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So this past week I’ve been taking part in The Charity Game Jam and since I had no time to make something new (because of work and other stuff), I decided to do a slightly tweaked “Turbo” (read: Post-Jam) version of my old Ludum Dare 26 Game Only One Shot with some changes based on the feedback I got back in April such as slightly faster player movement as well as four additional levels.
“Turbo” version of my game
Original version of my game
I was thinking that Charity Game Jam is a great opportunity to practice for LD 28 and also get some hand on experience with Unity 4.3’s 2D toolsets so I didn’t wasted much time yesterday morning and started to create my art assets. Things didn’t went smoothly though as our ISP went Boom early in the morning and the lack of Internet was painful.
Fortunately this morning the service risen from it’s ashes and I can give you this small update on what the hell I’ve been doing so take this piece of art [notes: don't get your hopes up people, I'm not an artist, but I can tell I'm not alone by browsing some past Posts :3 ]:
Ever since I was a kid I had something with video games, whether it was making silly card games with pieces of papers or making lame interactive stories in power point, I always looked for a way to create them…bla, bla bla! I don’t have time and nor do you to read the story of a 16th year old who always has dreamed about being a video-game designer, and has gone through everything form Modding to Unity 3d (which I guess is the case in many of us!) so I’ll go to my point
When the charity game jam was first announced I told myself “Cool I’ll give it a try”…and finally, the day arrived, November 24th at 12:00 A.M. I hadn’t read the rules or the jam’s theme until that moment. When I found out it was a NES theme I got excited and started working immediately.
After some minutes of thinking about my game, I found this book called “Mitos y Legendas de Guatemala” (Myths and Legends from Guatemala) which is a compilation ghost stories and urban legends from my beloved country, Guatemala There I found this famous legend of a diabolical dog called “El Cadejo” who wanders the streets at midnight looking for drunken people, whose souls he devours. But there is another type of Cadejo, the white coated one, who instead of having a feast on it, protects the human soul from being cursed or stolen by demons and other supernatural beings. That’s how I came out with the simple story behind my game: You’re a white Cadejo who has to protect the soul of a drunken man from incoming hordes of black Cadejos who are trying to devour it.
Since I’m not good at 2D games in Unity, I decided to use an old tool called Game Maker. Everything (except the music and sound effects) was made from scratch for this game. The music is from ‘Retro PC Games – Tokyo Japan’ and for the sound effects I used SFXR. The barks and growls are from Nine Tails and Venusaur from Pokemon I would have loved to use my own FXs but I don’t know a thing about creating 8-bit sounds!
At the end of the post there are some screenshots of my game. You can look for it at the funkytron as “El Cadejo: A Guatemalan Horror Story” or if you don’t feel like it, go directly to the mini-site where you can download the game (just a simple .exe ;)) and watch the first five minutes of gameplay! I’ll be adding more levels and a boss fight at the end. If you are interested, follow me on twitter (@Hyde_WS) so you can know when the update has been done.
In conclusion, I LOVED the Charity Game Jam. It was a great experience and I learned a lot, I’m definitely in for the next Ludum Dare. I hope you enjoy my game and If you feel like giving some feedback and constructive critics, please do it
The Charity Game Jam was a huge success. Our initial fundraising goal was $250 and as you can see, we destroyed it! Mission accomplished. Achievement unlocked. Boss battle won. Princess saved. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, EVERYONE! I’m humbled and grateful for all your enthusiasm, hard work, and generosity. Should we do this again next year?
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It’s after the time, but I really wanted to add high scores, so they’re in! Let’s see who can beat me at yak-based urban demolition! As always, go to http://charitygamejam.com/ and then click the cartridge that says “YAK”.
And now, the post-mortem:
What went right:
- I chose something simple. This is by far the biggest help. I tend to want to do something fancy, with lots of procedural generation… this time, a simple game, which I had plenty of time to do.
- I used a language I was comfortable with, and which made me productive. I don’t know AS3/Flashpunk as well as I could do, but I have made things with it before, and this helped a lot.
- I found simple solutions for things. The city is a simple grid. You destroy the buildings where you land so you can’t get stuck in them. The enemies are helicopters, so I didn’t need to do any pathfinding.
- I made music, sound, and art that I’m pleased with! It’s nothing amazing, but the NES theme meant that I didn’t try and spend ages making it look and sound great, I could just make things simple.
