I figured I’d post some more after thoughts. The contest went really well for me despite not having the whole weekend available to me. I had to go home to visit my father who was recently in a skiing accident. So, I’m happy with how things went.
Unfortunately, I posted my final entry early, and then I found a bug that evening when playing my game before going to bed after the contest ended. It was a minor thing, but apparently I would play my game exactly the same way each time, and thus why I didn’t find it until later.
Then after sleeping, I realized that while my directions on my menu state one thing, I had eased up on one game play element, making the game some what trivial. So, when I woke up Monday morning, I set out and fixed it. Looking at the comments so far, it’s too bad I didn’t think of fixing it sooner.
All in all, I think I spent about 12 hours or so on the project. I used Python + PyGame for the coding, the whole thing is under 400 lines of code. I used SFXR and Musagi for the sound effects and music. And I used my good old pals MsPaint and Photoshop for the graphics. I’m always amazed when I find myself going back to MsPaint for the really simple stuff I can’t do in Photoshop easily. I also used Audacity to convert my wav samples to off format for file size. And I used py2exe with the pygame2exe script to create the windows executable.
I wish I was able to comment to the feedback from voting. If your confused about losing, you have to make all of the “invisible” frames (outlined in black on easy mode) appear first before clearing the screen of frames. It was kind of a hard thing to explain. That’s why I added the outlines on easy mode from feedback I got back from my girlfriend. Of course, after you’ve played a couple of times, it makes more sense. As for after figuring that out, there’s a strategy that guarantees victory, which I realized and fixed shortly after the competition.
So, I think that’s everything. For those looking for more of a challenge and how the game should have played, feel free to check out Framed! v1.2 (win).