Posts Tagged ‘update’

Day Two Progress

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Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 4:18 pm

Day two round up. I finally have most of the gameplay mechanics implemented, along with two game modes and some very simple ai bots. There are a couple extra features I’d like to add but I’m not sure if I’ll have time. Though before that I need to work on the main menu and some sound effects.

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My Mini-LD # 73 Progress and Infos!

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Sunday, March 26th, 2017 1:28 pm

IMPORTANT:
1. The game is not finished cause I don’t have enough time(school…)
2. My first time Making music

– CONTROLS:
– W,A,S,D
– Arrow Keys
you can choose

– THE GAME:
The core idea is that you have a music bar and if you run out of music you
die! It’s a 2D Platforming fun game you can play at home!
Because of school, I am not able to add items and such so the game isn’t
ready
for this MiniLD! I may have a go and continue development soon on my
YouTube channel!

– ABOUT:
I’m a 14-year-old self-taught programmer!
I upload develops tutorials and much more to my new Youtube Channel calledHellowPixl!
Because in just 14 and self-taught please rate fair!

– SOFTWARE USED:
– Eclipse
– Audacity
– LMMS
– Photoshop cs2 (it’s fully free)

Super Battle Cycle – Post-LD37 Major Update

Posted by (twitter: @PowerSparkGames)
Sunday, January 29th, 2017 3:58 pm

Since Ludum Dare 37, I’ve been working to make interesting experiences using feedback from my entry. A new episode of levels has been put together, and I hope you try it out in version 1.2.0!

Super Battle Cycles’ combat has been refined and simplified, and different mechanics have been used to form new puzzles. “Episode 2 – Reheated” has completely different levels than the original ones… please comment your thoughts on them! :)

You can play on Game Jolt, thanks!

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Game Jolt Devlog

It’s important to note that SBC will be completely remade and improved for future release… Expect this to be the last update to this original LD entry. Hopefully I can make something larger from this in the future 😀 Until then, keep up with progress by following!

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Thanks for reading guys, see you next time!

Ayup, Cute

 

I made A lil’ Christmas Update for my game. (4 days late to say this)

Its really cute and gives the game a BIG BUTTLOAD OF NEW FEATURES!!!

Including: – A REALLY SUPER RAD SNOW EFFECT. – A REALLY RAD SUPER SANTA HAT;

 

OH MY JEE WIZ THATS ALOT OF STUFF!!! With all this content, you’ll be playing for hours! Why not check it out here!

 

 

 

sarcasm is best.. uh.. ism.

SPACE JUNK – post LD plans

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Monday, December 26th, 2016 5:33 pm

I’ve received a lot of positive comments and feedback from Space Junk which has inspired me to polish the game and aim for release on Android, iOS and probably the desktop computer platforms as well. I need a game to see how the process works of releasing on mobile markets and this could be a good game for that I figure.

So now, post LD, I have started to fix a few things like improving performance (combining real-time shadows with lightmaps) and tightening up controls to remove lag etc. I will also be adding a lot of content to the stream of junk. Not only things to avoid, but also interactive objects:

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Adding content in the junk stream is a really good way to continue to learn Blender modeling and character animation. The more I get to practice that the more I’ll be able to speed up my future LD games and hopefully the repetition will make the skills stick so I don’t have to relearn every 4 months =)

I also have to learn (and test) how to monetize games these days as well (my days of shareware 16 years ago appears not to be viable any more? hmmm… it was outdated even then come to think of it =) But I have figured out a way, I hope, that the game is fully playable from the start, for free, and then play time will gather experience points to unlock characters junk and other stuff – all doable by playing or accelerated through integrated ads or realistic (read super cheap) IAP.

If you haven’t tried Space Junk yet, it’s available here: http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-37/?action=preview&uid=112319

Thanks again for a great LD and I hope you all are having a good Christmas and that your new year will be packed with creative game development!

Stefan / Imphenzia

Post LD

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Friday, December 23rd, 2016 5:55 pm

Finally finished the post ld version, of my entry. Now it’s how it should be :)
And here it is goo.gl/WHdKo7 !

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Postmortem Time!

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Friday, December 23rd, 2016 1:40 pm

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Postmortem

DONE

Here is the (likely incredibly dull) story of how I made my Compo entry, One Room HotelAs a bonus I also did some stuff with the CSS of the post, hopefully that works out when it gets to the front page.

theme announcement

When I heard the theme, I was not happy. I felt like I had no ideas for the theme, and that it was far too limiting.

