And so here we are. This was my first LD so I wasn’t sure how my game would turn out. My game entry page is here. Let’s take a look at the results!
Overall, not bad! My game wasn’t finished, so I was expecting an overall score between 1-2 (after all, there isn’t much you can do, and the pacing is way off). I’ll break down my thoughts by-category.
Innovation (#84, 3.77)
I’m really happy with this number. To be honest, I wasn’t necessarily aiming for anything particularly innovative. My design goal was to just have something interesting and that I could knock out in the time allotment. I did, however, intentionally avoid common genres.
Graphics (#265, 3.25)
I was expecting a decent graphics score as my game was in 3d yet didn’t rely on complex shapes (which I would utterly fail at designing). I stuck to simple shapes, colours, and lighting. I actually believe my lack of detail helped me here. However there were some things I never got to do: ship engine light, trails showing their path (think Homeworld/EVE) and simple planet textures. Worked out pretty well considering, I think.
More UI would have been very helpful.
Mood (#279, 2.96)
I’m actually surprised this was about a 3. I suppose the very, very cold darkness of the space and the death of Earth could be considered moody; In reality I just didn’t have time to add a background.
Theme (#336, 3.21)
Not bad. I was aiming for the ecological aspect of Tiny-World, in that the Earth is simply not large enough for all of us. I didn’t get any negative feedback on this point and I believe most people did agree with my take.
Fun (#390, 2.90)
Surprising, there’s no audio feedback on any of your actions, and very little visual. When I released the game I felt there was very little ‘game’ here, let alone fun. The comments I received after submitting my game really raised my spirits though, and definitely have motivated me.
Humour (#539, 2.00)
There is no humour in my game, unless someone considers the demise of the human species hilarious I suspect there is mostly a large number of N/A votes here.
Audio (#742, 1.30)
There is no audio! Nothing! I don’t deserve the 1 or 2 votes here. I suspect I got some votes as no audio is better than terrible audio.
Overall (#571, 2.75)
Not bad for a prototype I say. I was hoping to be in the top 50% and I beat that by a little margin.
Now let’s see if I can get something cranked out for MiniLD #34!