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    About De10ter

    Programmer/developer.
    Previously worked for TPLD and Two Monocle Games.

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    Submission and Postmortem

    Posted by
    Monday, April 23rd, 2012 3:30 am

    Well, the game’s in the bag and after a good nights sleep thought I’d do a submission/postmortem post for myself and anyone who’s interested (and to hopefully drum up some interest :) )

    Submission:
    Congratulations Doc, it’s a Shrink Ray!


    A platformer shooter where you play as a scientist forced to defend his latest greatest invention from the evil ninja army!

    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-23/?action=preview&uid=8352

     

    Post mortem:

    What went right
    – The basic platformer physics were completed quickly and I came up with a level format that allowed me to define the level completely (with the exception of the enemies) in terms of platforms (including the backgrounds). This kept things moving at a good pace.
    – The shrinking and ray gun effects. I was lucky to have been tackling problems like this recently for another project so it was all fresh in my mind (probably a large part of the reason I had the inspiration in the first place I guess). Resizing the characters to arbritrary scales was the easy part, but I really wanted a comic book style shrinking effect (you know, the blurred/faded cascading outline thing) and while it’s not as detailed as I’d hoped I did manage in the last few hours to get an effect close enough that I’m pretty happy with.
    – Time management. I didn’t really have a plan but I feel I did prioritize well in terms of functionality, producing a game that wa playable (and fun, in my opinion) as soon as possible and adding features righ up to the last few hours.

    What went wrong
    – Anything that required artistic skill ;) …except the main character, I’m really happy with how he turned out. I wanted the game to appear to have a little depth rather than be a totally flat platformer and, while when it works I think it looks good, it really caused me problems trying to create art assets to fit with the style/perspective (Most notably – cars. I really wanted a vehicle or two in the outside section but was completely unable to produce one).
    – Enemy AI is practically non existent, they just run straight at you jumping occasionally. I don’t think I was ever going to get a good pathfinding system in there in the time but I would have liked to spice it up a bit to stop them being defeated by the simplist of obstacles.
    – Enemy variety. Don’t get me wrong, I like ninjas, but when you’re killing nothing but ninjas all day every day some of the magic is lost. The one other enemy type in game was a pretty poor and ill concieved attempt but I left him in there anyway. I would have really liked to add attack dogs but my artistic skills were no where near up to it.
    – Level… design I guess would be one word for it. Beyond the starting lab I didn’t plan out any more locations/setting and just stitched together whatever I was able to think of and produce images for.
    – Ending. Well, the lack of it anyway. Similar to level design I didn’t have much of a story in mind so I’d never really planned for an ending, it just stops dead.

    All in all great fun and I feel a pretty successful challenge. It’s been years since I tried to make a platformer and wa a nice change of pace. Looking forward to judging everyone elses entries now (and seeing how mine is judged :S )

    Dexter

    New build!

    Posted by
    Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 12:06 pm

     

    New build available:

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6663023/dex/LD23/cdiasr.html

    There’s a few known bugs/incomplete features there and work will no doubt continue up till the deadline but let me know what you think :)

     

    Dexter

    Update

    Posted by
    Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 10:33 am

    Hour 40ish and feelin fine:

     

    Finally got the comicy style shinking effect I wanted :D

    Pretty much everything I’d planned for is done.  Some of it’s a bit rough so I’ve plenty to still polish, the main problems at the moment are my inabilty to draw any more objects for level design and the sucky ‘boss’ fight.

    Dexter

    Posted by
    Saturday, April 21st, 2012 6:28 pm

    Half way point and I’m pretty happy. Finally have a title too:

    “Congratulations Doc, it’s a Shrink Ray!”

     

    There’s a test build online at:

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6663023/dex/LD23/cdiasr.html

    The bit’s are there but I still need to weave it all into a story so it’s just a fun toy at the moment but let me know what you think.

     

    Time to grab a few zzzz, then it’s back to work!

    Dexter

    Update

    Posted by
    Saturday, April 21st, 2012 1:34 pm

    12 Hours:

    Congratulations Doc, it’s a shrink ray!!  :D

     

    Pretty pleased with how things are progressing. That’s ‘the hook’ pretty much done.

    Need to add enemy AI, level design and appropriately spiffy sfx, necessary screens and then I can spend some time really polishing!

     

    Dexter

    Update

    Posted by
    Saturday, April 21st, 2012 7:27 am

    Well, A little over half a day in and a little more than 6 hours work from me and viola:

    Can you guess what it is yet?

    Pretty happy with movement, jumping and aiming, still have to do the levels and shooting and then hopefully have time to dump a few tons of polish for a change :)

     

    Dexter

    Posted by
    Saturday, April 21st, 2012 3:26 am

    Right, first 2 hours are done:

    Got my idea, got my first characters and just working to get them into a world.

    I wasn’t keen on the theme (again) this year but I’m pretty happy/excited about this idea, don’t want to give away the hook yet though ;)

     

    Dexter

    Let’s do this!

    Posted by
    Saturday, April 21st, 2012 12:56 am

    Right, after staying up for the theme (not sooper thrilled btw :( ), brainstorming a few ideas and a decent amount of sleep it’s time to get started!

    Got what I think is a pretty good idea, been a while since I tried to make a platformer though :S

    Well, here goes!

     

    Dexter

    I’m in!

    Posted by
    Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 2:28 am

    This’ll be my second LD, hoping to do better this time :)

    Been looking forward to this since the last one.

    Well, good luck everyone!

     

    Edit:

    Should probably say what I’ll be using. Most likely:

    – Flash develop

    – Paint.net

    – sfxr/bfxr/musagi

    – Notepad++


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