Finished up the game with a cheesy ending and a secret, as well as a new name and some hints! It's now "Escape" and it is playable in the browser. Enjoy!
Day 3, July 31
I have made the scares!
You're gonna have to look close, probably. Also added a jumpscare, but I'm not spoiling the surprise. Aaaaand the puzzles are done! Level 1 is complete!
Day 2, July 28
I worked on the computer interface and got a primitive version up and running!
As you see, it covers the whole screen so you won't be able to see if a monster comes up. I may work on it a bit more later, but at least its working!
Day 1, July 27
Good day to you!
Partway through creating my last game, I realized that my heart wasn't really in it. I was putting off doing it instead of getting excited to make it like my first game. As this is "My First Game Jam," I finished it and submitted it, and people were happy... but I wasn't. It was simplistic and not very creative. In fact, I had designed it that way thinking it'll give me something to start with, then once it's done I can add to it. But then, I finished with nine days to spare and with nothing to add.
Then I had an idea I was genuinely excited about. I hope to make this game and show it to you great people in my remaining time and see if I can make something I'm truly proud of!
I call it "Framed" (a pun on 'Frame,' which is what a level is called in Clickteam Fusion). It's a 2d pixelated-style horror puzzle game in which the player explores a house while a mysterious presence stalks them. Simple enough, but there's a twist- the player must solve puzzles based on the various numbers and phrases strewn throughout the house. They do this with the help of a mysterious tablet/computer interface that allows them to input the numbers/phrases and output the solutions and hints to the various puzzles. The problem is that, while the computer is up, it's possible for the player to be attacked by the monster. If they don't check the environment, they'll die by the monster, but if they put the computer down they lose everything they were typing. They have to balance if they want to survive.
Today, I began work on the project, implementing a basic movement system and adding sprites for the player and environment. This is what I came up with after an hour or two:
Tomorrow, I hope to implement a few hints and the first glimpse of the monster. Happy trails, everyone!
Ok, it's not perfect, but its done!
Final Day, July 26
I implemented a main menu accessible by pressing esc, a win screen, and I got rid of the mouth I talked about last time. It's nothing really special, but I finished it and submitted it by a deadline. If I do say so myself, I think it looks pretty good! I tried to make it creepy.
I've kept this short and avoided screenshots to keep you in suspense. That is, until you decide whether or not to play it.
Day 3, July 24
Today I worked on a TON of stuff for the game! I've remade the enemy sprite to be an eyeball instead of... whatever the heck it was before!
I have now added health for both you and the enemy (named "Megabyte") and a brand new type of enemy/obstacle! When you bring Megabyte's health down to 80/50 by hovering over him while he is not shooting bullets, it spawns an additional eyeball! Once he has reached 20 health the eyes speed up and a demonic mouth spawns in the center of the map! Running into the mouth will rapidly deplete your health.
Finally, I have added a game over screen for when you die instead of simply exiting the game. If you wish to exit, you must press escape (this will be changed to bring you to a menu in the near future).
That's all for today. Toodles!
Day 2, July 23
I have someone for you to meet. His name is chad, and he will be your playermodel for today.
Yes, yes, I know. He's beautiful. That's why his name is Chad. So handsome.
Ok, so in all seriousness, the playermodel needs some work. Still, it's functional! And it gives "flavor!"
Here's a gif of what I have so far, gameplay wise!
Day 1, July 22
I didn't sleep last night and I have a barber appointment, so I'm probably going to go completely insane before the day is out. But still! This game will be good! I can tell already!
I came up with the name "Megabyte" because I had no idea how to name this thing. I keep hoping that in the end, the game's executable will be exactly one megabyte big. I somehow doubt that'll happen, since a megabyte sounds like it's either very big or very small.
It's still morning, so I'll probably update this later today once I actually have something done. Right now, it's just positivity!
The game's going to be a bullet hell in which things fly at you from the sides of the screen and you must avoid them for an amount of time, then fight back by shooting lasers/bullets/etc. I've created a keyboard based top-down shooter bullet hell before, so this is neighboring my comfort zone. Still, it's far enough away that I'll probably learn a bit while I make it!
I've got to go. Good luck everyone!
It's much later in the day, and I found a few minutes to write in my devlog. Hooray!
Today was a bit busier than I expected, so I only got in an hour to work on the game. Even so, I think I made very good progress!
I created four sprites (one for the player, one for the enemy, one bullet, and one mine) and implemented some basic gameplay mechanics. The enemy now bounces around the screen and every five seconds sprays bullets that you must dodge for five seconds. Failure to dodge results in the game closing. I don't have screenshots or software that allows easy capture of said screenshots, so that's going to be a big goal of mine tomorrow! I know there are resources recommended to share my work with others in easy formats, so I'm going to investigate tomorrow!
Once the weekend is over, I should have a ton more time to work on this game. Until then, I'll have to find as much time as I can to make this better.
I'm excited for the future!
1. Hi there! What's your name? Want to introduce yourself?
Hi! I'm Rastabon, a weird nerd who loves videogames and gets bored extremely easily.
2. Did you participate in the last jam we held? If so, what do you plan on doing better this time? If not, what's your reason for joining?
I've never done this before and I've wanted to be an indie game dev for many years now. Plus, you know, I got really bored.
3. What games are your favorites? Did any of them inspire you, or made you want to make your own?
Toby Fox and Scott Cawthon are my ultimate game design heros. They designed and created Undertale and Five Nights at Freddy's respectively. I'm amazed by their work, and I want to make something that effects the world like their work has some day.
4. Do you have experience with game development? What did you do/with what engine?
I made a really, really bad RPGmaker game called Guilt that I put on steam greenlight. It bombed withing the first hour, and I didn't even put out a demo. I took it down after about the fifth or sixth negative comment in a row.
Recently, however, I started learning how to use Clickteam Fusion. I got it in a Humble Bundle a while ago and became intimidated by it a bit. Once I fought past the beginning, however, I found its quite simple to learn! I even made a little game demo and posted it on this website!
5. Tell us about something you're passionate about!
I feel that many people need to explore the issues in their life at times and let themselves be taken away in a distraction other times. It's my fondest dream to make a game that truly helps people in their lives some day. I have a long way to go, but I think that with hard work I can do it.
6. What are your goals for this game jam?
I want to gain experience and recognition! The earlier I start, the better chance I have of accomplishing my dreams!
7. Any advice to new jammers (if you're a veteran)?
Nope! I'm not a veteran! Sorry!
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