Ludum Dare 34
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Post Mortem

Posted by (twitter: @JangoBrick)
Monday, August 31st, 2015 4:37 pm

So Ludum Dare #33 lies behind us now, and I take the chance to write a quick follow-up of how this all turned out for me.

There is also a timelapse video of Virus‘ development:

The Preparation

I didn’t prepare much this time. No basic games to get back into the whole process, not many commits to my engine.
What was important though was that I made a list of ideas for the 20 final themes, which helped me a lot in getting creative and was quite a bit of fun, too.

The First Night

I forgot to commit final but crucial changes to my engine, which I consider would be cheating since then I would be the only one with access to that code. I noticed my mistake very late, and after documenting and committing everything there were only about two hours of sleep left.

When I woke up and started Eclipse as well as my timelapse software, I noticed the latter didn’t really work. Everything looked JPEG-ish, even though I had set it to PNG. I spent the last seven minutes before the theme announcement quickly building my own timelapse script, just to realize the original software did work correctly… Anyway.

I was not happy with “You Are The Monster”. Not at all. I mean, I knew that the chance for it was high, but still. I ended up making my biggest mistake, not sticking to the idea I had prepared beforehand. I wanted to do something atmospheric, something calm, like flying a bird. There was my idea – you play an eagle, which looks friendly at first glance, but for something like a mouse an eagle is quite the monster.

I built awesome flying mechanics (really, they deserve to be called “awesome”), made the textures, and put it all together into a lovely little eagle. It would even sit down when you flew it to the ground!
Unfortunately, after spending around six hours on that, I had no idea what to do with it.

My eagle

After sleeping a little, 14 hours in, I gave up. Back to my original idea: playing as a virus that infects all of humanity.

Starting Over

Progress came fast, since I had mostly the whole thing in mind from the start. In just a few hours, the basics were already done, although it was still far from a game.
In the evening that day, I took a break from coding and started with:

The Music

I am bad at making music, there’s no doubt about it. Partly because of my missing experience, I guess – this was the second time I ever made something for real.
It isn’t what you’d expect when you think of the word “music”, it’s rather some disturbed synthesizer sounds with a heavy focus on drums. Those are the only two things I am not that bad at. It turned out OK.

Want to listen to it? Play my game!

Making It A Game

After tuning the music to my satisfaction, I added the progress minimap, tweaked the gameplay and added the main opponent: vaccine production.

I also changed the background to a non-static one, with a pseudo perspective on the houses. Very proud of that!

Final look at Virus

Voice Acting

I appear to be surprisingly good at voice acting. It was my first time to ever narrate anything, and I only did one single recording, but it turned out very well!
One hour of effects work to make it sound like some highly-disturbed walkie-talkie transmission, and suddenly my game got a lot better.

Testing & Fine Tuning

Obviously, when you have played such a simple game for a few hours, you get really good at it. That is a problem, because as the developer, you have had to play it over and over again, which means you don’t know how hard or easy it is for someone starting from the beginning. That is where I got other people involved, basically just playing the game and reporting back how it worked for them.
Then followed lots of fine tuning, since the game turned out a lot harder than I had thought.

After one of them managed to win, I called it a success and submitted my game.

My Overall Experience

This Ludum Dare was absolutely great. I had a bad start, but after that, everything went very smoothly and I am happy with the outcome.

The way I did it this time appears to be how I should always handle game jams in the future. Giving everything you have drains a lot of energy, and you lose more than you gain. If you do this in a more relaxed way, you are not exhausted and get to do more.

  • If you haven’t yet, you can view my entry here: Virus
  • The development is available on YouTube, sped up to just over 5 minutes: Timelapse
  • And please vote :-)

Thanks for reading,

Tile Invaders is finished!

Posted by (twitter: @antti_tiihonen)
Sunday, April 19th, 2015 1:12 pm

Yess! I finished my tetris-meets-space-invaders game! Check it out!

