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Hello! This is my unusual version of Pong game.

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Friday, October 28th, 2016 5:43 pm

Here is the title

What is unusual? In this version you have to control you pads through your web cam by choosing a color.

Try this game and you’ll see.

Would be great if you’ll comment and let me know what I can improve.

Here is the link

Carrot Dude from Fluffy Horde

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Saturday, October 8th, 2016 1:37 pm

 

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As you all remember we made Fluffy Horde  back in LD34. Now we are taking it to another level and releasing it on steam by the end of the year. Here is our latest asset ;D

“OUCH, I thought bunnies were supposed to be cute and harmless!”

Carrot Dude

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LD 36 – Tori Tori Panic! – Post Mortem

Monday, September 5th, 2016 2:19 pm

 

Post-mortem

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Gameplay Mechanics/Theme

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So we started out wanting to make a game about defeating titans and gaining their powers, kind of like Shadow of the Colossus meets Megaman. The player would start out as a human-sized warrior fighting ‘limb’ titans (Left hand – shield, right leg – stomp), and then gaining their limb-powers as they progressed, and eventually becoming a titan themselves.

HOWEVER, once we started thinking about it more, we realized we definitely did not have enough time to make this game. So we decided to make an easier-to-make game.

We decided to do shooting, starting first with ricoheting arrows off of walls to hit targets, with certain targets requiring multiple ricochets to be destroyed. After doing some searching online, I found a physics-based game series called ‘Ricochet Kills’ on addictinggames.com, where you play as a hitman using ricocheting bullets to kill your targets. It was pretty fun, so it gave me hope that our game would be fun in that aspect to.

We turned our game into a hunting game, where you have to kill hapless animals.

(disclaimer: none of these were drawn by our artist)

@liyiming-serif came up with the idea of detection radii that would trigger the animals to run away: outer one for player detection, inner one for arrows that land near the enemies. This effectively changed our game into a stealth game instead of an action-puzzle-platformer, which ended up working really really well.

 

Programming – @zkwen & @liyiming-serif

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Bow & Arrow Physics:

At first we had a drag-and-click control scheme like that from Bowman. It’s very intuitive, fast, and makes the player feel like they’re firing a bow. However, @monchang wanted to have a click-and-hold charging control scheme (the one we have now). I personally was against it because I really liked the Bowman control scheme, and this one was kind of sluggish because it required holding time. However, since our game turned into a stealth game, it actually worked kinda well, so that you have to aim your shots carefully, and only shoot down fast moving targets as a last resort.

We had a some trouble with arrow physics though, constantly adjusting gravity, mass, and velocity of the arrows. Our first arrows were really sluggish and didn’t feel very satisfying to shoot. But we increased the max velocity and decreased the mass. Also, our arrows didn’t bounce off of walls very much, only allowing 2-3 bounces max,

but by then we had established that bouncing arrows would not be our main gameplay mechanic.

 

Camera:

CAMERA CAMERA CAMERA. We had much trouble with this.

At first we had the classic moving camera centered on the player, but then we discovered this didn’t fit enough content on screen, so you couldn’t see what/where you were shooting. Then we added a character-screen offset, so that you weren’t always in the center, but that made it really annoying when you were inching towards a position, then had to turn around, as the camera would suddenly swing around.

We finally settled on a hybrid (camera does the swinging when you are aiming), so that the camera switching wasn’t as annoying during platforming, but as most of you pointed out, it was still pretty wonky and really needs to change.

 

Platforming:

The blocks were really slippery and it made it super hard to jump on platforms. @liyiming-serif and @zkwen would like <this to be a challenge factor at one challenge (tbd). To make it easier, we extend the platform or put a block at the end of the platform to keep the player on the platform.>

 

Art – @monchang

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Tools used:

  • GraphicsGale
  • Paint.net
  • Sai

 

First thoughts on art was to make something really bright and relaxing. When I considered using pixel art as a medium, I immediately wanted a beautiful seaside cliff as the background. The grass tiles used references from pokemon ruby’s end credit scene as the color palette. The sea was just a gradient from light blue to purple and in an effort to use parallax, I split up each wave as its own layer in order to create the illusion of a moving sea in game. Once I had the background figured out, I then restricted my color palette to the ones I had on screen (with some shades of brown for the trees). With the limited color palette to work with, it became easier to focus on contrast and making foreground elements pop. As a side effect, the entire scene stayed relatively uniformed and professional, which was great.

