Ludum Dare 31
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Posts Tagged ‘puzzle’

Glow Drop – The people have spoken!

Posted by (twitter: @gamepopper)
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 2:19 pm

Glow Drop TitleSo first of all, thank you for the huge amount of positive feedback and ratings on Glow Drop so far! I don’t think I have gotten this much rating and appraisal before in a Ludum Dare event! So I’ve been taking in your feedback and lots of people want to see a mobile version, so I am giving into your demands and will release Glow Drop onto Android and Windows Phone 8!

(Sorry iOS users, but I cannot afford to develop and release a game onto the App Store at this time)

However, I think it’s fair in saying that this shouldn’t be a simple release. I feel as though this game could do with a little bit more work to feel more worthy for people to download. So I’ve been taking in some of the feedback from both the Ludum Dare page and so I have a list of things that can be done to polish up the game a bit more:

  • Visual Identifiers – Mostly stuff like how the drops react when they are destroyed or what happens when they start overflowing the screen.
  • More Special White Drops – The current game has three, and there is plenty of opportunity to expand the possibilities of these drops.
  • Improve/Extend Music – I am extremely happy and surprised with the amount of people that liked the soundtrack. I didn’t have much time to properly flesh out the music so I feel I can use some time to either extend it to a longer loop, make it feel less repetitive and/or remix the existing music to a new genre (I was thinking progressive trance but feel free to tell me otherwise).
  • Global Leaderboard – While it’s nice enough to keep a saved highscore, it’s much better to also compare it with people around the world. I’m not sure what’s the best option to implement this for me, but it’s worth looking into. I know GameJolt has a leaderboard system in its API but for mobile it’s gonna be different for each platform unless I try a platform-free tool to handle it.

Are there any other things you can suggest? Let me know, also Play and Rate Glow Drop!

ENTRY: Screencap’d

Posted by (twitter: @RoyalRailway)
Monday, December 8th, 2014 8:14 pm

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Check out the entry and play online HERE!

 

Another one by Ava and Marte – your favourite turtle doves. We participated together last time with Fitzberry & Leif, and now we are back with one more dimension to explore – from every angle possible!

 

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So grab your keyboard, or your gamepad, which might also be supported! Have a go! Help this poor fellow out of that scary television screen. Send it blasting off the table with a loud and static crack! That’s what it deserves.

Give my game a name…

Posted by (twitter: @gamepopper)
Sunday, December 7th, 2014 11:15 am

So I’ve been working on this physics puzzle game for the Compo/Jam but I’m stuck on giving this one a name. Suggest a name of the game and I’ll use it!

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Levels!

Posted by (twitter: @IamJacic)
Saturday, December 6th, 2014 11:29 am

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Just look at those concept levels! Infinite loops of direction switchers, seemingly-randomly-placed boulders! I’m once again realizing why I tend to make games that don’t require a lot handmade content, like levels. Procedural generation for the win!

Still, I’m on track to finish in time. My next step is the title and end screens.

End of the first night

Posted by (twitter: @IamJacic)
Friday, December 5th, 2014 11:15 pm

Well, I have an idea, and it’s actually turning out pretty well.early2That’s a screenshot of the test level for my snowman-themed ice-sliding puzzle game. My only worry right now (aside from thinking of the art I’ll have to do) is the work required to make enough levels!

Greedy Explorer

Posted by (twitter: @edlago)
Sunday, April 27th, 2014 1:23 pm

Hello people.  My small game for this ludum dare is done.

Greedy Explorer Gameplay

“Beneath the surface is where the gold lies”

Greedy explorer is a puzzle/sokoban game with 10 levels where you play as an explorer who want’s to get all the gold nuggets around the caves. Beware the enemies and avoid being trapped.

You can play the game here: graphiconic.com/greedy_explorer/

I did this game just for fun with puzzlescript  and with the help of some friends (because pixel art in 5×5 is damn hard). Enjoy the game and any other thing you can catch me on twitter to talk about game dev in general.

Cheers and see you in the next ludum dare :)

 

Feeling lucky? Just faif!

Posted by (twitter: @beavlgames)
Saturday, January 4th, 2014 8:47 am

Faif is all about gambling. Take this spin for example. There is 3/5  chances to get a skull (-1 heart), 1/5 chance to get a heart (+1 heart) and 1/5 chance to get a sword (making +3 damage to your opponent, one for each skull in the selection). So what was the outcome? Victory of course!

1/5 winner spin!

What’s next?

