First of all I’ve got to say that I’ve just been programming since December, so…almost 5 months! That’s nothing compared with the time most of you have been programming, so I’m still a noob!:D That was obviously my first LD. My Language of choice is Java with the Slick2D library, I love it!
When the final round of themes started, I wrote some ideas for every theme, just for have something to start with.
Before the theme was announced I was so excited and started coding something, just a test for maybe upload it as a warmup, but I forgot to upload it, so…finally nothing. I just want the Ld to start, I was so excited!
Then, the theme was announced at 3:00 am and I have to choose between stay coding all night long or go to sleep and wake up early. I gave myself 1 hour to think about it. I check the ideas I wrote for the game: City simulator. NO WAY! Why I wrote thaat!? And started thinking something new. I just knew that I won’t do a platformer, just because I don’t know to do it..yet.
Some ideas came to my mind…I started coding and came up with this:
A little rectangle moving in a screen. I thought what could I do with that and random maps and resources gathering was the first I thought. I surrendered on resources gathering..so complicated for me. Started doing random maps but can’t find any objective for the game yet. Then I started adding graphics:
Later I made an enemy that follows you when you get closer and it harm you ! That’s Nice! Then I add npcs that follow you too, but don’t harm you. Then, some ideas were floating in my head and decided to do it simple: Save the npcs from being killed by the enemies! I placed some trees on the map, a few enemies, and a few npcs…but it didn’t feel complete…it have to be some way to let the npcs be safe. I thought about it and I draw and program a house, the objective was simple: take all the npcs to the house without dying:
Then I decided to make just one map but make it hardcore! Just because the way I wrote the code was a mess and I should rewrote a lot again…and no time for doing that. I kept working on it until last minute, It still have bugs, like collisions and animations..but I’m so so so so happy with the work done.
WHAT WENT RIGHT:
- I knew the tools I was using, so no problems when coding, or drawing or making music.
- I Came with a basic engine in a short time.
- I had a TODO list and wrote everything I just need. And it was very helpful.
- I LOVE THE ART I MADE.
- The music aswell.
- I was enjoying and having fun with what I was doing and i think that’s very important .
WHAT WENT WRONG:
- I’m just a learner, so there are a lot of things I do that surely have a better and faster way to be done.
- Friday I only slept for 4h, Saturday 6h…so I worked on the game for 38h that’s a lot!>.<
- Some bugs that I wasn’t able to fix.
And a fun fact: There are 10 npcs…but there are 11 houses!! I realized today! That’s why I should’ve sleep more ! xD
Finally, I must say that LD was an amazing experience and, I will participate on the next LD for sure! And please, play my game/rate/comment! I will to try to do the same with yours, sure! Thanks everybody who have played and rated !Keep doing games!