Ludum Dare 27
Ludum Dare 25
Ludum Dare 24
The Good Idea Award
Awarded by Harvey on February 11, 2013
I’d like to announce some great news for HTML5 game programmers, if it hasn’t been announced already.
The new HTML5 game engine by Photon Storm called Phaser has been officially released!
Just thought you’d like to know.
I am just brainstorming. Fell free to steal these ideas:
- You are like a vampire or a ninja that can’t get out of the dark for more than 10 seconds.
- You are diving and you have for 10 seconds of oxygen. You can maybe collect air from air bubbles.
- You have a flash light with a 10 second battery life. Again, you might be able to collect more batteries.
- You have to fight against or dodge holographic opponents that don’t exist for more than 10 seconds.
- You can understand “seconds” as repeated portions of food. So the game would be about eating as much food as possible. I’m thinking about a game where you catch food, and have to catch the same food 10 (or 11) times in a lign.
- Make a game in 10 seconds.
Anyway, have a great ludum dare and have fun!
Hello from Montreal!
Good luck to all of you, and have a happy back-to-school time! Also, Mothman.
I submitted Unsquare to the clay.io site for publishing. I also posted a link to html5games.com, but they usually take about a week to respond.
Let’s see how it goes.
For the 7dRTS challenge, I would have loved to team up, but unfortunately I will be absent half of the week. Maybe I will get an idea for something simple before I get back.
This is my game: unsquare.
Unsquare is an puzzle game made with html5 that should also work on mobile.
I almost finished it, and to be fair, I would like some feedback, positive or negative, on it. Whether it’s about the difficulty, appearance, usability on mobile, or anything else, your experienced advice would be hugely appreciated. I am now at a point where I consider the game to be good, but a question floats in my mind: how good is enough?
Also, what do you think is better? having all levels accessible (like in B &W), or having to unlock them one after the other (like in Tristate)? I’m going to remove the clear all levels button once I decide myself on this. I’m also not sure if I should keep the rainbow levels at the end of Tristate…
IF FOR ANY REASON YOU CAN’T PLAY, PLEASE TELL ME.
Edit: Just for LOLZ: I had a problem where adblock interfered with my game since it prevented the clay.io api from being downloaded.
Just a question: how to make gui s look nice and consistent? Is there any particularly tutorial that is good? I am particularly thinking about html(5) buttons and such.
Also, I’m searching for how to give a game a nice and consistent look and feel. On mobile and desktop alike. Any tips or tutorials?
… with games?
I have been making this puzzle game and had some really good feedback on it! I see that it might actually go somewhere!
I’m starting to think, even if it’s far away, how would I monetize it? It’s an HTML5 game, a casual one I would say. I am considering selling it on mobile markets, but I have no mac, no android and no windows 8. Since it’s html5, I can of course test it on my little iPod touch. The question that I am asking myself is if I should release a free online version AND THEN see what I could do. It seems that Flow Free did just that…
What would you think?
I have been making a new puzzle game.
Here is an early prototype.
It’s HTML, and I tried doing stuff differently, and putting each part of the game in a separate html page, and have them appear onscreen through an iframe. It makes switching levels so much easier, since you don’t have to clean up, just reload the iframe. The problem is that the page reloads each time ;/
I’d like to know what you think about the idea . Thanks
Newer version: http://unsquareprototype.clay.io/
A few weeks ago, I officially published a game on Clay.io , a site specially for html5 games. Here: http://spinturret.clay.io/ .A nice thing about Clay.io, other than the useful api, is that they can host your game even before you publish it to their game collection, so you can check if everything is okay.
How I messed up, is that just before publishing, I mimimized the script, and changed the generic api script for one with only the features I used. And there is where I made a mistake.
Instead of doing clay.gamekey=”spinturret” , I kept the clay.gamekey=”YOURGAMEKEYHERE” .
Because of that, the api didn’t work, so I couldn’t keep track of how much people played, and they couldn’t submit their scores to the leaderboard .
The built-in leaderboard was I feature I really liked with clay.io, and it suited my simplistic game alot. It was supposed to be an important feature, so people would try to beat each other’s score.
Anyways, Clay.io does some promoting for the newest games, features them in their newsmail and stuff. If my game would have not been broken, I would have probably had some users interested for longer. Moral: always wait 24 hours after your last change (be it minimizing) before publishing your game. If you want absolutely someone to play it, you could go ask your Facebook friends, or maybe not.
Then, to my next point: my promotional image.
People judge by the cover, so yeah. What it looked like when I published it:
It seems pretty amateur, right? It’s just a screenshot.
But now I worked on it a bit and updated it, it looks like this:
Much better, right, much more professional. If I had this image when I had released the game, I would have probably gotten more players.This time, it’s not a screenshot, but an image entirely recreated in Gimp and Inkscape.
(Now that I compare both side to side, I think that I should at a speck of orange to the bottom one. I’ll maybe do that.)
Moral: screenshots and promotion art are really important, since it would influence how much people would get to your game in the first place. So you should have them nice and beautiful when you publish a game.
Anyway, in shameless self promotion I declare: go play my game at http://spinturret.clay.io/ !
I didn’t do the latest Dare, I had exams. But still, I have a few things to say.
First of all, for y’all doing HTML5 games, Clay.io is awesome! Not only do they host your game, but also give you an API for adding Advertisements, Leaderboards, in-game purchase and whatnot!
Second of all, I reworked a bit SpinTurret, a game that I made for a Mini-Ludum dare, that weirdly resembles the current theme! It is a simple 2key game, the first of mine that I could call finished. I have also adjusted it to work on mobile. I didn’t finish polishing it yet, but here it is: spinturret.clay.io .
