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Panball a pinball like or whatever :D

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Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 2:13 pm


I thought it was easier to create a pinball, my mistake xD

pandaball_rotate After several hours working to make the level less “sharp” as possible, still I have a lot to work so that the ball does not hit any corner and blow towards the hole of death.

I confess I had so much fun creating this game, it is quite likely that I will creating new levels :3

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Kill zombies with pinball!

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Saturday, April 25th, 2015 5:19 am

So we thought pinball needs more violence, and here it is.


If you like the idea, please come see the Zombinball’s entry page :).

Ricochet Heroes Postmortem

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 4:24 am

It’s been two weeks now but have been meaning to write this while everything’s relatively fresh on my mind.
Finished the LD Jam (3rd of the year, though did a few other random game jams) and once again very happy with the way things turned out.

Here’s our game, “Ricochet Heroes”

title screen

It’s a pinball/pachinko-RPG hybrid, with some obvious (as seen from the title art above) influences from final fantasy/16bit rpgs, and peggle. It worked out surprisingly well, managed to get in all the planned content. Did have to pull a heroic all-nighter sunday night/monday morning, but other than that got a decent amount of sleep.

A bit about the team, it was me, Josh (who drove up here to SF all the way from LA, what dedication!) and two others (Josi and Charles) who both had to drop out a day in. Didn’t take any selfies or anything, but here’s a photo of a desk at work in the Zynga HQ in SF (where we spent most of the contest):


We spent an unusually long amount of time brainstorming (an hour and a half or more?). Here’s the general train of thought (sure wish I took a photo of the whiteboards/sketch papers here!)

1. We want to make an RPG!
2. RPG with the entire world map…ON ONE SCREEN
3. Maybe use a magnifiying glass to see individual parts of the world map?
4. Send out multiple heroes at once, or maybe one every 10 seconds?
5. Wait, how would gameplay for this work? Do you have god powers or something?
6. Specific god powers on cooldown, maybe lightning or swipe the enemies away
7. This doesn’t sound very fun at all think of something more action
8. Harvest moon + aliens/zombies, defend your land from the invaders IN ONE SCREEN
9. I still like the idea of watching people walk and fight, RTS-y.
10. World War 2 D-Day simulator where you control one person on the front lines and you die over and over again
11. That doesn’t sound very exciting either
12. This is going worse than expected
13. Go back to that rpg/heroes idea. What if you shoot out the heroes, and they bounce off the walls?

It took a bit of convincing that this idea even fit the theme of “entire game in one screen”, especially if we were gonna need to scroll the screen around. However, with idea in hand we were off to the races.


(About an hour and a half in)


(About 3 hours in)

One of our members had a hard time believing that this game was gonna be any fun. I agree, it probably didn’t look very fun at this stage. We had a lot of mechanics in mind (tilt, multi-ball, enemies, keys/gates), but how were they all going to be part of a cohesive experience together?


(Saturday morning)

I had some trouble figuring out how the game was gonna be fun too at this point. There were a couple of directions to go:
Was this game going to be more of a puzzle game,where you had to strategize how and where you were to shoot your balls?Or if not, how could we give it a more action-y feel?

It all came together around saturday night, where I was working a bit more on the “launch” mechanics. I wanted players not to just blindly spam clicks and shoot out balls, so that meant some sort of hold click to charge mechanic. At this point, the game didn’t have any sense of gravity do there wouldn’t have been any point to a “charge to shoot faster” mechanic. Once I added gravity, it all came together.


(Saturday night)

I made a pretty simple level resembling a simple pachinko machine, and the (imaginary) goal was to kill all the enemies in 3 balls or less. With the addition of gravity, hold to charge and tilting, this was actually a pretty challenging and fun level. With this, we knew where to go to get a fun game.

Spent all of sunday making all the mechanics (building entering, combat log, level transitions, enemy types) and the sunday-monday allnighter fixing bugs (which somehow this game had way more than usual) and designing the levels. To actually make the level layouts, I used the level editing tool from my recently released game SpeedyPups ( to draw the mountains and place objects.