- I added little touches as I went along. As the game was simple, I had the time to add shockwaves, tween animations, and little people who run away, which made it more fun but didn’t take that long to do.
What went wrong:
- Not a lot! I could have been more prepared sound-wise – I had no experience of musagi, or audacity, so fiddling with those took longer than it should have. But it wasn’t a problem in the end.
- I didn’t get time to add the building variety I’d hoped to. Very few of the city blocks were planned to be empty grass. I wanted tower blocks and things, but by the time I could have tried adding them, it would have meant breaking the code probably.
What I’ve learnt:
- I can actually make music that I don’t think is terrible!
- I can make a 48-hour game with a decent level of polish!
- Heinous is pronounced “Hay-nuss”.
I just submitted the 48 hour version of my Charity Game Jame game, “Dolphin Story”. I followed Ludum Dare compo rules – all graphics from scratch with the Gimp, engine is Unity + Orthello 2D. It uses the NES palette.
It looks awesome inside the Funkytron … but in reality it’s not really finished yet. There are still two scenes to be made to finish the mini-chapter of this mini-adventure game, and sound is still to come. I plan to do this over the next two days.
I went against all sensible advice and used Orthello 2D for the first time for this compo … as a result I ended up wasting some time wrestling with it, but now I have the simple ‘point-n-click’ adventure base code written expanding it should be easy (famous last words ).
You can play directly it here, or find it in the list on http://www.charitygamejam.com. If the Unity plugin starts flickering (like an old TV with bad vertical hold settings – authentic !), blow on the cartridge then try reloading the page. I’ve no idea what’s up with that.
I finally got the game done and submitted with 20 minutes to spare! I had a really fun time making the game as always. The game came out great and I only cut a few things from the final version.
Here’s an in action shot:
I recommend Firefox because the sounds don’t work in Chrome >:(
Good Job Everyone!
Whoohoo! I managed to make a game that actually feels pretty complete! This is unusual for me.
Heinous Yak Destruction is now available to play on the charitygamejam.com site. It has music, explosions, helicopters, and an actual lose condition! Huzzah!
I didn’t quite get the time to add online high-scores in. The backend is there, just not the stuff in-game. I’ll fiddle around with it tomorrow and hopefully get that included.
If I had more time, I’d have liked to add more buildings – I’d hoped to have big tower blocks and shops as well as the tiny houses. Never mind.
So i’ve finished my mario game. The levels are procedurally generated, with a little variation, and the aim is to get as far as you can. You can find it here at Staticvoidgames. Anyway i had fun and i live streamed an hour or two of coding so if you can be bothered check it out. I hope everyone else has as much fun as i did.
Hey guys, things are going great. I’m about halfway done on the game and with sleep, I’ll have about 8 hours on Sunday to finish. I still have to finish level selection, more levels, and a merchant screen to buy in-game upgrades but I think I will get it done.
Here’s a progress shot:
You can play the test build here: Play
P.S. I recommend running it in Firefox, Chrome has weird scroll bars.
Well, it’s 9:30pm over here, so I’m stopping for today. (Yup, I’m hardcore and I know it. :P) As always, the current state of Heinous Yak Destruction is here.
I’m pretty pleased! I’ve got some sound effects, you can smash things, and there are little people who run in terror. So for tomorrow that still leaves the… bits that make it a game rather than just a toy. Some kind of difficulty or time limit, probably in the form of the military coming in to destroy you. Not entirely sure though. Oh, and music! Which I might not get done, to be honest.
Not many people seem to be updating on the blog today. I feel like I’m spamming, but I last posted several hours ago. Where are you all!?
Heinous Yak Destruction is going fairly well. I’m quite pleased with my little yak character. Turns out that small size + only 3 colours per sprite = really easy art.
If you feel like being a giant yak, wandering a randomly generated (but currently rather dull) city, you can play here. I update the version on the site every so often.
Currently you can’t destroy anything, so you can start the game stuck in a building. Press ‘r’ until you get a city that lets you move.
Still to do:
- More buildings
- Heinous Destruction!
- People running in terror
- The military coming and trying to stop your aforementioned heinous destruction.
So basically, all the things that make it a game rather than a remote-controlled-giant-yak simulator.