Another option is that the camera is always pointing at the player character, but not from behind. The tracking Resident Evil cameras are occasionally like that, so zombies that the player character would see from a first person perspective are completely invisible to the player looking at the screen. However, looking at the avatar’s face could give clues where the enemy is. As an alt, the AI (and your view) could be of a shooter, and you have to escape, but can only see what they see
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There is such a thing as a second person shooter. Some examples even exist here on itch.io
Even the old text adventure days are, effectively second person: “You are standing outside a small house…”
UPDATE: ok, here’s a throwaway idea. Your target is the host of the game’s camera, under AI control. Their “view” is what the player gets to use to try to control the shooter.
All the text and the game design was written by me. The original idea of a poly discussion about relationships was inspired by my conversations wit Trevor, who wanted an interactive piece that addressed real world issues for poly people, without the usual stereotypes. I hope we achieved that. Trevor, if you want the updated game files for your page, do ask. Sorry the bug fixes took so long!
Ok, now I'm finally able to actually start :-( so, just over 9 hours for the LD Compo, 16 hours for MiniJam, and A day and a bit for the LD Jam. Aiming for the Compo might be nice, but Hmmm... might be better to go for tomorrow morning for the Mini. Let's see what happens!
So #LDJAM’s theme is “start with nothing” @ludumdare and #minijam’s is “Food”, with a limitation of “only arrow key input” @MiniJamOfficial
Hmmm… I could TOTALLY do both, couldn’t I…
with the same game…
What if you were the AI software behind Star Trek’s replicator?
“Tea.Earl Grey. Hot…”
Er… er… coming right up (?)…
A nightmare in menu form. Many many menus… and with none of them in view
Of course you add "at a time" to the theme "only one", which is sort of cheating, but then I (sort of) did that too. The rotation is a little counter intuitive, relying on interpreting the mini-map. However, a good game, if tough for this old timer, and more functional than mine was :-(
My regret? Only having about 8 of the 48 hours to actually jam, because… Life. Still uploaded it anyway:
because the idea intrigued me of a 1D platformer. I’ve now (well after the jam) got a few clearer ideas of how this might work. At the time, I was more exploring than developing
Ok, not because it was any good, but because I struggled with the idea of a 1D game myself, I’d like to see the challenge of your interpretation. This was/is both a parody of Thomas Was Alone, and me trying to see if I could make a 1D puzzle platformer. It won’t take you long to play it…
Counting it up afterwards, I only did about 8-9 hours on the game in fact. I still wanted to post what I’d done, as a marker, to encourage me to come back to it. I have a few clearer ideas of what 1D puzzles might be now
You’re right. There is a bit of experimentation as to what a 1D game could be, and I want to explore it further. Time was the enemy, as much as not knowing where I was going, but wanting to explore anyway
The idea I struggled with was what is a 1D platformer. Limited time didn’t help. However, I wanted to try to explore puzzle solving in a way that was more than the jokey 1D Tetris, which is even less of a game. Maybe when I’ve worked things out a bit more I could invite you back to play it. When it is more of a game
Since the Jam I’ve got a better idea of what a puzzle or a pit or a jump is in flatland, and a better idea of what playing in one dimension should be. I’ll go back to it, when I have more time
Unfortunately, I only had about a sixth of the time I’d expected to work on the game, but thought I’d upload what I’d done anyway, so I can be motivated to go back to it. I also want to learn Pico-8, and things like this push me to do that when time is limited.
Thank you. In the end I only had about 8 of the 48 hours to play, but wanted to mark what I’d done, even if it is meagre. I’d like to explore what a level means in only one dimension, and more so than 1D Tetris, which is only parody; for example, what is a jump or a pit in flatland?