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Hi Steve T and the rest of the Shock Site Gaming team.
If you have the time and the interest I'd love to see a review Optical Ball. Of all the games that I made it's my favorite. (If you are interessted a other game of mine instead that's cool too)
Studio Name: Woodsmoke
Name of Game: Optical Ball
Quick Bio of Game: I was testing Gamemaker and made a simple brick-breaker, then started to make a GTA1-ish game as originally planned. When I realized I didn't have the skills for a GTA1 game I continued making more levels and fell in love with game making at that point. I was always a fan of brick-breaking games starting with Crystal Hammer and Amegas on the good old Amiga500. But this game is very different and often a mashup of brick breakers and other classic games.
How long the Game was in development and if it's still in development, early access, or complete: Took me about one year (in my free time). The game is complete, but it will recieve an update which fixes a few bugs and adds some polish soon for a Steam release.
Why you became a game developer in the first place: At first I wanted to make a GTA1 game with 60fps framerate because I'm a huge fan of GTA1 but the framerate is really bad. Thats how I stumbled across Gamemaker. Also, after decades of playing games I felt that I've seen it all, and feel like experimenting with new types of games. I always loved to draw and making art for games is even more fun and helps me be more creative than ever before :D
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I like that your reviews are short and straight to the point. The background on your site I don't like that much because it tends to destract me from the content with the colour, symbols(numbers), and high contrast. If it was monochrome I think it would be alot better. Anyway I also have much respect for your honesty when reviewing games.
You may want to look into the fantasy console PICO-8 if you haven't heard of it yet. It's free and has all the things you need built in for programming, art, sound and music.
Although it's not a real existing retro console, it does have retro-like restrictions such as the fixed resolution of 128x128 pixels and a limited colour palette. Unlike developing for real retro consoles it's very newbie friendly. I recommend downloading this booklet here to see what it's about, and for getting started very easily.
The chance of actually releasing a game and the chance of people playing it is multitudes higher with PICO 8.
Get a freeware editing program, and practice. Think of a concept for the trailer before starting to record material. Make two or three trailers and choose the best one. I have never ever made a trailer ... yet.
I never made an Android game, but I think you get an important number for you app which you must remember. I think it's called Application ID. Here read this: https://developer.android.com/studio/build/application-id.html
Ask the people from the aptoide Android market for the legal terms for their market. Legal terms can differ depending on which market you are uploading to.
I was too scared to make a comment but now I dare to ;)
Nice style! Simple and effective. The only part I didn't like was the moon with the face. The tree with the glowing blue face looked a bit inconsistent, I would have made it monochrome too like the rest (white glow instead of blue), but that's just nit picking.
Wow that's quite a lot of stuff you drew there! I would not buy it because for me the quality is not high enough. Don't forget the hand drawn style in games has a very personal feeling to it, and I think many developers using the hand-drawn style usually wish to express themselves by them self. