Posts Tagged ‘arcade’

Space Junk – Postmortem

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Thursday, December 15th, 2016 12:52 pm

Three months ago I participated in my first Ludum Dare. It was was a very educational experience which I explained in more detail in my LD36 postmortem. One of the key takeaways was that I would either A) ensure that my wife and kids could be on a weekend trip somewhere, or B) limit the time I spend on my game entry so it wouldn’t make me anti-social during the weekend. This time around my family would be home during the weekend so I went for option B which I looked upon as a challenge itself.

PREPARATIONS

For a couple of weeks following LD36 I continued to practice Blender modelling, texturing, rigging, and animation. Blender was my weakest skill during LD36 and much time was spent looking at tutorials and troubleshooting my lack of skills during the competition itself. I box modeled some spaceships and rigged characters. I textured them as fast as I could. I managed to push time down to modelling and texturing a low poly spaceship in about 15 minutes. I wish I would have kept using Blender frequently up until LD37 but I started a new full time consultancy assignment and I also had to dedicate time to the house renovation so after September I did not keep active in Blender, unfortunately. I had to look at tutorials during LD37 too to properly use the Rigify addon and I also had problems with animations.

LD36 also taught me not to underestimate the time it takes to create the UI and game manager to maintain game states. I spent some time in September to touch up on some fundamental game states to have that clear in my mind for the next time around.

Finally, the evening before the event was about to start I verified that the OBS screen recorder and all the applications launched and worked as expected.

EXECUTION

Ludum Dare starts at 3am Swedish time so I went to bed at 10:30pm the night before and set my alarm for 2:50am. I snoozed for 10 minutes so after 4 hours and 30 minutes of sleep I woke up, made a cup of coffee and sat at the computer to find out the theme; One Room.

GAME DEV SESSION 1 (approx 03:20 – 08:00)

This time I started straight away to program the game state framework code and I created a new truetype font. This gave me time to think of ideas for the game while creating content that would be necessary regardless of what game I would make.

I did not have a clear game in mind but I had a vague feeling that I wanted to make something in a space hangar (one room) having a flash back to Space Quest 3 where you wake up in a junk room on a spaceship.

I proceeded to launch Blender and started to model a primitive astronaut. I like the anonymous look of them. Following a short box modelling phase, I debated whether to use the Rigify addon or manually create bones for the rig. I decided to go for Rigify because it makes it easier to animate the character but the downside is that the rig becomes very complex which takes some time to wrap your head around. I wasn’t sure if this would bite me later on in the process.

I continued to drink coffee and animate the character with a cartoonish walk cycle and some basic idle and jumping animations. I created the animation by googling for walk cycle animation references and manually setting the main poses to transition between with key frames. I verified that it would work to import into Unity. So far so good. I was very pleased with the arcade-feel of the walk cycle.

My son woke up around 8am and came in to greet me, excited to see what was going on. We had breakfast together and then the two little girls and my wife woke up.

The first session came to a close at around 8:30am on the Saturday morning.

Status after session 1

Status after session 1

AFK SESSION 1 (approx 08:00 – 20:00)

Since I did not dedicate this weekend entirely to Ludum Dare, I set off to do stuff that I normally do on weekends. First up was to ride motocross which is what I try to do every Saturday with a friend of mine. It takes about 30 minutes to load the bike on the trailer and pack the gear followed by an hour’s drive. It had started to snow and the roads were icy so it took longer than normal. When I drive I tend to be able to focus a lot on thinking about gamedev and it is something about not being able to use a computer that allows the extra mental focus. I spent the hour drive figuring out two game designs to choose from and an endless runner inside a room with a conveyor belt was one of the ideas. Since it was icy I had to start by changing my rear tire to an ice tire and then I rode and hung out until 2 pm before heading back home. More icy roads and then the process of cleaning the bike, and myself for that matter =) In the afternoon I went with my wife and kids to go Christmas shopping, cut my hair, and we ate out. Then the drive back home and tucking the children in for the night.

AFK Session 1

AFK Session 1

GAME DEV SESSION 2 (approx 19:30 – 23:45)

I got back with working on the game and added some of the game-play elements.

