I love this. I come here almost every day.
The idea is to have WASD+mouse controls initially, but also support twin sticks if available. I'm thinking the core gameplay will be to just survive as long as possible.
I'll try to post daily updates here.
Wow, thanks a lot for giving it a try and posting suggestions!
I'm aware of the controls being sloppy, and I'm planning on improving on them, but I don't know how to code proper controls yet.
I'm still learning how to do animations, but I'll try adding basic "poof" when an enemy is killed as a placeholder so it doesn't feel confusing.
Thanks again for your kind post, really appreciate it. I'm continuing to work on this game and posting updates in its devlog if you're interested.
OK, game is far from finished, but I submitted what I have as a "playable demo", and will continue working on it for #1GAM (I'm giving myself a 33 days deadline).
I really liked the experience, and learned a lot in very little time, so I wanted to share what I learned here.
It's obvious, but the days I started to work on the game right after (and sometimes during) breakfast proved to be the most productive. I have been learning how to focus for a while now, but participating in this jam helped put a lot of what I learned in practice.
I'm very new to pixel art, I took an Udemy course earlier this year and had been practicing a bit, but this jam really put my small knowledge to the test, and I have to say that's where I failed the most. I found myself trying to rush it, and getting frustrated because I was never able to make the assets look the way I wanted them to look. So I learned I'll have to take my time with it, and practice a lot more. This is something I want to learn and become good or at least decent at.
Don't know if I mentioned this, but my day job is web development, so I'm coding most of the day. I have been trying to learn how to make games for a couple of years now, and at first the programming part felt quite intimidating because there seemed to be a lot of math and advanced algorithms involved, and a lot of coding seemed to be required for the most basic stuff. But this turned out to be the easy part!
I sometimes thought learning how games are made would take the "magic" out of videogames, and I wouldn't enjoy playing them as much. I was so wrong! This makes the experience so much more enjoyable, as now I can look at games with a different, but positive, perspective, and thoughts about how a pattern or movement is coded, or how a sprite or background are put together start popping into my head. This is especially true when playing entries for this jam. I love it!
Anyway, I'll continue working on SharkBlaster. I'll try to keep posting devlop entries, but to it's official devlog now :-)
Thanks a lot for reading!
Hey, thanks a lot for the encouragement! It really means a lot :)
I didn't have time to work on the game this weekend, and with one day left, I'm afraid I won't make it. I will keep pushing and hopefully finish a level and submit that, and then keep working on it for #1GAM.
I did learn a lot during this jam, especially that I need to practice pixel art a lot more, because it takes me a long time to do something that looks really bad, so my plan going forward is to do at least 1hr of it every day (I appreciate any suggestions on that too!).
Anyway, thanks again for your message and advice.
Spent about an hour and a half today to add a new enemy (finally!). It looks awful, so I won't post a scaled up image, but you can see it in action in this gameplay GIF:
I don't think I'll be able to finish, and even then, the game will surely be as bad as the pixel art, if not worse! But I'll keep pushing through, it's my first attempt, and I want to continue making games after this one :)
Thanks for reading and bearing with me!
No time today. Only managed to do a small code cleanup update: use a Map to associate enemy type strings (defined in Tiled) with classes. This way, now I have a base Enemy class, and can have a subclass for each type of enemy.
This is possible thanks to Haxe's reflection API, which I learned about today :-)
OK, too much coding for today, I have to turn to graphics and level design.
So glad the deadline was extended! Although I'm starting to feel I won't make it!
Anyways, didn't get to do much work until today and I spent a ton of time trying to load enemy sprites from the tiled map data.
I finally did it, and improved my understanding on how to work with Tiled, but I think I took longer than I needed.
Here's what that looks like:
I hope to make more progress in the time left!
This is what I did yesterday, hopefully I'll have another update today.
Yesterday did only a couple of small things:
Not much really, hoping the deadline is extended. Otherwise I'll send a late submission.
Anyway, here's a GIF with the game so far:
Only a couple of things done today:
With a few days left, I'm trying to think what the are the most important things I need to focus on in order to have a playable game in time.
Anyway, I hope to be back tomorrow with another update, but weekends are a bit crazy!
Hello again Internet!
Made good progress today:
You can try it yourselves here: http://gonzalodelgado.com/SharkBlaster :-)
Be seeing you!
Whoa, didn't have time to work on this until today (you know, life gets in the way).
Not much done today either:
Anyway, there's a lot more to do, not sure if I'll finish before the deadline, but I'll keep on pushing forward!
The graphics are combinations of photos I'm manipulating (mostly with an
android app that I'm emulating on my PC believe it or not. I've come
up with a strange workflow for making these) Then I touch them up /
modify in aseprite.
Interesting, hope that's more fun than it sounds! ^_^
Can't wait to play it!
No time today either! I managed to do a better player sprite:
It still isn't the final version (I want to at least have a silhouette of Miu in there).
Anyway, as I said, no time today! Be seeing you.
I decided to join A Game By Its Cover this year. If I can finish a game, it will be my first!
After a couple of years learning the basics of game development, I feel ready to make a simple game in 2 weeks.
I chose Shark Blaster, which will be a very simple underwater cute'em up.
I'll go for a 8-bit aesthetic, mainly because it'll allow my bad pixel art to be done faster.
For coding, I'll be using HaxeFlixel because I'm rather familiar with it and it comes with a lot of solutions out of the box. Also, it'll let me get the game playable on the web easily.
I'll also use Tiled for editing levels. I never used it seriously before, and I'm not sure how well it supports scrolling levels, but I guess I'll find out!
For pixel art I'll be using Piskel, and probably GIMP. I prefer GIMP, but Piskel is good for animation and probably a better fit for the simplistic look I'm after. I'll probably use GIMP for backgrounds, although I don't really have any experience doing backgrounds!!
OK, so this is the first day and I think I've already made good progress:
Here's the current result!
I'll probably also be uploading the source code somewhere.
Keep you posted!