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Hi! Welcome to the post-mortem for Cottonhead.
Here’s the trailer.
Remember Bottled Worlds? Once again, I came over to Itamar and Mati’s house with a laptop. We spent the night playing Rhythm Heaven and watching some weird and loud videos.
We woke up early, saw the theme, and instead of breaking our heads over it like in all previous Ludum Dares, we went out and got ourselves some… Burekas!
We sat down in some nearby garden and started coming up with ideas. We had plenty of ideas, one including a story where the world is being kept minimal by an evil machine. Another idea is that you’re something who wants to fly. How is that minimal? That’s it. That’s the story. You’re something that wants to fly. We weren’t sure where to take it from here but it seemed like a good idea at the time.
We sat there with a pile of papers and Burekas and began drawing drawing some ideas.
Unfortunately, our brain storming session was interrupted by a birthday party, but we still had plenty of ideas we wanted to put to test.
We already had the basic concept art for the main character finished. We wanted a blob with a big nose.
We headed back home and started working! After a short dilemma, we decided that, yet again, we’re making a platformer, woo! (we love platformers)
We decided to not think about the gameplay and keep that for the end, so we polish the game properly and make it pretty. This is the first time we were doing this ‘experiment’ and I think we’re very pleased with how it came out, I’ll touch on that later in the pros-cons.
So after a few hours we created a basic engine with concept art for the main character.
We also had a basic idea of how we wanted NPCs to work in the game; we didn’t want anything violent or action-oriented, we wanted some minimal batter between them and the player that will only add to the mood of the game.
Itamar drew some NPCs:
And after many hours of work we had a basic level created!
(also notice the feathers on the bottom left!)
I went home, but we weren’t finished yet! I put up a post on lonebot.net for a recap of our first day, then headed to bed.
OH MY GOD, I came to their house again (with a laptop).
We dedicated the second day to completely finishing everything except for the level design. We decided to leave that for the final day. The reason we did this is because we wanted the map to be balanced in terms of content – to have everything ready to be placed within the final map while making it, without having to change things around.
So first of all we finished the NPCs! Here’s a collection of all of some them for reference:
We started adding the main quest: collecting feathers. We didn’t hide feathers around the world yet (we were saving that for tomorrow).
This day was tons of fun because it mainly consisted of making pretty particles, finding music and adding awesome effects.
We also made Magina the Wizard!
Itamar drew a new tileset:
And they both drew some houses:
We added more sounds and an ending, and that was the end of day 2!
Sadly, for some reason, lonebot.net got hacked!!!!!! So we couldn’t post a day 2 recap!!!
Final day! I came over to Mati and Itamar’s house…. again!! Without a laptop this time. This day was pretty short-lived because all we did was build a level and playtest our game.
also an intro:
And thus, Cottonhead was finished.
And unlike any other Ludum Dare, we finished it BEFORE the deadline without any stress!!!
What went right?
- Extremely polished. We decided we want this game to serve more as ‘eye candy’ and we think it worked out well!
- Workplace. Unlike any Ludum Dare before, we all worked in the same physical workspace which made things MUCH more interesting and easier for us. It made the workflow much easier and smoother and everything was fun.
- Nice world. I think the world map in this game came out very nicely. We gave it a lush colorful feeling which helped us shape up the world.
- Minimal story. There is barely any story behind the game, we let the player shape it in their head to what they think makes sense!
- Awesome music. Thanks to Suezo from Newgrounds.
- Almost no bugs!! Woo
What went wrong?
- Too hard. Some feathers (2) were a little too hard for our playtesters, and we should’ve fixed that when we could. One feather requires an extremely accurate jump and the other is just barely visible. In one of the playthroughs we saw for our game a player thought that he had to something before getting the accurate-jump feather.
- Too short. This is criticism we got plenty of times… We’re not sure if it’s also a compliment but we’ll work on it next time
- Lonebot hacked.
- No mac/linux client.
All in all, making this game was very, very fun for all of us. This was probably our best Ludum Dare, because everything just went in our way so easily.
Also, our biggest achievement: this is the first game we’re releasing under the name ‘Lonebot’!!!! Please check out our new website at lonebot.net
We are hoping to make a really big game soon, and this is all thanks to Ludum Dare! <3
So, that’s it. That’s how Cottonhead was made. Now go play Dota or Rhythm Heaven.
Thanks for the read <3
Sorry for no updates today, we were very busy and forgot!
This was our best Ludum Dare so far. We didn’t finish late and we worked in the same place – making everything much easier.
Good luck everyone!
Good luck to everyone!
So I decided to take upon myself a challenge today: make my old Warmup game, Castle-Castle, multiplayer co-op.
Play the original here
type yolo or oompa in the chat
This is the first Ludum Dare we’ve finished without any stress!!!!!!!!
As the game nears completion, I’m working on fixing more and more bugs and polishing it up.
Unfortunately for us, I made an irreversible mistake while writing the engine which resulted in very poor pathfinding for the AIs.
Still, we managed to make a mini-starcraft out of it, and our musician Simonas managed to make the game much more lively.
Also, sorry for not uploading a progress video like I always do!! I’ll make a trailer though