Posts Tagged ‘shooter’

Post Compo – Stoned Scarecrow

Posted by (twitter: @gillenewnovo)
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 7:50 am

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Hi guys,

the game now is starting to look more challenging and exciting, I’m still finishing a music and some new sound effects to add in the next updates.

If you liked and want to stay up to date, follow me on twitter @gillenewnovo or add my website to your bookmarks gillenew.com.

Play the new version!

Rate the compo version!

Post LD32

Posted by (twitter: @gillenewnovo)
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 3:51 pm

promo

I’m mostly worked in the Scarecrow game, I want to improve the game to the point of becoming something solid.

So I’m adding a link where to add test versions, all feedback will be greatly appreciated :)
Test version

Entry link

Night Harvest

Posted by (twitter: @ctbagameclub)
Monday, April 20th, 2015 6:52 pm

Participação da Equipe Gene-Z Team na Ludum Dare 32.

“NIGHT HARVEST”

Destroy the damned scarecrows who took care of his cornfield … For this use your sniper blood with seeds and call the bats to help you.

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Programer / Game Design / Audio

Enzo Augusto Marchiorato

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Art / Game Design

Jhonatan Souza Cordeiro

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Created in UNITY 3D

FINALLY GOT AN IDEA!!!

Posted by (twitter: @go_go_goto)
Friday, April 17th, 2015 10:07 pm

YEAH! First LD, First Idea in the first few hours!

I wanted to have an idea ready as early as possible so I could tamper with programming and make it happen!

And, from what I see, I can execute this! 😀 Will try to do it as fast as I can, so I can submit to the compo but if not, will refine it enough for the jam!

It will feature:

  • Zombie fruits! (puuuuuuuuuuulp…o_O);
  • It will be a 1 stage survival-shooter (easiest thing I could think);
  • A fruit character;
  • A pun;
  • And an unconventional weapon!

Will build it in Haxe, using OpenFl! If not possible, will switch to Stencyl on GameMaker, but I feel like I can do it! And if I can do it, it will be my first “finished” game!

Good Luck for Everyone! /o/

 

Grave Screen Of Death Post-Mortem – Ludum Dare 31

Posted by (twitter: @FlorentPoujol)
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 7:21 am

GSOD screen4 Hey everyone ! Here is the post mortem of my Jam game GSOD: Grave Screen Of Death.

Click here to play and rate ! Thanks !

What went right

Theme

Many hated the theme, rating about it being only a technical limitation. But that’s kind of the point of a theme. And I think this one is not more or less limiting than “10 seconds” or “minimalism” for instance.  It’s just that it really said (maybe more than the other theme) “Do whatever the heck you want, but maybe on one screen (please ?)”.

Anyway, this flexible theme gave me the perfect occasion to make a top-down shooter, which I never had the chance to do before. Plus, I had the idea pretty quickly and was able to stick to it, so that’s at least nice for that.

Graphics

This is the first game for which I use model animations and fake shadows. It was actually fun to tweak the animations and the general look even if it’s still very much programmer’s art.

Overall, I think the game looks pretty nice to me. But yes I more and more really want to team up with an actual artist !

Webplayer

As explained last time, web games are really convenient for people to play. It’s even more convenient now since you can embed web games directly in your entry page on the LD’s website.

Except for a bug that was quickly fixed by CraftStudio’s creator, everything ran without a inch ! The webplayer was even improved these past weeks and run equally good in Chrome or in Firefox.

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Platform 31

Posted by (twitter: @Rodaja_es)
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 10:23 am

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Hello everyone!

Here’s our Entire Game in One Screen game. It’s a multiplayer top-down shooter about robots shooting one another at a train station. Trains pass by, giving cover, and dropping some of their powerful weaponry cargo.

You need two player to play it properly, and you can use controllers for maximun enjoyment.

 

It was our third Ludum Dare, the second with our awesome sound designer and composer Madcap. We’ve come a long way since our first and believe LudumDare to be one of the most important events in our learning process.

Team work really came together this time around, we had lists, everyone knew what to do, and we rested and ate well (our programmer even got to play Skyrim for the calm bits). Goes to show how effective organization can really change the way you go about a game jam.

An early implementation of the basic mechanics allowed us some time to pay attention to detail, and things show they’ve been made with care.

We’ve had a great time making it and hope you do too playing it.

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=29557

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¡Hola a todos!