We are currently fleshing out faif, uploading new versions every couple of days here, improving gameplay, balance and general performance. We added a new tile type (gems), a shop (even some “sale” logic into it!) and a couple powerups. We plan to add instant spells (playable during your turn), more tile types (weapons, effect tiles and so), boss battles, story mode…

And we need your help! What features would you like to see in the game? (Please share your thoughts and comments here in this post, at the game entry page or on the post-compo version of faif!)

Scoop!

Next week will be uploading and Android version to Google Play! (iOs version is coming later in the development process).

So Faif!

Cheers and have a great weekend!

Burning Fridges post mortem

Posted by (twitter: @FoumartGames)
Thursday, December 26th, 2013 9:36 am

Hello all fellow devs and happy holidays!

I’m writting my first post-mortem, let’s hope I’ll not get only this one ahead :)

This is my third submission in Ludum Dare, and the game is somewhat connected with my first LD26 game Atrakt. Both using sliding puzzle mechanics and both telling story about the hostile alien race Litoxydes. (see image below)

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Litoxyde. (example of richening a solid color vector animation with a few filters)

What went right:

Game Concept: As always I didn’t struggled with a game concept much and in one hour had the basics laid on paper, even the title (that i’m not quite proud of) was figured out.

Theme: I had some doubts about the theme implementation, moreover I tried to incorporate two themes at the same time. There was a Flash Game License competition in parallel to Ludum Dare with theme “Freezing”. So I decided to go Sci-Fi and use the cold space and the ultimate urgency needed in a spacecraft disaster to implement both themes. In my oppinion I used the theme well, as the player have only one chance to survive each stage, but it was not so obvious to others.

(Next time I’ll name my submission by taking the theme string + some potatoe appending and voila : “You only get one … “, just kidding : )

Engine: I assembled a tiled display engine pretty fast and created almost all the tiles.  At the end of the first day I had a moving character and an animated enemy.

Enemy AI: Not that it went so right, but at least without much efforts, there was alot of randomness in the early builts thought.

Presentation: Even in the current advanced post-compo version I’m still holding the ALERT screen and the spaceship that I drew for less that a minute with my mouse : D In the post-compo timeframe I decided to backup my storytelling with some 3d renders exported with swift3d but at the end left that screen intact. The spaceship renders became fairly good, with a ship composed of just one duplicated and stretched in different ways object – I leaved that for the level complete screen, but that’s not something that went right haha:) Anyway here is a full rotation gif for you:

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360 rotation of the infiltrated spaceship

What went the other direction:

Prototype: Being proficient in design/graphics aspect is a double edged sword. And it was difficult for me to postpone the art stuff for after the creation of the fully working prototype. So, instead of using some placeholder squares and figuring out the more important things of the gameplay in time, I spent too much efforts on the graphics the first day, which led to derailed rush at the end and not a complete game after all.

Level Design: started to think of levels too late and didn’t managed to create something interesting in time. My submission game is reeking of “this is just a demo with placeholder levels” notes.

Intuitiveness: The game is well handled by fans of Sokoban, but I observed that players which ware not familiar with Sokoban mechanics ware struggling to understand the objective. And obviously I failed to explain the game goal well enought. Will have to think of a better way for the tutorial.

Sound: Althought prepared a sound library prior to beginning I ran out of time even for the jam deadline to add sounds. I ended up using previously created sounds (from the Atrakt game) that I added just in the latest built (v0.6)  But as I hear it now the sound became harsh in general. PS also in the latest built I added an awesome sci-fi-electro track called Shapeshifter by Clearside (CREDITS), to backup the atmosphere of the game.

Score System: Besides being still incomplete with 8 levels from 12 previsional, the game is lacking a proper level complete screen and a leaderboard. The player is not aware of how well he is doing.

Community: This post-mortem is my first community impact in this edition of Ludum Dare. I definitely need to expand in this section and will have to define some time to spend for that next compo. I’ll try either joining forces with others or trying a simpler game in the upcoming competition.

And what is hurting your eyes now?

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A Burning Fridges game link ofcourse : ) I hope you enjoy my game : ) See you in April : )

Have you considered playing… Nero is Falling?

Posted by (twitter: @leafthief)
Monday, December 23rd, 2013 5:32 am

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PLAY HERE

Hey guys. Last week we (@iossif Code, Design; @leafthief Art) finished our first team-game for the LD#48 game jam: Nero is Falling.
We called it a “dramatic sci-fi puzzle game” in which you have to get off a spacecraft because it’s running out of oxygen. Your fellow crew members seem to have given up – the only way off the ship is an escape pod. However, only one of six pods is working.

