Archive for the ‘LD #19 – Discovery – 2010’ Category
Waaay back in December 2010, I cobbled together a horrific ten hour entry for LD19 - http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2010/12/20/germies/
It was garish, had horrific sound, and played a bit like a mule. However, there was an idea in there… a nice little variant on the usual Gems formula popularised by Bejeweled and co.
So, in January 2013, I revisited it for One Game A Month - http://www.arcadebadgers.co.uk/projects/1gam/january
Several months later, and with Arcade Badgers now being incorporated and officially trading, I’ve released Germies! as a more commercial offering; albeit an ad-supported Mobile/Desktop Web version - http://germies.clay.io/
This time, we’ve got a leaderboard and some achievements added to the mix, as well as general clean-ups throughout.
We’ve only just released it as of yesterday, but it has been a chaotic journey to get here, and proof that if anything, Ludum Dare – and by extension One Game A Month – are incredibly useful for iterating over ideas!
Oh and yes, we will be taking part in the next Ludum Dare! Here’s hoping that anything interesting that we produce doesn’t take almost three years to come out again
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You are a crazy taxicab driver racing against the clock! You drive a traditional yellow taxicab. There are three lanes of traffic with other cars blocking your way and you must meet your deadline. Drive as fast as you can and swerve to avoid hitting the other cars… or even jump right over them!
For this game you will use your space bar and your arrow keys. The mouse is not used during the actual game play. Press the up arrow key to go faster. Press the down arrow key to slow down. Press the left and right arrow keys to change lanes. Use your space bar to jump.
Your objective is to cover the required distance, shown in meters near the upper left corner of the game screen, before the clock reaches zero. If you are successful in covering the required distance before the clock expires you immediately go on to the next level and repeat the same process. There are no breaks between levels. This is just one big continuous thrill ride. You just have to keep going! Each level gets more difficult because the traffic from the other cars increases as you progress through the levels. If, on any level, should you fail to cover the required distance and allow the clock to get all the way down to zero… it is game over!
There are three game options available. Each game option has its own separate control. The game sounds may be adjusted. The music volume may be adjusted. There is also an option to play the game in full screen. The full screen option may be turned on or off at any time.
Game Strategy: You must race as fast as you can in order to beat the clock. So, you will need to keep the up arrow pressed down for almost the entire game while using your left and right arrow keys and your space bar at the same time to avoid the other cars. You do not have to jump over every single car. In fact, you can usually save time if you can swerve around another car instead of jumping over it. Many times you will encounter a situation where there are three cars driving side by side, blocking all of the three lanes. Your only option here is to jump over one of these cars. However, if you do not approach these cars at a fast enough speed you will be unsuccessful with your jump and you will end up stuck behind this row of cars. The best thing you can do then is to use your down arrow key to slow up and put some distance between your cab and the other cars. Then, speed up and try again.
Our two person team, Surprised Man loves Ludum Dare because it’s the thing that actually got us making games instead of just talking about it. Since doing The Wager at the end of last year for LD19, we’ve been tinkering with it and working on our next projects. But we’re hoping to take a break from our current project this December to have another go for LD22, as long as any unforseen busy-ness doesn’t prevent us as can happen this time of year. So make that a tentative we’re in!
As for The Wager, we’ve had thousands of people play it which beats our initial estimate of ‘maybe twelve,’ and we got such cool feedback that we’ve been dipping in and out of it for the last few months and have finally released 1.2 (an improved version of 1.1, which itself was an improved version of the Ludam Dare Jam submission). It’s a Windows game, in case you’re wondering. Thanks for the LD people for making it happen.
OK, one more update:
Improved feedback on the second puzzle and refined some other things.
Devlog here: http://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=17883.0
Hi, ChainedLupine here.
I never did a post-mortem for my Ludum Dare #19 entry, called Introspect. So, instead, I finished the game, published it, and only six months later did I write a post mortem. Wow, am I lazy or what?
I wanted to share the news that my wimpy little Ludum Dare entry was brutally stripped to pieces and then slowly re-assembled over five months into a full featured game. It was released not too long ago on Kongregate.com and quickly shot to #3rd of the highest rated top new games! Just a week after release, it received badges and is now sporting nearly 200,000 plays! (It actually has 10x as many plays as that, but if you want to know why I don’t count those, then check out my blog post linked below.)
So for those who might want to hear some advice from someone who managed to turn a shoddy Ludum Dare entry into something playable and successful, I recommend you check out the entirety of my post below. I cover everything from the Ludum Dare version all the way up to the final released copy, and then some of the post-release problems I had.
To everyone who puts in their valuable free time to working on Ludum Dare, a much hearty thank you for inspiring people like me. And to those who participate: Let’s keep having fun and mak’n games!
Updated Hieroglyph deciphering experiment Rosetta some more:
Fixed some bugs, improved usability.
New version of Hieroglyph deciphering experiment Rosetta. Revised some of the puzzles and made various other adjustments. Thoughts/comments welcome.
I’ve done some more work on my Hieroglyph deciphering experiment. Added a new page between one and two where you take a look at the actual stone and go through some more steps before arriving at the obelisk puzzle. Plus various tweaks, both visual and functional.