Status after session2

Status after session2

AFK SESSION 2 (approx 00:00 – 13:30)

Feeling really tired I went to bed around midnight. I had only managed to get 8-9 hours of game development in and I had doubts that I would be able to make a complete game to the level I had hoped. I woke up at 9 am. My wife had already been up for some hours so she headed to bed to get some rest and I spent the morning playing with the kids and tidying up the house. After lunch when my wife was back in action I got cracking with the final session.

AFK Session 2

AFK Session 2

GAME DEV SESSION 3 (approx 13:30-02:59)

At this point I had most of the game yet to do. The game play was very primitive with a few test blocks and no real idea how to progressively build the flow of blocks to make it interesting. I came up with the idea of adding air for the astronaut and running forward and jumping consumes air. I created some more interesting level content in Blender to add some visuals to the game. I made progress by adding the side pistons, the particle field to prevent escaping the room, and some different death mechanics. I was becoming more and more happy with the progress and by 9 pm I had most of the game completed except music, sound effects, build testing, and some final polish.

I began to make the music and I wasn’t too happy with the direction that the music was taking but I had no time to start over so I salvaged what I could when making the menu and game music. The sound effects are primitive vocal effects into my mic that I warped and twisted a bit.

At 2 am the game was pretty much finished. I attempted to compile for PC (which worked fine) but the WebGL build resulted in the astronaut being black / having no texture. I thought it was a lighting issue after I searched the Internet a bit but in the end I noticed that the astronaut texture was 1024×1024 and all the others were 512×512. When reduced the astronaut texture to 512×512 it worked and the game looked fairly close in the browser to the PC version.

I compiled the PC and WebGL versions, packaged the Unity project, and uploaded everything to my web server. I submitted the game to the Ludum Dare site at 02:59.

I was very pleased to have completed the game within the time frame and under the circumstances. Knowing I had to get up before 7am the next day for my day-job I still made an effort to tweet a few tweets and create a gameplay video and uploading it to YouTube. This is my normal master plan for marketing; A YouTube video and a couple of tweets =)

Status after session 3 (game finished)

Status after session 3 (game finished)

AFK SESSION 3 (03:30 – onwards)

I slept for three and a half hours and drove off to work… business as usual only more tired than usual.

RESULT

I was happy with the game all things considered. The tactile feel of the game could be better and some more variation of junk, and maybe traps, would have been fun to add.

LESSONS LEARNED

  • Don’t aim too high if time is limited.
  • Accept that failure IS an option when attempting to balance LD and normal weekend activities.
  • Start the game state machine and framework of the game while thinking about the theme.
  • When balancing life and LD, prioritize to do time consuming things early on, it gives you time to reflect on the game mechanics when you’re away from the computer (for me, driving for 3 hours on the Saturday gave me plenty of time to mentally explore ideas without the pressure of coding and content creation.)
  • Consider simplifying UI if elements are not needed. I ended up scrapping a main menu with the option to just start playing by pressing a key (the player avatar was introduced in the “menu”/title screen.
  • Prioritize family over gamedev, but focus immensely on gamedev at timeslots I CAN allocate.
  • Prioritize gameplay over music – you can always skip music if necessary (even if music is something I feel strongly about =)

WHAT ABOUT LD38?

Yes – I will attend again. If it will be a dedicated run or another shared weekend like this will yet have to be decided!

SPACE JUNK – Ludum Dare 37 Game Page (Play WebGL + Windows Download)

GAME PLAY VIDEO

TIME-LAPSE VIDEO

FINDING BUGS VIDEO

I’m pretty sure you always wanted to control an Anti-bomb Robot

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Thursday, December 15th, 2016 2:53 am

And if i’m right you should give a try to my compo “One room, One Bomb, One Minute”.

The concept is simple, you control a robot with the arrow keys, up is to accelerate, down to break, left and right to steer. The only other key you need is the Space Bar key that will help you destroy boxes while you’re in contact with them.

You got 4 levels, the fourth one is a special gift for the holidays season.

