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It’s been almost a week after I’ve finished the game, so I’m posting on the things that I like and what I don’t like from making the game… Maybe out of boredom.
What went right:
1. Output of the audio
I really got surprised on the output of the audio, because while testing the game, I’m starting to like my own music made with FL Studio. Well, sounds made with SFXR are just easy but also awesome. To be honest, I really suck on composing music and this was the first (serious) music made by me to use in a game, and yeah… 4 short-loops that is. After years of using it and get frustrated on my past outputs, those music used for MinimalFive is a sign… And I’m seeing that a lot of people who played and heard the audio likes it too… I thank for those people who commented the game in terms of audio, because I never expect to have those kind of output even I’ve composed (and even modifying them) for just 2 days.
2. Effect of “Minimalism” theme
Before the theme was announced, this theme was one of my expectations… Because as I read the themes, I got a lot of ideas when I saw this theme… Not just because of simplicity, I also love trying different art movements for me to see my games in different looks… And it did worked out like how I expect at the execution of the game in terms of the graphics. The effect of the “Minimalism” theme also made me go random… It goes like some random gameplays and some random texts (Yes! This was out of boredom! xD), and I made them as simple as possible… And I was glad that some people get the game and also some even finished it until the end. Thanks to some simple instructions I’ve typed in the game.
What went wrong:
1. Laziness at the 1st day and summer class
I got some advantage when it comes to the time, since the theme announcement here in the Philippines is at 10am so I probably have a lot of time to think and sketch the ideas and somewhat far before I sleep so I stay awake for hours and hours until night. But unfortunately, laziness just hit me… I knew it when I keep on just looking around or just chilling for hours (well, I took breaks, including on eating, breakfast, lunch and dinner… for just an hour) which made me wasted a lot of time. And I also expect to finish the game before Monday because when it comes to my studies, I started to get even lazier on game development and instead doing my studies (as a Multimedia Arts Student at college)… All of this just caused me to cram and stay until somewhat 1am at the 2nd day… And yeah, I was sleepy when I was at class LOL…
2. Limitation of Construct 2 (Free Edition)
To be honest, I hate the 100 events limit on Construct 2 (I’ve used this to make the game)… And that’s the only con that I want to say on this game making software. Anyway, after finishing the 4th game, I only have a very few events (I think around 10) left before reaching the limit. And this made me think that I might not put that shooting part because of it but I don’t want that to happen because for me it will be a boring game all-in-all without it. So I’ve spent an hour to short some events so now I have around 15, and tried to do the shooting part. I wasn’t apart of my expectation of the output but I think I made it simpler than what I expect, but still… It’s wrong for me to change the idea because of the software’s limitation, even around the last hours before deadline…
I therefore conclude, that I’ve made a simple game even some things gone wrong, I still learned to be conservative. It was still fun making the game and not to forget mentioning this, on the first day, I’ve worked this game outside my home… At Starbucks and at School (thank God the guards allowed me to get in because I just left Starbucks to eat lunch but when I get back all the seats were occupied), and that gave me an experience of a Ludum Dare outside home haha. It was fun after all… And, I also conclude to myself that I’m getting a hang on composing music, for that I’ll learn and practice more and more on it
That’s all, oh and for those who want to try it… Here’s the link:
And I also uploaded the short-loops used in my game (I might make a longer version of those music, if I get more motivation) if you want to hear them:
Yesterday, I’ve spent most of my time just to cram and finish this game (yeah, as well as the audio haha…) and it’s a good that I’ve finished this. Although there’s still time for the rest, I have summer classes (aww) that’s why I’ve crammed this and made this game as simple as it gets to “Minimalism”. I hope you guys will like it and it’s been a weekend for me to make a game and learn more on Construct 2 (Since that was my 2nd game).
This is the game, I’ve uploaded it at GameJolt (The link I’ve used for the LD page), Newgrounds and Clay.io.
http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-26/?action=preview&uid=2043 (LD Page)
Oh yeah, more timelapse images
To be honest, I really hate doing the music because at I’m really not good at it… But with faith for God, I’m getting a hang of FL Studio and produced music for the game… I liked the output of the audio and yeah I was really surprised. Guess I’ll never stop trying it.
That’s all… And it’s great for me to be back at Ludum Dare after a lot of LDs I’ve skipped. Thanks guys
So earlier, I’ve spend most of day 1 at Starbucks… Since I don’t have much concentration at home when it’s not at night… It’s a good thing I have a design after some self-brainstorming. Oh and as you’re looking at the pictures, you’ll see spoilers xD
My game with be a mashup of some simple gameplay… In minimal style.
And as you can see… I’m using construct 2 … You’ll also see the handwritten notes as well, good luck on reading it hehe. Taken with my cellphone.
As of now, it’s night here in the Philippines… and I’m still working on the game, so I’ll keep updated as soon as possible.
I’ve missed so many things at Ludum Dare… Last Ludum Dare I’ve submitted a game was at its 19th. And I was inactive or I was doing the game yet didn’t have the motivation to finish it. For now, I’ll be motivated to make a game for Ludum Dare 26 whatever theme it will be… Oh and here are the softwares I’ll be using:
FL Studio 10
Good luck in advance to all who are going to make a game.
I see people posting on what softwares they’ll be using for Ludum Dare 23… Now I’ll tell what’s for me:
FL Studio 10
… That’s all for me! Gonna prepare the last hours before the theme’s announced … Happy 10th anniversary Ludum Dare
Good luck everyone
Alright, as the title said, I’ve updated my game because its not good enough for other people.
Here’s what I’ve did for my game:
- 5 more levels.
- Few improvements
- source code’s updated
Want to see what else is there… Play it!
Thanks again guys
I’m done with my game and I’ve also uploaded it on other sites. Anyway, I can’t make the timelapse video so I’ll show you some images instead:
If you want to see all the images, download it at this link: http://www.box.net/shared/h1s4975cf1
Alright, after some rest and work (I’ve rushed this game a bit because I should be working on some other games).
This game is a bit simple and short and also my first game with “real humor”
I’ll be doing the Timelapse video as soon as possible, right now I’ll wait for the submit button if that would happen… I can’t see anything that can allow people to submit their games though…
It looks like I’m ready for Ludum Dare 19… No matter what theme is, I should make a game for it
Sorry I didn’t made it on Ludum Dare 18, but this time I will… promise guys
I’m on holidays by the way… So let’s rock and roll after the theme of LD19 is on!! XD
Last Ludum Dare (let say 17) my result wasn’t that good. This LD 18, I’ll make it better! Here’s my progress for LD 18.
Here are also some Timelapse images:
The game is still in progress so I might going to finish it until tomorrow. That’s all!
Let me introduce myself to all of you… I’m Roan Contreras (or toadfrogs who entered LD17 with Flag Island), a Game Programmer from the Philippines… I’m also a Game Maker user for 2 years and I’m learning of Actionscript 3 so I can do flash games…
Now, I want to tell of all you that I’m really sorry of breaking one rule of not doing the game solo… I’m not really that good on doing sounds and music (though I can still do it but I’m still terrible). I didn’t took all the sounds, I told the persons to make some for me… Don’t tell me that I’m blind ok? because I really read the rules, but because of rushing… I had no choice but to break one single rule… Its my first time entering a LD contest with a hundreds of game programmers here…
Anyway, nice to meet you all…
Anyone want to see my LD17 game in motion?
Here it is:
Comments are welcome
My game is done!
YoYo Games: http://www.yoyogames.com/games/125124-flag-island
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