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[PROGRESS] Docjekyll

A topic by Docjekyll created Oct 09, 2015 Views: 266 Replies: 5
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I'll post progress here.

I've currently decided on a concept for the game and the engine I'm going to use (phaser.io). Both the game engine and concept are new ground for me.

I'm also livestreaming my progress here: http://www.twitch.tv/docjekyll Come say "hi"!

Submitted(+1)

Hey I'm tonechild on the twitch.tv site, it was good fun/inspiring watching you work on your game. I'm going to try to make something myself if I get the time (hopefully) .. Looking forward to seeing the end result, and, I'll try to catch you later before the deadline.

Submitted

Making decent progress getting stuff on screen and understanding Phaser better. Unfortunately, I'm having a lot of trouble with BitmapData and the documentation not matching what's acutally available.

I'll probably have to scope back the features in order to get decent progression balance done on day 2.

Submitted

Making steady progress, but I still don't have a real playable demo! Breaking all my own game jam rules this time :-/

Submitted(+2)

I had meant to include more regular updates--oops!

Well, the game is finished now. You can find it here: http://docjekyll.itch.io/monstrous-mixtures

The source code is also available here: https://github.com/jhnsnc/js48-1

As is typical with game jams, there were so many features I had to cut as the deadline drew closer.

What was different for me though was the type of work. Normally for game jams I try to choose a game concept that will allow me to split my time between art and coding. For this project, I was working on coding/game design basically the entire time. I ended up not having a truly playable prototype until about 36 hours in (while I normally aim for ugly, working prototype by 8 hours), so I was very nervous.

The biggest problem with it right now in terms of gameplay is balance. The underlying concepts are good, but I just didn't have enough time to get a really good handle on how easy/hard it will feel for other players.

There are also some technical problems. Some of the bitmap/texture manipulation I'm doing doesn't seem to work on certain browsers. In the best cases, this just means the floor texture might be missing. In the worst case, it might mean a giant black rectangle covers the entire playable area. >_<

Anyway, comments are welcome!

Jam Host

Thanks for joining! I had a lot of fun watching the stream, was really cool to see someone spend a good amount of time on game design! Looking forward to seeing you next time :)