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Darenn Keller

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Hey everyone !

I am a solo game dev working on Lueur, a minimalist strategy game with elements of city-builder and survival.  I need some brave players to test the game.

This game is all about simplicity and discovery. Its targeting people getting into strategy/management games but also veterans looking for a game to chill a bit between hour long games on their favorite city-builder, 4x, strategy game. Retro-gaming fans, I hope you will love the retro vibe of Lueur !

To participate, just fill out this form with your preferred way of contact. I will get in touch with the alpha of the game and a feedback form.

Oh did I mention there are a few freebies along with it ? 🎁 You will be credited in the final game as a playtester. You will also get a DRM-free copy of my last game, Last In Space. And of course, you will get a free copy of Lueur at release. ;)

Thank you very much for participating, it really helps the tiny solo dev I am 💖.

Hey everyone !
I'm a full time french indie developer working on a minimalist city builder game.
I need side projects to relax a bit though, and I decided to make a game for the playdate. I won't work more than a few hours on this every week, so progress will be slow, but I'll share the journey on this forum.

Concept

You play as a sniper, and... you shoot things.

The idea is to make use of the crank to zoom in or out. The D-pad is used to move your cursor around.

To reload, you'll need to tilt the playdate towards you (using the accelerometer). Then you'll need to crank up and down several time to reload bullets one by one.

A button is to shoot, B button to pause the game.

Prototype

Here's a small prototype I made to setup the playdate environment and see how I could use the crank to zoom in and out. 

I don't know much about faking 3D in 2D. As you can see the zoom out and in is kind of strange. If you have good resources about this I'm all ears ! Also if your know of someone making a similar game for the playdate, let me know ! 

If you don't want to miss the next devlogs, be sure to follow me on itch (I'll repost over there).

See you next time !

Your welcome !

Your welcome !

Thanks !
I'm actually using a palette from lospec yes. I found out that saturated colors can be hard on the eyes so I choose the Waldgeist very desaturated and nostalgic color palette.
The UI elements do not use it to make them pop out though, and the light 2d modifies the colors so that might be why it looks messy.

That's great to hear ! Good luck with the development.

Hey everyone !

I played more than 60 LOWREZJAM games during 28 hours of live.

Let's look at the top 5 games from the LOWREZJAM you should definitely play and draw inspiration from.

The #LOWREZJAM is a game dev competition where you have 2 weeks to create a game fitting into a strict 64x64 resolution. This year the jam counted more than 400 entries.

Find the games featured in the video in this itch collection : https://itch.io/c/2721284/top-5-lowrezjam

https://balintm.itch.io/madness-in-square-garden

Are you working on a game ? Share it in the comments so I can check it out.

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Hey ! Your game is in my top 5 lowrez games to draw inspiration from. Congratulations ! And sorry... I loved the ending scene so much that I could not resist spoiling everyone in the video...

Hey ! Your game is in my top 5 lowrez games to draw inspiration from. Congratulations for making this game, I really enjoyed it. It's impressive how much levels you got out of those really simple and intuitive controls.

Hey ! Your game is in my top 5 lowrez games to draw inspiration from. Congratulations for making this game. It is my personal favorite, but don't tell anyone !

Hey ! Your game is in my top 5 lowrez games to draw inspiration from. Congratulations for making this game. It's quite fun and I'm waiting for the mobile release !

Hey ! Your game is in my top 5 lowrez games to draw inspiration from. Congratulations for making this game, I really enjoyed it, and it is impressive how polished it is.

Hey ! Your game is in my top 5 honorable mentions. Congratulations for making this game. I'm really bad at platformers, but I still had a very good time.

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Hey ! Your game is in my top 5 honorable mentions. Congratulations for making this game. I might not have used the best strategy to resolve the puzzles, but it was really fun !

Hey !

Your game is in my top 5 honorable mentions.

I want to congratulate you again for making this very interesting game. I would love to play a more complete version, or see it in another game as a mini game !

Hey !
Your game is in my top 5 honorable mentions.
I want to congratulate you again for making this very interesting game. While I'm not an horror game fan, I still enjoyed it very much.

Hey !
I discovered your game a few months ago and it really sticked with me. Especially thanks to this minimalist approach.

I set myself the challenge of making a city builder into a 64x64 resolution for the LOWREZJAM.

Your game was a great source of inspiration. It allowed me to benchmark what works, what don't, and what's missing without having to prototype anything. Your visual style was also a big help, as I'm a real beginner in pixel art.

You'll see it's quite different in a lot of aspect, and I would love to know what you think of the game.

https://darenn.itch.io/lueur

I'm working on a complete version as we speak, so feedback is greatly appreciated.

Thanks again !

Just played the game again for my video. I love the new map on the wall at the start ! Great idea.

Also, would you be able to make a build for linux or windows so that I can record the game full screen ?
I can do without it, just afraid about the quality.

You can send the OST at my public mail : darenn.gamedev@gmail.com

Thanks !

