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Mini LD 16 Teaser: Constraints

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Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 1:43 pm


Mini LD 16 is fast approaching!

It will kick off this Friday, February 19th at 9pm EST (GMT – 5)

The theme of this competition is Constraints.

Major goal:

  • To explore what game designs we are able to create given a certain set of arbitrary constraints

Minor goals:

  • To have the games share a common control scheme
  • To have the games share aspects of look and feel
  • To have total designer freedom of genre and topic

I won’t be announcing the final constraints until this Friday at 9pm EST but I’d like to provide a teaser of some of the things you may encounter.

Possible constraints:

  • Must work with a specific color palette
  • Limited to specific control inputs/keys
  • Music length limits (looping allowed)
  • Numbers of sound effects
  • Specific screen dimensions
  • Sprite or game object size requirements
  • Background graphics
  • Text limits
  • Levels / Waves / Rounds requirements

As I mentioned in my minor goals above–I have no intention of specifically limiting the topic or genre of the game you create. I want there to be at least that one axis of complete freedom for the designer as they work within the constraints.  I’m looking forward to this weekend–see you all soon!

EDIT: 9 pm Constraints posted

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