Posts Tagged ‘hard’

Descent Into Planar Space – MiniLD #60

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 3:54 am

promotion picture for the game: descent into planar spaceAttempt of making a promotional poster for my mini ld #60 game: Descent Into Planar Space.

Please leave a comment, if you like the game! And be sure to test the other games aswell.

First Ludum Dare Submission – Souls of the Fallen

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Monday, April 20th, 2015 10:54 pm

We made it!

Souls of the Fallen

Team LittleBigBro has done one jam prior to this (STL ScatterJam) but this was our first attempt at LD.

It was great. It was fun. And best of all it we finished it and could polish it a bit.

Our unconventional weapon was the absorbing of “tainted” souls (the little pink orbs) to then release as “purified” souls (the blue ones).

Souls of the Fallen Gameplay

Post Mortem
Good:

  • We made it!
  • We got some extra polish (each play alternates the character you control)
  • Only minor-ish bugs (corners + velocity based movement = nope) that don’t really hurt the game
  • We had a good time
  • We got some great music tracks from @Fat_Bard

Bad:

  • Don’t take a whole Saturday to help your dad chainsaw branches. (it surprisingly cuts into dev time)
  • There were some features (co-op, multiple bosses) that couldn’t make it in.
  • Get better snacks and food. Fast food is killing me…
  • Better sleep before and during the jam
  • Typo in on the tutorial message

Souls of the Fallen Gameplay

Our entry: http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-32/?action=preview&uid=45313

Posted by: @ThatAndrewMan

COSMIC CONGA

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 11:10 am

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Cosmic Conga Title

Cosmic Conga Screenshot

Cosmic Conga is a fast paced strategy game that may… or may not be, balanced 😛

Most of the feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive (thanks everyone!) with the one exception of a psychotically insane AI difficulty.

Fancy a challenge? Try and beat the original LD submission Play [Web]

Sick of that stupid AI? Try our brand spanking new ‘balanced’ version Play Balanced [Web]

I stress ‘balanced’ as I’ve spent so much time testing this build I’m not entirely sure what constitutes ‘difficult’ anymore 😛

Thanks to everyone who helps make Ludum Dare possible,

And congrats to everyone who submitted, the entries keep getting better every time.

Aaron

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Moosefly prevails once more!

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Monday, December 16th, 2013 6:43 pm

This was our second LD and we think it went quite well atleast compared to last time. Oh the panic.
After the theme was announced we bounced some ideas around and went to sleep. After waking up we promptly decided to make a game about growing a plant in one week.

Without further dudes here is Wild Growth:
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(http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-28/?action=preview&uid=25343)

Oh and spot the Bieber!  bieberbutton

Oxy Post-mortem

Posted by (twitter: @hbocao)
Saturday, August 31st, 2013 11:53 am

Hey there,

I made a little game called Oxy (please give some feedback) and here it’s its postmortem.

The background

I like games and I play a lot of them. I got into programming because I wanted to make one, but never finished any worth showing project.

The Beginning

I wasn’t going to enter LD. I was only waiting for the theme announcement and I was just going to play around. I had no idea of what tools to use or how to make it. The theme was out around friday at 23h where I live and I stayed up until 2h in the morning trying to think of something to start. All I got was an “old” idea that could be adapted to the theme, but it didn’t feel right. So I went off to bed and started thinking about giving up.