Come give me your feedback and your final score 😉

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FLESHBOUND – “One Room” Jam

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Monday, December 12th, 2016 10:03 pm

https://nym-and-permilias.itch.io/flesh-bound

Hi ! This is our first Ludum Dare entry. Hellbound is a 2D action/adventure game, in which you play a demon fighting to escape his cell.

The game is missing a few details, such as a boss fight, and lacks an ending. That will be added in the following days. The update will be available on https://nym-and-permilias.itch.io/ .

Directed by Martin Jacob

Programming by Léo Marambat-Patinote

Art by Sacha Rivière and Alexis Descamps

Additional graphics by Charline Hedreville

We are first year student in a video game school ! We hope you enjoy our work.

— CONTROLS —

Use Z,Q,S and D to move.

Spacebar to Dash. Move the mouse to look around.

Left click for a short-range attack, right click to cast a fireball (5 seconds cooldown).

My First iOS/Android Game

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Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 6:22 pm

Hello everyone :)

I decided not too long ago that I would make my first mobile game. It’s an arcade space game that requires the player to travel from planet to planet by stoping the orbit at the correct time. I have a little gameplay video and I would love any feedback about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbyEGzWdKNQ

I made it in Unity but the finished version took a little longer than a single weekend:)

Nat

 

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Locomotor

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Monday, August 29th, 2016 7:31 pm

Try to keep your steam locomotive as fast as possible, as long as possible !

This is our first Ludum Dare ever, we’re pretty happy of the result of our work, even if we’re quite tired and even if the last hours have been harsh !

Anyway, we hope you’ll enjoy this little Arcade/Puzzle (?) game. We wanted to make some adjustement, like a menu, or a more balanced gameplay but time and tiredness got us before !

Check this out !

Game made in 72 hours by a Team of 5 people.

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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.

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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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Bumli

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Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 5:12 am

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Hello. I making remake Dizzy for android.
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Link:Play in Google play apk

Briefly about the game:
Bumli is an alchemist and just starting their adventure with weighing potions. Just as the right amount of collected funds for the component to heal his master, the evil wizard spreads all over the world his pennies . It turns out that not only us magician playing tricks but all the inhabitants Gymsoya . Our adventure begins in the laboratory , where he attacked us wizard .

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Playing and being played

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Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 8:46 pm

Well, this was my first game jam.
And I want to share a bit of this experience with you.

I meant this IS my first game jam. Playing other people’s game and seeing people’s reaction to mine happens to be the best part of it.

Creating

I always feel uncomfortable sharing something I do. Because there is infinite possibilities of doing things better. And I love creating but I’m not a specialist in anything, I just love the entierty of it.

Having a deadline and a theme is great for me. It allows me to work more efficiently. Well, I could have easily done my game in time for Compo submission if I didn’t sleep a lot and do other stuff… but anyway I kinda like the urgence and the intense focus.

The Jam

So, ShapeShift! At first, I thought of squares, triangles and circles (and maybe a cross…) But then I thought too many people would think of that. I guessed a lot of people would do a hero with transforming powers, so I looked for interesting angles for the theme. After looking at ancient stories of Mythology and all the uses of metamorphosis in art through the ages on wikipedia, I told myself: Maybe the story of a dog who has been transformed into a man? Or a character that could switch between male and female?

I liked those weird ideas, but it was ambitious. I knew I had to keep it simple. Especially since I’m doing this on my own. And I never really finished a game…

After a looong family dinner on saturday night, 20 hours had passed. I had to make a decision. I set up for squares, triangles and circles. But what’s the gameplay? I thought first of a rythm game. The shapes would shrink and you would click on them when they reach the center of the screen. But for my placeholder geometric assets I choose black, white and red as colors. That made me think of Seven Nation Army’s video clip from The White Stripes(although ther is no square). So I had to make the shapes grow from the center instead of shrinking from outside. I just liked the mood it made.

Ok, but then what’s the gameplay again? It could still be a rythm game, you would look at shape  on top of screen and see the incoming shapes. And click the good shape at the right moment . But… Putting stuff above the screen was really annoying since the visual effects were making you look at the center. So, I had to put the information to the center. And again, it had to be simple. So the gameplay changed from being a rythm game to a reflex game. And I felt it matched to the arcade style of the game. You have an instant visual reward when you do a good input, you die instantly with a bad one. You restart instanly with another input.

