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The Results are in for me

Posted by (twitter: @RealXgor)
Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 1:26 pm

So the results are in aand…

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These ratings isn’t bad it kinda underwhelmed me at first as I got such high praises for the game by some in the comments.

That adds up to my earlier results of an mess of results that you can see here.

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If you are more intrested in me trying to untangle my mess of ratings I wrote a bigger post about it https://xgorblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/forever-cursed-being-a-3 

That being said I still love the game and top 10% in fun is pretty sweet, I’m still not sure if I will finish my game but I do think it’s my best Ludum dare game. If you are curious playing it you can play it here. http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-34/?action=preview&uid=18652

Capling Post Mortem

Posted by (twitter: @RealXgor)
Saturday, December 19th, 2015 4:52 pm

Man I haven’t made a post mortem for a ludum dare game for a while but I was quite happy with how this turned out so I decided to write one for my current compo game.

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What went right!

  • The Game Feel

I wrote a long post about this already so you might want to check it out if you want more details on that. Long story short the game feels good because I focused on to make it feel good.

  • Generated Levels

A big problem I had in many of my previous dares is the fact I needed to craft the levels myself and that lead to either they became boring/repitive or the game became too short. This time however I used a simple chunk level generator that took me around 1-2 hours to make. It both saved time and added replay value to the game.

  •  Gameplay first not visuals

A big problem in my earlier LD games is that focused on the visuals of the game even if that’s not my strong suit. This time however the main time was spent on programming and instead using quick ways to make visuals look decent and otherwise just focus on the game. Even with me taking my time coming up with the idea I pretty much had the main mechanic ready and working well day 1.

  • Quality over Quantity

A lot of my earlier games was focused on throwing thing after thing at the player trying to impress it but creating all that content was tireing and many of those things ended up half harted. This game the main mechanics became just “Climb high”. I was planning to add spikes and many different obstacles like spikes but I realized that hitting the walls hard killing you worked well (and was easier to make) I decided on that. It made it so there was only you and the walls and focusing on only that alone created nice dynamics from a simple base. The only other mechanic that’s aside from walls is ice blocks that you can’t grapple on.

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Day 1

 

What went wrong!

 

  • The style is not cohesive

Ooh boy. I was never sure what tone I wanted to go with this game and the final product shows how indecisive I was there. I was both thinking to go with a more serious climing from a prison cave like in Batman the dark knight returns. But at the same time I wanted to go a more wacky game with a more fun vibe. In the end it ended up more towards the wacky angle with a colorful smiley character with anchor hooks and silly scream. But at the same time I place it in a abstract gray cave with a dark bruiting music (That I lowered down so it’s barely noticeable because I felt it was so out of place in the end). If I decided from the start when I started working on the graphics it would look better and maybe even save time.

  • Took a while to get to the final game idea

I envy the dare people that say “I got the idea immediately and get started and worked hard these 2-3 days” . I always lose at least a half or a whole day on being unsure or doubting myself before or after. This time I spent a long time on another idea where you first just could moving diagonally north west or north east on a grid trying to find stuff that that made that you could move in different ways. a kinda “growing movement system”. The idea was something I thought sounded neat at first but after starting working on it I realised that it was not much to it.

I also tried out many different engines like the Defold beta and then Mono game to see if that worked and that ate up a lot of my time. In the end I went with Unity and I could play much more to my and that engines strengths there.

It took me around 6-8 hours from waking up the first day to working on the final concept. I did salvage some parts of that idea like that the crystalized visual style and the diagonal hookshots was inspired by that game but it still wish I didn’t spend as much time as I did with something that unrelated to the final product.

  • Port after not before

I spent like two hours just getting it to work on a mobile. It was kinda stupid as I should have spend that time after the combo so I could port it and focus instead on the main game. Not as big as the other two but eh. (I still need to upload the apk later.)

Day 2

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Other thoughts

I made it vertical due to the having mobile design ideas in mind (and vertical felt more fun with the controls) as I felt two button world work great with it and I might be able to upload it into the future. It made it kinda ugly in the Desktop versions though but web works nice.

I made it without a tutorial, while the buttons and what they do is easy to understand the controls might take a while to get used to as you die fast if you make a split second mistake. I was kinda going with a flappy bird style of gameplay of trowing directly to the main gameplay and I’m not sure if it worked in the games advantage or not.

The name sucks.. I combined the words Caving and Grappling but it’s not that obvious and doesn’t roll that well on the tongue.

