Ludum Dare 31
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Ludum Dare 31 Favourites So Far!

Posted by (twitter: @gamepopper)
Sunday, December 21st, 2014 7:31 am

So after rating 100 games for Ludum Dare, I thought I’d talk a bit about a few of my favourites from the compo/jam. They may not be the best out of the competition, but these were the ones that I find have an aspect of good entries that each of these succeed at.

Tightrope Theatre

This is the entry done by brilliant flash game developer Jussi Simpanen, aka AdventureIslands. He always does games for jams big and small and his entries usually bring a quirky design and incredible polish to them, and this one is no exception. In Tightrope Theatre you must travel from A to B, all while riding a unicycle avoiding fire, spikes and the ground below. The entire game is 24 levels long, and feels very complete for a game done in two days, although you kind of wish there was more. Knowing that Jussi tends to add new stuff to his entries every now and then, maybe there will be more to this entry.

Jumping ‘n Jumping

This is an example of how you should achieve a innovative gameplay in 48 hours, you use one mechanic with a unique spin and give it as much potential as you can. In this case, the mechanic of the game is jumping, and the unique spin is that your jumps are limited, but will increase depending on how you play. Eduardo uses the mechanic in a room where you have to jump to survive and you get this gem.

Screen Mover

Most game jams have a theme, and as a developer you are free to interpret that theme to whatever for your game: you can use a literal route (in LD31, that would mean literally running the entire game on one screen), the metaphorical route or the technical route. With Screen Mover, Sh1rogane decided to go beyond literal and technical with the theme to produce something that may look like a simple platform prototype, until you quickly realise you have to move the game window to progress. The only issue with this idea is that keyboard input it locked while the window moves, but the post jam version does fix this.

The Hyperbeam

Sometimes you don’t have to make a game that’s fun to make it a good entry, you can tell a story, show off some great music or in this case, make some really beautiful graphics. The puzzle game elements are clever, but this game is really good at showing off bloom and neon. It just makes it look wonderful, and the music is really soothing as well. As you may tell from my entry, I love neon glow, and this game does a great job at showing it off.

Swotch

If all else fails, just make a game that is fun to play, and make it addictive for an added bonus. This game’s style reminds me a lot of Terry Cavanagh’s Super Hexagon, and since the developer is planning an Android/iOS release, I recommend him get Chipzel to do music for the game.

Don’t forget to play my entry Glow Drop if you haven’t already.

…and More Progress!

Posted by (twitter: @OtroraGames)
Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 2:07 pm

Thanks to the helpfull feedback of Ludum Dare community I have made some progress in Director’s Cut version of my Ludum Dare 31 entry.

http://gamejolt.com/games/arcade/moonlit-crawlers-director-s-cut/41322/

– Now jump mechanics should feel more fluid.

– Added sfx to attacks and enemies kills.

– Improved collisions on attacks.

Next:

– Victory animation

– A better Menu

Keep playing and rating…

Compo version is here:

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=32989

I give up for now

Posted by (twitter: @qrchack)
Monday, December 8th, 2014 3:06 pm

So… this is the game. I did my best. Learnt a lot this LD. Hope I’ll start on time next LD! :D

 

 

If you feel like doing so, feel free to check it out :) PS: I’ll definitely keep working on this one post LD!

I’m totally late

Posted by (twitter: @qrchack)
Monday, December 8th, 2014 2:02 pm

Okay, I’ve started somewhere after half of the 48h time, so I’ll probably keep finishing this game after Jam ends. Whatever. It’s 5h to go and I’m coding a map editor. I’m totally not prepared :D

 

5 hours left and I just started coding the map editor

5 hours left and I just started coding the map editor

 

While you’re here, you can check out the current version of it.

Snow Need To Rush!

Posted by (twitter: @snoutup)
Sunday, December 7th, 2014 6:35 pm

It’s 3AM and I’m closing my little solo gamedev workshop. There were ups and there were downs and I probably would’ve been better off without a gamejam this weekend, but alas – what’s done it’s done and that “it” is a mini circular runner called “Snow Need To Rush“.

 

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Here it is in action:

May cause dizziness, so sorry for that… I noticed that being an issue, but it was already too late. Hopefully mobile version will work better!

Good night and good luck finishing your entries!

 

Heads up’s what’s up!

Posted by
Sunday, December 7th, 2014 1:36 pm

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Lot’s of visual progress since my last update!  Got a nice HUD up and running with various useful informations.  Now, though, the thing I’ve been avoiding, which is to make items interact-with-able.  First picking up and dropping, then equipping weapons.  Then I’ll need an enemy.  Then attack.  Then a million other things!  Aaaah!