Animation wise I was focused on making the character and the projectiles fun to play around with. Taking on the teachings of Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario, I made sure to make every jump, shot, walk, and charge as fun as possible. It had to feel really good to just control the character even without the game play elements. And so I put in as much juice as I can animation wise and give the players satisfying feedback for every action.

During the entire process, I made sure to have the programmers implement each art asset as they were finished. I figured that a rolling basis was better than waiting till the end. This proved to be true because we left a lot of work to be finished at the end.

 

Audio – @fundamental.phantom

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Tools used:

  • Ableton Live
  • Audacity

The sounds were all made in a couple sittings, pretty quickly. The arrow sounds are a mix of Foley and synthesis. The bird sounds are us squawking and grunting, but heavily processed using downsampling and re-pitching/warping.

However, I didn’t send the sounds to the programmers right when I finished, so they ended up being put in super last minute, and we ran into some problems, most notably the music not looping (sorry, you guys had to listen to the first few measures forever D:, but for those of you who waited, you got to hear it!!).

I really had trouble deciding an aesthetic for the music. Bossa nova was the one that seemed most ‘natural’, but I felt it was over done (I’ve played too much bossa over the past couple years). I was split between chiptune-esque Rnb and a 12-string acoustic/chip mix inspired by Super Mario Sunshine. I tried both, but didn’t really like either one. Then I tried dabbling in more ambient/moody stuff with pads, kind of reminiscent of the Fez soundtrack by Disasterpiece.  Eventually I settled on some sort of swing-jazz/neo-soul chip thingy made in a few hours on the last day, but I’m still not satisfied with how it went.

I usually over-complicate things, especially the chord progressions. For this one I tried to tone it down, and go for something simpler, but that didn’t completely work. The A section is in 5/4, and B section is in 6/4. The B section was supposed to be the same time signature, but the rhythms I came up with ended up being in 6/4, so instead of changing the rhythms, I changed the time signature.

*******PS Koji Kondo and Disasterpiece are both AMAZING!!! you guys should check them out if you haven’t*******

 

Level Design – @zkwen & @liyiming-serif 

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We designed 8 levels for this game. To keep it easy for players to learn how to control the fairy, our game starts as a regular archery game. The first 3 challenges are tutorials. By the end of the third level, the player should have used arrow firing control and left/right moving control.

Then we make the future challenges much fun by adding the key platformer feature — jump. To hit the chicken that are protected by walls, the player needs to jump on platforms to gain a better position where their arrows can reach the chicken. We made Level 6 slippery bricks vs running chicken. The player can choose either carefully jump on the highest brick to gain long time window aiming at the chicken or aim and shoot chicken within an incredibly short time before the chicken notice the player and become panic then fly away. Giving the player alternative approaches to win the game and keeping difficulties balanced is challenging and fun.

After three rounds of jumping and shooting, we want to introduce a new feature to the player to keep them engaged! And this is a good timing to require the player to rely on ricochet to complete challenges 7 & 8 (given that in previous challenges they should have observed this feature when their arrows accidentally hit the grey wall).

It’s a pity that we didn’t design more challenges that blends all player control skills together due to the time limit. We would love to complete our level design some day in the near future.

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Level 1: No hurdle in between the player and the chick

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Level 2: Tall pile of bricks enforce the player to indirectly target at the chick

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Level 3: The player can’t stand still or the chick will detect the player then flee.

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Level 4: The player needs to jump on platforms to get around the wall.

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Level 5: The player need to shoot when standing on the platform.

