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Be prepared to see this screen a lot.
Game available here: http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-30/?action=preview&uid=41747
It was a lot of fun working on this even with the limited time. Since the Kickstarter campaign for Cavern Kings is still going on, I tried to get most of the audio work done in the first 24 hours so I wouldn’t neglect my work there and also be able to take care of new tasks here if needed. Vine and Mr. P had a concise vision of what they wanted in the game and gave me an asset list in a matter of hours. While they worked on the game’s art and programming, I started working on the BGM track.
It took 3h48m to get to this. The track and the SFX were all done in FL Studio, mostly using the native plugin 3xOSC, which I’ve grown to love, with FamiTracker pulses. I have been wanting to make synthpop-influenced music for games for a long time, but didn’t want to stray away from Cavern Kings’ OST either because, well, gotta love chiptune arps.
Mr. P wasn’t used to the tool but learned it really fast on the go, and this was a fun experience for all of us, except for a bug (identified and corrected within an hour of the submission), so we don’t rule out continuing to work on this game in the future.
During my seventh Ludum Dare competition the theme was Connected Worlds. I started around 05:30 CEST on Saturday and submitted it around 03:00 on Monday. I worked thirty-six hours on the game, slept ten hours (2 + 8), used three hours for writing down a concept, drew sixteen hours, used around eight hours for creating the game’s logic and six hours for music. The other time was used for play testing, blogging, eating and quick breaks.
First things first, before you can start making your game, you need an idea and plan. Thus I started with brainstorming. Writing down related and interesting keywords around the theme “Connected worlds”. I figured most people would go for a space or island settings, which is attractive but I wanted to create something different, more unique. I made some small trips and played with ideas related to abstract, race and relation types of connected world and decided to settle down with something from my favorite theme: Cyber Punk, most notable worlds like Ghost in the Shell.
When I finished writing down a small synopsis of my brain twists I started to lay down simple visual world and adding the elements. When I got a small world I proceeded with testing and adjusting the concept bit by bit until I was satisfied.
Once I had the prototype of the actual gameplay I could start drawing the game world.
Game level and icons
This included a background, network node icons, guard icons, citizen icons and more. I spread this in several stages, every stage ending up more detailed. I swapped between drawing on the game level and icons and the prologue and epilogue scenes. Which allowed me to take a break on a drawing and look at it again after an half an hour with a “fresh look”.
Prologue & Epilogue
The prologue and epilogue were a bit different from the art I had to draw for the actual game. The prologue and epilogue are a timed story without interacting but with moving assets. This took the most time to draw. I planned six scenes with several large moving elements like humans, hands or walls.
Audio is one of my worst development skills. I don’t work with audio often or I have a composer making the actual audio. For the simple sounds like button pushes or other quick sounds I used simple tones, combined, altered just to give a small beep. For the actual music I decided I was going to use a combination of audio generators and Audacity. It took me a while before I had the desired sound which didn’t get annoying after the initial 30 seconds.
To make sure the game was submitted on time (before 03:00) I already submitted it around 02:30 on Monday. That was before I found out the submission deadline was till 04:00. The good thing about hosting it online you can post a link and update it. So around 02:55 I wrapped everything up and ended with a good stretch. I was a bit stiff from hanging above my drawing tablet
Everything done and submitted, I’m happy about my schedule and work. I didn’t really have timing issues but some things did take longer than hoped. The concept seemed easier than it was. And of course the concept took some more fine tuning to make it actually challenging.
I am done with my game! And I’m finally even proud of it. There was a time when I wasn’t – but that lies in the past xD
Well, my interpretation of “Connected Worlds” was this one: Screen split in half, each half is one world. They’re connected somehow.
And the result is some funny game with two colo[u]rful slimes, that are jumping in opposite directions, held together by a rubber band. So, connected worlds. Connected with a rubber band.
I guess I would normally make an animated .gif and throw it into here, but I’m way too exhausted to do that now. So, have a static screenshot (don’t be sad! at least there IS a screenshot.):
Oh, and also one where the rubber band just broke (one of the more difficult levels is shown in the picture):
Click the cake to go to the submission page, and please don’t forget to vote & comment
I’ve posted another video which can be found here.
Essentially completed code and art wise(at least for what I’m gunna get done for the jam and almost entirely). Now to do some more levels and see what I can do about a front end!!
I’ve made a video of the progress so far that you can find here.
The ship and green blocks are still place-holders, the fuel gauge goes down when you aren’t on a planet(takes a while so I couldn’t really put it in the video), now to add the oxygen and score meters. Before I got to bed I’m going to finish the GUI and the ship and green blocks.