The very literal fall of Atlantis preview

Posted by (twitter: @the_bukkraken)
Sunday, April 19th, 2015 6:19 am

This is how it looks our game right now.


Weapon of choice: Ruins of atlantis

We are working on the crushing mechanic. When you jump from a rock, you propulse yourself up and the rock in the oposite direction, and it can crush the other characters. Still WIP

We also are trying to reduce the gameplay chaos introduced by Unity 2D physics.


Lets go back to work!

My Progress Thus Far

Posted by (twitter: @Phantom_Green)
Saturday, April 18th, 2015 6:37 pm

Instead of playing Mortal Kombat X, I’ve been making a game while thinking about playing Mortal Kombat X.

When Ludum Dare is over I will be playing Mortal Kombat X.

Now back to not playing Mortal Kombat X.

SitRep #2

Posted by
Saturday, April 18th, 2015 3:42 pm
Click for huge gif!

Click for huge gif!

The Adventures of BizMan now has graphics! And I’m glad to say the only thing missing is the music and sound effects! I’ll get to those tomorrow. And I’m most definitely going to write a postmortem.

Good night, and good luck.

Tetris with guns (name pending) status update

Posted by (twitter: @antti_tiihonen)
Saturday, April 18th, 2015 2:33 pm

Alright, the bare functionality of what makes this game the game it is, is starting to be complete!

There’s enemies, which shuffle your blocks around if they manage to land, and you can combat against them by placing your blocks which will then shoot to all cardinal directions. This creates an interesting balancing act between trying to find the right place for the block to create neat rows and combating against the ever-increasing enemy menace. Btw, the math of speeding up the enemy spawn is still a little off making the difficulty ramp up very very suddenly at one point, causing the enemy onslaught to look like a stream of blood with these placeholder graphics 😀

Anyways, I’m about to get some sleep soon. Tomorrow it’s the time for graphics, sounds and gameplay polish! And voting too since we’re having an election day here in Finland – I won’t stop LD from performing my duties. :)

It’s like Tetris but with guns…

Posted by (twitter: @antti_tiihonen)
Saturday, April 18th, 2015 11:13 am

Hey all!

This is the fourth Ludum Dare that I’ve participated this far (I think), and in the tradition of using a different engine every time I participate (previously: LÖVE -> Flixel -> Unity), I’m using Unreal Engine 4 with blueprints this time. I have a faint glimmer of hope that I can export a HTML5 game but I’m not gonna hold my breath. :)

Anyways, the game idea I have is basically Tetris with guns. Except the guns are your tetris blocks that you shoot enemies with. How it works is that there’s enemies descending on your beautiful stack of tetris blocks and if they manage to land, they’ll do some harm like shuffle the blocks around or speed up the game. If you land a tetris block, it’ll shoot horizontally/vertically, hitting any blank spaces within direct LOS and destroying enemies on those paths which means that you’ll have to balance between playing tetris in a planned and sensible manner with trying to frantically stop enemies from landing… But we’ll have to wait and see how the (admittedly vague) idea will work in practice since this far I only have just the very basic tetris groundwork done, as you can see from the animated gif above.

To clear my head a little from all the blueprint spaghetti, I also started working on some music. I don’t think it’s gonna be entirely suitable for the game (sounds a little too aggressive IMO) but hey, at least it’s something. Here’s a very crude version of the music, with a 1 minute long synth solo that I don’t know if I hate it or not. It’ll most likely be dropped from the final track. :)

Listen to the WIP soundtrack on SoundCloud!

That’s all for now! I’ll report back once I have more.

SitRep #1

Posted by
Saturday, April 18th, 2015 7:59 am


Programmer_graphics = !good (Click to view 1008x717 GIF)

(Click to view 1008×717 GIF) Programmer graphics = !good

So I started working at 11am, 7 hours after compo start because time zones. I didn’t have an idea immeaditely but after I did, I’ve been making good progress. I think I’m gonna focus on the gameplay and code today and then add graphics and sound tomorrow. For the record, I’m using LÖVE/Love2d/Lua and am making a top-down shooter where the unconventional weapon is money. This is also the first time I am coding everything myself and not using Stencyl (a game maker, basically)

So you think the theme is awful?

