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Kraken pool party post-mortem

Posted by (twitter: @wilbefast)
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 5:56 am

It’s party time 😀

“Kraken Pool Party” is a game about a schizophrenic Kraken. Each player controls a different tentacle: may the most tentacle-y tentacle win 😀

As predicted the game looks nothing like my mockup 😉

A lot of the initial features didn’t meet the cut, but since we applied McFunkpantsrolling MVP philosophy we were able to fall back on our most recent working version about 30 minutes before the end of the jam (at 2:30AM French time) and submit with no stress :)

To be precise the game ends after a fixed time rather than when the Kraken is killed by the enemies. The enemies don’t even attack, and no sailors fall into the water (so there’s nothing to eat). We did manage to implements all the important features though (moving, grabbing, smashing, throwing, title, score screen, etc): it’s a complete game albeit a limited one :)


So this kind of agile, iterative development strategy can work extremely well, it just means spending a lot of time and energy guiding the project, and a considerable amount of discipline (because we all want to implement all the features)!

Implement all the things!

Looking forward to playing your games 😀

Kraken pool party!

Posted by (twitter: @wilbefast)
Saturday, April 26th, 2014 9:07 am

Beneath the surface, the Kraken awakens!

We’re making a party game where each player controls a different tentacle of the Kraken. So basically we’re ripping off Crawl hardcore 😉 Also Death Worm. Only it’s multiplayer so it’s cool.

The game will probably look absolutely nothing like this (click to zoom):

Kraken pool party, a party game about krakens and parties.

Kraken pool party, a party game about krakens and parties.

The Kraken can block projectiles and smash ships, and move itself around my grabbing the sea floor. It can also pick up animals and sailors and put them in its gaping maw of death!



We’re using Unity 3D because we’re lazy.

Jamming with OpenFL

Posted by (twitter: @wilbefast)
Sunday, September 8th, 2013 12:06 pm

Time for our post-mortem :)

I won’t re-introduce the team, you can go to our “we’re in” post for that. Basically there were 3 of us and we’re pretty awesome!

So what happened?

Well, we made a time-bending tower-defence game called “10 Second Onslaught”. It’s about an onslaught you see, and the onslaught in question lasts 10 seconds:

10 second onslaught awesome

The game wasn’t really “finished” after 72 hours even though it’s completely playable. I’m actually glad we were over-ambitious though: it’s a good beginning and something I’m still working on (in a separate branch of course 😉 )

What went well?

The art pipline was probably the one thing that went particularly well. Thomas is really a 3D artist, so soon reverted back from pixel art to making models and rendering them to bitmaps. To speed things up I wrote a couple of little ImageMagick scripts to mirror and then stick these images together into sheets. Then it was just a matter of using the haxelib spritesheet to have animated characters in the game :)

What went badly?

For various reasons, mostly the technology (OpenFL) being something only I had ever used before, I ended up writing a majority of the code, which is just stupid. Next time we’re going to have to organise ourselves better.

Read on for a rather long discussion of OpenFL, including comparisons to Unity 3D and Löve 2D…


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