Aquí está nuestro juego entero en una sola pantalla. Es un juego multijugador shooter con cámara cenital. Va de robots envueltos en un tiroteo en medio de una estación de trenes. Los trenes pasan de largo, proporcionando cobertura y dejando caer parte de su cargamento de poderosas armas.

Se necesitan dos jugadores para jugarlo correctamente, y se pueden usar mandos para disfrutar al máximo.

 

Es nuestro tercer Ludum Dare, el segundo con nuestro increíble diseñador de sonido y músico Madcap. Hemos mejorado mucho desde nuestra primera vez y creemos que Ludum Dare es uno de los eventos más importantes en nuestro proceso de aprendizaje.

El trabajo en equipo se ha gestionado muy bien esta vez, teníamos listas, todo el mundo sabía lo que tenía que hacer, descansamos y comimos bien (nuestro programador incluso jugaba al Skyrim en ratitos de descanso). Ahí se nota cómo una buena organización puede cambiar la manera de tomarse una game jam.

Pudimos tener las mecánicas básicas de juego funcionando muy pronto, lo que nos dio tiempo para prestarle atención a los detalles, y en el resultado se nota que las cosas se han hecho con mimo.

Nos lo hemos pasado genial haciéndolo y esperamos que vosotros lo paséis igual jugándolo.

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=29557

Perfect Squad

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Monday, December 8th, 2014 5:43 pm

My Ludum Dare game, “Perfect Squad” is now up. I really wanted to do an FPS so I came up with the idea that you’d control each squad mate individually and then the game replays all the recorded actions of all 4 squad mates simultaneously. You can redo each of your squad mates actions individually till it’s perfect. The overview screen (entire game on this screen) shows a replay of all 4 members of your squad. Sort of a turn-based FPS.

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You control all 4 squad mates

Due to time constraints, I wasn’t able to complete everything I wanted to do but the recording and playback of each squad members actions is there. Check it out!

Yeah, we are almost there!

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Sunday, December 7th, 2014 1:42 pm

Submitting in a few hours!
#GoodBadOkay first time on LD ^_^
#Multiplayer
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Come at me bro! (Some progress with “Jungle Night”)

Posted by (twitter: @BitOfGold)
Sunday, December 7th, 2014 10:18 am

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Some progress with my twin-stick one screen shooter:

– NES palette
– roughly NES resolution, upscaling with scanlines and vignetting.

Soo little time left :(

Entire entire game in one screen

Posted by (twitter: @ccontinisio)
Sunday, December 7th, 2014 8:49 am

Hey everyone! It’s my first Ludum Dare (thought not my first jam at all…) and it’s proving to be hard, and a bit lonely… that’s why I’m posting to get some human interaction :)

 

I’m taking the theme quite literally, and I’m

putting the entire game on one screen, including title screen, score, credits, pause menu, etc. (not everything is in there yet!) It’s just a small little shooter for now, let’s see how it evolves in these last critical hours!

And yes, the pixel style is inspired by Vlambeer! Though I ditched the initial placeholder character (too similar the the base SCB guy) in favour of a more anonymous robot! No time for concept art, arghhh!!

Yours,

Ciro
@ccontinisio

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Hello, everyone! I’m Shaquille Stoutamire (Defacid/Acid) and I had a lot of fun with Ludum Dare this year! I’m really excited that, even though I still had a lot going on, I managed to finish my entry! It’s not as fleshed out as I wanted it to be, but I submitted it in time… with a whole minute to spare!

WHAT I ACCOMPLISHED:

– Randomly generated worlds with terrain and plantlife variations

– Pretty decent gravity and rocket physics (there are definitely bugs, but it’s relatively solid)

– Basis to a leveling system

WHAT I FAILED AT:

– Fleshing out the level system to actually DO something

– Adding outposts and environmental interactions like gathering resources and using them to survive

– Spending too much time on the planet generation: I had already build a similar system before, funnily enough for a previous Ludum Dare, but I ran into an error didn’t want to look at it or use that code base – when I do a game jam, I like to work from scratch in the engine/IDE that I’m using. Next time, even if I’m not going to copy and paste, I’ll at least look. 😛

– Actually fleshing out the morality element. Right now, the player themselves has to ask the question of “Why am I killing these little guys?” when experience doesn’t change anything about the gameplay. But I wanted to actually add something of value to the mix like planets losing color saturation when you kill enemies, but you get something in return so you have to weigh whether or not it’s worth it to kill these defenseless little guys.

