I crafted my overall design purpose: to use the player’s own history and tendencies against them. I will explain more about this design approach in the “THEME ANALYSIS” section. Reading that before playing the game will basically spoil the entire purpose of the game… SO GO PLAY IT!



Time, as usual, was the main enemy.

Features that got dropped after day one:

  • Voice acting
  • Elaborate intro and outro scene
  • Bombs to blow up rocks and open new passages
  • ‘Boss Battle’
  • Features / tweaks that got dropped on the last day:

  • More detailed/descriptive cave sequence at the end
  • Branching paths
  • Attractive Title Screen (the one that ended up in the game is hideous, imo)

    – The music. Cure 48 features two songs… the main theme and the ‘escape’ theme. I used the same instruments for both songs and kept them similar so the change wasn’t jarring. I think it works very well and the main theme is pretty rad.
    – The spriting. I was able to get a fully animated main character that’s generic but somehow not generic at the same time. Enemies are decently animated and have three palette variations. The world tiles are also pretty snazzy except for the walls.
    – The overall ‘purpose’ of the game seems to have been a great success based on the comments I’m getting. More on this will be revealed in the “THEME ANALYSIS” section below.
    – Graphical overlays and special filters. These make the game feel like it’s being viewed inside of an old, crappy monitor. Scan lines and static included.


    – CRASHES! My computer kept crashing on the first night and it put me behind by a considerable amount. It ended up being a hardware conflict related to my audio setup. BARF.
    – Much of the mood that I wanted to set got scrapped due to time. This included detailed intro and outro sequences with voice acting to help frame the actual game.
    – Screen transitions are harsh.
    – The sound effects are pretty standard. I wanted to do more unique sounds but I guess it fits.
    – Porting to HTML5. I was hoping this would be simpler but there were just far too many tiny errors that kept piling up. Things like world tiles flickering, audio not being triggered on time, objects and sprites changing at random, and AI not behaving correctly. It just wasn’t worth ironing out all of these bugs, especially when there are just so many other games to play and rate.


    So here’s the part that you shouldn’t read unless you want to be spoiled. If you haven’t played the game… GO PLAY IT NOW! If you’ve already played it, don’t want to, or CAN’T… then feel free to keep reading —->


    Rad Game Roundup – Part 1

    Posted by (twitter: @Phantom_Green)
    Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 10:01 am


    As I play through the games of LD25, I’m making a list of games that I want to showcase. Once that list hits 5 entries, I’ll do a RAD GAME ROUNDUP. I’ll be handing out trophies and hopefully raising awareness for games that deserve some love!

    So let’s get started with my first pick of LD25…


    by TijmenTio
    48 Hour Compo

    This is one of the first games I played and I honestly didn’t expect much from the screenshots. THEN IT STARTED. WHOA, MAN! It’s a reverse horizontal shmup where you control different birds in an attempt to stop the hero. Different birds have different skills, and there’s even a reverse boss battle! To put it simply… this game is rad as crap.


    Submitted by Klakwa
    Jam Entry


    This one brought a smile to my face that grew and grew until finally I looked like some kind of demented serial killer as I hunched over the keyboard cackling uncontrollably. YOU PLAY AS A TORNADO!!!


    Submitted by Alex Rose
    Jam Entry


    This game is hilarious and the art style is fantastic. The gameplay leaves a bit to be desired, but you gotta experience this thing. The characters are little cutout puppets on sticks and it has this sarcastic #YOLOSWAG atmosphere that just reeks of villainy. The soundtrack puts you in the mood to HUSTLE.


    by farmergnome
    48 Hour Compo

    This is probably my favorite game thus far. It is simply phenomenal. Think Retro City Rampage but with a much ‘smoother’ aesthetic. This is incredibly impressive for 48 hours. Hell, this is impressive for a week. It’s a total blast and there’s tons of randomness to keep it refreshing.


    Code by Xewlupus
    Art by Blob
    Jam Entry

    A GORGEOUS reverse shmup. Stunning art. It’s missing a few pieces to make it perfect, but DAMN it’s close. I think I’ll end up seeing a lot of reverse shmups by the end of this compo, but TYRANOFORCE is probably going to be at the top of that list.


    So that’s it until next time! Keep playing and rating, and share your favorite games with the rest of us. With over 1,300 games to play… I’m sure we could all use a little help.
    Shameless plug: Play my game here —> Cure 48

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