Then I realized I had voted for it 😛

My brainstorming process is simple: come up with ideas for the given theme, then come up with themes related to the given theme, then brainstorm based on those. I find doing this is very helpful, as it forces you to look at the theme in different ways, rather than mentally getting stuck on a few ideas. I ended up writing down the idea I was going to use in the section headed “One Room at A Time.”

The idea, as written, was very unclear:

Action Hotel Management Rhythm Game

I  worked up the design of my game based on this, and it went through a few iterations.

  • In the first iteration, you controlled a room in a two story hotel, and needed to pick people up as they walked through to bring them to another side. The idea didn’t really make much sense, so I scrapped it.
  • The second idea was not related to the theme very much at all (it was closer to the “One Room at A Time” the original concept was written under.) You needed to place and remove rooms to optimize your hotel. I realized this did not fit the theme, and would not be very fun, and scrapped it.
  • The third iteration was the one I kept, where you need to carry people around in order to get them where they want to go quickly.

The inspiration for the game actually came from Hot Wheels Drive Through Dilemma, a time management flash game I played a long time ago. I was also thinking about the game SimTower, an inspiration which a couple of people seem to have picked up on.

After I had my full idea, it was time to start work.


starting work

One issue that has been common to every Ludum Dare I’ve competed in is a lack of initial confidence in my idea. I always second-guess myself and this compo was no exception.

I especially felt that the sprites I was drawing would not work. I nearly scrapped the idea right there, but my bad experience a year ago with wasting time on a second idea when working on Disphere led me to stick with my original plan.

One Room Hotel Early Development The basic mechanisms in place.  At this point I was still thinking about changing game ideas.

This uncertainty continued throughout the night, and into the next day.

I finished the day with a post showing people entering the hotel.

One Room Hotel With Guests The game started to have some form, but I was still unhappy with it.

the first day

When I woke up to start work the first full day, I saw that this was the most “hearted” post I had ever made, with 17 hearts. This is what finally convinced me that this was the idea to work on. If people were responding this well to such a basic illustration of the mechanics, I must have been on to something.

Getting the people to look good was a struggle, and took the better part of an hour and a half. For a while I was worried that I would need to pursue a different graphical style, but I ended up managing it.

When I finished the amenities, the game really started to come together. It started to fell like a real game, and I felt it was time to share what the gameplay was really like. I came up with a simple backstory for the game, and made a post. In a couple hours, this post had 27 hearts.

One Room Hotel With Three Amenities The most hearted image I have ever posted.

This post is by far the best received progress update I have ever had, and helped motivate me as I began to add more fleshed-out gameplay.

The next major change to the game was the addition of the day-night cycle. I needed a way to make it clear when a round was going to end and to create a feeling of progression during a stage, and this was the perfect way to do so.

Unfortunately, this somehow managed to be the most time consuming process of the entire project. I struggled with calculating how to blend colors, and with the scripts for doing so in GameMaker Studio. I eventually resorted to trial and error for getting the sky’s brightness right, and used an overlay rather than blending the color.

The ordeal was worth it, though, as it made the world feel more alive and gave the game a much better progression. The progression still wasn’t perfect, however, so I started to brainstorm ways around this.

One Room Hotel Timelapse The day night cycle took far too long to implement, but it was worth it.

After the day night cycle, there were still a few issues with the progression of the game. People came and went at any time of day, and rounds had nothing substantial separating them. I fixed this through two changes:

The first was a three part structure to days.

  • In the morning, people enter the hotel, and the player is calm.
  • In the afternoon, the hotel is full and hectic, making the player stressed.
  • At night, people leave the hotel, releasing the stress from the afternoon.

This change in the intensity of the day over time is critical to the feeling of the game. The stress I wanted would have tired the player if it was constant, or even if it was random. Because it happened at a specific time during the day, it created anticipation and gave the player a chance to prepare. This wasn’t perfect, however, as the RNG could throw incredibly difficult situations at the player. This is an issue with all of my games, and it is the main complaint people have with One Room Hotel in particular.

The next feature I added to improve the flow was hotel construction. The time between rounds felt rushed, and I needed another step in order to ease the transition to the next stage.

