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Hey, just wanted to make a post talking about the game I made (azuritereaction) with a friend (sweetielise); it’s called A Catastrophic Date. (Hey, we only had a few hours to come up with a name!)
It’s a cute little visual-novel-esque game (no nudity/sex/romance in it though) that we thought up, and it was the first time I’d completed a game project since… probably 16 or so years ago, when I was making games with Klik & Play and Multimedia Fusion 1 back when I was about 12 years old or so.
The game itself is really short, there’s about 10 or so possible endings with 7 of them being unique, including a secret ending, too
Sweetielise did the art in probably 8 hours, and the coding took me about the same amount of time, but we got continually distracted by Awesome Games Done Quick during most of Saturday, haha.
That said… I will probably NEVER program a visual novel game like this in Multimedia Fusion 2 again. Easily one of the most frustrating programming experiences I’ve ever had, for sure. Still had a lot of fun making it though, and I hope a lot of you have fun playing it!
Additionally, feel free to check out our main work on YouTube, Twitch, and a webcomic that I write with the links below! Looking forward to the Jam sessions coming up, we’ll likely do another game for that (and any future MiniLD’s too)
Era of Errors (webcomic)
First Page of the webcomic
Meddling Little Wizards – a game where you play a dark wizard lord trying to keep his conspiracies private from a school of little annoying wizard students – is coming along. Although not a quickly as I thought.
This is the first time I’m doing a timelapse video as well and the first benefit of that is I know exactly how much time I spent programming. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to program continuously so I started on Thursday (I hope this is OK even if I stretched the rules a bit there).
So far I’ve put in 12 hours, which is quite a lot more than I would have guessed. Time flies when you’re having fun
Also, I’m using GitHub this time: https://github.com/Udo/MiniLD48
Ah, the ol’ post-mortem… where you retrace your steps and try to figure out what went wrong and what went right. But what if nothing went ‘wrong’? What if I’m totally satisfied with what I ended up with? Well, that’s the case… and not because my game is amazing or ground-breaking or technically flawless… but because I finally ‘beat’ Ludum Dare. Let me explain.
This was my 10th LD, and since I first started, I’ve learned so much about myself, my limitations, my weaknesses, my strengths, how to work under pressure, etc, etc etc. What I also learned during all of those compos is that Ludum Dare is not about what you didn’t accomplish in the time limit. So often we are bombarded with comments about where our games could be improved and we write post-mortems about what didn’t go as planned, but I just simply want to see more celebration about what is actually being accomplished. To me, Ludum Dare is about what you WANTED to do versus what you were ABLE to do. And in the case of LD28, I did 100 percent of what I wanted to do. Sure, I can point out flaws in my game and there are infinite ways in which I can expand on my idea, refine it, and make it better. It was the first time that I made a list of what I wanted to accomplish and was able to check every one of them off before hitting the ‘submit’ button. Yes, Ludum Dare is about learning… it’s about pushing yourself… it’s about improving… but when I say that I finally ‘beat’ Ludum Dare… I mean that I finally reached a point where I can grab the theme, stay on target, and limit myself to the core essentials. This was always my biggest weakness, and with LD28, I was triumphant. Just like my first Ludum Dare when I didn’t save time for audio. I was unsure of my ability to make quality audio in the time limit, so I pushed it further and further back until it was too late. I was very disappointed in myself, so I made a strong effort to practice audio and I made it a larger focus. I then went on to capture two gold medals in the audio category, something I never would’ve imagined after my first LD. So now with LD28, I feel like I turned another corner in actually being able to stop myself from attempting such a hugely impossible list of features in such a short amount of time. Instead of being stressed about finishing, I was able to relax and do experiments. I was able to try new methods, use new tools, and learn new things without having to deal too much with the clock ticking away. And that brings it all back to the original purpose of Ludum Dare: to learn and grow by challenging yourself.
So what was the end result of my LD28?
A pattern and timing-based score attack game where you have one bullet to shoot zombie kids in the face.