Posted by (twitter: @tolicious)
Saturday, December 6th, 2014 6:46 am
Do you feel like doing this?

Do you feel like doing this?

Is it not even a real theme to you, just a technical restriction? Does it not inspire you even one tiny bit?

That’s fine.

Yeah, I just said that. It’s fine! Because I am sure there is another theme you really liked in the last voting round. No, don’t tell me, I want to be surprised later – just think of it really, really hard.

  • Artificial Life
  • After the End
  • Death is Useful
  • One Rule
  • Generation
  • Avoid the Light
  • Deep Space
  • You Are Not Supposed To Be Here
  • Everything Falls Apart
  • End Where You Started
  • Isolation
  • Machines
  • You Can’t Stop
  • Color is Everything
  • Playing Both Sides
  • Borders
  • Chaos
  • Deja vu

You’re thinking of it? Great! I hereby invite you to take this favourite theme of yours and brainstorm with THAT as the core instead of “Entire Game on One Screen”.

So, what about the actual theme, you might ask? Just use it as what it is: A technical restriction. You can be inspired by whatever theme you want to, as long as “Entire Game on One Screen” still applies.

Good luck with your new shiny theme!

And the theme is…

Posted by (twitter: @tolicious)
Friday, December 5th, 2014 7:51 pm
"Entire Game on One Screen"? Really? Man.

“Entire Game on One Screen”? Really?


…but seriously, the theme is making my head hurt with all its limiting vagueness. No switching scenes, sure. No scrolling allowed, I guess? What about zooming? Or is “one screen” about having a single camera perspective? Can elements come in from the side? Can elements appear at all? And uh, if they can appear and vanish to/from the sides, isn’t that like scrolling again?

PS: If you answer something like “It’s totally up for you to interpret”, just pretend the GIF above is about reading your comment.

*opens the LD blog*

Posted by (twitter: @tolicious)
Friday, August 22nd, 2014 5:05 pm

Base code! Also: Good luck everybody!

Posted by (twitter: @tolicious)
Friday, August 22nd, 2014 1:28 pm

I’m ready. Let’s do this.

Like every time, here is my base code: Prelude. (You’ll need RageSpline to use it completely.)

It does lots of cool stuff:

  • Unified button layout for XBox360 controllers on Windows (even with vibration there!) and Mac
  • Makes cool (optionally glowing) shapes (together with RageSpline)
  • Traversing spline paths (with RageSpline too)
  • Uses Scoreoid for a leaderboard
  • Basic text buttons and vanishing text for notifications
  • Easing
  • A few helpers for math, Unity and some general C# stuff

It’s a bit of a mess though. But hey, it’s mine. Good luck everybody!

I’m in! (╯°□°)╯︵sısǝɥʇ s,ɹǝʇsɐɯ

Posted by (twitter: @tolicious)
Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 8:07 am

Me, working on my master’s thesis.

I don’t have time to do Ludum Dare, I have a master’s thesis to finish – but I’ve been checking this blog for the past weeks frequently. I think I’m addicted. Send help, please.

Until help arrives though, I have no choice but to participate in this LD too!


  • Engine: Unity3D
  • Art: I might use RageSpline and glow effects, or stylized filtering, or fun ANSII symbols ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ – or, well, crude handdrawn images made with my trusty Wacom Bamboo. (Damn, it’s been foreeever since I did that.)
  • Sfx: My mouth + a microphone + Audacity. Maybe bfxr or jfxr.
  • Music: Abundant Music for generation – and for MIDI rendering either GXSCC (chiptunes-like) or SynthFont (“normal” instruments)
  • Goals: High innovation and/or fun!
  • Motivation: HELL YES!

Good luck everybody!


