Sorry for the long delay. It's something I want to get back to soon. Currently, shipping Starlink is taking all my energy. ;)
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Thanks so much! I'm glad you and your friends have been enjoying it!
Now that my teaching is done for the semester, I'm hoping to get back into actively developing this and releasing an expanded version in the future. :)
I'll certainly try! The fast-paced physics gameplay makes it a bit challenging (even the tiniest bit of lag could result in drastically different results) but there may be ways to solve the major issues.
Keep moving and aim for the trail. As long as a player domino is laying down trail, they can only be toppled by their own trail dominoes hitting them. (If you idle then it becomes possible to just body-check you, as an anti-exploit)
You should just be able to unzip the game and run the executable. You'll get a configuration screen where you can change the graphics quality and input settings - just press "Play!" to start. After that you'll see two dominoes drop onto a table. Use the arrow keys or WASD to control one of them, or the left stick of your gamepad. More players can join using more gamepads. A full control map is included in the zip file, and is also shown in-game if you press Escape.
Thanks Stephanie! I'm working on expanding the game to include features like those. I think there's a lot of ways to make the gameplay deeper and offer more variety. I'd also like to investigate whether I can add a single-player mode of some kind.
Thanks! And sorry for the trouble there - I'd assumed Unity's built-in control mapping would be enough, but I didn't realize it was missing an option for inverting an axis. I'm working on a fresh build for an upcoming game party, so I'll build in more robust options UI for that version. In the meantime, I can think of a hacky fix: if we can work out what joystick name the controller reports, I can detect that case and invert its input in code. ;) Do you have the Unity editor installed? If so, I can give you a quick little script to get this info. There may also be third-party programs you can run to remap the gamepad - I use one to get DS4s to read like Xbox 360 gamepads in Unity.
Well, I won't give you all the info you'd need to clone my game. ;)
When making your own original game, there are going to be some judgement calls you need to make for yourself, including things like what unit scale and physics behaviour feels right to you.
Yes, it is indeed built on Unity. I used very nearly the default soft shadow settings - the only changes I made were to decrease the shadow strength to 0.72 so they're a bit more transparent and increase the intensity of the light to 3.2 (my normal mapped materials were rendering darker than I wanted, and in a jam's time constraints it was faster to blow out the light than troubleshoot what was causing this) ;)
It might be because I have a small confined scene with a very shallow depth range, so the shadow map's resolution isn't stretched thin across a huge volume. I also have relatively few curved or thin pointy shapes to reveal jaggies from aliasing, and the camera rarely gets super close to a surface without the depth of field blurring away artifacts that might otherwise be visible.
If you're having trouble in your Unity project, you can often get good advice over at gamedev.stackexchange.com - just be sure to ask a clear and specific question, including a description of what you've tried, examples of the results, and a clear indication of what bits you want to change/improve.
It doesn't look like that will help, unfortunately. That's an IDE for coding web apps from scratch - at present, I don't see myself re-coding the game and all of the Unity engine features I'm using. ;) I'll keep looking into other options.
Updated with dynamic controls assignment, which should let you play with any combination of (up to 3) keyboard and gamepad players (up to a total of 6). Whatever input you use first automatically maps to player 1, the next to player 2, the next to player 3 (spawned on demand), and so on.
Please let me know how this works for you. :)
Also, I'm digging "Capture the Marble" - I've been itching to try getting one of those swirly glass marbles in. Initially I was thinking of it as a hazard, but now I'm considering "Marble Soccer" or other uses... Stay tuned for further experiments over the next month!
Good idea, I'll try to incorporate more sophisticated controls options in the next build.
There will be some imbalance between the arrow keys and gamepad players (the full 360° angle control of an analog stick is a big benefit), but you can resolve that part in meatspace by rotating controllers if you wanted to play tournament-style. ;)