What a great couple of weeks it has been! After our complete and utter failure to implement our LD20 Jam game how we wanted to, everything else has just massively made up for it.
First, our LD19 Jam game, The Wager which we released an updated version of just before LD20 got noticed and ‘Freeware Game Pick’ed by IndieGames.com, then we caught praise from Rock Paper Shotgun and Destructoid. Just this week a lovely, long bit on the start of the Gamers With Jobs podcast is the latest thing.
At time of writing, an estimated 2000 people have played our game. That’s hardly setting the world on fire but considering that we were delighted when the count stood at 200, seeing that ten times over is… well, we’ve been grinning a lot. And this, our second game ever.
Over all comments have been very positive from nearly everyone, with some good criticism mixed in which is really helping with the update we’re looking to release as soon as we can. Then it’s onto the next project, in which we hope to resurrect our LD20 attempt in a very-much-changed form.
Most importantly, we may never have gotten around to actually making games instead of talking about it if it hadn’t been for the LD Jam, so I wanted to thank everyone that helped get that portion of the event going. I also want to put in a good word for the Jam, because I still think it tends to get lost behind the bluster of the main competition and I’d love to have the organisers think of some ways to give it a bit more love.
It is now playable here. I lost my original domain, so I have to re-upload the play pages to my games. This was the first one to receive that treatment.
We were delighted to find out today that our updated LD19 Jam game, The Wager was named Freeware Game Pick on indiegamer.com yesterday:
What a great boost to our morale as we continue working on LD20.
Anyway, work is progressing nicely on Avarice, but we still have a ton of stuff to do before it’s a proper game. At the moment we’re figuring out an inventory system and starting to set up the economy that’ll drive the gameplay. It’s taken so long to get this far because in our game there are a lot of automated processes happening in the background (in this case, guys wandering around a dungeon, finding treasure and picking fights) that we needed to be functional first, but aren’t directly controlled by the player.
Now we’re onto the stuff that the player does interact with, which involves deciding what items to sell the adventurers and what to buy from various suppliers, in order to get the best reputation and attract richer, higher level customers.
Hello! Ludum Dare has been good to us. Our little two-man team has done two jams now, and we’re very pleased with our initial game-making efforts. Our last one in particular, The Wager, initially made for LD19 has just been released for Windows in an updated form with plenty of new features and content on our new website: http://www.surprisedman.co.uk
Anyway, aside from that ulterior motive, the purpose of this was to state our intent to take part in the Jam once more. Our tools of choice are most likely:
- Programming: Delphi, using a DDraw library
- Graphics: ProMotion 6
- Sound: Bfxr, Audacity
- Music: Famitracker
The themes are sounding interesting and we have very little idea of what direction we’ll be taking things this time, except that we are both keen on making something less top-down and more side-scrolly this time. Of course nothing is certain at this stage. Have fun, everyone!
Also, check out the PRIOR Post Mortem to see how the development of this thingamadoodle.
My entry for Ludum Dare 19 – PRIOR – has gotten some love post-compo, both in development and in release. After another 100+ hours of work (updates, tweaks… BUG FIXES! >_< ) I released it on FlashGameLicense and was sponsored by Armor Games. Since then, the game has received a ton of plays on portals all over teh interwebz, and I’ve been blown away by the community’s reception to it.
PRIOR also got nominated for the Canadian Videogame Awards – I didn’t see that coming, but it was a huge honor. Of course, this was after a few hundred hours worth of post-Compo updates, but this was mostly bugfixing and gameplay tuning. The game overall was largely still the same as at the end of the LD48
Overall, I think Ludum Dare 19 was the most productive 48 hours of my life – it’s certainly paid off! Thanks again to the Ludum Dare folks for setting up an excellent Compo
And feel free to discuss the storyline. As the developer, my absolute favorite part of this game is watching people figure out what the hell is going on!
I’ve created subj so if you still haven’t played these games you can watch videos and decide. Or send link to your friend. Here.
Since LD19, a unity game competition turned up on Kongregate so since then I’ve been iterating on my game Spacebrick! It’s much improved from the ludum dare version and hopefully I’ll be able to hit the $1 october challenge target too.
This would also be one reason I missed out on Mini-LD 24, but congratulations to everyone who completed a game for it!
I’ve made an update to my LD19 entry: Rosetta.
My original intention was to get back to working on this right after the holidays, but this proved to be not so much feasible. Nevertheless, I’ve been tinkering with it on and off the past few weeks and I have a version now that is perhaps a little more accessible.
I’ve revised and refined parts 1 and 2 and added part 3 which goes deeper into the deciphering process. There are other things I could add (both further hints and more puzzles) and I may still do so, but for now, here is the latest version:
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
It’s late, so I’ll be sending the e-mail’s tomorrow. I’ll update this post once I’ve contacted everyone.
17 18 of the 60+ timelapse videos were chosen. See the comments for the list. Here is the e-mail that was sent:
You are receiving this e-mail because you recently participated in Ludum Dare 19, and made a timelapse video we liked.
