Ludum Dare 30
This weekend I took part in Ludum Dare, the build-a-game-in-48-hours competition.
The theme this time was Connected Worlds. I had an idea fairly early on - Scientist (Rodney) accidently opens a portal to another world, gets stuck and has to try to find his way home. Definitely not original, but it was a start.
I was particularly pleased to be able to use some of the pathfinding features in Jaws that I contributed a while back too!
Overall I was pleased with my finished product. It wasn’t quite as ambitious as I had planned for but I finished it and it makes some kind of sense.
Things I was pleased with
Enemy AI - It’s laughable to call it AI really, the Bat Fiends look around, if they see Rodney they move to intercept. But it really worked. It looks really cool when you walk into a new void area and a whole flock of Bat Fiends come chasing out of some side corridor after you. It’s the little things.
Art - I am no artist, but I’ve been developing my pixel art skills over the last year or so and I was actually pretty pleased with the result:
The bat fiends were pretty simple, but cool looking:
Things not so pleased with
Sound - Howler turned out to be brilliant, really easy to use and just worked. My ability to create sound effects however needs much development. Music I completely failed with, no idea where to start. Definitely an area to work on for next time.
Animation - I definitely need to work on my walk cycles!
Fun - I’m not completely convinced that the game is actually much fun. It was quite cool when 3 or 4 portals in, I found myself tunneling through the walls to get around instead of walking through open areas because there were so many bat fiends, but I’m not sure it had much lasting appeal.
I had a lot of fun working on this. Technically, I’m quite pleased with it, but conceptually, it could be better - I think I need to spend the next few months playing as many computer games as possible to get a better idea of what makes them fun.
Things to work on:
- Musical composition skills
- ISOMETRIC :)