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Level 6: Slippery bricks vs. Running chicken

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Level 7: Create ricochet arrows.

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Level 8: Harder to estimate the ricochet angle because of the moving wall.

 

Overall

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In retrospect, we kind of spent a long time doing a lot of less-important stuff like making the ocean move, instead of fixing camera and platforming bugs.

Overall, it was a great first try, I was worried that we wouldn’t finish, let alone produce a fun game. But we learned a lot on the way about workflow, level design, physics, and stuff!

Here’s our LD36 wallpaper:

 

*PPS – Tori Tori Panic! is an homage to Doki Doki Panic, which is the what the American version of Super Marios Bros 2 is a reskin of (that’s why it’s so out of place compared to the other games). Also, ‘tori’ means ‘bird’ in Japanese.

Glutenburg – Abridged Post-Mortem

Posted by (twitter: @echoflutedev)
Sunday, September 4th, 2016 6:52 pm

Hi!

I’m just posting a shorter version of my entry’s post-mortem, since I just typed up a longer version of it on my dev blog, here.

I didn’t really expect to finish my entry for this 36th jam, even with my poor planning, but I suprisingly did, unfortunately with many features cut out.

Because I had to cut out a lot of features, the gameplay was not very good, as pointed out by other people here who played it.

As far as a story for the game went, I didn’t put too much time into it, since the gameplay and graphics will strongly overshadow it. It was kept to a very minimum.

I was most proud of the game’s graphics, since it fared better than the other parts of the game. I also had the most fun creating the sprites and stuff.

As a first LD jam entry, I felt that it wasn’t bad at all, despite the lackluster gameplay. If this is a game that you guys would like to be developed further, post LD, it’d be great to hear your thoughts. If you haven’t played Glutenburg yet, check out my entry here.

Till next jam.

-E

BRAVE to the Core!

Thursday, September 1st, 2016 2:51 am

Hello everyone!

We (@Galbix & @Jorjenz13) finally finished a game on time for Ludum Dare! (only after four failed attempts…)

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In BRAVE to the Core! you have to guide the infamous explorer Braba across the depths of the Earth in search of long forgotten ancient treasures… and make a fortune out of the them!

You can play it HERE!

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Touch the Monolith! DONE!

Sunday, August 28th, 2016 11:19 am

With a bunch of time to spare.

Touch the Monolith is a micropuzzle game akin to something like WarioWare but without a time limit. Take your time.. back in time to the Dawn of Man and make some discoveries!

Try it!
http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-36/?action=preview&uid=47199

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Late “I’m in” post

Posted by (twitter: @thatrepixelated)
Friday, August 26th, 2016 7:46 pm

I’m in for a second try at Ludum Dare. My first one was a year ago, and I really overestimated what I could do in such a small amount of time. For this time, I have drastically changed my tools and learned enormous amounts of programming skills since then, which should help a lot. I also hopefully got my streaming setup right this time. Like last time, I’m entering the jam in solo, because my friend who was interested in participating with me had some other appointments already.

If you would like to follow my progress, you will be able to find it on twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/thatrepixelated/) hopefully starting between 7:30am and 8:00am GMT time. I will also get my timelapse sorted and most important of all, create something amazing (that I can hopefully post) and enjoy myself in the process.

Thanks for reading! Everyone, have a great Ludum Dare!

Friday, August 5th, 2016 10:50 am

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Altered Beard Post Mortem – LD#35

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Saturday, April 30th, 2016 5:51 pm

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The Game

Altered Beard is a game made to honor an icon, our friend Fabiano.
Here you control Beardanu, a peaceful citizen who decided to distribute some blows to see how it is. Precisely at the time he decided to do this, the city is invaded by aliens! Thanks to the power of the majority vote, Beardanu can become president to kick the ass of aliens.

play Altered Beard

Defeat the alien invaders!