The Concept

The basic idea of 2 divers in an underwater cave only hit Saturday morning. From this moment on I had a blast of ideas. Some of them were good and others, totally crap. Like the idea of moving the 2 characters at same time. I’m so glad I didn’t push it. It would ruin what become the best decision I took. Finally I got to the idea of having the 2 characters, but one of them would be unconscious and would be in need to be dragged around. Both would be in a underwater lab that would need 2 people in different positions at the same time to push the buttons to open doors. The only thing that I was certain about it, was [SPOILER-select to read] that Dave wouldn’t make to the end alive. My main goal was to make the player feel attached to Dave and then, well, kill him. [/SPOILER]

The bad

  • Instructions: I think I could have made a better job at explaining the game to the player. I made the “title”, “game over” and “win screen” in a heartbeat before the due time. I almost forgot to include the controls.
  • Planing: I hadn’t planned anything at all. Not even whether I was going to participate or not. That made difficult to polish some ideas. Next time, I hope to be more prepared.
  • Short: This is kinda good for the competition, but I wish I did more story-wise. I wanted to create a connection between Dave and the player, which some people got it, but I think I could have done a better job here. It feels a little forced how it all happens.
  • Difficulty: Well, of course I’m the master of my own game, but there’s other people in the world, with different skills and patience. Once you died, you had to go through all again. As some user stated, it felt like a chore (even if at the end it was a rewarding one). Some people suggested some sort of checkpoint but I think that would break the immersion. It just needed to be a little more easier.

The good

  • Finished: Hell yeah. I f****** did it! I finished something that I’m not afraid to show. \o/
  • Music and sound: Many users loved the music and so do I. I was very lucky to find the Circuli app. I spent a bunch of hours playing with many music generators (because I have no talent), but none of them felt right. I like how I made the sound effects (the 2 of them haha) fits with the music and ambient.
  • Mood: The music really sets it, but I think that the little narrative and dilemma makes it full circle, even with the short duration.
  • Controls: Even while I failed at explaining them, they were pretty easy to master and they felt right.
  • When Dave dies, the game continues: I think this was best design decision that I made. Because when it happens you think “it’s over!”, and then it’s not over, but you have to drag the dead body of your friend. Not everybody got a deeper thought about it in this “silly game with puzzles”, but that’s what I was aiming for, so I’m glad that some people noticed and thought about it.

If I had more time

  • Graphics: I really can’t draw as I stated in my entry post, but I know I could make, at least, the scenery look better and not THAT amateur and generic.
  • WASD: I completely forgot to include these keys. I planned to do it, but I just forgot.
  • Story: I think a better background story for both characters would make it easier to achieve my storytelling goals.
  • More and better puzzles: Well, that’s pretty much it. More and better puzzles. :)
  • Two endings: I wanted to make two endings: [SPOILER MAYBE-select to read] One if you crossed the final door with Dave and another if you didn’t.[/SPOILER MAYBE]

Future

I really liked my idea, but the execution was mediocre to good, I guess. So I intend to take this to another level. Make it a full game. I hope to do so.

Final thoughts

I had a wonderfull time. It was an intensive, scary, stressed and fun weekend. I finally finished something to be proud of. And people got it and liked it and this feels so good. This little experiment incentivated me to push more and harder now. I have met some incredible minds behind the games I rated so far and I’m excited to keep in touch.

Thanks for reading and please, pretty please give some feedback. :)

Demon Infiltration – LD27 Post Mortem

Posted by (twitter: @zekyonD)
Monday, August 26th, 2013 10:52 am

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Play here

This was my third LD and I can say that has been the best.
Why? because I think I had create a good game in less than 48 hours, but even so, I’m not happy with the fact that I made it using Game Maker. Ok, the use of Game Maker isn’t anything bad, don’t get me wrong, but I was learning java and libgdx since three-four month ago and I wanted to check my knowledge in this LD.

Why I didn’t use libgdx then?, I had not time, this was a weekend very evenful and the priority was create a good game.

Well, here is my Post Mortem:

 

What went good?:

  • Graphics and gameplay since the first day

The gameplay was very easy to program, only a basic platformer with an stealth system, basically if the enemy is looking right and the player is near of his right, he kill the player instantly.
And the graphics palette is of 6-7 colours in total, what made more easy the process of design.