Save One For The Kids by SonnyBone
The concept is nothing special. There is no story or no explanation for what’s happening. There doesn’t need to be. I wanted to make a game that could be ‘perfected’ with enough practice and memorization. There is literally a max score that can be earned if you play every stage perfectly. But good luck doing that… it’s not easy, and you can’t immediately replay stages to find the perfect solution. It’s kind of like Kirby’s Dream Course in that regard… one of my favorite games. You can get a hole in one on the first 3 holes, but then if hole 4 throws you for a loop, you have to replay the first 3 holes to try number 4 again. What you end up with is a situation where things that were once difficult become very simple, but if you get too frustrated, things that were once simple start becoming difficult. It’s one of the most common phenomenas in gaming. My friends and I once created the term “gamer’s hand” while playing Tony Hawk 2. It’s when your mind shuts off and your eyes go still but your hands move on their own as you attempt the perfect run and keep hitting ‘restart’ in the pause menu. That pattern of memorization, reflexes, and reactions mixed with your brain’s stupid desire to see bigger numbers at the end of the run. That’s what I wanted to create… a very simple puzzle game that a very specific type of gamer would want to play over and over in order to get the best score.
I wanted to try something new with art. I wanted to go for a hand-drawn look while testing out some new animation methods.
The main player has no animation. I messed around with the idea of clothes blowing in the wind, recoil from the gun, or starting the stage with the player actually going from standing to crouched and then aiming the gun. I immediately realized that it would simply take too long, and that the focus should be on the moving enemies, not the player. I also decided early on that player aiming or player movement would make the number of shot possibilities go up exponentially, making the game infinitely more difficult and unpredictable. That would’ve gone against my idea of a ‘perfect’ solution that’s not too impossible to figure out (both for myself, and for the player… because I had to design the stages to be beatable and be able to calculate the lowest and highest possible scores).
The main enemy is where all the animation went.
I was watching Home Improvement while waiting for the theme announcement, so I think my enemy ended up being Mark Taylor by accident.
I’m not sure why I decided to make a game about killing zombie kids, but I think I remember having an idea about them being crazy Minecraft fans that desperately wanted more Minecraft clones and were going around killing anyone not currently developing one.
The enemy consists of several different parts that were tweened and occasionally swapped out with other sprites:
If I had another 2 hours to work on the game, I probably would’ve spent the time redrawing the feet and making some palette swaps for variety.
That’s pretty much it right there. You hit spacebar at the right time, everything freezes, and your bullet rips through a line of enemies. Your goal is to kill everything on the screen with one shot, but it’s best to get the same kind of shot in a row to get extra points. Killing everything on the screen gives you a MURDERTALITY BONUS that dramatically increases your score based on how many enemies you killed. You get 250 pts for leg shots, 500 for torso shots, and 1000 for headshots. If you land three headshots in a row, for example, the first is worth 1000, the second is 2000, and the third is 3000. If you killed everything on the screen, then that total gets multiplied by an amount that I can’t remember… lol.
At the end of the stage, you are presented with a medal for your performance. Yes, it is possible to clear every enemy in the game and get a gold medal on every stage. I have only done it once, but I kind of cheated to do it. The closest I’ve been able to get without cheating is 8 perfect stages and 2 silver stages.
I went with a very subdued soundtrack. The Wintry setting, the jumping kiddies, the holiday cheer… I kind of wanted something that would be relaxing to help you focus. I spent more time on the ‘slo mo’ bullet sound effect, the head splatters, and the dumb-ass voice samples for earning medals. I created some really goofy little voice that is almost out of place but somehow… works. I love it… especially when I get a “silllvah” medal. And then the voice at the end telling you how much you suck. There are 3 possible ‘endings’ with your overall rank/score.
I had a crapload of fun. I made what I wanted to make. I learned a lot. I’m happy. SUCCESS!
And this will be my last LD for a while as I keep working on my first commercial game. I haven’t officially announced it yet, but I will someday. I think 10 LDs is enough for now. I’ll come back after my first ‘real’ game is a huge flop. If you wanna stay in the loop, my site is HERE and my Twitter.
Here it is my post mortem about 0RBITALIS. For this game I got inspiration looking at other themes in the final round. It’s hard to make a game that is as vague as “You Only Get One”, but when you couple it with “Gravity” and “Chaos” it’s much clearer what you can actually do. I have always been interested in games which explore how simple rules (such as Netwon’s laws) can generate beautifully complex behaviours.