– Clearing my schedule for the event. It was unavoidable (school, watching my son, my car broke down haha) but it still definitely hurt my game. I lost AT LEAST 24 hours due to obligations and 8 to sleeping. So I ended up with about 12 or so game dev hours at the maximum. :(

WHAT I’M DOING NOW:
I’m going to port my game to HTML5 within the next day so that more people will play it! But within the next 20 days, I’m going to play as many other compo entries as possible! I will make sure to play and rate every game of every person who rates and comments on my game.

Otherworldly Shooter – a progress report

Posted by (twitter: @Phantom_Green)
Sunday, August 24th, 2014 4:27 pm

Well, this was unexpected but it appears like I won’t be submitting anything this time around. After a decent streak of successful LD entries, I have once again had my ass kicked by my old enemy: AMBITION. My idea was simply far too ambitious for a 48 hour time period, and I didn’t silence that voice in my head that kept saying, “Make it work, then make it awesome.”

But really, my goal this time around was to break the cycle, and I did exactly that. After working on my ‘real’ game for a long stretch, it was good to get in there and refresh my head a little. And now, by not submitting, I won’t be sitting in front of the computer rating games for the next month! That’s a relief, because my schedule hasn’t been leaving me much wiggle room lately.

So here it is… the thing I worked on for 36 hours…

OTHERWORLDLY SHOOTER

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It’s a basic score attack twin stick shooter where the “Connected Worlds” come into play through your ship’s ability to pass through the multiverse and onto different timelines across an interconnected battlefield.

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You can’t play it, and I don’t know if you ever will. I have a lot on my plate right now, but maybe I can convince myself to release something functional to the public over the next week. Good luck to everyone else! I can’t wait to play some of your games!

Infection!!!

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Monday, April 28th, 2014 6:37 pm

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After 72 hours, (not many of these used to sleep xD) Infection is finally here. Infection is a Top-down shooter with some tower defense mechanics made by Daniel Snd (me) and Sebastian Lague. While a man’s life rests in balance you must go beneath the surface to fight his diseases and prevent the infection to spread.

 

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This is the first Ludum Dare that I create all the art (I usually share this function with another artist) and I couldn’t be more proud, I believe this might be my best looking work yet ^^ As usual I’ve kept to the Cartoony/Super-lowpoly look. All characters are based on the same mesh, and I reutilize the same textures on many different objects. Well, I’ll do a detailed postmortem on the experience of creating the art for it later, once I get some sleeping and my arm stops hurting hahahah. Meanwhile you can check out the Timelapse videos I recorded during the weekend:

Timelapse day 1

Timelapse day 2

Timelapse day 3

 

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Thanks for reading!

Ok, got the idea down, now time to get on working!

Posted by (twitter: @caranha)
Friday, December 13th, 2013 8:04 pm

“You only get one” is not a bad theme at all.

I spent one hour thinking about the different ways that I could tackle this theme, and had quite a few ideas. One thing that came up almost immediately was a “shoot them up” where you only get one upgrade – every level you must choose which upgrade you are going to use for that level.

Now, that seems such an obvious Idea, that I tried to think a few others before setting.

Something that also came up was a “dating simulator” – You only get one also fits very well with that. The problem is that dating simulators depend too much on their art and content to be fun, and that is something that I know I can’t do well in just a weekend. After playing with the idea for a while, I soon tossed it out.

Another idea that came up was “EXTREME GEOCACHING” – basically a dungeon game where you have to find a hidden item, and you can get the help of one friend, who will give you some sort of power. Then I realized that this is just a more complicated version of the first idea (one power), and a variation of my first LD game to boot. To the trash!

Another idea is some variation of “You only get one (try)” – but that seems even more obvious than the first idea, and no good implementation comes to mind.

So I’m going to go with the Shoot Them Up thing. If the idea is not unique, how can I make it an awesome game?

One word: DINOSAURS!

BLAM BLAM PLANET – Post Mortem

Posted by (twitter: @RatKingsLair)
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 1:53 pm

This is a slightly edited version of my post on our own blog!

Greetings!