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Altered Beard Gameplay demo1

Background

Art, Code and SE – Gillenew

Music – Saulo

Our team was formed spontaneous-ish, when I decided to join the Ludum Dare 35 and in need for a music, Saulo offered to lend a helping hand.
I trust enough in his abilities so I tried to be quick on ideas to provide enough material for him to come up with something in the music with the mood of the game.

Tooling

For this game we used various types of tools, I was responsible for the visual part, the code and sound effects. The programs I used were chosen mostly because they are the tool that I have more dominance.

Photoshop – used to create all the graphics of the game, both static and animated. Photoshop is a program that I use for many years, it is very versatile since it can enable a range of facilities for matrix graphic editing in general. Creating animations with it cannot be recommended in general, but depending on what the demand is it is very easy to use, such as small frame-by-frame animations.

Construct2 – all interactive part of the game was made using Construct2. Despite being a program that does not require knowledge of programming language, Construct2 has great potential, especially when you want to develop something fast or with tight deadline. Perfect for this game, then.

BFXR – This program was recommended here in ludum dare, some time ago. Since then I use it whenever I need to do more retro sound effects, as well as being quick and easy, the result so far pleased me :)

Audacity – widely used by people who need to convert audio or just make some adjustments in the audio file. I used to adjust the volume and tone of some sounds, also to convert to *.ogg format, which is smaller than traditional .wav and still very high quality.

Location

For this jam (most jams, actually) Saulo and I made our communications and collaborate via facebook chat, we can say that join forces on the internet goes right when you have a few people involved, or when the people involved are committed, so I believe it worked very well.

Altered Beard Collaborative

Brainstorming

I started my participation thinking about making a game where you controlled a character who turned into animals, and the world and gameplay would be like Zelda, A Link to the past. But then talking to another friend (Jorge Malaquias), he gave me this great idea to do something about our friend Fabiano using the Altered Beast reference. This idea seemed to be very hard to be done, as it would require a long time to create and balance the challenges, but I accepted for the dare and thus began the challenge of creating all the material for the game before the deadline.

Our friend used as protagonist

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Altered Beard brainstorm

Process

The process of creation that I chose to do was as follows:

1- I started creating the graphic and visual concept for the game.
2- With a better sense of the size of the game screen and the ideal size for the main character, I`ve began creating a scenario that best fit the screen.
3- The scene took a little longer to be done. I decided to put it all in Construct2 to check the major problems that could occur with the parallax.
4- Solved the main problems with the scenario so I added a player placeholder without animations.
5- Now came the part to animate the player, as he would have at least two physical forms so I tried to make a character less complex, yet it took a good time creating all the animations (there are 9 animations for the player: Idle; Jump, Fall ; Fall2; Walk; Crouch; Attk001; Hit and Appear).
6- I put all made animations in Construct2, added the drivers and tested the game mechanics, now working with animations.
7- I resolved some animation bugs and then created an enemy. He had only three states (Idle; Attk001 and Hit).
8- Added the enemy in the game and tested the mechanics along with the state of it.
9- I created the second form for the player. I`ve spent less time on it because I used enough of the first animation.
10- Added the second form in the game.
11- I created the animation effect when the character shapeshift. I`ve had to create the avatar for the two forms of player, and background images.
12- I created the explosion effects, the effect of the punch and the item.
13- Added the interface to display the texts.
14- I put the garbage cans to disrupt.
15- I created the sound effects using BFXR.
16- I added the sound effects in the game, and also added a song that Saulo sent me.
17- I put the HP and life to work.

What Went Well

My favorite part was being able to create a beat em up game without seriousness in the game theme.

Altered Beard Funny moments

I think we got what we wanted about the question to show something fun, colorful and lively.

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What Didn’t Go Well

The greatest difficulty in doing this genre according to the Jam theme, is to balance or create challenges in a way that let the game at least playable. For this reason I believe that we have sinned in terms of gameplay and progression of the game.

Altered Beard saddly moments

In addition to failing to finish one complete phase, I also could not fix all the bugs related to collision and weight mechanics.

