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Mead Boy: Game Feel and Level Design

Posted by (twitter: @blubberquark)
Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 8:08 am

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play Mead Boy or read on:

This is not a post-mortem of the development process, but an explanation of the game design and what makes it tick.

Game Design

Mead Boy is a small platformer where your goal is to drink all the mead. The more mead you drink, the more laggy your controls get. Alcohol wears off slowly and linearly, just like real life. Also like in real life, a single drink impacts your reflexes enough to make many tasks perceivably more difficult. A tenth of a second of lag is already noticeable. In order to make players not just wait out the effects of the alcohol, and progress slowly, there is hunger clock and a time-based scoring system. Food pickups set back the hunger clock, and Gold pickups increase the score. One per mille of BAC creates a lag of one second and takes ten seconds to wear off. This should incentivise players to look for food while stillslightly drunk. Levels are small and take under a minute to complete. Levels should pose little challenge “sober”.

Each level represents a real city from the Viking age. There is an overworld map that shows you where the city is, and how a river connects it to the sea. There is some looting and pillaging, but no combat or violence against people shown.

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Game Feel

Speed and Momentum

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Mead boy is a game about going right, going fast, picking up speed, and jumping far. (At least when you’re sober. When you are drunk, you pick up speed and go too fast. Your first instinct if the character is not responding right away is to hit the buttons harder.) There are only three buttons needed to control Mead Boy: Left, Right, Jump.

Mead Boy responds to button presses instantly, but he keeps accelerating until he reaches a top speed of 5.5 pixels per frame. When you stop pressing the button, he decelerates exponentially. At speeds below 1 px/frame he stops completely (like stiction compared friction). This way there is no “long tail” of slow sliding after landing a jump, which feels weird and floaty and may make you fall off a cliff when you don’t expect it. The following diagram shows a plot of speed and button presses, where you can see a long attack and a quick release phase:

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Jumping

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Jumps are always the same height, and there is no way to increase or reduce the jump height. Like Mario or Sonic, Mead boy goes right fast. Mead Boy is not Luigi or Mega Man. The Camera only scrolls on the left-right axis, in order to de-emphasise going up or down.

No Turning on a Dime

Mead Boy can come to a standstill relatively fast, but turning around is harder: When he is still moving into the opposite direction, the slow acceleration takes longer than simply stopping first and then accelerating into the other direction. This makes the momentum feel “weightier”, but it is also kind of frustrating. Mead Boy is running really fast; you can’t just turn around. Well, now you know and can exploit the behaviour for speed running!

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Level Design

play Mead Boy before you get spoiled!

Haithabu

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Haithabu Level – Click to see at full resolution

This is a kind of tutorial and sandbox level. There are only three units of alcohol and enough food. You have to jump out of some pits, but there is no way to drown or to get stuck. You spawn on the left and have to go right. You can also go back left. You have to use both running and jumping controls, so I know you can use them when you advance to the next level.

How the level fits with the theme: This level is inspired by the Viking city of Haithabu. The destruction of Haithabu marked the end of the Viking age. Haithabu is your home base and a safe place. That’s why there is no longship. You arrived on foot. Haithabu is your home.

Lindisfarne

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Lindisfarne – Click to see at full resolution

The second level is much bigger. There is only water on the left and land on the right. After the first mead pickup, there are two food items that should reset your hunger clock. The only “dangerous” jump comes right after: You can fall and drown, and you might still be slightly drunk at this point. You have to make a leap of faith. After the next jump, you are free to take all the gold and set the buildings on fire. Jumping to get the gold or over the small bump after the cathedral may be tricky due to alcohol, but you can safely retry: No real challenge.

How it fits the historical theme: The Viking raid of the Lindisfarne monastery marked the beginning of the Viking age. There are stone buildings and churches that kind of look like an English monastery of the era.

London

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London – Click to see at full resolution

This was the first level I had designed. There is more alcohol, the same amount of food, and you have to jump over a gap to get food. The last bit on the right requires you to jump onto a small platform after two units of alcohol. Definitely harder than Lindisfarne, but not much.

Historical Inspiration: The building on the right is a mash-up between the tower bridge and the tower of London. London was raided by Vikings multiple times. The tower bridge was not there during the Viking age, please forgive my anachronism.

Paris

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Paris – Click to see full resolution

Paris is a step up in challenge. There are two deadly jumps in the beginning, lots of going up and down and the buildings you torch are relatively small. You have to go back and forth to collect all the food or gold.

The Lore: Paris was attacked by Vikings a couple of times under Charlemagne. Once they paid ransom, once they didn’t. Guess how that turned out. Also red wine and the Eiffel tower (super anachronism) to make sure you get that it’s Paris.