For the impending 10 year anniversary of Ludum Dare (2012), Phil and I have been discussing a number of ideas for things we should do. Some of them include showcasing great timelapse videos by members of the community (and the games that accompanied them), which is where you come in. Some uses of these videos may include:
- As an example “timelapse video” during a conference talk
- “Ludum Dare Theater” Exhibit, timelapse videos on a TV at an Expo
- Ludum Dare “Exhibit in a Box” DVD
Again, this isn’t a confirmation that your video will be included, nor that the above projects will happen, but your video is up for serious consideration. To be included in one of our video projects, we need a few things from you:
- Your permission to use the video for anything (SEE DVD NOTES)
- Your name (or specifically, how you take credit)
- Your handle (your name on the LD site or elsewhere)
- Your website
- Whether it’s okay to credit you by your name(s)
- Name and license status of your chosen music (if you know)
- A high quality export of your Youtube Video (SEE BELOW)
- A high quality gameplay video (ONLY if not already edited on to the end)
In the case of the DVD idea, understand that WE ARE asking for your permission to potentially profit from your video WITHOUT any license fee or compensation. We recently decided to stop doing “donations for links”, due to the abuse of a few too many 3rd parties donating for the sake of cheap SEO back-links (Paypal refunds aren’t free). So one of my wild ideas was to produce and sell our “Ludum Dare Theater” exhibit reel on DVD, plus a bit to help us cover our costs. That way you get something, and we get the money to cover hosting, etc. Donations may return but without the link arrangement (just our gratitude). We’ll continue to honor the existing donors links for a while (especially you high donors), but may reorganize the page in the future.
How to send me video:
- SEND A LINK, NOT A FILE IN E-MAIL! (If you need space, try DropBox)
- Under 500 MB please!
- DON’T SEND RAW! Use a modern codec like H.264, DivX or XVid with the bitrate set extremely high.
- If you must, you can send lossless. I use Lagarith myself.
- .avi, .mp4 and .m4v containers are preferred (but I can probably convert whatever).
How I will use the video:
- Videos will be fitted to 720p (1280×720 30fps), upscaled and black barred if necessary.
- Your gameplay video will be placed immediately after your timelapse, showing the results of your effort.
- Videos will be faded in (from black), and faded out (to black), unless it already has fades included.
- Each of the videos will be placed back-to-back in the playlist.
Tips, if you want to tweak your video:
- Take Credit! Introduce the event (eg. Ludum Dare 19), the theme (eg. Discovery), as well as you and your entries names (eg. The Discoverizer by Mike “PoV” Kasprzak).
- Show your timelapse!
- Note that the videos will be seen by casually passing expo attendees on a TV. That means they may not see the beginning or end of your video.
- A countdown clock would help onlookers know what’s going on (if appropriate/possible)
- Showing a URL or “good Google search term” at all times might be a good idea if you want to be remembered. Be tasteful.
- Show gameplay footage! Something short. Keep it under 2 minutes, less is best.
- In-game-only sound is preferred for gameplay footage (if there is sound)
- Statistics can be fun, if you have any to share.
- Take Credit Again! We just saw your gameplay video, so how can I find you or your game?
- Add the fade in and fade out (so I don’t have to do anything )
I think that covers everything. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
Please get back to me as soon as possible, even if your video files aren’t ready. I’d like to have all the files by next weekend (Sunday January 23rd), but if you need more time just let me know.
If you didn’t receive an e-mail, don’t fret! There were more than 60 timelapse videos created during Ludum Dare 19, and some especially stood out so we’ve used them as the baseline.
I’ll post a list once I’m a little more organized. You still have 3 more chances in 2011 (plus MiniLD’s) to make it on the DVD, or be part of our 2011 exhibit reel.
During 2011 we may have the opportunity to exhibit early. We’ll let you know.
Also! If you made an especially extravagant timelapse video in a prior LD, and can meet all my criteria above, post a comment here with a Youtube link, as I may ask for a few more. If you have a great post-compo version you’d like to promote (iPhone port?), feel free to mention that (perhaps a “before” and “after” in your gameplay section).
Like everything LD, if this video thing turns out to be a good idea, we’ll probably do it again.
Gun Gladiator eventually deteriorated into an unacceptably slow (At least on my netbook), overly ambitious story-heavy shooter. I think that would count as a failure, especially in terms of my deadline.
So, I’ve decided that I need to try again with a different time limit. This time around, it’s a bullet hell shmup. Hopefully.
The game’s title is one that I’ve been trying to apply to a game for a while now because I think it sounds really cool. (I may have used this title for an uncompleted game that I’ve posted about here, and there have been many others) The title is Starrior. (A portmanteau of “Star” and “Warrior”)
The game will borrow its style from the game Frantic (And its sequel), but will use a much less abstract style. It will support arrow keys and WASD, as well as controlling the ship with the mouse. It will have multiple weapons, special attacks, and other fanciness.
I want to have the full game with at least most of its content by the night of the 22nd.
Currently, I have the player ship moving around on the screen, including with mouse control.
I’m really hoping I can pull this off. Really.
— Mr. Dude