Conclusions 

In the end I’m really happy with the results. I find it my most fun Ludum Dare game yet and judging from the comments that seems to be a shared opinion. Many people stated how addicting the game is (and that is without any progression systems of any sort) and some think it’s the best ones they seen in this LD. I’ve been thinking on working on it further to make it into a mobile game so hopefully that will work well.

 

If you are curious to play the game here’s the link to it.

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-34/?action=preview&uid=18652

Jammin’ With Game Feel

Posted by (twitter: @RealXgor)
Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 7:49 am

I’m currently working on a school project where I’m trying to learn how to get good game feel. The game I just made for the jam used lot of the ideas from that project and I feel that it made the game much better. If you wanna look what I used/learned you can read it here.

https://vojlock.wordpress.com/2015/12/15/jammin-with-game-feel

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Also if you wanna check the game I made here it is.

 

Holy Crap I’m done

Posted by (twitter: @RealXgor)
Sunday, December 13th, 2015 7:21 pm

So I finally finished my game and man am I tired.

Anyways in the end I made a two button game where you have to climb as high as possible with grappling hooks. Tons of features and small things I wish I could add but I got the game to feel good though!

Play it here http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-34/?action=preview&uid=18652

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First day Done

Posted by (twitter: @RealXgor)
Saturday, December 12th, 2015 7:28 pm

 

I wish I got more things done but I changed my idea and engine many times. But It’s gonna be Unity again this time with a 2 button scheme.

The game is right now that you can climb up with your anchorHookshots.

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In and going Mono

Posted by (twitter: @RealXgor)
Saturday, December 12th, 2015 8:55 am

After too much brainstorming I finally got an idea. Gonna create a game where you move digaonally foward on a hex grid trying to get to the end. I’m gonna try to push what I learned by using MonoGame this time around. I will use some basic scripts I made learning mono game so I don’t have to do basic stuff like a input manager again.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15042740/X_Scripts.zip

Web version up

Posted by (twitter: @RealXgor)
Monday, April 20th, 2015 2:03 pm

Finally added a Web version of B.B.B.

Had some problems with WebGL in Unity with some bugs so I went with the good ol’ unity web player instead.

Game is here

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-32/?action=preview&uid=18652

Woke up to do a last minute change

Posted by (twitter: @RealXgor)
Sunday, April 19th, 2015 7:52 pm

So i pretty much woke up because I realized a change to the image effects that really would fit the game..

Maan I hope it was worth it because I’m tireed

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Holy shit I’m done

Posted by (twitter: @RealXgor)
Sunday, April 19th, 2015 6:23 pm

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Finally got my game up and running. As a lot of the weekend ended up with me spending time with friends I didn’t do as much as some other.

Still happy with what I’ve done.. even if the game is short and could use some more polish, I’m tempted to move it to jam for another day but… Naah

 

Anyways the game is about a gun that can destroy everything in it’s path.

… Play it here http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-32/?action=preview&uid=18652

 

 

 

Late start but finally got something running

Posted by (twitter: @RealXgor)
Saturday, April 18th, 2015 6:05 pm

Started out with a platforming game with a beam that can destroy everything, Including platforms! Hopefully I can get something good running.

Cyperspace Connect is out!

Posted by (twitter: @RealXgor)
Sunday, August 24th, 2014 3:05 pm

Uploaded my game with everything you can ever ask for.. Web, Windows, Max, Linux 😉

Hope people will enjoy it, I sure do.

http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-30/?action=preview&uid=18652

Prototype up

Posted by (twitter: @RealXgor)
Sunday, August 24th, 2014 8:09 am

I got most of the game done 😀 😀

Well as I got time left I can polish and for that feedback is the king so if anyone wanna give it a shot here it is.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15042740/LD%2030%20web/LD%2030%20web.html

Main gameplay done!

Posted by (twitter: @RealXgor)
Sunday, August 24th, 2014 4:38 am

Finished the main gameplay, (And made the music) 😀

I need to polish the controls but it feels good looking good with the time aspect for once

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Day one done

Posted by (twitter: @RealXgor)
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 3:21 pm

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Here’s what I’ve done with the game so far, the look and controlls done…. now to the actual gameplay.

Late and some progress report.

Posted by (twitter: @RealXgor)
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 9:32 am

Well I’m late but i’m in, gonna use Unity and here’s what i’ve been doing so far.

My idea is that you are supposed to send over data between two computers without falling of cyberspace.

And my game is out!

Posted by (twitter: @RealXgor)
Sunday, December 15th, 2013 2:44 pm

And it got really rushed this time around….. Some LD I make a game that dosn’t feel rushed…

http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-28/?action=preview&uid=18652

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