Stuff’s getting better!

Posted by (twitter: @qrchack)
Sunday, December 7th, 2014 12:44 pm

Played around with the graphics. My mom would be proud.

The game thingy so far

Before changes were made

After some changes

After some changes

I’m (late) in!

Posted by (twitter: @qrchack)
Sunday, December 7th, 2014 11:34 am

So. I didn’t want to participate this time. My first and last time was LD26 (theme: “Minimalism”) and I coded entirely on my phone in 3 hours, resulting in a poor Tetris clone. Half of LD31’s time is over, and I haven’t been coding for years, but I’m gonna give it a shot. Even if I fail, isn’t Ludum Dare supposed to be about being a challenge? So, I have half of the time and most likely I’ll fail hard. Probably I’ll just keep coding after time runs out, I want to get back to coding. End of story.

Tools

Sublime Text, as the coding IDE
LÖVE, as the engine
Pinta, as the graphics tool

Qrchack's LD31 Workspace

The workspace in its full, messy glory

The game thingy so far

The game thingy so far

What’s good so far

– For the first time ever, I’m using object-oriented programming. And it’s working quite well for now.
– I’m making a tile-based maze game. Never used tilesets or tiles at all. More of the challenge and it’s working
– I’ll need to either add Tiled support into my game (Tiled seems freaking amazing at first look!) or code my own map editor, or use hardcoded tables. The first two options are even more of challenge (and fun!)
– First time developing on Linux (latest stable Xubuntu release to be precise), and though I’ve been customizing it quite a bit, I’m proud to be using it for programming.

What goes bad

Time. I don’t know if I’ll even manage to get something usable till the jam deadline. The solution is just to keep coding when LD31 ends.
Hardcoded maps. These need to get replaced by either Tiled maps or some own external map editor.
Preparations, because I haven’t made any. This means downloading stuff while coding and setting up your workspace and libraries. Not good at all.

Anyway…

Really excited to be back into coding, good luck everyone, I can’t wait to play your games! Wish me good luck, too. I’ll need it! :)

Finally a bit of progress

Posted by
Saturday, December 6th, 2014 8:24 pm

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I got stuck with some nasty bugs for several hours right after my last update and ended up bashing my head against them for hours before giving up, deleting several hours of work, and redoing the sections from scratch.  It’s sad and frustrating, but I’ve now got it working so that I have a dude who can walk around, bump into walls, open doors, see around himself, and remember the terrain he’s already been through.  Huzzah!  Now I need items and enemies!  Also I need to decide how I’m going to make this game unique and interesting…

LD31 – Update 2: A New Generation

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Saturday, December 6th, 2014 10:21 am

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As claimed in the previous update, my level gen code didn’t take much longer to complete.  I can now generate an interconnected system of rooms and hallways, separated by doors.  Making doors something that can be opened/closed will not be difficult once I actually get a character in and moving around.  That’s the next goal:  Dude and move.  Then doors and vision.  Then we work on stats, enemies, combat, inventories… so much left to do!  But at least I’m already the furthest I’ve ever made it on a rouge-like, so I’ve already succeeded at something great!

You are in a box. It is dark. There is no you.

Posted by
Saturday, December 6th, 2014 8:45 am

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That is currently the state of my game.  I think you can already see what I’m going for, though:  A single-screen rogue-like!  I’ve always wanted to do a good rogue-like, but never gotten past the planning stages before, so I’m really excited for this one.  Despite the simplicity of this screenshot, I’m actually very close to having full-on level generation up and working – You’ll see within a few hours.

As for pacing – I let myself get a solid five hours of sleep last night since I was wiped out from the week, and have taken a couple breaks for things like food  and stretches so I’m about 6-7 hours into actual development time, split fairly evenly so far between design, research, and actual code time.  Getting to be about 300 lines of code, by raw line count.  More to come soon, I hope

Obligatory notice that I am in.

Posted by
Friday, December 5th, 2014 5:50 pm

I’m in!  I don’t think I’ve written a single line of code since LD30 – I’m teaching math this year instead of programming, so the opportunities have been scarce.  Nonetheless, I’m in and I’m ready to make something amazing!  Last time I managed to surprise myself and break into a top 50 list for the first time – for Innovative.  My Fun score was way low though, so my goal for LD31 is to make something that people think is fun!

I’ll be going with JavaScript again, for the 2nd time now.  I think it went really well last time – much more accessible to those who want to play than Python, and there’s not much overhead on my end either.  Other tools will probably include… Notepad++, Paint, GIMP, bfxr… and that’s about it I suspect.  Also energy drinks.

Good luck all, and may the ☃ be with you.

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