I thought about what I could add that would fit with the progression of the game, and I realized that adding a screen where you must construct your tower would accomplish three things:

  • Break up the time in between stages
  • Give a sense of progression as the tower grows higher
  • Add a layer (or maybe the illusion of a layer) of strategy

The building screen accomplished all of these things in my mind, and I personally think the blueprint aesthetic during construction looks really cool.

Construction of the One Room Hotel Construction helped the rhythm of the game, helping to better delineate stages.

After construction was finished, I squashed bugs and implemented small features for a while before going to sleep, with a near feature complete game ready for polishing on the second full day.

the second day

PANIC PANIC PANIC PANIC

At the start of the second day, I had around 20-30 items on my to-do list, which was just a little bit nerve wracking. I legitimately thought I wouldn’t finish, but I pushed through and just started working despite this worry. Worries like that have hurt my performance in previous events, and I was NOT going to let that happen again.

After all of the panicking, I decided that the most important thing to get done was the user interface. I’ve neglected this somewhat in the past and it has hurt the quality of my games. I spent a few hours on the interface, and tried a few different styles before I settled on what I used in game (and in the styling of this post.)

One Room Hotel UI and Reviews I chose a UI matching the color palette of the hotel.

I also worked on the in-game UI, and got that looking good with a color changing satisfaction meter and an icon for your money (score.)

I wish I had taken the time to make a separate icon for satisfaction, but I was forced to focus on others things.

One Room Hotel User Interface The basic in-game interface: the satisfaction meter and score.

Something I added that not many people seem to have noticed is the randomly generated hotel and newspaper names. There are thousands of potential hotel names, each generated from an adjective, a noun, and then a type of establishment (Inn, resort, hotel, ETC.)

  • remote smile resort
  • summer arc retreat
  • summer cliff hotel
  • spring shark resort
  • enchanting gulf retreat
  • winter pond tower
  • regal delight hotel
  • enchanting tornado resort
  • winter mountain resort
  • pleasant delight tower
  • globetrotter mountain resort
  • regal park tower
  • pleasant arc tower

The newspaper names were a little simpler. They also consisted of three parts, but the first was simply a choice between have “The ” or “” at the start of the name. The next part was a noun, and the third was a type of publication.

  • The Remote Week
  • The Silver Herald
  • Hotel Times
  • Fascinating Week
  • Inn Enquirer
  • Terracotta Times
  • Hotel Journal
  • The Pleasant Week
  • Royal Tribune
  • Summer Chronicle
  • Happy Gazette

I love adding details like this to the game, whether or not anyone notices 😛

Since near the beginning I had ideas for the music of the game. I wanted some medium tempo jazz for the menus, and a really fast tune for in-game. I only had time to implement the menu music, unfortunately. I was disappointed at first, but when I changed the music to play in-game I realized it worked pretty well.

The music was originally intended to be for the menus only.

I made the music using Mixcraft 6 (NOT recommended, very buggy) and midi instruments, along with a (musical) keyboard. To come up with the tune I hummed along with the game when I was testing and recorded it. Once I sang something that I liked I just needed to figure out the notes to actually play it.

I would highly recommend this method to anyone who doesn’t typically write music, as it really saves time and does a lot for quality if you don’t know how to write music. It’s a lot easier to improvise melodies when singing then to mess around with a keyboard until something sounds good.

final hours

For me, the final hours of any event are some of the most important. This is where I add a final layer of polish, and elevate the game to the next level of quality. Strangely, what I feel is the most important single change I made on the final day was making the sun better:

One Room Hotel New and Old Sun The old sun is on the left.

The yellow of the sun brings the game’s visual style together, and I think it turned out really well. I don’t know why, but that’s when I really felt like I had made something good. Maybe that’s weird but that’s how I work.

reception

One Room Hotel is the best received game I have ever made. I’m really happy with it, and I’m ecstatic reading people’s reviews.

A few people have called it one of the best games of the event. I never thought I would get to this point in my game development, and I am so happy that people feel this way about my game.

I’m incredibly excited to see how the game places, and I hope to finally break into the top 50 for fun, and maybe even for overall.

post compo plans

I may release a post jam version of the game, fixing some of the issues with it, and it may be coming to Android. I’m not sure at this point, but it is a possibility. I’m more likely to focus on a long-term project I’m going to be working on for FFSJama manic shooter.

Thank you so much for reading!

play now

 

I ported WebGL version of my game!

