Ludum Dare 15
The Hairy Chestival Memorial Award
Awarded by philhassey on December 31, 2007
I’m currently on the 4-hour Everyman sleep schedule, so I might as well. If I wasn’t then I wouldn’t compete as school starts next week, but this will be a great primer. This will be my fourth or so?
I might try and crash-course-learn Panda3D during the 48 hours to make a 3D game for once, but if that fails then I’ll just revert back to PyGame. (I am tempted to try making a game in Scheme though…)
I did this before the deadline, honest! Just had to wait for ffmpeg to encode the giant AVI to MPG, then upload to YouTube and waiting for it to process. Anyway, feel free to laugh at me now. 15 peeps in about 2 and a half minutes.
I just realized this might be toward the top of the listing for a while. Better make this a link.
Source with Windows Binary: http://shared.nincheats.net/zips/Jach_LD14_LavaFlee-win.zip
(Does this work on Vista? I’ve only tested it through a 64-bit XP and a 32-bit Wine on my Linux.)
Afterthoughts/replies to comments: Sound was made with sfxr (I love it so much), Gimp was used unoriginally to render the Lava, Xara and KolourPaint were used for everything else. To reiterate, it IS possible to win without losing a single life, and if I weren’t so lazy I’d make a YouTube video showing a perfect run. =P To get past the first big obstacle (the upside down U thing), see the screenshot below. It takes a little finesse for the interesting controls, but it’s more than doable.
Well, finally finished. I was really lazy this time, and probably spent more time just hanging out in the IRC room than coding. Ah well. I had fun, and as I mentioned earlier, there’s at least some good code in here that I can reuse on side projects. Anyway, yes this game is beatable with no lost lives, it’s just somewhat difficult. Would have liked to make it longer, but again, too lazy, and I want some time to contemplate another foodphoto…
It just occurred to me that I didn’t mention you need Python + PyGame (optional Pysco (which is a library to speed up my crappy code)) to run it (until I get the EXE built) in the README, or that you need to run main.py / main.exe, but since I committed revision 30 I didn’t want to mess up that cool number, so I’m telling you here.
Gameplay’s all there, now I have 2 and a half hours to add sound and music and fix any bugs that might creep up during that time. For now though I eat my dinner, then shower. And if I get time, you might see an epic food VIDEO from me later on…
Mm, I think I had this same thing during one of the previous LDs.
First night I had a chicken pot pie.
Second night I had a bunch of ham. (Not pictured.)
This morning (at noon) I refreshed myself with some ham&eggs!
Anyway, here’s a quick screenie of what’s done. (I’ve been kind of lazy this time around.) As you may guess it’s a standard flee-the-wall-of-lava-as-you-run-through-a-cave type thing. Still, even though it’s LD code, I think there’s some good code in here for me to use in the future. (And some very, very bad code.)
Yeah, spring break happened to fall on this week for me (and it snowed about a foot yesterday), thus I’ve been procrastinating my load of homework which is due Monday and Tuesday.
Oh well, I missed out on LD13 so I’m going to try hard to submit something this time around. I’d like to say I’ve learned Panda3D to try out this time, but… =P I’ll be sticking to PyGame again.
Edit: To all of you who think my game is too hard, I have beaten it twice! =P And the laser collision is just box-based, so if you shoot it diagonally you have tons of whitespace to possibly hit the things with. Also, a bug escaped the final version so the non-evil clouds sometimes get stuck indefinitely. It’s fixed locally but not in the zip; oh well.
Here’s the link, includes source (python + pygame) and windows executable (not guaranteed to work, though I have been told it works):
(If it doesn’t work try: http://18.104.22.168/~jach/shared/zips/ld12-femme-tower.zip )
Will add post-compo thoughts here later. NOW!
It’s about 20 minutes after now. So, what I did horribly wrong this time around:
I slept in too late twice, got distracted by all sorts of things, felt horrible demotivation and considered dropping out for most of the compo. I also didn’t pace myself well (submitted about 2 minutes prior to the end) so the art and sound could have been slightly better.
This game seemed pretty hard to me and to my EXE tester, but I assure you it is beatable. =P
I woke up around 3pm, having horribly overslept. But I had a good breakfast of cookies and hawaiian punch.
Then later on it was almost dinner time, so I had some Ramen to tide me over. Yes, that’s a Titanium Spork, given to me by the gods.
Then the main meal, steak. Yummy.
I think I’ll have some ice cream later too…
Here’s the link:
Windows executable coming soon. Requires Python and Pygame at the moment.
Newedit: Here’s the link to the WINDOWS version. Had to change directory structure for it to work. Just run main.exe for it.
Edit: The ZIP will contain the windows executable by tomorrow with no changes to anything else. Also, here’s the screenie. If I come up with more theme arguments, I’ll put them here instead of the readme before tomorrow, but I probably won’t because that wouldn’t be minimal. =P
(Still part of edit) I didn’t really like the idea after about 4 hours into it, but I decided to continue. I’m not too displeased with the final result, though I wish I had another hour or so to make a nice game over and win screen.
Well, my first breakfast was so good and I so hungry that I ate it before I realized I should have taken a picture. Here’s the remains:
So in spirit of the competition, and because I’m still kind of hungry, I decided to have a second breakfast, hobbit-style! (Though if I were in LotR I’d be more of Gandalf-stature.)
Yes that’s Golden Crisp, and yes it’s delicious.
Well, this guy failed. Obviously the grey dude is the main character, and a tank. Obviously the pink square is a regular car, the yellow thing is a bus, and the blueish thing is a van. And apparently none of them know how to park (but that will soon be remedied). All the graphics are being made in KolourPaint (which is pretty much just like MS Paint, but for Linux), using only the colors that are there when you start it up.
If you let what happened to this guy happen to you, you are failing at minimizing the competition for the blue goodness…
Everyone ought to have a healthy breakfast, even if it’s at 3pm and it’s Taquitos…
And of course around the two hour mark it’s time for dinner already.
And finally I have my setup just the way I want it.
I hope things go better this time around; though I’m not quite sure what I’ll use my second lappy for at the moment…Both are running Gentoo, so both are all ready for any developing. =P
Looking at these low-quality photos reminds me that I need to get a new camera…Or maybe recharge the batteries…
Here it is. All that’s in the zip is the source code and the data; if I get less lazy by the end of today I’ll compile it with PyInstaller and make a Windows executable. Requires Python and PyGame.
Edit: Fun facts that weren’t in the README: Graphics made with Gimp and KolourPaint, sound effects made with my voice with my microphone, the two music files were made in WarioWare Touched’s toyroom using its piano and harmonica. Pretty much all the sounds had to be amplified with Audacity, too. Edit: Another fun fact is that the moving bar thing was inspired from Star Fox Adventures. You remember the Test of Fear? Though I have to say that game’s better than this one. =P
EditEdit: The Zip now contains a standalone EXE file so you can just double click on main.exe if you run Windows.
Edit³: If you want to see the high score system in action, change the best_time.txt file in data/ to something low, like 00:00 (I forgot to do that myself when I packaged it).