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Fly in the darkness – How was to create it

Saturday, August 6th, 2016 1:14 pm

Hello my friends of LD!

Well, I participated the last Ludum Dare 35, with my game Shape Invasion and I can say it was a wonderful experience. After a week of the event I decided to challenge myself with a kind of “Compo” only to myself. So I chose the theme “Darkness” and decided the period of one week. With lots of effort I managed to create a game called Fly in the Darkness. Initially the aim of the game was just dodge the obstacles and try to go as far as possible.

Fly in the Darkness

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That was the first version and after that week I decided to work on the game and makes it, in fact, a complete game to be officially released. Then gradually I was implementing new ideas and polishing it. Firstly, I added a story, very simple, which would be unlocked as you progress through the game. To have an idea, nor even a story (Like a book) that text seemed, it looked more like a poem:

1 – CHILDHOOD: The darkness began when I was a child, but I was very young to understand…

2 – SAD MEMORY: I lost my family very young and often I felt alone…

3 – TIME: With some time, I was discovering what is the darkness…

4 – COMPANION: And the darkness became my companion…

5 – EMPTY: But I felt that something was missing, I felt empty…

6 – DISCOVERING: I walked on the world looking for something that complete me…

7 – FRUSTRATED: I tried to find what say be the true love, but I got frustrated…

8 – KNOWLEDGE: I decided to dive into the deep knowledge…

9 – WHERE AM I?: The more I sought, more the empty consumed me…

10 – MADNESS: Until the darkness took my soul and mind…

11 – DARKNESS: In my insanity I went deep into the darkness and I commit follies…

12 – MY LIGHT: When I became blind by the darkness, a Light lit my being…

13 – MORE ONE TIME: She lit my life and helped me to raise…

14 – LIFE: Beside of my Light I passed to live every moment as if nothing else mattered…

15 – CHANGES: However I discovered that my light was fading and that soon I would lose her…

16 – BLACK ROSES: At this moment, I heard the voice of the darkness, whispering in my ears that I should return to her arms…

17 – LAST HOPE: But in her last gasps, my light comforted me with lovely words and give in my hands her last brightness…

18 – THE SEED: I planted the seed of the brightness in my heart…

19 – BRIGHTNESS: Gradually, the darkness that was involving my soul, at that moment, gave way to my light…

20 – NEW LIFE: I said goodbye to darkness and I understood that there is something more powerful that her, the light of love.

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Initially the idea was interesting, but I felt that it needed to be improve yet. So based on this text I began to imagine a universe and a story based on the theory of “Hero’s journey” (Monomyth). So I started to write a bit every day and some days after I have had a history of more than 15 pages and that actually might be called as “A book in the game”.

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In this story the main character is called Benjamin Fly (Fly in the darkness) and he is a a boy that when was very young lost his parents and has since gone to live in an orphanage (The Backster Orphanage). At the orphanage he discovers something that leads him to a fantastic universe, the Kingdom of Darkness. There he discovers that he is involved in a mystery and so goes on a journey to understand the secret behind it all.

After this, the next improvement that I decided was to implement the creation of different scenarios that arise according to the chapters. In addition to the randomness of objects, directed to the scene with the technique of Object Pool. Then, other improvements have emerged were the Black Crystals Counter (Game money also called as BCs), the Dark Hangar (Ships store), new menus and animation of all UI.
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Finally, months after have participated the LD 35 I managed to create, develop, satisfactorily, and release my first game to Google Play, Fly in the Darkness. The links to download, as well as the Landing Page are below. I’m in the complicated phase of post-release now and it has been very hard to get support, but I believe that the game will be even recognized and also many upgrades are already in progress. Those who wish to know more or need help with something, I’m available. ^_^

Thank you very very much for your attention, patience (If you read everything) and help!

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Link (Google Play): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tquar.fitd
Official Page: http://tquargame.wixsite.com/fitd
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4H1_jWfOrxo
Press Kit Link: https://sites.google.com/site/fitdpresskit
Tquar Game Studio: http://tquargame.wixsite.com/tquar-en
My facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tchaikovsky.lins

 

DEVELOPMENT

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Hi everyone!

This is my first time at Ludum Dare, well, my first time in any Gam Jam Competition. After a lot of thinking, coffee and headache, finally here is my game. It’s simples and need to be improved in many aspects, but I hope it be enjoyable. Initially, I would submit it at Compo and even thought about give up, but after all I’m so happy to have finished it! 😀

PLAY AND RATE SHAPE INVASION HERE, AND MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY!

Shape Invasion

Thanks to everyone who read and/or played and rate my game!! 😀

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