Hamburg

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Hamburg – Click to see full resolution

Hamburg is the last and hardest level. It has the most alcohol, lots of water to drown in, and gaps where you have to jump right and up or down. I expect you to lose this on the first try. Nonetheless you can make many jumps drunk. Losing is fun!

History: Hamburg is a port city and a member of the Hanse. It has trading post houses right in the harbor. Also a dike. Also vikings.

play Mead Boy and comment please

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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.

 

A simple little game.

Posted by
Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 1:03 am

Check out Archaic Light! It takes less than 5 minutes to complete, so why not?

You might enjoy the ending!

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This game was made in one day with the theme, ancient technology, in mind. I also used 8-bit styles from preference. Go check it out! You have nothing to lose! Or do you?

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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

 

Day 1 So Far

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Sunday, August 28th, 2016 3:22 pm

Do you like Chinese food?

What could do the ancient Chinese men with a rocket and some gunpowder?

Unmistakably shot himself toward the stars!

A launching game about an especially bored Chinese and his massive rocket, the prototype(some squares gliding) is nearly finished, and we also got some art done.

He's staring right at your soul.

He’s staring right at your soul.

So far so good, we expect to get something playable for tomorrow and maybe a demo for you to play.

Thank you for you support guys and lets have a great LD!!!

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 .

Turned my Ludum Dare game into full game launched on Steam! :)

Posted by (twitter: @BPOutlaws)
Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 10:54 am

Hey everyone! If you played my dragon game back in Ludum Dare 33:

I kept working on it and turned it into a full game, and just launched it on Steam! Figured it could be good inspiration for people participating in LDJAMs to keep working on their entry if they come up with a cool mechanic/idea…who knows, you might be able to to turn it into a full game!

Here’s the trailer:

Grab it on Steam here:


http://store.steampowered.com/app/498190

My next game is ALSO going to be based of my LDJAM entry from Ludum Dare 35:

https://bulletproofoutlaws.itch.io/shootinggamething

Hope this inspires some people to take their games beyond their Game Jam entries if they think they’ve stumbled across something fun! With a few more months of work you might be able to turn it into an awesome game you might be able to pay your rent with! 😉

Follow me on Twitter at @BPOutlaws, I use it as a devBlog lol

– Jeff

Obstruction, a game by Toasted Games!

Posted by (twitter: @ToastedGames)
Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 7:17 pm

Hey all, my name is Ben and I’m a member of a team of three friends that we call Toasted Games! If you haven’t heard about us before, here’s our info. Anyway, the reason I made this post was because I made a huge post on our website about my personal creation, Obstruction! Obstruction is a game about creating courses and maneuvering through them, and sharing those courses with your friends! The game will likely be released this year, and we’d love it if you could check it out. If you’re interested, start by reading the post I just made!

CLICK TO READ POST!

We hope to see you around! ^_^

  • Ben

Hi~ Thanks a lot for your reading !

I have wrote a similary post not long ago, but it seems like  there were  almost  no people noticed it at that time… QoQ  (  i think  it may becasue there were so many people also wrote new post at that time,so my post was pushed to the back page sooo quickly.. otz )

The motivation to add this post is because i relaized that to play these game which have similary theme or have similary emphasis/focus  chooose with me, may  could  provoke more reflection and  introspection from this process for eachother,  also the discovery process  really let me feel happy and exciting !

but because  the final  approaches /time will not enough  , i think maybe  i should  try to express this information again and let me more easy to found these game which i hope to play .  moreover, i  really want  to play more game which  may could vibes to me in  the final day…

thus, dear friends

if your game or some other games  you have played in this LD  have similary  theme  with my game

( or  like  this  game  < Flutterby>  which i have played  recently and found have simiary topic but choose different perspectives) 

please leave a comment/link for me.

but furthermore ,  I  also hope to play some game which focus on emotions/psychological

 

 hope get your could recoomend to me !  I will play it and leave my feedback(as detailed as possible)

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sincere thanks!

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Post Mortem: A Mazeshift Title

Posted by
Friday, May 6th, 2016 9:57 am

Hi everyone,

This was my second Ludum Dare. Once again I had a fantastic time participating, and playing the other entries is a great source of pleasure and inspiration. I wrote a post mortem for my game A Mazeshift Title, which you can play here (Unity WebGL version available).

 

Screenshot1A Mazeshift Title

The Game

A Mazeshift Title is a 2D puzzle game where the player must construct a route between two endpoints using a collection of shapes organised in a grid. These shapes are manipulated by shifting entire rows horizontally, or columns vertically. It could easily be compared with a 2D version of a Rubik’s cube, with a pattern that must be completed. The game contains 7 individual levels, and each one is procedurally generated to provide a degree of replayability.

