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Archive for the ‘LD #18 – Enemies as Weapons – 2010’ Category
Since a couple of issues with the random number generator conspired to make the game a little harder than it needed to be, I’ve done a post-compo version of the game. The changes are:
- Altered fungi generation to always leave a gap for the player to get through.
- Altered fungi generation to ensure the full range of fungus types appear within a reasonable timeframe.
- Weighted weapon toadstools to appear mostly on the front of the ship.
- Added menu to the title screen.
- Added easy mode (less ship inertia, less frequent (and not intensifying) spores, less frequent boulders).
And I’ve also uploaded a couple of videos of me playing through the game (spoilers, obv.):
They’re slightly jittery because I had a hard time finding a screen recorder that actually worked. Fraps, camstudio, and taksi were all far too slow; I wound up using gtk-record-my-desktop on Linux (which I have on a different partition on the same machine, so it’s not a hardware issue).
First, I thought it might be worth posting all the images I made for the game:
This LD was pretty much a dream. I’d already decided I was going to be using watercolours for the graphics (since I’ve been painting with them quite a bit lately), and then on seeing the theme I had an idea for a game that would really benefit visually, and tie into my current reading habits (again, Jeff Vandermeer’s City of Saints and Madmen). From there the whole thing went incredibly smoothly, with no major roadblocks.
The OSX and *NIX ports of The Lair of Fungal Wonder are up now (and amazingly required no edits to get them to compile on the other platforms – that must be the smoothest porting of a game I’ve made to date).
I’ve also uploaded my timelapse, so you can see me making the game. The only slight hiccup is I made the music and SFX on my other computer, so during that part you’ll have to make do with watching the screensaver. Also I didn’t think to point the webcam at my paper while I was doing the watercolours, so for that part all you see is me hunched over, occasionally looking up with a paint brush in my mouth.
I’ll do a post-mortem later.
You can get The Lair of Fungal Wonder here. Here’s the title screen:
Updates since the last post include boulders falling from the ceiling, fungi which shoot at you, various particle effects, and wee story/tutorial messages from your command base. A picture:
So I’ve added the music, the sound effects, the drop shadows, and I’ve done a new ship. It’s getting there:
I’ve been up for about 2 1/2 hours now, and I’ve been doing the rest of my graphics. Here’s a picture of some of the additional fungi:
Forgot to take a picture of my breakfast, but it was just some weetabix.
Garden of Earthly Delights is fairly prominent in my head right now.
Okay, an update before I stop for today. You can now scan the fungi (and win the game if you scan all the fungus types), and toadstools attached to your ship fire bullets and destroy fungi:
- Falling boulders.
- Shooter fungus?
- More fungi.
- Foreground drop shadows.
- Scanning progress bar.
- New ship.
- Title screen.
The fungi collision detection is in, and I’ve added spores and the weapon toadstools:
So I’ve got the background scrolling nicely, I’ve got the player’s ship moving about, and I’ve added random fungi generation (currently from a pool of 7):
I’m not too sure about the design of the player’s ship though. I might change it if I have time after everything else. Slightly concerned also that the fungi don’t stand out enough from the background.
Next step is to add collision detection with the fungi, then fungi scanning, and spores.
Going on, the next step is to get the background scrolling, then I’ll add the player’s ship and start adding fungi. Hopefully by the end of the day I’ll have the scanning and spore->weapon mechanics in and can spend tomorrow finessing things.
So I’ve decided on a name, and I’ve got my background rocks into the game (though they don’t scroll yet). I give you The Lair of Fungal Wonder:
…and gutted that Double Zombie Rainbow didn’t win, but the themes I want never win.
Anyway, having set my alarm to 3am so I could check the theme (I seem to get more interesting ideas when I’m only half-awake) and go straight back to sleep, I have my idea. I’m currently reading Jeff Vandermeer’s ‘City of Saints and Madmen’, and obviously have fungus on the brain. So the game’s going to be a kind of ambient sidescrolling shooter/non-shooter. It’s set in this long cave that’s full of fungi, and the player’s job is to scan all the different types. The catch being that the cave is also full of floating spores, and whenever the player collides with one, a toadstool grows on the hull of their ship. A toadstool which shoots bullets. Which destroy fungi. And then the more fungi you accidentally destroy, the more the cave starts to fight back, with boulders falling from the ceiling, spores which kill you if you touch them, etc. There’ll be two endings depending on how successful you were at dodging spores.
I’ll be entering again, using my usual C++ template code. I’ve slightly updated it since the LD17, and it now has configurable key mappings, in addition to: image loading; 2d drawing via OpenGL; basic GUI framework; audio via portaudio; a simplistic polyphonic synthesizer; and truetype font rendering. And it’s cross-platform, so I’ll be doing Windows, Linux and OSX versions of my game.
My dependencies are: GLEW; libjpeg; freetype; libpng; portaudio; SDL; SDL_image; SDL_ttf; zlib.
And I’ll probably be using some combination of Inkscape, Paint Shop Pro and Tracktion for my various audiovisual needs.
Template code here, GPL licensed.