Hey everyone I created a wallpaper for Ludum Dare 30, feel free to use it however you like!
Download the size you need here:
Also for my fellow Louisvillians who will be jamming with us at GameDevLou, here are some Louisville-specific versions just for fun:
Let me know if there are any sizes you need and I might be able to whip another one up for you.
Peace, and happy jamming!
This will be my 2nd Ludum Dare (the last being LD 28).
This time, I’ll be using similar tools but I’m not sure if the game will be 2d or 3d until the theme is announced. The tools I will use:
- Platforms: Mac, Windows, and (maybe) Linux
- Language: C++
- Libraries: SFML, OpenL, (& if 3d, glm)
- Editor: Sublime Text 3 (with a lot of plugins)
- Graphics: Photoshop
- Sound: Garageband, SFXR
- Writing Instruments: Pen, Pencil, and Paper
Hey, I built a new game engine: LDML, Try it out! :DDDDDDDDDD
WHAT WENT RIGHT
1. It’s pretty! I wanted a very beautiful game and I think that went well. There’s a ton of art in this thing. As usual, I create new assets as needed. I ended up with two large photoshop files: an overworld sea where you navigate the ocean in your pirate ship, and a battle screen, where I made all battle sprites and animations. What this lets me do is keep a consistent color palette and style across the whole project, and essentially replaces the concept art stage that a normal game goes through. I used amazing references like Legend of Zelda Windwaker and Breath of Fire IV.
2. I learnt tons of stuff! I used cinema4D and my nonexistent 3D skills to make a fast and loose 8-direction ship with minimal effort. I tried my hand at procedural generation: all islands are generated randomly within certain limitations, to keep the level solvable and the sea traversable. I had a stroke of genius at the last moment and created a “miner” entity that swims through the level and places gold coins wherever it goes, at runtime. This was to ensure an interesting curving path through the level, so players would want to explore it.
3. It’s a complete adventure, my storytelling skills were also, I thought, nonexistent, but the story of Sunny and Cod just flowed through me like I was on fire. It’s got a beginning, middle and end, it’s got obstacles and emotions. I usually end up making a very unfulfilling game. This time I feel I made a difference.
4. it has a branching storyline. Well, ok, a few tiny branches. Such as when you are defeated by the 3 blacktopuses you get a different message to the one you get if you clear them. Or when Sunny tells you you need the fast sail if you don’t have it, but acknowledges if you’ve already bought it. But that’s still a lot of work. I have a much better grasp of how to implement a dialogue system.
5. it has a turn-based battle system: implemented from scratch. Boring and barebones, yes. But it gets the job done.
6. I get to develop it further. I’m dedicating the next 6 months to this game. I started a new devlog here
WHAT WENT WRONG
1. No sound I didn’t have the time
2. Button-mashing battles the battle system is uninteresting. That’s ok, and it’s all I had time for, but if I’m going to make this a full-fledged RPG, I need a good battle system. Feel free to send me ideas. Grandia and Child of Light are obviously lovely choices, where the result of a battle can be spectacularly overturned. Also Persona 3 and Fallout 2 have good battle systems. Since you’re spending half the game in battle, I owe it to myself to fix the button-mashing boringness.
3. Time management. Well I don’t know, I did a lot for three days. But it’s not as fun as a more complete experience such as the amazing SCUBA BEAR (go check it out NOW). On the other hand, I like to follow through with my ideas for Ludum Dare, instead of making a smaller game just because of time constraints.
Here’s my Timelapse video:
And thanks to everyone who commented, everyone who played my game, everyone who made a game for us to play. I love Ludum Dare, I want to never stop making games.
Until next time,
We’ve heard a lot of positive feedback on the soundtrack to our game Magma (check it out here) and decided to post it here.
Hey dev community!
Submitted my first Ludum Dare game today after churning it out wildly for the past 48 hours. Fans of minimalistic rogue-ikes will find this game amusing.
You’re a God Hunter doing what he does best, going into the darkest depths of a legendary mountain to hunt down Gods and other foul (or funny) creatures. Twerk Lords and Floating Shoes are all fair game. You have one life to get as deep as possible into the mountain.
It has hundreds of randomly generated events, monsters, and jokes, made for the casual gamer in mind.
Check it out, you can play it in your browser right now!
Thanks and hope you guys enjoy!
I won’t get any more time to work on it later so here is my solo entry for the Jam. It would be great to know what you all think and let me know if you get to the end
Deeper takes you on a journey into darkness to uncover the truth. Will you find the truth?
Dark, CHECK! Moody, CHECK! Pretentious, CHECK!
Sounds are from –
(I did this solo but Submitted to the Jam instead of the Compo due to using Playmaker and sound clips.)