One conclusion to draw is that it helps to have a game with an outstanding artstyle (Bottlecolonies) or development story (Watercolor Wheel Evolution). The other conclusion is that the Experimental Gameplay Project was a good place to generate visibility. Unfortunately this project seems to be no more.
That’s it. Guess I should keep up making small, interesting games once in a while.
Opposite to my plans, I didn’t continue my game development projects the last five months. Instead, my gamedev ambitions almost completely ceased during the course of last year. So with this blog post I want to give some insight on what has been going on and what I’m planning to do this year regarding my gamedev ambitions.
The initial momentum of 2013
After a pretty succesful 2012 with my game development projects, I was quite motivated to contribute to the OneGameAMonth idea. I was convinced that trying to make a game a month would not only amplify my game development skills but also keep me motivated to keep on making games throughout the year.
I ran out of time. Haxepunk gave me more headache today than I expected. Nevertheless I learned a lot this past week. I still would like to expand this to a real game with some interesting mechanics, but that’s something for next month. I even made the building sprites:
You can try out the tree generator by pressing “Space” to make new trees. Nothing else to do :(. (And also it’s a little too wide for this blog page, so it’s warped)
Finally I was able to implemented the leaves on the trees. This took me some unexpected effort because I had to figure out some specialties about HaxePunk and different behaviour of Image, Graphic and Entity objects. So take a look at those beautiful trees ;).
Next to add is the buildings and game logic. Have to finish it today. Hope it will work.
Progress on this project is coming along really slow. I have to admit that it takes some time to get into a whole different language (Haxe) with my second project with HaxePunk. This, in combination with other time restrictions (work), makes me doubt if I can finish this game within May. I really hope to implement the basic mechanics to try it out.
Nevertheless, here is a screenshot of the extended tree generator. I only have too add some leaf (circles) and then I can get to the game logic and interaction.
Unfortunately my spare time for coding today is over which means, that this is only a half finished prototype. Nevertheless I’d like to present you the basic random tree generator. You can refresh the level by pressing “space”.
Next to add is the logic for growing the side branches and generating the leaves. After that I will implement the game interaction and logic.