Development

The idea for the game was originally conceived from thinking about shifting bits in computer registers, but using shapes instead. A good three hours on the Saturday morning were spent settling on a design. I felt it was important to take the extra time at this stage to ensure the concept was both interesting and achievable. By the time I had stopped on the Saturday night, the game consisted of a single feature-complete level.

The focus of Sunday was polish: after creating some menus and finishing the transitions between different levels, I moved onto audio. I ended up spending many hours fighting with multiple software packages, and eventually only managed to produce three sound effects. I had initially anticipated having enough time to produce a simple ambient background music track, but this no longer seemed feasible. Some visual polish feature had also been planned, such as sliding the grid tiles when they are shifted, but sadly these also had to be cut.

The Good

  • Procedurally generated puzzles.
  • The mechanics are explained non-verbally using a trivial first level.
  • I followed my plan: the core mechanics were implemented by Saturday night, Sunday was spent polishing the game.

The Bad

  • No music.
  • Tiles don’t slide when shifted.

Thanks for reading, see you all next time!

ShmupShifter Final Version Released

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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 5:33 pm

ShmupShifter Final Version Released

 

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The final version of my Ludum Dare game, ShmupShifter, is now released on itch.io! If you want to play a real difficulty arcade shmup, this is the game for you! ShmupShifter features 3 stages with 3 unique boss fights, and, with infinitely looping gameplay, the difficulty scales with your skill!

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New Features:

  • Easy Mode
  • Level Select
  • Balancing
  • Fixed Bugs
  • background (!)
  • Enhanced Particles
  • Flashy Explosions
  • Screen Shake
  • Better Audio Balance
  • New Sound Effects
  • A Beatable Second Loop
  • And more things I forgot about!

 

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From the description:

ShmupShifter is a 3 stage manic shooter developed in 48 hours for the Ludum Dare 35 compo, based on the theme “Shapeshift.”

Fight 6 enemy types and three boss fights as you make you way through space. Use your powers of transformation to gain an upper hand, firing on enemies from all sides.

Featuring real shoot-em-up difficulty, ShmupShifter will surely satisfy your shmup appetite.

 

Try ShmupShifter today!

 

A Challenge:

Beat ShmupShifter and be awarded with the TerraCottaFrog’s ld35 True Shmupper Trophy!

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Check out Mushroom Muncher!

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 2:28 am

Now that the jam is over, it’s time to play games! Check out the the game we made where you eat mushroom men, grow in size and watch out for shape-shifting ones:

Mushroom Muncher - Cover

PLAY NOW!

 

 

80s mecha anime inspired shoot-em-up!

Posted by (twitter: @BPOutlaws)
Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 9:27 am

Enjoy! :) Will do a post-mortem down the road when I’ve caught up on sleep lol I’ll be turning this one into a full game when I finish my current project, follow me on Twitter at @BPOutlaws for updates! -Jeff

Ludum Dare 35

Presenting DIV Games Studio for LD #35

Posted by (twitter: @TheMikeDX)
Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 4:31 pm

Back in 2000, DIV Games Studio was released in the UK as a complete all in one package for creating games (including a graphical editor) and delighted many users who went on to have successful programming careers, including MDickie who currently has literally MILLIONS of downloads on the android app stores.

DIV was put to rest in 2005 due to being DOS only, but after 10 years sleep, it is now back and ready to compete with the modern world.

A group of us at DIV ARENA are planning to enter LD #35 using DIV Games studio, and exporting our entries to all the modern systems we can (including windows, linux, android, javascript/html, open pandora, gcw and others).

you may even be surprised with what we achieve!

Looking forward to it. See you there :)

 

 

Introducing Conga Master

Posted by (twitter: @@BubsyPoochies)
Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 8:12 am

Hi all!

We’ve been working hard on our game Conga Master for the Ludum Dare 34 jam so we didn’t have time to post anything. But here it is!

Conga Master

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-34/?action=preview&uid=66146

This is our game. All graphics and programming were made during the Ludum Dare, and much more! Because we did several prototypes trying different controls. Moving your feet with two buttons, one for each leg, choosing your direction using an oscillating arrow and a button to run, etc. We took our time but we believe the end result feels super nice. What do you think?

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We wanted to add different kinds of people affecting the gameplay. Say you got lots of geeks in your conga, then cool people would hesitate longer before joining. Eventually we decided on the pig idea which everybody seems to like :).

Please play the game and tell us what you think! We can’t stop playing to listen once and again to the music while dancing all around!

 

 

 

Valk Unit Lawer

Posted by (twitter: @@oz2mura)
Monday, December 14th, 2015 10:59 pm

YESSSSSSSSSS  first LD ever done and it’s over. spent majority of the last day fixing surprise bugs. then spent 2 hours finishing up 355 lines of dialogue.

play it. complain. laugh. watevs. just glad it’s over. tell us what you think.

LD Submission | itch.io Download

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