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Gameplay:
So what players are actually doing is running around the ship using the arrow keys, trying to figure out which escape pod is the right one by talking to crew members and checking consoles (X).

NPC portait from NERO is fallingThe version we submitted to the jam can be a bit confusing and has some rather rough edges but still: we’d very much appreciate if you GAVE IT A SHOT. We would also love to hear what you did/didn’t like about the game because we are currently discussing a post-jam version.
Hope to be hearing from you,

@leafthief and @iossif

 

 

Kmembert – A puzzle/Infiltration/Action game – Post mortem

Posted by (twitter: @benoitfreslon)
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 3:20 am

Kmembert

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PLAY KMEMBERT

Game description

Kmembert (Camembert: A delicious french cheese) is a puzzle/infiltration/action game :). The gameplay is quite simple: You are a cheese and you have to kill all nazi mice in one shoot. Get the cannon bullet and trick the mice in order to kill them all in a single shoot. 9 levels are playable. HAVE FUN ^^!

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Post mortem

It was my first Ludum Dare compo. I just be informed of the event 4 days ago. My weekend was busy but I was motivated to create a simple game saturday morning with the theme “You only get one”. I already participed to the “Global Game Jam” twice, but the Ludum Dare is a different challenge.
I cumulate 17 hours of work for this game.

Gameplay
I found the idea in the first minutes: Get the only one bullet, trick the enemies to manage to kill them all in a single shoot.
The controls are simple and the top view allows to create less graphic assets and less code. I’m a big fan of “Metal gear solid” and I recently played “Hotline Miami”. So I unconsciously designed game mechanics with this game in my mind. I always wanted to design a game like Metal Gear Solid :). Therefore mice can run after you if they see you and you can play with the doors.

Level Design
I modified the mouse behaviours 2 hours before the deadline. So I redesigned the levels accoring the modifications.
I tried to design 9 levels with interesting challenge. I think the levels are fun and you also can understand all puzzles quickly. But I had no time to playtest the levels to another players. That’s why the game needs different mice with different behaviours and more balance.

Graphics
I didn’t want to use human characters, zombies, aliens or monsters. So I decided to imagine a coherent situation with uncomon characters according to the game mechanics. A humanoid cheese against nazi mice ? Why not  :). I’m not a 2d artist but I tried to design simple characters and animations quickly. A pen tablet is a good tool :).

Sounds
Unfortunatly I didn’t have the time to play on my guitar some cool riffs for the background music. The sound fx are just simple homemade sounds of my mouth :).

Tools
I’m a Flash game developer since 2004 so I create all assets, animations and code with Flash. I used the World Construction Kit library. It’s the Box2D physic engine with a WYSIWYG layout, very usefull to design levels. I also used simple libs : TweenMax, Flint. I used “Flash Develop” and I created some assets with Photoshop and Audition.

Conslusion

It was a great experience! Sometimes I watched streams of few developers around the world. I also earn some skills in code with box2d and in graphic design. I found my game interesting but it needs improvements :).

Now I’m gonna play some LD games :).

See you!

Follow me on my blog: http://www.benoitfreslon.com

Seedscape released! (in the nick of time, too)

Posted by
Sunday, December 15th, 2013 6:36 pm

Just finished my first-ever proper entry to a Ludum Dare compo – Seedscape!  You have one seed to rebuild the world.  Where will you plant it?

 

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A few things fell on the cutting-room floor in the scramble to get her out the door (no editor mode… sigh.)  But all in all, it’s remarkably complete.  Many thanks to the LÖVE team for their awesome free 2D engine.

Give it a spin and let me know what you think.

 

 

 

Progress Update

Posted by (twitter: @Polyganz)
Saturday, December 14th, 2013 3:48 pm

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So couple hours into the jam the core gameplay works. The player can place, remove and edit grid trigger plates. The runner behaves accordingly with game-over and win states working. If you feel like giving it a try there is a webplayer here: http://www.the2ndsky.ch/LD28/

The goal is to build a path to the target block by using various trigger plates that change the path of the runner. Once you click play you have no more influence into the game, hence the theme “you only get one”. What do you guys think?

I’ll now work on camera function, two more trigger plates and then I’ll decide upon an art-style as well as a setting. Followed by modelling and finding the right sound effects. :) Watch it all go down in history: http://www.twitch.tv/polyganz

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