Thanks, @Shoebox Games!
Yeah, this mechanic is not in the best shape :), but I'm taking note of this for the upcoming fixes.
And I'm really glad that you had a fun time playing it! <3
I really enjoyed your concept and gameplay!
I think the only thing I would balance in the game is the speed of the day to enable letting it pass more slowly. I know that the goal is to see in how many days you will tide the farm, but for me I kind of enjoyed just tiding the farm, and even in the slow pace it felt a little bit rushed for my "calm" style of gameplay :)
Everything else is really nice! Congrats!
On this day I couldn’t make anything on the game coding and modeling. Just thinking about what to priorize until deadline.
One day until deadline!
Today I improved the mate sprites to show he is dead when the resource run out.
Then, I made some reward/punishment system for the player. For instance, the player get a little time boost of speed and start to blink green when deliver a resource in need. And gets a small time penalty in speed if some mate die, blinking red to note it.
I have also made invisible boundaries around the screen so player don’t get out of the camera.
Because I was working on the game in the night, I was too tired and excited by the last day so I didn’t generate a gif with this game state. Sorry about that :/
Last day! OMG 8O
This day for me was, by far, the most productive in the entire jam. Too much things accomplished.
First of all, I tried to implement a difficult system when the mates start to dead. But that was not very satisfying, especially when two or one mates are left. So I limited the game run to a maximum mate dead count to two. This way, the game keeps in a good pace.
Other thing that I worked on was the HUD and enable replay of the game. Before was just a prototype with the core loop, but now I made an intro menu waiting the player to press enter to begin, a countdown before game begin, the core loop begin, and a game over screen waiting the player to press enter to play again.
Too much stuff that made the game more “polished”.
Another feature added after that was an high score, so the replay flow was more satisfying.
Then I worked in the mate animation.
First creating an animation for when he is waiting a countdown to randomize its next resource choose.
After that, another animation to sinalize the level of worry of the mate. It start neutral when the resource level bar is green.
Then, gets a little worried when the bar gets yellow. And gets in panic when the bar is red. It looked really interesting.
Other thing that I worked on was in a special animation for the mate when the player gets the resource in need. His eyes now turn into hearts to show his satisfaction hehe.
The final feature that I’ve created for the game was a scrolling background that stopped to scroll when the game started.
And before deadline, I’ve made some polish in everything to just get it right and published the last version that was submitted to the jam!
Here is the latest version of the game:
I’m so proud of the result!
And that’s it for this incredible journey! I’m really happy to get in the finish line for the first time, be able to experience, and commit with such amazing experience. Tomorrow I’ll publish my post mortem of this ride!
Thanks to get though here and see ya!
Game Title/URL: Supply Guy, https://brendaw.itch.io/supply-guy
Pitch/Information: The goal of the game is to help your teammates to not run out of resources. For that, you need to choose a mate to help and move to the resource spot to pick and deliver it right back to your mate. After that, pick another one...
I'd like feedback on: Want to know if the game is fun enough to be played. Also, if the art, effects and balance are ok. Thanks for letting your opinion here :)
In this day I sended the game link to be playtested on Game Jam's Discord. For my surprise, the game had incredible feedbacks from the play testing channel on Discord made from @zennnci and @DustoTail. Thanks guys!
After that, I used the rest of the day to think on this ideas and how I could bring them to the game.
As I realized that now it’s very close to the deadline, I’m going to cut some planned features, like the IA movement for the mates, enemies and the battle mechanic with shoots between mates and enemies. I’ve come with this because of the incredible feedbacks from the play testing made yesterday!
So, for now on my planning of what to do before the deadline is:
And today I started the creation of the score system with a simple mechanic for it. To start with some reward/punishment score system, I'm computing the score when the resource is delivered as the health * health_pace of the mate helped. With this, you will earn more from the more needed. Now I'm not planning do anything on score when someone dies, but is something that I'm thinking about.
Look how it is now:
Finally we have a game! Now let's work on its polishment.
You can play it here: https://brendaw.itch.io/supply-guy
And that’s it for now. For the next time I want to add more expressiveness for the Mates, create a high score counter and replay function, and maybe some intro/menus to improve starting experience. If you want to get updates from this DevLog in other places, you can follow me on Twitter or subscribe to my projects' newsletter!
Day 10 - July 11th
Just a quick update, as now you can play the game in it current state!
Check it out it’s page:
Please, play it and send feedback here or in there’s page for improve the game loop and fine tune.
And that’s it for now. For the next time I want to start making the IA movement for the Mates, create the enemies, and begin to shoot some bullets between enemies and Mates.
