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It’s around 1h30 AM in France as i write those lines and i plan to end this day of work here.
I’m actually both happy and not about what i did. Not happy because i planned to big. I couldn’t envision my game not isometric and it slowed my advance by a lot and it still will. Happy because even with that i improved since the past LDs and i can manage to succeed even with some difficulties. Back then i would be completely lost and i would abandon my game quickly.
For those in need of help to make an isometric game you can find a great resource here. It had greatly helped me.
Anyway, my game is far from the core mechanics i planned. I thought i could implement them before the end of the day, but the isometric grid slowed me. For each task i planned i got from 30min to 1h30 over my estimation. It’s a lot and on a lot of tasks. I need to manage my estimations better. I plan to end those tasks before the afternoon so i can work on the game and not think about it anymore except for the bugs that will appear.
Before i go to bed i’m working on a Makefile to automate the distribution of my game. It’s a quite easy task to end and it will help me at the end on the jam.
Altough i didn’t really show up there this is my fourth atempt at the Ludum Dare. I’m really happy to be able to participate again. And for this edition i’m sharing the same room as @pauljoannon and @Kokonaught. Check out their game !
I’m still working with love2d + grafx2. I did some music in LSDJ, but i need to export it and i don’t have my usb cable … Right now my progress is very slow. I hope to finish at least under the 72h to submit my game to the Jam.
I decided to go with a game about depression and suicide based on personal experience. You’ll be to depressed to go out of your room and you need to find a way to improve and not kill yourself. It will be isometric and you’ll be able to control it with the mouse. I got the isometric grid displayed plus a character that can move around it. I did some gameplay and scenario planning.
Hi guys! Added sound and states and some more of an ending condition, and I drew a bunch of art, which I’m slowly putting into the game now. Things are on track! The art is super simple because it’s been a while and I’m rusty.
Seeing as I chose Love and not Phaser this makes testing out what I have so far a little harder. If anyone’s interested and this “.love” format is completely unknown to them, grab the engine from https://love2d.org/.
So for this Ludum Dare, I’m working on a basic runner game, what with it being a very long time since I last finished a game (and also not feeling great, blegh).
The theme is running with fire through winter to try and spread it to other places. I’m in the middle of actually adding hazards, but I love seeing how crude and rudimentary my prototypes were in retrospect, so here’s a screenshot.
I’m using LOVE2d in the end after all instead of Phaser, I hope that doesn’t mess me up when it comes to submission! Aaa!
Also please leave a comment if you have some suggestion because I plan to finish this game and release it for iPads because recently i found out that love2d already supports iOS development.
I think everything worked as I expected. I had this game idea for a week or so before the competition already in mind. I wanted to implement controlling player by modifying the enviroment instead of using the direct controls.
First idea was to move a ball from left to right side of the screen by creating hills and valleys using physics. I didn’t manage to draw the controls for this game on the paper so I went for a simpler solution using the grid. Somewhere in this point a simpler idea of using gravity and collecting something instead of moving from left to right emerged. This led to the robot collecting batteries with a puzzle-like levels using gravity controls and walls to navigate robot through the level. Only problem with puzzle-like game is that creating puzzles takes much time. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to prepare good set of levels but I wanted to try the idea.
Because i was not able to do actual programming until the second half of the second day of the jam due to logistics, I had a plenty of time to come up with a concrete idea and solve almost all the problems. So when I started to program I had a pretty good idea of the game mechanic and what I had to do.
Programming phase was pretty straightforward. I wanted to use Love2D because it is supereasy for prototyping even if I hadn’t much experience with it. I had some experience with lua programming from Codea app from iPad and my previous ludum dare entry. I also did a simple pong game one week before ludum dare as a training
After half day of programming I had the game ready and basic graphics in place. After few hours of sleep I had to go to work on monday and I could show my game to my coleagues(sorry boss :-)). They liked the idea but didn’t like the graphic and there were no levels. Actual player didn’t even look like a robot but more like a ghost back then
After work I rushed home to finish some graphics – draw the robot and create tutorial levels. Luckily I remembered the wonderful Tiled map editor which helped a lot with level creation and it exports directly to a Lua so I saved some time by not implementing any tools.
Anyway I knew I couldn’t make good enough levels because I was still exploring what robot can do. I spent a lot of time putting obstacles in front of the robot and watching its behavior because sometimes I was suprised what can be done using such simple game mechanic (it still surprises me because today i found a simpler solution to one of new levels presented in the gameplay video).