PS: I’m just kidding, my master’s thesis is going great, that’s why I got no reason to skip LD! 😀

Is it already too late? Nope. Time for a Best Of!

Posted by (twitter: @tolicious)
Friday, May 16th, 2014 6:57 pm

Woah! Look at all those games!

Hey folks! So, this time I’ve only rated 82 games. Shame on my, I know – I’m busy with my Master’s Thesis, but apart from that, I really have no excuses. I didn’t think I’d actually get around to do a Best Of list this time, but since those games are just so incredibly great I’ve done one anyway now!

So here’s a list of the best and/or most interesting games I’ve played – and so should you, in my opinion! But hey, I know it’s only three days left, so just pick the cherries. (Hint: They are all cherries.)

Excellence in EVERYTHING

Dig Hard by petey123567
Have you ever wanted to save the PRESIDENT from EARTH’S EVIL CORE and the UNDERGROUND DINOSAURS wielding BADASS WEAPONS? Sure you have! And even if not, this game will teach you why you SHOULD want that. It’s just so much fun even if when you inevitably die in mere seconds – and it feels more juicy than any fruit you’ll ever come across!

Planet Corp. by Maschinen-Mensch
Planet Corp is pretty short compared to the other games in this category, but what it does, it does really well. You are drilling different planets in our solar system for resources in a totally safe way (that involves throwing freakin’ drilling bombs down on them). But hey, the TV says it’s fine! Which it will in fact do ingame. The cutscenes are hilarious.

The Valley Rule by Raiyumi
I sincerely believe that the two creators of this game didn’t get ANY sleep, because there is no way they could’ve finished The Valley Rule otherwise. This game isn’t just the very definition of polish, it’s also incredibly big and a lot of fun! What this game lacks in innovation, it makes up in sheer production values. (And I still want the OST for it. Please.)

Behind Mirror by SaintHeiser
So, your friend just got his reflection stolen, and you want to catch the thief who is underwater. You can’t though, because your reflection is blocking you! So now your goal is to become a vampire, because well, vampires don’t have reflections, right? Combine this premise with lovely vector-art-pixel-graphics (is that a thing now?), cool music and the hardest jumps in this LD edition and you get Behind Mirror.

Rosa Neurosa by Wertle
In the words of the game’s creators, Rosa Neurosa is a “digging/mad libs/improv game.” I can’t find words for how awesome it is that they actually managed to pull of a digital single player improv game that is fun and works well, haha. Awesome graphics, great music and the option to actually share the story that you write seals the deal for me. (Try it! Post your endings here, please!)

Excellence in humor

NOPE by shadow64
I- I really, don’t know what to say about this game without spoiling anything. It’s Monty Python-esque. It’s short. It’s extremely funny. I promise you’ll like it!

Inside Look Activity Book by rylgh
The same thing applies to the Inside Look Activity Book, actually! The humor might be a biiiit more twisted and dark, but hey, it’s a book for children, right? What could possibly go wrong?

Excellence in storytelling/atmosphere

The Stanley Enigma by nddrylliog
Ah, the Stanley Enigma. You had a pretty bad dream about your friend Stanley dying, but dreams don’t come true, right? And I mean, who’d hurt Stanley anyway? Hum. Who indeed. You better check. Maybe you’ll find out in the ever branching storylines of The Stanley Enigma, a brilliant dialogue game with (as one commenter rightly remarks) Kentucky Road Zero vibes and over 1000 lines of text.

The Westport Independent by Double Zero One Zero
This game has a “Papers, Please?” vibe to me, and that’s definitely a good thing. Less good is that you’re running a newspaper which is due to be closed by an censoring antagonistic government. You’ve still got a few weeks left though – so what exactly will you print?

In Hiding by Sheepolution
Sssh. Everything will be alright. If you don’t get found, that is. Slightly scary, pretty atmospheric and the coolest effect for ingame soundeffects that I’ve ever seen.