Altered Beard saddly moments

What’s Next

We are planning to complete the game with at least five stages. I am at that time involved in several projects, but intend to give special attention to this game in the near future.

Team Thoughts

We liked very much the result. Despite the game is still very raw, we think the feedback received by people who have played it shows it has a really cool potential, and for this reason we are excited to continue improve it.

EHT TNEMIREPXE

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Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 6:52 pm
Play now to The Experiment!
GOTTA – NOW – GO
The Experiment is a weird game.
A simple, short and easy game.
A game that anyone could make,
but so far no one had done… until now.
It isn’t a game for anyone!
You hate him or love him.
I challenge you to enjoy it as I have enjoyed making it.
Welcome to my world.
FA – EHT TNEMIREPXE – ST

Are you ready for “Breaking Fat”?

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Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 3:35 am

Some people say that it is an overly difficult game… Others say it is frustrating… Very few people have been able to finish it… but you… ARE YOU READY TO COMPLETE “BREAKING FAT”??

Stop cry and retry it again!! Do you remember the classic old games? They didn’t let you try and re-try the same level until you win… so demostrate you are a winner!!! 😉

You can play it here… GOOD LUCK!

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Fight against evil doctor to break the curse and get back your original body!! If doctor’s minions touch you, you’ll be one of them and you’ll be much slower in this moment… but not all is lost… you must find the gold key to scape.

A story about evil enemies, curses and metabolism changes…

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Be quickly… be one of them… and escape!

itch page is up ;3

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Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 4:32 am

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Here is the itch.io page for my #LDJAM entry ;3 [magic button]

Looks awesome imo XD

Why not give it a try? It even has highscores!

Hope you all enjoy~ c'(^w^c’)

The jam ends in less than an hour

Posted by (twitter: @SeanNoonan)
Monday, April 18th, 2016 8:06 pm

…and I’ve not really played our game! It’s to the wire and I’ve no idea how the game actually plays.

Our pipeline hasn’t been great, which is exacerbated by the timezone difference. We were probably out of scope this time – I feel like maybe my expectations got in the way a little. I’ve been jamming for a couple of years now, and it seems that my polish expectations are getting a little too high. If its content and improves overall quality, I always push to have it in, unaware of the complications of implementation. Not knowing Unity, I am unaware of it’s quirks and don’t have a clear idea of what’s easy or hard when it comes to implementation, so it’s hard to know where to push the polish.

Anyway, we’ll see in an hour or so if we make it. Until then, here’s my final mockup artwork. I even managed to stream some of my pixel art “process”… I might start doing that more often. You can watch future streams here: https://www.twitch.tv/sean_noonan/

Sean Noonan Ludum Dare

I look forward to playing all of your games :3

Brutally Shifty Dance Crew

Posted by (twitter: @FranklinsGhost)
Monday, April 18th, 2016 6:27 am

Finished my entry for LD35. Didn’t get to do a lot of stuff that I wanted to do but still pretty happy with what I submitted.

It’s a small quick dancing pattern game.

Brutally Shifty Dance Crew

FinishedLD_BSDC

 

 

Pluto updated!

Posted by (twitter: @kestrelgames)
Sunday, April 17th, 2016 10:48 pm

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more planets, more space junk… more UI!

 

 

OBS is giving us a lot of trouble capturing video from Corona for some reason, so here’s a Flash mockup:

http://bit.ly/23RdFJP

 

Glu is finished!

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Sunday, April 17th, 2016 11:08 am

After a day and a half, we’ve finished working on our game for the Jam!
The last few hours were mostly us taking turns to play it… 😉
The objective is rather simple – you’re supposed to place any of the cubes on the map where we tell you to. But… there are deadly lasers trying to stop you, as well as a few teleporters that make you seasick whenever you pass through them, and lots of horribly mind-boggling geometry to wrap your head around.
In short, if you want your brain to boil, Glu is all you’ll need for a fancy heater ;p

Here’s THE actual game :)

…and here’s a video to show you the horrors that await…

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