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[Devlog] Crazy Jacks Treasure

A topic by knaas created Jan 05, 2018 Views: 340 Replies: 16
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What is "Crazy Jacks Treasure"?

Jack is obsessed by his riches. When Jack went for a strawl he lost some of his treasure,
help him collect it and get him home safely.

Crazy Jacks Treasure is a small platform game, where you are to help Jack get his treasure back (in the form of gold coins). Jack is so devastated of the lost treasures, that he can’t stop moving, so the way to help him is to give him a nudge in the right direction, as well as jump to avoid hazards and collect his treasures.

What language will be used?

List of tools

This game is made for the @myfirstgamejam. This is the first game I do, and also the first game jam I attend. So I wanted to make a simple game that didn’t require many assets nor much time to complete.

Everything I use in this game will be made by only me, will use no pre-existing assets. As I’m no artist, it will result in low-quality sprites and tilesets I’m afraid.

Goals for today

The goals I had set for myself today was pretty relaxed. My plan was to start with a basic tileset, as well as a coin sprite. My time is limited, so I work on this a few times a day in small time frames.

Tileset

The first task I started with today was a really basic tileset, made with Pyxel-Edit. My vision was a basic grass tileset, and I think I accomplished that. What I got done for the tileset was basically:

  • Ground
  • Tree
  • Bridge
  • Plants

Coin

The other task I got done was my coin sprite, which is made with aseprite. I wanted a simple sprite, yet I wanted it animated as a hint to players that you can interact with it.



PS: Devlog can also be read at knasig.tumblr.com.

I think the sprites are lovely so far! They look organic and charming.

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Thank you =)

That coin sprite is great! Good job!

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Nifty tileset! You've got some good instincts.

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Day #2

Day 2 is about done, so time for an update. I have written about it extensively on my Tumblr blog so I'll only recap shortly here and for those of you that are interested you can read the whole story there.

The biggest changes for today is:

I've created a test level:


I also have a playable prototype with a few enemies(no sprites done however) with basic AI:

There are a few more minor things done, but as said everything is covered on my Tumblr blog.
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No shame in placeholder art! Good idea, making Jack flash white when damaged.

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That is so true :)

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Some Updates

Sprites

This morning I had a chance to do a little work Jack himself. I have put off doing his sprite for a little while now. But I finally got him done, he has some crude animations as well which is kinda nice. The fly/fall animations (well its just 1 frame :P), is something I would have hoped to do better, but I left it as is and may improve upon it after the game jam.

While I was doing sprites, I made sure to get my enemy done as well:


I will probably write another update here later tonight, am about to work on the game for a little while now. Here is also a gif of some gameplay with the new sprites :)


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Ohhh i like the sprites! I really like the flowers actually and the spike floor was really cool it looked way better than generic spike floors!

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Thanks Terry, I'm glad you liked it:)

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Menu added

Tonight I started implementing the main menu for Crazy Jacks Treasure. The first iteration was just working, but really dull. So I started iterating on it by first adding a background image.

And it just wasn’t good enough, so I added a little bit of content from the game. Some ground, a tree, and Jack himself (just an image, no animation). Then I decided to add an idle animation to Jack.

It was a whole lot better now, however, I still wasn’t satisfied. So I added two states to him, one walk state and one idle state. He then changes states once in a while and walks around on the screen.

The final version:


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Highscore Update

I have gotten around to do another small update, Highscore! For the highscore screen I capture the last frame of the game, and have it as a background with an alpha of 0.2.


The highscore screen itself however, I kept even more simple, I will probably update it later on to include a background and a back button and mayby some other things.


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aaa honestly these sprites are really cute and charming!! i think your colors definitely really tie it together. the title screen looks so nice and totally pulls together your game so far. it's awesome that you've gotten the platforming mechanics down already :Oc !! looking forward to seeing more of this

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Thank you :)

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Update

Been busy the last few days, so I have not been working on this game during that time. However now I have gotten a few things done, so it’s time for another update.

First and foremost, I have updated my tileset a little bit with a few new tiles to support the level I have designed.

I also did a recolor of my one and only enemy, that I use for the underground passage in the level I have designed (the one and only level I will actually ship in this game).

Level

I have had a really hard time getting my level designed, it is really hard to design good levels. My intention with this level is to reflect the core mechanics, which in this case includes for instance double-jumps. The level basically has 2 alternative endings, you either venture on the grass or go under the ground.

Whichever way you take, there are a few hidden coins in the level. Some are clever, and others are just really hidden. There are a few things missing from this level, I want to have a sign that has “GOAL” written on it at the end of the level, and I might actually get this done later.

The other things I would have wanted, but not gonna bother with is to have torches underground that lits up the environment around it (with shaders). Which although would be nice, is not something that I think I’m gonna get around to doing.

Here are two examples of hidden coins:

Coin Animation

I have also made another small improvement. When you collect a coin, it will no longer just vanish. Instead, it will kind of animate itself upwards a bit before vanishing.

Gameplay

The gameplay has also been improved. The player can now get a kind of “speedup buff” that lasts for 0.40 seconds(might change), with a cooldown of about 1.4 seconds right now.

To use this speedup, you just use the direction keys. If you didn’t change direction(eg you pressed right when already going right) you get a temporary speedup.

This makes it a bit more interesting for those that have got the level nailed down. You can use speedup to gain an advantage in the score, the score is not only based on how many coins you collect but also on other things such as how fast you complete the level.

Underground Shader

There has also been a small shader addition to the underground area. If you are underground it will get darker:

There may be some other small things I have neglected to mention, but other then that, this is what I have been doing.

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ohhh i like your visual touches--the coin animation in particular i think adds some really satisfying feedback. the underground shader is also pretty neat!