Most of the “features” of the game are actually consequences of the strong time constraints Ludum Dare imposed me. For instance, mi initial idea was to have a moving camera that could zoom in and out, but I didn’t have time to code it properly. And this automatically lead to a “stay in the system” mechanic. The vector fields that you can see in the background was a debug tool I used to test and calibrate planets’ masses, but when I realised that it was fitting nicely with the style, I decided to leave it there.
Since the very beginning of the voting period, 0RBITALIS got a lot of attention: so far, it’s both the most voted and commented entry in the 48 hours competition. I think part of its success is due to its aesthetic: it’s simple, yet effective. I spent lot of time polishing the game rather then designing more levels. This can really do the difference, especially when games are picked almost exclusively by how appealing their screenshots look like. 0RBITALIS has doing unexpectedly well. For this reason I am already working on a full-game version that will include both more levels and new mechanics. There will be probing missions, for instance, which require to scan a celestial body for a certain time. I am already working on landing missions as well, but I’d rather keep them mysterious for now!
Since I *hate* menus, 0RBITALIS won’t have one. I am working on a different system, however, that looks like a star chart. Player will be able to select levels and to change settings just touching and connecting stars. I also collected lot of statistics about levels but… I’ll keep them for another post!
If you liked the game, you’re more then welcomed to vote it or leave a comment on its LD48 entry page. If you want to follow 0RBITALIS news and further development, you can find me on Twitter as @AlanZucconi.
Hi! I finally had some time to made some pretty video from screenshots of me creating the One Rogue. Because I didn’t have time to show anything during the compo here is “multi-screenshot” from the game:
It’s almost traditional roguelike rpg.. almost.. You wouldn’t find any items in the level! But what’s the point then? You have to kill at least N enemies to open the gate, where N is equal “how many times you went through the gate” + 1. Then you will receive three random items but you can pick only one. You enter the gate.. And again!
I’m planning to made post-compo version with more balanced game-play, better controls and few more locations and items during the upcoming weekend. I will also try to make version for Android..
Enjoy the time-lapse!
You Only Get (to see) One color (at a time).
Color Range is a platformer where every level has several different colored elements,
but you can only have one colored set of elements visible at a time.
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Here’s a gameplay GIF from my jam entry…
Obviously, i’m terrible at my own game
See how much you can score at
Kmembert (Camembert: A delicious french cheese) is a puzzle/infiltration/action game . The gameplay is quite simple: You are a cheese and you have to kill all nazi mice in one shoot. Get the cannon bullet and trick the mice in order to kill them all in a single shoot. 9 levels are playable. HAVE FUN ^^!
It was my first Ludum Dare compo. I just be informed of the event 4 days ago. My weekend was busy but I was motivated to create a simple game saturday morning with the theme “You only get one”. I already participed to the “Global Game Jam” twice, but the Ludum Dare is a different challenge.
I cumulate 17 hours of work for this game.
I found the idea in the first minutes: Get the only one bullet, trick the enemies to manage to kill them all in a single shoot.
The controls are simple and the top view allows to create less graphic assets and less code. I’m a big fan of “Metal gear solid” and I recently played “Hotline Miami”. So I unconsciously designed game mechanics with this game in my mind. I always wanted to design a game like Metal Gear Solid :). Therefore mice can run after you if they see you and you can play with the doors.
I modified the mouse behaviours 2 hours before the deadline. So I redesigned the levels accoring the modifications.
I tried to design 9 levels with interesting challenge. I think the levels are fun and you also can understand all puzzles quickly. But I had no time to playtest the levels to another players. That’s why the game needs different mice with different behaviours and more balance.
I didn’t want to use human characters, zombies, aliens or monsters. So I decided to imagine a coherent situation with uncomon characters according to the game mechanics. A humanoid cheese against nazi mice ? Why not :). I’m not a 2d artist but I tried to design simple characters and animations quickly. A pen tablet is a good tool :).
Unfortunatly I didn’t have the time to play on my guitar some cool riffs for the background music. The sound fx are just simple homemade sounds of my mouth :).
I’m a Flash game developer since 2004 so I create all assets, animations and code with Flash. I used the World Construction Kit library. It’s the Box2D physic engine with a WYSIWYG layout, very usefull to design levels. I also used simple libs : TweenMax, Flint. I used “Flash Develop” and I created some assets with Photoshop and Audition.