Thank you for your feedback !
I'm really happy you like the interface, it took a lot of work and redoing thing to keep something clear.
If you are interested in game dev content and more playtest of your games, follow me on itch/twitter and subscribe to my youtube channel (it really helps) !

Hey it's me again !
I would like to feature Icarus in a future video. Any way I can get the music ?

I'm happy to help !
Thanks for the subscribe, it really helps !

I'm glad it is useful, it was my pleasure.
If you are interested in game dev content and more playtest of your games, follow me on itch/twitter and subscribe to my youtube channel (it really helps) !

Your welcome it was my pleasure.
If you wanna help and are interested in game dev content and more playtest of your games, follow me on itch/twitter and subscribe to my youtube channel !

Your welcome, happy to help !
If you wanna help and are interested in game dev content and more playtest of your games, follow me on itch/twitter and subscribe to my youtube channel !

Congratulations on making this game !

I've played your game during a live that you can watch here :

The live is timestamped so you can go directly to your game.

I hope the feedback and live reactions will be useful. Keep it up !

If you wanna help and are interested in game dev content and more playtest of your games, follow me on itch/twitter and subscribe to my youtube channel !

Congratulations on making this game !

I've played your game during a live that you can watch here :

The live is timestamped so you can go directly to your game.

I hope the feedback and live reactions will be useful. Keep it up !

If you wanna help and are interested in game dev content and more playtest of your games, follow me on itch/twitter and subscribe to my youtube channel !

Congratulations on making this game !

I've played your game during a live that you can watch here :

The live is timestamped so you can go directly to your game.

I hope the feedback and live reactions will be useful. Keep it up !

If you wanna help and are interested in game dev content and more playtest of your games, follow me on itch/twitter and subscribe to my youtube channel !

Congratulations on making this game !

I've played your game during a live that you can watch here :

The live is timestamped so you can go directly to your game.

I hope the feedback and live reactions will be useful. Keep it up !

If you wanna help and are interested in game dev content and more playtest of your games, follow me on itch/twitter and subscribe to my youtube channel !

Congratulations on making this game !

I've played your game during a live that you can watch here :

The live is timestamped so you can go directly to your game.

I hope the feedback and live reactions will be useful. Keep it up !

If you wanna help and are interested in game dev content and more playtest of your games, follow me on itch/twitter and subscribe to my youtube channel !

Congratulations on making this game !

I've played your game during a live that you can watch here :

The live is timestamped so you can go directly to your game.

I hope the feedback and live reactions will be useful. Keep it up !

If you wanna help and are interested in game dev content and more playtest of your games, follow me on itch/twitter and subscribe to my youtube channel !

Congratulations on making this game !

I've played your game during a live that you can watch here :

The live is timestamped so you can go directly to your game.

I hope the feedback and live reactions will be useful. Keep it up !

If you wanna help and are interested in game dev content and more playtest of your games, follow me on itch/twitter and subscribe to my youtube channel !

Congratulations on making this game !

I've played your game during a live that you can watch here :

The live is timestamped so you can go directly to your game.

I hope the feedback and live reactions will be useful. Keep it up !

If you wanna help and are interested in game dev content and more playtest of your games, follow me on itch/twitter and subscribe to my youtube channel !

Congratulations on making this game !

I've played your game during a live that you can watch here :

The live is timestamped so you can go directly to your game.

I hope the feedback and live reactions will be useful. Keep it up !

If you wanna help and are interested in game dev content and more playtest of your games, follow me on itch/twitter and subscribe to my youtube channel !

Congratulations on making this game !

I've played your game during a live that you can watch here :

The live is timestamped so you can go directly to your game.

I hope the feedback and live reactions will be useful. Keep it up !

If you wanna help and are interested in game dev content and more playtest of your games, follow me on itch/twitter and subscribe to my youtube channel !

Congratulations on making this game !

I've played your game during a live that you can watch here :

The live is timestamped so you can go directly to your game.

I hope the feedback and live reactions will be useful. Keep it up !

If you wanna help and are interested in game dev content and more playtest of your games, follow me on itch/twitter and subscribe to my youtube channel !

Congratulations on making this game !

I've played your game during a live that you can watch here :

The live is timestamped so you can go directly to your game.

I hope the feedback and live reactions will be useful. Keep it up !

If you wanna help and are interested in game dev content and more playtest of your games, follow me on itch/twitter and subscribe to my youtube channel !

Congratulations on making this game !

I've played your game during a live that you can watch here :

The live is timestamped so you can go directly to your game.

I hope the feedback and live reactions will be useful. Keep it up !

If you wanna help and are interested in game dev content and more playtest of your games, follow me on itch/twitter and subscribe to my youtube channel !

Congratulations on making this game !

I've played your game during a live that you can watch here :

The live is timestamped so you can go directly to your game.

I hope the feedback and live reactions will be useful. Keep it up !

If you wanna help and are interested in game dev content and more playtest of your games, follow me on itch/twitter and subscribe to my youtube channel !