  • I’m learning a lot about GML functions

This was my second time using Game Maker and I was a bit lost. Even so I kept forward and I learned a lot about it

 

What went bad?:

  • Bugs, a lots of bugs

I thought that my game had less quantity of bugs, but no, it had a lot, so I spent all the day of today fixing it.
I think now the game works properly, however, it surely has some bugs waiting to be fixed, so if you find one, please let me know.

  • Few levels

As I say before, I had not enough time for dedicate to the ludum (only the nights) so the levels was reduced in number, only three of six planned in the start.

  • In my opinion, bad theme

Seriously, what kind of theme is 10 seconds? I hate be a hater (excuse the repetition), but was one of the worst themes in the votation, “Death is useful” or “You must leave it behind” would have been a lot better.
10 seconds is nearly to obligate to create a game that hurries you and I hate that type of games :/.
At least have been better than “minimalism” ¬¬

  • My english level is ridiculous

Yes, and because it I commit some typos on the game. I would apologize to all the people who is leaving their eyes on this text. Seriously, sorry.

Thanks for read!

 

Nothing Is Impossible – Afterthoughts

Posted by (twitter: @zekyonD)
Monday, April 29th, 2013 1:43 pm

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Well, we are going to start from the beginning. I had high hopes about the theme would be Parallel Worlds so I started to do an idea about a game with this theme in my head.

The day 26 came and the final theme was Minimalism. The first thing I did was curse to the people who had voted that theme. The second thing was start to think how can I innovate and at the same time create a minimalism game, but the ideas weren’t coming to my, and magically I remembered my first idea for the Parallel Worlds theme. This idea consisted in a split-screen with two characters who would interact between they. You would have to get the objects in the ground and go changing of screen for kill enemies who only could be killed by one of the character (ok, this sounded better in my head).

So I made this concept more minimalist. The game would have split-screen and two character running forward, each screen would represent the black or the white and this would create a contrast between the characters and the background.

Then, when I had this in my project of Unity, I added blocks who kill you when you touch him. Although this look like a simple thing but this was one of my hardest challenges in the develop of this game, all because Unity not detected any collider. After two hours and almost come to despair I decided restart my computer, and YEAH! THIS SOLVED THE PROBLEM, FUCK U UNITY!, were my words.

Well, the colliders works good, the characters run forward and when they touch a block they die. And has not spent even one day, this is amazing!.

Is time to level design!

The level design was very frustrating, to each block that I put I needed complete the level until that point, and this isn’t easy, seriously, I wanted to hit something!. It took me a lot of hours.

Ok, the day had not finished and I still had time to do the menus. I made it and finally came the time to sleep after 22 hours of work without rest.

The game was complete and I still had one day more to polish it.

The second day was a relaxing day. I did the music and fix a lot of bugs. I still had more of half day more so I started thinking in what could I add to make the game experience more satisfactory, the first thing I saw was that the graphics were very very simples, I knowed that the theme was minimalism but… I love the pixels and my game had to have pixels!, so I set to worked. I did a wall of bricks and some windows and the game now looked like an ancient castle. The problem of it was that the game was now more hard. But fuck, I really loved how the game looked!, so I add a “button” for choose if you want play with textures or without them.

Finally I publish the game when still missing about five hour to finish the compo.

And this is basically how I did feel while I was develop this game for my first ludum dare.

PD: Sorry for my bad english, I’m not a native

Finished!

Posted by (twitter: @zekyonD)
Sunday, April 28th, 2013 3:02 pm

After thirty hours of work, I can proudly say I finished my game for this Ludum Dare.

I called the game “Nothing is impossible”. Is a platform game where you must control two characters in a split screen, each screen represent the black and the white and this create a constrat between the character and the wall.

The game consist, as I said before, in the control the two characters dodging the boxes and stakes you will find in the way, all this while they run forward.

My intention was do the game very very difficult, but at the same time do a addictive game and I think I finally achieve.

But well, let’s cut the talk. You can find the game here.

Thank for read and play!

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Sorry for no add potatoes, serious, i’m very sorry :(

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