Back in April, Ludum Dare 26 was not so great, as I couldn’t participate. It was right after the AMAZE IndieConnect, and this convention drowned my energy so much that I got sick. All I made was some visual experiment, which I couldn’t develop much further because the headaches got too strong – partly because of my chosen art style. 😛

So, last week’s Ludum Dare 27 was much better in this regard! And after kernel exception, this is the second Ludum Dare we entered together (thus being a Jam entry, not a Compo entry). We had a lot of fun, but also some problems, of course.

Our entry is a first-person shooter, with a little twist: you have five weapons, and every 10 seconds your current weapon switches automatically to another one, randomly selected. And there are “floating devices” all over the world (= a medium-sized planet) which you have to stand near for 10 seconds, so a bunch of power-ups get spawned (ammo and health packs). Enemies spawn in waves every 10 seconds. And when you collect ammo, you basically get an additional 10 seconds of shooting time.

As you might know, this Ludum Dare’s theme was “10 Seconds“, and we called the game BLAM BLAM PLANET.

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After some minutes of playing the game becomes quite intense, because more and more enemies spawn. If you just run and shoot around instead of waiting at a device now and then for a while, you will soon run out of power-ups, and thus health and ammunition. So it’s even a bit tactical, one might say.

The development of the game had its ups and downs, but it went well in most cases.

On Saturday, we thought of the game idea by talking about different possibilities and going for a walk. Ludum Dare starts 3 am here in Germany, and if I remember correctly, it already was afternoon when we agreed on making a first-person shooter, because we never did one really. To make it more interesting we decided that the setting should be on a round surface, which meant the game would need spherical gravity for all entities.

At the beginning we named the game “GLITCHIG”, because we wanted a broken look and have destructible environment, so lots of triangles are flying around. RottenHedgehog started building a neat planet surface with some asteroids around it in 3dsmax, while I started to let my character controller be influenced by gravity pointing to the level origin. Shooting little spheroids was also a priority.

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So both Saturday and Sunday were all about getting this right: a planet, a player, a weapon, some enemies walking around. Mostly I tried to get it all working smoothly, by getting the physics of the character and the weapon right. But the hardest part were the enemies and their AI on the round planet. For this, I searched for some code for creating the vertices of a geosphere, mapped this via raycasts on the planet geometry and connected the resulting points – those were then the nodes for the enemies’ path-finding. Just letting the enemies walk directly towards the player probably would have been much easier, but less fun to create. 😉

Another nice part of development was inventing the different weapon effects – two weapons in the final game deform the geometry, so I can push the vertices of the planet around a bit when the bullets hit something. It looks quite ace. As “glitches” was our personal theme from the start we knew the geometry would look strange and broken the more you use this weapon and we embraced that. In fact, when I last played the game, I fell through the level and I could attack all the enemies from below while they couldn’t see me – but that also meant I didn’t get any new ammo, so it was okay.

glitchcannon in action

RottenHedgehog was mostly busy with modeling the three types of enemies and animating them. They look kind of deformed, emphasizing their low-poly nature, and it really looked well. Especially when she added the walk/fly animations, which are really hilarious. When the enemies spawn in masses it becomes a really cool effect.

In order to tie the look together, she also created a color code in Photoshop. After that, the game looked “right”, as the colors of most assets didn’t need much tweaking afterwards. Having only very few placeholder art from early on really helped the motivation somehow.

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Sunday evening RottenHedgehog also started to make some sounds for walking and shooting by using our laptop’s inbuilt microphone. High tech! All the sound effects you hear in the game are actually RottenHedgehog‘s voice. :-) Adding sounds instantly made the game more alive; in the end, you can’t have enough of them – that’s why she made more on Monday, along with the art for the bullets and particle effects.

On the third day the theme of “10 Seconds” still wasn’t in the game, and I thought long and hard about how to implement it. I weighed the pros and cons inside my head of different game mechanics, like “every 10 seconds, you have to collect new ammo” or “activate 10 bases, 10 seconds each, and then you won (whatever that means)” – and only when I finally began to create the five different weapons and let the enemies spawn in waves, the probably best restrictions (automatic weapon switching, time-limited ammo, etc.) came naturally. So there’s that: sometimes tinkering too long can be bad, and you should just “do it”, I guess.

In the final hours I was able to quickly implement the main menu and a death screen, which always is satisfying as it ties the game together and makes it look complete. RottenHedgehog made the logo and the button graphics, and also captured a video of the game.

So, that’s how it went. Let’s take a look on some quick facts about …

what went wrong!