Seven Souls by BrothersT
This is one of those games that I really want to be finished. Seven Souls is a storytelling game where you play a very nice creature which only wants to play with those other characters. Preferably in the water. No ulterior motives, I promise! A clean art style and great writing make this top list material, even if unfinished. (Also I love the accent of the creature.)

Excellence in audio

Orlok’s Ordeal by Davelope
The gameplay is fun on its own, but DAMN! This opening! Awesome voice acting combined with expressive story book pictures and dramatic music, this is just perfect. (Oh, and I love those paintings ingame. And the ending, haha.)

Ripple Runner by DDRKirby(ISQ)
A one (sorry, two. Eh, I mean three?) button runner with an innovative mechanic, game boy aesthetics and the BEST SOUNDTRACK. And the game is synchronized to it! This is just an absolutely joy to play. (And in fact, I’m listening to the soundtrack while I’m writing this list.)

Space to go by geekdrums
“Space to go” is probably the only LD game that has the complete tutorial/instructions in its title. It is storytelling synchronized to music and I can’t even describe why, but – synchronizing the words to sounds gives this whole thing an unexpectedly awesome and quite humorous feeling. It’s pretty short too, so there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t give it a try!

Excellence in being really, really different

Underworld Evolution by StudioWolfox
Underworld Evolution calls itself an “epic RTSE (Real Time Strategic Evolution) game” and it really delivers on this promise. You’re taking control of a bunch of pretty incompetent minions which you’ll slowly but surely improve – generation by generation! (Hum, maybe you shouldn’t actually play it, it’s super addictive! Don’t tell anybody, but I’ve spent over an hour on it and only stopped because I wanted to rate more games…)

Mini Metro Subway Tycoon by ripatti
A subway simulator in retro Sim City style – pretty cool. It’s a bit hard at first (I recommend watching the How To Play video), but soon you’ll be building subways like it’s nobody’s business!

You Don’t Want That by Dark Arts and Sciences
A creepypasta Ludum Dare game about making a Ludum Dare game? Sold! This is the most obscure LD game I’ve ever come across and it’s also pretty hard, but I definitely felt entertained. And I just love the idea. Don’t skip this game. It might get angry. And, uh, you don’t want that.

Generic Adventure Game by Jezzamon
As the title of the game suggests, this one is just a generic adventure game. Yup. Definitely nothing interesting here under the generic surface. (It might be pretty funny though. And have a cool concept.)

Please Come Back by PapyGaragos
This game has the greatest play-controls-avatar relationship I’ve ever encountered with a mouse. If yours has a scrollwheel, try it – you won’t be disappointed. You might get exhausted though, and the distress is pretty real too after a while. The only thing that I don’t like about this game is that it’s based on a pretty similar game, but I still think you shouldn’t skip this experience – and it’s pretty cool that it still works with such a simple art style.

Did you like my recommendations? If so, maybe you could rate and comment on my game too. I’d be really happy about that! (Although I can understand if you’re exhausted after all those other games I just suggested, haha.)
SnakeFormer by TobiasW
A puzzle game combining Snake with pseudo-physics platformer mechanics. It only has four levels, but it’s not actually short – level 3 and 4 are probably the hardest puzzle levels in this LD. I’m terribly, terribly sorry. (If you beat them, please tell me!)



Posted by (twitter: @tolicious)
Sunday, April 27th, 2014 10:34 am

Turns out that lava is pretty hot.

Progress! It turns out it’s super hard for me to make interesting levels for this mechanic. Also I probably have more bugs than lava.

But then again, I guess most games here have more bugs than lava.

It’s the Snakeformer! Half Snake, Half Platformer.

Posted by (twitter: @tolicious)
Saturday, April 26th, 2014 5:25 pm

This was not my original concept. It somehow happened! I am innocent!

The movement rules are:

  1. When the head isn’t resting on the floor or another snake part, the head will move downwards.
  2. When the snake isn’t touching the floor anywhere, the whole snake falls down.

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