Posted by (twitter: @geekdima)
Monday, December 12th, 2016 1:54 pm

Hey! So finally I found out why my WebGL build crashed, not enough memory! I gave it half a gig, hopefully it’s not too much for people with low-end specs.

WebGL!

WebGL!

You can play it on the game page, or GameJolt.

Now let’s get back to playing games!

New update on HellBlocks

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Monday, December 12th, 2016 10:56 am

All of your requests have been fixed! This includes the following :
1) Instadeaths are fixed!
2) Full controller support.
3) Added an indication to the blocks that are about to be destroyed.
4) Fixed gem counter.
5) Changed the pitch of the jump sound that made it sound like a glitch
6) Added gem counter in game.
7) Made more precise collision calculated for the player.
8) More gem drops (yay!)
9) Changed (a bit) the box spawning algorithm.

Thanks for playing!

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Hello! This is my unusual version of Pong game.

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Friday, October 28th, 2016 5:43 pm

Here is the title

What is unusual? In this version you have to control you pads through your web cam by choosing a color.

Try this game and you’ll see.

Would be great if you’ll comment and let me know what I can improve.

Here is the link

Skyway on Greenlight

Posted by (twitter: @RobProductions)
Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 7:08 pm

Hello LudumDare!

Some of you may be aware I’ve been working on a game called Skyway for the past several months. This has been a huge step for me as I’ve finally gotten really close to completing a project! I just announced it on Steam Greenlight,

Please check it out!

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Every vote counts! And if you aren’t able to vote, feel free to share the page! I’ll be doing more detailed write-ups in the following days, so be on the look out for those.

Thanks to everyone who’s ever supported me! Let me know what you think of the game! <3 -Matt

Updates

Posted by (twitter: @TheFish523)
Thursday, September 1st, 2016 2:54 pm

I’ve been updating my game.

Now there’s more sound, a mute option, tweaked enemies, and better game-play.

 

You can find it here.

 

Update! v0.9 is out now!

Posted by (twitter: @crosstales)
Thursday, September 1st, 2016 10:09 am

We have fixed some issues and bugs with our newest update for “Invent The Wheel!”

Changes/Fixes include:
1) Overdrawing – You only have a limited area in which you can draw.
2) No more timer – You have an infinite amount of time to draw your wheel.
3) Updated controls – You now draw with RMB, which appeared to be easier during our testing.
4) White flag – You can now abort your run and retry.

We also fixed some minor display bugs that occasionally appeared pre-fix.

 

Enjoy your new (and hopefully improved!) wheeling experience! 😉

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-36/?action=preview&uid=32967

Lost Earth – a bug fix and a minor update

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Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 7:53 pm

I barely made it.

I built something. In 30 hours, because I had to work on Saturday and had an important exam in Sunday morning. I thought I could beat the challenge, and almost made it to the end.

I switched my project two times, and that made me lose even more time. I only nailed what I would really do today at 3 AM.

The core of the game is there, but I just didn’t managed to build a level, nor to implement the power-ups and the variety of weapons and enemies. Not even the SoundFX effects or the animations I made. Much less to put the lore in the game. That’s the saddest part, as I made something I thought was interesting.

This is the first game I ever made start-to-end. And I’m kind of proud about it. No, I’m seriously proud.

 

UPDATES:

  • After some feedback I fixed the bug that made the game freeze after the player character died. Now it gives a 2-sec Game Over screen and loads Main Menu screen.
  • Fixed the bug that made all the alien ships chase the player from the beginning of the level. Now they only activate when the player comes close. But they still annoyingly manage to pass by the wall tiles. Heck!

TO DO:

  • A Post-Mortem.
  • The Procedural Level Generator.
  • Fix the but on the controls.

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Post-Mortem updates.

Posted by (twitter: @TheFish523)
Monday, August 29th, 2016 8:29 pm

I’ve been doing a lot of taking feed back. So, some improvements:

Faster game-play. (Opposite of what people recommended , it’s actually better)

Fixed Camera.

New animation before enemies spawn (So you can tell where enemies will spawn).

My LD36 entry is here

If you liked the original, slower version you can get it here

 

Small Update

Posted by (twitter: @TheFish523)
Sunday, August 28th, 2016 1:42 pm

Fixed the camera for my entry. Each time you jumped you couldn’t see the enemies below you, it was annoying.

Screenshot2You can get it here .

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