It was a great experience! Sometimes I watched streams of few developers around the world. I also earn some skills in code with box2d and in graphic design. I found my game interesting but it needs improvements :).
Now I’m gonna play some LD games :).
Follow me on my blog: http://www.benoitfreslon.com
Yay! That was so much fun, though. Unlike LD25 with the team, I felt so little stress I thought I was dreaming!
I don’t currently intend to become the best game jam dev evar, hehe, I just had fun making something, even if I didn’t get all the way with it in the time limit, I will always have the ability to return to it and flesh it out. I love LD because of what people end up doing with the always loved-and-hated theme both during and after!
Postmortem and top-down, plot/world-focused game design heuristic (for those of us who ain’t so good at starting bottom-up from a gameplay mechanic) after the jump:
I think this is the most tired my brain has ever been. I’m exhausted. Yesterday was busy, and today was super busy and stressful, but it’s finally over. Last LD I worked really hard at the beginning and had little work to do at the end, while this time I didn’t get much done at the start and got busier and busier as time went on. But, somehow, I made it! And so did all of you. I’m looking forward to playing everyone’s games once I get some rest!
Here’s a link to Spirit Cave:
Final game looks like this:
It is an asymmetrical 2 player (one with a mouse and keyboard, the other with an Xbox 360 gamepad) 3D fire sim toy thing. You only get one match’s life (if you’re player 1). Water and fire interact in the usual way. Strike the match on the rough rock to start. Points are awarded for tree/ house voxels burnt to the ground. There’s no sound.
This was my second ever game jam and I learned lots from this project – obviously fire simulation, but also the particulars of Unity’s particle systems and I’m sure lots of other things I can’t remember now.
Obvious bugs include the match floating up at certain times, due to unity’s physics collider. The match probably shouldn’t float on the water either…
I started lots of things that didn’t go into the final game – independent voxel fire grids that could interact, procedural generation of terrain. I guess the maths was a bit too difficult after nearly 28 hours of programming for my brain! I really shouldn’t have eaten so much sugar. Maybe next game jam I’ll remember!
Papaya is finished! Click the above link to Play!
This was my first entry into a Ludum Dare, And I had a lot of fun with it.
I felt at the start that “You only get one.” Was a bit of a limiting factor, but decided to hop into tile-creation and general artwork for the game. A few hours in I still had no idea what I was making, or rather what the main plot or mechanics would be.
I ended up deciding on my main character however; Batty, the Bat. But this was not enough, I needed motivation – And what better motivation is there than “Papaya!”. I swear the word carries no meaning for me anymore, I have uttered it so many times whilst creating my pixels and organizing my levels.
The game was created in Construct2 and Photoshop to run natively in most new browsers. Since this was my first game I decided that working with a framework would be beneficial. Adding to that I mostly have experience in tileset design, so if I was going to get anything working in before 48 hours, I needed to rely on my strenghts and leave the coding to a framework.
I hope you will play it, and I hope that you find it to be a mildly enjoying experience. It is a short game, it is a simple game. But I like to think it has atleast one decent joke in it.
Thank you for your time! And to those of you still crunching towards the time limit; Go go go!
The last two days have been crazy. It’s been a while since I’ve worked on a game, and I was nervous about jumping into a game jam while my skills aren’t up to par, but I am extremely proud of myself and what I built.
What did I build?
Well, I built a game called Tumbling Towers. I’ve come to call it a reverse Tetris/Jenga style game where you receive a random block and you must build up and try to not knock the tower down. The goal of the game is to build as high as you can and score as many points as you can.
Where the theme “You Only Have One” came into play is where you can only build with one of the three materials in the game, and you can only build in one direction (up); (yes, for some reason I instinctively ended my sentence with a semi colon there… the two days of heavy coding must’ve drilled that into my head much, much more.)
Sounds cool, where can I play it?
It wasn’t just me who worked on the game, I got some late assistance from a good friend of mine, who did some of the art last night. (Just the building blocks). Also, I used a friend’s music he made for the game.
I’m not really sure. I really want to continue the project and make it more clean, pretty, polished, etc. and maybe release it on iOS/Android. A few of my friends have been playing it pretty often and have been enjoying the builds I was sending them, and I think it can be a pretty fun game to play on tablets. It needs some optimization for them, but it can be done.