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I get a surprising amount of mileage out of this tool. If you’re reading this and interested in a simple vector graphics drawing level editor (that exports to JSON), send me a message and I’ll hook you up :)

Spent the last few hours adding sound effects and music (just like last time). Big credits to Josh who found the main world theme on newgrounds, I felt the music fit incredibly well and really improved the game. Wish I still had a link to the original on NG so that I could give credit, but it’s lost to time.

Submitted with about 20 minutes left to spare, and snuck in some physics bugfixes a few hours later.
We (both me and Josh) were considering doing an expanded version of the game possibly for mobile. There’s some obvious places where the whole “pinball RPG” could go…more RPG mechanics, upgrading character balls, quests, etc.

In the end, we decided to hold off on it for the time being. I’d really like to come back to this idea sometime in the future, but for now working on an “unnamed robot rpg”.



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LD Recommendations:

I’ve played about 60 other games, and found 3 that I really liked.

“Lawbreaker” by deepnight
2d GTA on one screen. As always, deepnight does the incredible in 48 hours (something that I’d probably have trouble doing in 72 with an artist). Lots of really great little details, like hijacking tanks and helicopters.

“Juoi” by teameagle
One bossfight – the game. It’s one very pretty and well animated boss fight, with lots of action-y screenshake-y goodness.

“Snowball juggling Olympuio” by Benjamin

Snowball juggling. My favorite out of all that I played, incredible amounts of detail (just look at the animation on that snowman). Really fun in a “flappy birds keep trying to beat the score” sort of way, also really does replicate the feeling of juggling.

Ludum Dare Pinball is finally Done!

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Monday, December 8th, 2014 1:18 pm

And I got a chance to use pivot on my monitor:)

Ludum Dare Pinball – only sound&music left

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Monday, December 8th, 2014 7:17 am


Game is now 100% playable, but there’s still no sound and music. There are minor things to improve like ball sprite and adding X360 controller support, but it’s not the priority. Whole game is on one big pinball board. Game camera is static when screen has 9:16 aspect ratio, and there’s scroll if screen is wider than taller, like those classic DOS/Amiga pinball games.

Now it’s time to run around the house with phone and try to record things that sounds like a pinball machine:)

New arc flippers

Saturday, December 6th, 2014 6:44 pm

It’s 2.37 am here right now so it’s time for some sleep… But first I’ll do a short post of my day one-ish work.

So only a bit of work done today mostly due to family dinner and problems with the well known flippers in pinball machines.
So I came up with a different way which was way easier to implement and to make feel right.

I’ll introduce to you, the “Arc Pad” … Or something like that :p


At the moment they’ll just float in mid air, I’ll need to create a propper housing for them still.
When activated they’ll change color (probably will change this) and they’ll pop out a little in their normal direction.

The ball will be pushed in the direction based on the hit angle between the ball and the bad.
This allows for quite some interesting gameplay options where you’ll have to use the pad when the ball is at the right angle or arc.


Tomorrow I’ll implement enemies, bumpers and do the (hopefully) full “level” part.
Audio should be added soon as well…. So much work, so little time :p

So far my game feels really bad

Saturday, December 6th, 2014 2:18 pm

I haven’t worked on this for too much but I just wanted to let you know that my game feels horribly wrong and bad.
Feels Bad


So far I got this ball and flippers but neither the flippers or ball feel right.
Since I’ve spend almost all my time trying to get the flippers to feel right so I’ve decided to go with a less conventional “ball-shoot” propulsion.

I’ve flipped the switch and it’s time to start on that new thing and actually get the “rogue-like” stuff in that I wanted to do.

I also know that I probably won’t be able to post a game this time but what-ever just keep working and see where I end up :)


Why did I pick this idea again…?

Saturday, December 6th, 2014 8:09 am

So I decided to make a semi-pinball like game but the flipper physics stuff is killing me!! Faaak.

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