When the time was dangerously passing by, I finished fooling around with the robot and went back to doing actual work. I polished graphic – as I am not any sort of good painter I did my best using piskel app as pixel graphic editor for robot and tiles. Also at this point I found out that I can do a tutorial by drawing directly in the level and showing the gameplay features one by one. I don’t know if this is good or understandable, please let me know in the comments if you find tutorial good!
I showed the game to my brother and he created three of the campaign levels. I had to polish them a little bit afterwards because one of the was not passable and other were easy to get stuck. I wanted that robot won’t get stuck without the possibility to unstuck (Robot cannot react to the modifications to the field has is alread standing at – for example if in the hole where he cannot go left nor right he won’t shapeshift to go up if shapeshift controller placed over the robot).
I though that player should not die/stuck during the game to not feel bad about his skill and won’t get frustrated from starting over so every situation must be resolvable.
Afterwards the time was almost up so I packaged the game and submitted.
Next day I fixed some bug that prevent last level from being finished – spawn point. This was clearly caused because I haven’t had enough time to replay every level after every change.
For the future I plan to create a proper set of levels to illustrate all things that can be done programming the robot using just gravity and walls. All levels I am creating now are resolvable by putting the controls in place before the level starts so instead of rushing during level player can solve the puzzle by thinking before the level starts and preparing the setup for the robot beforehand.
This ludum was enjoyable as always but after this one I feel a little bit special because I really like the resulting game (even bad graphics and no sound and almost no levels 😀 ) mainly because of possibilities it presents.
Regards everybody and see you in the next ludum dare,
Things seem to be going well, so I figured I’d pause for a minute to post some progress. Got the basic interactions working last night and this morning, then put together some preliminary art and probably-final music. The premise of the game is that you have a box and an assortment of very flexible cats, and have to arrange the latter to fit into the former before time runs out. Here’s what it looks like (and sounds like) so far:
This was probably the first Ludum Dare in which I was actually almost completely happy with the end product. What I amount that happiness to is the personal goals I set for myself. Instead of having my goal be about making a complete game at the end, I made it about having a game full of music and art that I was happy with. Another goal I had was to try to make another story-based game. I wanted a cohesive experience that used art, and music to help the story telling. My last goal was to not get bogged down by programming. I didn’t want something difficult, I wanted something simple that I could whip out. I knew that programming was the one aspect of LD that (at least in recent times) has bogged me down and de-motivated me to the point where I was not happy with my product. Don’t get me wrong, I love programming, but gamedev programming has been hard for me recently and I wanted to continue my break from it. I also had a bonus goal, which was this: Live record my music. Instead of using all of the software instruments to create my music, I wanted to record it myself. At least a little bit. I succeeded.
With these goals in mind, I knew there was a high likely hood that my success hinged on the theme. So I decided that if a theme was chosen that I didn’t like, I would go with my own theme (I choose the theme “Isolation” for this). A lot of people wouldn’t agree with this, however this time around I didn’t want the theme to be the challenging factor, I wanted it to be a guiding factor. Sometimes if I make a game based off of a a theme I don’t like, I’ll produce a loveless game. Luckily there were two themes for me, which worked out super well. I think that the dual theme was a great point about this LD, many games were produced that were fantastic, as well as a good variety of games.
What follows is a day by day account of my process.
Yikes. Between working in a different physical setting, having multiple conflicts to distract me, and lacking motivation in general, I barely put this game together, even under a Jam-esque time limit. I finally wrestled the mechanics into something resembling my original intent after 48 hours and spent the remaining time staring down the barrel of MS Paint lamenting my lack of artistic skills.
The end result is definitely a game, and I am proud of that! As with every Ludum Dare, I have learned a lot and will be able too apply that knowledge not only to future Dares, but to my everyday life at work. Thanks Ludum Dare!
Anyway, this game is about a white-square of a a scuba diver (an allegory for the modern day working suit, trust me) attempting to collect enough undersea treasure to appease her bosses. Along the way, she will have to pay for better equipment out-of-pocket in order to have nice enough things to enable her to actually achieve the goal of collecting 1,000,000 treasure. Here she is living the dream:
See if you too can collect all the treasure by plunging into the depths of the ocean; view/play my game here. Have fun, and well done on completing your own game! I have seen a lot of true gems submitted so far.
Spent the morning getting some background music together and the rest of the day working on art. The music I think turned out pretty well, though it’d be easy to spend ages more tinkering with it; the art’s looking all right, but there’s still a lot of visual flourishes and whatnot I plan to add if there’s time. Onward!