That was working, so I made new shapes to be a bit more pretty. Then I implemented the scoring system and started a health bar. diminishing increasingly through time, that you can refill with your good answers. This would make the gameplay or else there would be no challenge… But the first real bugs occurred. Bad shapes started popping where they shouldn’t. And then an atrocious visual bug that was destroying the mood… The gameplay wasn’t there, the visual was corrupted. And there where only 24h hours left, if I inteded to submit in time for the Jam. After multiple breaks and code rewriting I decided to sleep on it.

It wasn’t looking good the next day and I started thinking: well, maybe next ludum dare I’ll try again… But I finally managed to make the game work. And guess what… the visual bug had dissapeared too! There are some small pleasures in life! After this quite overwhelming moment, I focused on adjusting the gameplay and trying to add stuff to make it cooler. I was loosing myself and then a voice in my head said: Only 4 hours man! I spent half of it repeating square, circle and triangle in my mic to get the good sound… And did a quick beat using premade tools in one hour. Then render the game, setting the page making some screenshots. And we’re set!

In the end, I’m really happy I made something. It’s not perfect. A lot of things could have been done better. But it’s done and people can play it!

The After Jam

I could have got to sleep at 3Am but I stayed up and went to bed at 6. I had to see what other people had done.

I find the rating system really cool, encouraging people to play game and play the one that are least rated. I look up at other people’s game in a humble way, trying to look at the positive. And I find the people’s reaction to my game awesome. It’s encouragement to sharing and that’s why I write this.

Thanks everyone!

Trisquircle screenshot
My submission to ludum dare: Trisquircle  (yeah the title is quite original, I know!)
I didn’t put it anywhere so here are the tools I used:

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Krita/Aseprite

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Now embedded on game page!

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 12:02 am

We finally got things working – now it’s embedded on the game page.

You can play there, without having to click links! 😀

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Trisquircle – A simple Reflex Arcade Game

Posted by (twitter: @@LArtisteEnNous)
Monday, April 18th, 2016 9:44 pm

Hey everyone!

Here’s my first submission for a Ludum Dare : Trisquircle

It’s quite simple but I’m happy to show something playable! :)

 

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We’ve Submitted!

Sunday, April 17th, 2016 4:30 pm

Hey everyone, we’ve submitted our game!

Mutant Chicken Death Jam

It’s been really fun working on this game, I haven’t done anything quite like this before (the jam).

Luckily I had friends to help with art (@rohan_narang15), and music (@Darth_Davroth).

If you enjoy twin-stick shooters, aliens gushing toxic ooze, giant fire breathing chickens, and dance parties, hurry on up and play! 😀

The Purple Banana

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Sunday, April 17th, 2016 12:37 pm

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And The Purple Banana is ready to roll! I might do a little polish here or there and add flash effects and maybe a sound or two. But otherwise, this is done. I have a lot of work to do elsewhere and this was supposed to be very short. I’ll submit it in a bit.

Early Release For Community Testing

Sunday, April 17th, 2016 10:48 am

Please could you guys play/test our game, Mutant Chicken Death Jam?

http://gamejolt.com/games/mutant-chicken-death-jam/140892

Dance Party Mutant Chicken Style

MUTANT CHICKEN!

Saturday, April 16th, 2016 7:58 pm

Finally, you can witness the beauty of the chicken shape shifting… into a mutant chicken that burps fireballs!

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We’re Getting Closer!

Saturday, April 16th, 2016 5:41 pm

We are getting close to the polishing phase. So far we have player death, combat, alien spawning, etc. All that’s really left is one more alien, the “shape shifting” mechanic where you step in toxic space ooze and mutate into a giant fire breathing chicken!! Oh, and the menu and stuff, but eh 😉

Early gameplay: Mutant Chicken Death Jam

Early Gameplay

Saturday, April 16th, 2016 6:35 am

Here’s some early gameplay footage! We have plans for the “shape shifting”, so hold on to your butts! 😀

Mutant Chicken Death Jam Early Gameplay Footage

 

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