  • Finding the idea was hard for us, as we couldn’t agree on most things. In the end, the game we created isn’t as innovative as I would have liked, but at least it’s superfun to play this time!
  • As we struggled with the idea, it’s clear the theme didn’t help much. Although “10 Seconds” is in the game more than once now, it feels a bit off.
  • On Monday I nearly lost the will to finish the game, because of the lack of a clear direction regarding the gameplay, caused by the theme.
  • RottenHedgehog had some severe problems with the CAT animation system in 3dsmax. It seems to be buggy as hell, and I heard her cursing a lot. 😉
  • There are no game-breaking bugs in the game, phew – only some small stuff, like resetting the option settings when you open the “Options” menu. The bigger problem might be that the game is “broken by design”, because of the Glitcher (the weapon that deforms the planet’s geometry) – we should have used this feature more often, so it doesn’t feel strange when you fall through the geometry.
  • A lot of feedback is missing, like some kind of visual hint when you got hit, or a sound and animation when the ammo is depleted. Also, the “story” isn’t communicated in the game: you don’t know what you’re doing here, why your weapon system is defective, and why you have to stand near the floating devices. (Some people didn’t understand that the enemies only start to spawn when you do that for the first time.)

what went right!

  • It’s always great to work together with RottenHedgehog, because we know exactly what each of us can do, and how. While I do the scripting, she does the modeling, texturing and sounds. Perfect team work – all in the same room!
  • I set up an SVN repository, which sped up the work flow incredibly, and also saved my ass at least once when I accidentally deleted some files in the Unity project folder.
  • I prepared some basecode a day before Ludum Dare, by skimming through my former projects and picking useful helper code snippets. Having a basic character controller, path-finding, simplex noise and other functions ready before you even have to think about where to find them is wonderful!
  • RottenHedgehog recorded the sounds with her own voice and distorted them in Audacity, which was much faster (and cooler) than trying to find sound effects on freesound.org with the right license.
  • The abstract, low-poly, somewhat “broken” graphics style looks quite well and gets very positive feedback, even without textures – AND it also was done very quickly.
  • The five weapons are fun and pretty diverse. This way, the whole game is fun enough for a few minutes, and that’s the most satisfying part of this Ludum Dare for me.
  • Before we started I thought the spherical gravity might not work at all, neither as a gameplay mechanic nor as a visual style. I especially was concerned with this style the player would see too much sky and not enough ground surface. In the end, with the recoil of some weapons (so you fly away, looking down) and the high amount of flying enemies, this wasn’t any problem.

what we learned!

  • Due to the lack of time at the end, the balancing is kind of subpar. Good thing the game just is an endless shooter, and thus it is good enough. It’s also cool that you can “learn” the game, as using the floating power-ip devices is important, but not obvious. Always try to add stuff like that.
  • “Crappy” graphics often look awesome when animated and with a nice shader. 😉 Coherence is very important though – that’s why creating a color code sheet early in the process is a must.
  • Try to not make any placeholder art, because it either means you will have to make an asset twice – or it will be in the final game.
  • Even if you lose motivation near the end, at least try to give the game an ending. Sometimes, it helps to finish the game nonetheless, because this, this and, oh, that too, has to be done before the game can have an ending and be called “done” …
  • Three days are still too long for me, because it automatically makes the project too ambitious.
  • Every time I see a Unity project with the standard Unity button graphics I get the urge to close it instantly. Really, it’s easier than most things in Unity to add some custom button graphics and a downloaded font to the GUI skin. Give your game some love!

As much as I’d want to extend the game a bit, like adding more levels, I don’t think it will get much bigger than now. The feedback of players and Ludum Dare ratings is really nice so far, but I don’t know if having more enemy types and whatnot would increase its popularity. An online highscore would be nice, though, so maybe I will add that.

Thanks for reading this post-mortem, and I hope you had as much fun with this Ludum Dare as we had. If you want you can play and rate BLAM BLAM PLANET here! :-)

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We made an FPS

Posted by (twitter: @RatKingsLair)
Monday, August 26th, 2013 5:57 pm

It’s called BLAM BLAM PLANET and was done in 3 days. Yay us!

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We even followed the theme – your weapon system switches your current weapon every ten seconds, and enemies spawn every ten seconds. Yeah, it’s a bit crude, but at least you can play it longer than ten seconds. 😉

Play it, if you dare!

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