When I decide to jump into doing that has yet to be decided, but maybe early January once I’m done with my One Game a Month project for this month.
If anything, I might use this as a base for a Physics based puzzle game I had an idea for a few weeks ago. It could go hand in-hand with it.
What did I learn?
This is something I want to write down to allow myself to reflect on my skills and learn how to improve next time I work on a game.
Art - Art isn’t my strong suit. I should have found an artist at the beginning. The artist I worked with mid-way through only had enough time to do work for a small bit of the game.
Scope - I applied a rule I made for myself long ago, which was to keep it simple and not go out of scope. For once, I followed the idea of just creating a simple mechanic and working from there. For game jams, this works wonderfully well. Definitely something I’ll consider again next time.
Testers - This was the first time I actively put out builds during a game jam. Twitter friends as well as my personal friends were more than willing to test out the game in it’s early phases, which helped me discover a bug that wasn’t showing on any of my 3 computers. Test early, and test often!
Programming - Holy crap, I programmed this entire thing?! I still don’t believe it. I know C# and Unity, and have made things before, but never completed anything. I consider what I did a completed product, even though it has it’s obvious flaws. This has boosted my morale and while I know I can’t take on a super crazy, out of scope project just yet, I do know I can create simplistic games in Unity 3D.
Unity’s 2D is Really Easy - Oh yeah, Unity has a really easy 2D system. I thought it’d be a bit challenging, but it works extremely well and is easy to pick up. Definitely using Unity’s 2D development tools from now on.
Until next time…
Well, that’s all. Thank you Ludum Dare, and the Ludum Dare community. I made some good friends during this jam that I didn’t expect to make. It’s been fun chatting in the chat rooms, checking out everyone’s live stream, and tweeting with you all while I took breaks and relaxed. I can’t wait for the next one and am happy I finally have a completed project for the Ludum Dare/Jam.
Time for me to shameless plug myself:
If you’d like, please follow me on Twitter. My handel is @AngryFacing.
You can also check out my website, http://mudry.me, which I’ll be updating with game development blogs, and so forth. If you want, you can also check out some of my shipped games and other projects.
Thanks again everyone and see you all next jam!
Oh, I recorded myself doing a lot of the development. If I can pull the videos from my Twitch stream, I’ll post a time lapse.
Hahah, so true . For the first time, I was able to make something for ludum dare and that’s enough for me. At least I have a character running, I was able to come up with an idea that I can maybe able to finish at the end. And I think, this time, I’ll send my entry when the jam is over. I,still have time so why not work on the actual gameplay
My game is “Yogo Burger Tycoon” and you only get one guy to serve the food to clients. Now there is only a frying machine but there will be other stuff I hope, and you’ll try to serve as fast as you can and make clients happy.
Had a really fun weekend, playing and following all the devs out there. So good luck everyone, and nice job! even you didn’t finish your game, like me. Or you even couldn’t come up with a pause menu like mine, don’t worry you will be better next time. I’m sure I’ll finish a game at #LD29.
I had two reasons to sign up for LD 28:
2. Finish something
I have high regards for people who finish stuff, but I won’t be one of them this time.
I’ve got a working prototype but figured it’s not good enough, because I need better animation to make it stand out. Besides that, it’s just a runner game and the core mechanics aren’t very fine-tuned yet.
I learned that everything in a runner game matters. Tile size, jumping height, friction. My game doesn’t feel right. I could spend time on polishing this thing, but in the end, I’d have to rewrite it from scratch and I’d rather start over without the pressure of a deadline in 7 hours.
However, I’m happy that I finished some okay-looking animations. Animating characters is hard.
If you want to try the prototype, go ahead: Play prototype in your browser
Been a bit busy to post, I find as I get older I find it harder and harder to find the productivity I used to have, so I am now using Christmas songs (Seems to be effective at work) and traditional LudumDare Waffles!
I don’t usually post pictures of my project until I’m done, but felt like posting one, so enjoy waffles, and potatoes!
After about 12 hours developing game I realized that I wanted to much for so 2 days and my gamedev skills. I changed topic, mechanics and almost everything. I wanted arcade but now I have probably something you could call a non-game.
You will see some souls people that are already in clinical death. You can see some words describing them and you have to choose only one soul and next you must decide if soul will go to heaven, hell or maybe will back to life.