Day 7-8 - July 8th-9th
On this days I’ve couldn’t make anything on the game coding. Just improved the sprites of the mates and the player with the resources and thinking about what and how to do on the resources mechanic.
Day 9 - July 10th
The best day so far, because I was able to make a lot of things on the resources mechanics.
First of all, I’ve made the sprites of player and the mate change when the correct resource was in need (with the Mates) or on held (with the Player).
Then, I was able to make the main mechanic of the player picking the resource from the container and take it to the Mates in need, changing to the animation loaded. And by that, I was wondering some way to not just pass near the resource bucket or the mate to pick and/or delivery the resource without any interaction. For this, I mapped the space key to make the action of pick the resource and delivery it when you are near for then. In this way, the mechanic now is simple as that:
It’s already fun to play with that :D
To finish, I’ve created the health bars above the Mates, to indicate how much the resources were running out. In this, I’ve put some randomness in the pace of the bars, when the game choose the new resource in need after the player take it to the mate. With that, you will need to pick the right strategy, because for out of sudden, some mate can lower his resource faster than other. You will see it in action below.
So far, so good, here is the status for now:
I’m loving it!
Even without the enemies, bullets and the AI of them moving and trying to hit themselves and the player, the game is already interesting to play around, just needing some fine tune in this mechanic :)
And that’s it for now. For the next time I, finally, hope to start making the IA movement for the Mates, create the enemies, and begin to shoot some bullets between enemies and Mates.
Day 6 - July 7th
Today was really fun to start making some simple sprites for resources to be pick by our supply guy. I’ve also made some sprites for the supply guy to show that he has each of the resource on his behalf, and other sprites for our mates show what they need right now. This guys I’ll show in the next day, when the resources dynamic will be more close to be completed.
Another thing that I’ve made was to move the mates to the sides of the playable area. This felt more compelling for the playability, as in this way the supply guy will need to pass more danger as the “clear area” without barricades is greater than before.
Here are the changes and the additional of the resources below the supply guy spawn position:
And that’s it for now. For the next day, I hope finish the resources implementation, including the mates in need, and start making the IA movement for the Mates.
Thank you so much! I have in mind to compile all this stuff and publish on my site/github to help others start on jams just like me. If you want this, I can get in touch with you with this content :)
Day 3-4 - July 4th-5th
Unfortunately I couldn’t do anything on this days. Too tired to keep doing the tasks. Used some little free time to make random pixel art, like my new avatar to represent a graphite crystal.
Let’s move on hoping to have time doing something in the middle of the week.
Day 5 - July 6th
Today I have implemented a simple collision system between the Player and the Mates.
After that, I created the Barricades with the collision system learned from the knowledge with the other elements.
Now it looks like this:
And that’s it for now. I hope make the IA movement for the Mates and the initial resources concept in the next day that I’ll be able to keep working on this game.
Day 2 - July 3rd
For this day, I started segregating the concept into elements and actions. With that in mind, I’ve come up with the following:
After that, I started to work in the prototype, building the foundation to create the Player and Mates on an early stage. I’ve also made the Player movement, without any collision checks. It took all my time today, which the result below:
Pretty cool, right?
All the code are in the game’s repository on GitHub.
And that's for today's work. Tomorrow I hope to evolute in the collision between then, create the barricades and start to create some automatic movement on the Mates.
Edit on July 16h:
The game is out! Check it out bellow:
Day 1 - July 2nd
This is the first time that I'll be in a Game Jam and I’m so excited with this experience! I hope that everything will be great and fun on the process!
Today I’ve started using the theme of the jam to define my game itself. With that in mind, I’ve come up with this concept:
Be the support of my mates in the middle of a combat.
Think of that like you being the supplier from a squad and they need that you reach them to get up they morale and health, with the right supply for they need.
To make it more clear, I also have defined the core loop of the game:
I don’t know if I will be able to create all of this things, but it sounds really interesting to me. And from this I’ll make the iterations of the mechanics in my prototype on Godot Engine, with simple forms on a 2D canvas. I will share the playable prototype with you so we can validate and evolve together :)
To expand my ideas around this concept and the game loop, I’ve made some really simple hand drawing to make it more visible:
For my schedule, since I work on weekdays, I've come up with spaced tasks, that will follow that order:
If you want to keep an eye on the code, you can go to the game repository on GitHub.
That’s it for now! I hope to bring more stuff, starting with the initial prototype of some mechanic from the main concept. If you want to get updates from this DevLog in other places, you can follow me on Twitter or subscribe to my projects' newsletter!