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This is the first time I’ve participated in Ludum Dare, I’ve previously just watched from side because I didn’t yet know how to make games. This time I had free time and I had the experience so I decided to give it a try.
Here is the page of my game Tiny Island Adventure: http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-23/?action=rate&uid=11391
I think I spend the first 6 or so hours stressing out about the theme, Tiny World. What kind of game I could make from that? Such an difficult theme for one’s first Ludum game. After sleeping a bit to refresh my mind, I got an idea about small world made of floating little islands. I decided to make a platformer game. At first I though it was too ambitious and almost scrapped the idea, but I didn’t have any better ideas so I decided to go with it and I started to design the heroine Lydia’s first sprites in Photoshop. After those were done I started to draw the tileset. I drew almost all of the graphics in one sitting.
I wanted the graphics to be something simple, retro and cartoony. I like how the end result looks, it reminds me a bit of Earthbound and Terraria. While drawing the graphics I slowly formed the story in my mind. You play as young girl mechanic Lydia, who is stuck on a floating island. One day more floating islands appear near hers and Lydia starts to explore them so she could find a way to escape the islands. I also made a pile of sound effects with Bfxr and tried to compose something simple as music with PXTone. I’m no musician though and the program was unfamiliar to me, so I only managed to create some simple background beats. Better than nothing I guess.
I started to make the game with new 2.0 version of Stencyl that had just been released. It’s a great game developing program for graphics artist like myself who do not know how to code. Stencyl uses it’s own simple, block based behavior building for actors and scenes (like “If this actor collides with other actor, what happens”) I used couple of behaviors that are there already when you start a new project, but I made most of the behaviors by myself from scratch.
At first I wanted the whole islands map to be available from the start. You were supposed to be able to travel freely around and enter dungeons in any order you wanted, and scrap metal was just lying around and you were free to collect it. Kind of like coins in Mario games. And after you collected enough you could finish the game by building a rocket ship. Alas, I had not made item collecting in Stencyl before, and I figured I had no time to find out how it is done, so I designed to change the idea so that you were only required to enter and reach the end of the dungeons to collect metal in a cutscene. After you backtrack and return to the surface, a new island has appeared with a new dungeon on it.
In the finished game, you enter a dungeon and travel through it and in the end you find some metal, and then you have to backtrack the dungeon back to surface. To keep things interesting, I designed the dungeons so that you had to take a different path when you go through it backwards. I didn’t add checkpoints because I though the game was already pretty short and simple and it didn’t need them.
When you exit the dungeon, a new floating island has appeared and you are free to jump around and enter the dungeon on the new island. I had no set plans what the dungeons would look like, I have this habit of first drawing crapload of graphics and then just building stages from what is available. The lighthouse was supposed to be just a pretty background object, but in the end I thought it would make an interesting dungeon.
I finished the game with something like 6 or so hours of time left. I spend last hours of making the ending and credits, and playing through the game couple of times to make sure there are not game breaking bugs. I am aware of couple of little glitches but they are not game breaking, just slight annoyances. Like how sometimes you get hung up when transitioning from one surface type to another that should be level, but instead requires you to jump.
In the end the game has three different dungeons, one big map with flying islands and and cute little storyline. I am very pleased with the finished game and maybe we will see more of Lydia’s adventures in the future. Only things I would like to change would be adjusting the jumping physics a little, it has a bit too much gravity, and fix the typo from the intro, it’s “flew” not “flied”.
Little easter egg in the credits: you can fly around with arrow keys. Actually, if I had though about it earlier I would have added Free Flying mode to the main menu after you clear the game once. in Free Flying, the final, full island map would have been available to jump and run around freely, and you could jump on the rocket ship and fly around as much as you want.
I already wrote this post mortem once, but lost it when my browser suddenly crashed before I could post it. Hopefully I didn’t forget anything important. Feel free to ask me if you come up with any questions.
After lots of hard work I’ve finally finished my Ludum Dare game Tiny Island Adventure! Here is it’s Ludum Dare page:
Play the game on Kongregate!
Thank you everyone who has been following the progress and thank you other devs for shared moments of laugh and frustration in Twitter! Good luck everyone!
I made the first dungeon a bit longer than it originally was and finished the second dungeon, the current demo ends after you enter the lighthouse: http://www.stencyl.com/game/play/12336
I need to finish just the one last dungeon and I can start working on the ending and then I have finished my Ludum Dare game, under 48 hours too!
Phew! After some hard work I finally finished the first playable area of the game. The more little islands you clear, the more appear for your to explore. Play the current build here: http://www.stencyl.com/game/play/12317 Notice that it ends after you exit the cave, taking you back to the main menu.
24 hours left! it’s past 3 am in my country’s time, so I am going to get some quick sleep and then keep working like crazy to finish the planned 2 other dungeons and ending! Stay tuned!
I’ve finished the most important graphics and I’ve started to work on the actual game now. Currently I’ve finished only the very first test build where you can only run and jump around. But you can try it out if you want, use arrow keys to move and Z to jump.
Currently there is just one island to jump around, but I’m starting to work on the story where more small islands float towards the island and Lydia can jump on them and explore them. I will also probably work on the physics and animations if I have any spare time.
Play the early test build here: http://www.stencyl.com/game/play/12317
(if the character doesn’t move, click the game once)
This is the first time I’m participating in Ludum Dare and I started to work on a small platformer Tiny Island Adventure. You control small mechanic girl Lydia who is bored beyond her mind in the small world she lives in. She decides to escape by finding enough scrap and tools from other tiny islands near her own so she can build a rocket and go on a huge adventure!
I’ve finished most of the tileset and hopefully I can start making the actual game soon. Besides her home island she can jump on other tiny islands nearby and enter small dungeons to collect scrap and tools.
I use Stencyl for the game, it’s a neat game developing tool for graphics artists like myself who know nothing about coding. I’ve made games with it before and it’s very easy to use. I use BFXR for sounds and I try to compose something simple with PXTone, but I’m no musician so I try to aim for something small.
I’ll post updates here and to my Twitter: @AdventIslands
Howdy! This is the first time I’m participating in Ludum Dare. I was in Global Game Jam though so I think I know what kind of madness I am signing in for!
I’m mainly graphics artist with no real coding skills, but I’m using Stencyl to create games and I hope I can make something respectable in just 48-72 hours, I use Photoshop and Flash for graphics and BFXR for sounds. I’ve never made music but I’m testing out if I can create something with PXTone.
Good luck for everyone participating!