” I’m in. ”
Tools that I will maybe use:
- abundant music
I will probably listen to SuicideSheeep on Youtube (great chill-out music).
I hope that this time the theme would be something highly spiritual, esoterical, metaphysical, or occult. The more interpretations, the better.
“The Initiatory Ceremony/Voyage”, ”The essence of reality”, ”Higher dimensions/realms”, ”Sacred Geometry”, ”The Illuminati whatnot“, etc…
Also, I propose that this time’s mascot would be a jellyfish, and particularly the Turritopsis nutricula, the Immortal Jellyfish that can reverse its ageing process and possibly obtain immortality.
On a seperate note, I had a busy week, giving in my IB personal project and going to the Montreal Science Fair. But now it’s over, and I will spend more time on my projects. For instance, I want to advance a web drawing program/game that I was making. I am also going to participate in the next Ludum Dare.
P.S. How do you change your profile picture? I want people to recognize me!
Here’s what I’ve been working on…
hint : you can draw on that thing.
Now, at the stage I am with my project, I’m doing the frontend UI, and html buttons, css, jquery and stuff would be really helpful, yet I am still noob at it. I’m going to concentrate on the parts that I know I’ll do well, and then, maybe I’ll collaborate with somebody.
I’ll just leave this link here. It is an early pre-pre-pre-prototype.
I got the main interface to a working state (try scrolling) today.
So I started making an online multiplayer thingy. How hard can it be? I asked myself.
Well… PRETTY HARD! Making a game on a single computer has became pretty straightforward to me, but making a game on multiple computers is much more complicated, since I had to synchronize the characters, and make sure to remove and add characters when they connected or disconnected. I used js for both client and server (node.js) and used sockets.io to do the realtime communication. My code is certainly a huge mess! I had a chunk of code for the client, a chunk of code for the server, and a chunk of code that both had access to, not speaking about libraries.
Anyways, it’s a beginning, and I’d like to see some of you made try it, to make sure the port forwarding and everything is correct. The link will be valid until I will shutdown the computer or my IP adress changes.
The link will be down
When I was new to game making, I have been dreamed of making a massive multiplayer online role-playing game! And seriously, who didn’t at some point? So lets help to make that dream a reality!
We should have a mini ludum dare at some point called the Online Multiplayer Game Challenge, People would be able to make anything from a open world multiplayer game to some online app. anything that uses some server-side (or peer-to-peer) connection. The point of this jam would be to learn how to make something with computer networking — just that. To experience something new in a supportive community.
Since people would be learning something new, this jam should be longer than usual, 3 to 5 weeks with the last week for submitting the game, and 1 to 2 intense playing weekends afterwards.
This is just a proposition, and it would be good to know what you think about it. It would be also good to know what the Admins think about this.
Additionally, since probably people would host their game on their own computer, to prevent having their computer running all the time, we should plan when to play wich game. We could have some kind of up-to-the-hour calendar (Google calendar?) where people would mark their disponibility during the submission week. That way, they wouldn’t need to host their game for much more than 12 (?) hours (to pass through all the time belts). Even if the game would be hosted on a server, this would be a great thing, to have as much players as possible at a certain moment in time.
Humans were always fascinated by fire!. I made this now in a bit less than 3 hours and I’m proud of myself! This is my first animated pixel (actually second, my first was a shitty running person).
Graphicsgale is a great program for this kind of work and I found out it works fine in Ubuntu using Wine (something I had often problems with). The free version doesn’t export to gif, but you can export a series of images and convert them from command line with imagemagick (example here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1034104) .
Hello. I have seen beautiful pixel art in the games here. I have been doing pixel art myself for some time, but it was always static. Now I think I should learn animation. I usually used Gimp to create graphics, but Gimp has close to no support for animations. So… what program do you use to create animated pixel art?
Layers, filters, or anything fancy isn’t necessary. All I need is a pencil tool, preferably a color selector, and a dynamic preview to see the animation. It seems like not much, but I don’t know any program like that. Also, I would kind of like it to be free~~~
Thanks in advance.
I’m excited to see the results, but not because of my game. I know it wouldn’t get a good rating, it sucked. I’m actually excited to see WHAT games actually MADE IT to the top three and the top ten for each category. I’ve seen some good games and I made some predictions.
I didn’t make a good game, but hey, I played some really good games during the holidays, and I hope to see them rewarded.
We are all so excited, certainly, so LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN!!!!!!!!
People post the best games they saw, or the most innovative, or something…
There has been alot of original ideas in the contest, and now, I’ll post the WEIRDEST ones. Games that make you go WTF:
BEWARE as some of these are pretty OBSCENE!
Mitt Romney and the Case of the Sex Doll
This is a weird adventure game, where you play as Mitt Romney. The art and the music are really obscure. Play at your own risk here
You are the Evil Overlord
In this game you play as an evil overlord and all you can do is yell at your minions that are trying to defeat a hero. The whole game is choosing what to yell at them. It is actually pretty fun, and interesting stuff can happen. You can send your goat… Play here
The Filthy Coward
Here, you are some guy that goes in public removing people’s clothes. Your mission is to be as rude as possible without getting caught by the cops (which don’t really do much) Anyways it’s here
Gin Monster Bob
This is a drunken stealth game. You should get to the kitchen without bumping into anything and it all moves. Play it
This isn’t really a game, but a hockey fighting simulator. Bet for your favorite team – the Dicks or the Pussies – here!