Quick Video demo and mini-post mortem
I wrote a fuller post mortem on my site here: http://flammablepenguins.com/blog/2015/12/ld34/
So Junk Collector was very important jam for me. I’ve been doing LDJam for a while and when I started we all were doing C++ on pretty barebones frames like SDL. Over time as I took part less things like Unity rose to popularity and I started doing more jams in complete engines like that. This time I flipped back to C++ using a very much in development engine, Psybrus from Neilogd, which while fully featured in many ways is friendly and open to me hacking away at. Also having worked with Neil in the past at our 1st studio I’m familiar with his style.
So Junk collector was a welcome return to C++ jamming for me. During the jam I thought damn it this would be so much quicker in Unity or some such bullshit but when I looked at how I spent my time and wrote the complete post mortem a lot of it was my focus on bullshit like particles or doing things the “correct” way not the fast way and not being critical path enough in my decisions. Which resulted in writing a fullblown sky shader and floor plane, replacing my perfectly functional grid plane and bouncing back and forth on physics or not physics…. well it means the gameplay is near non-existent.
Overall it was a blast and I look forward to using his engine in future Jams and side projects.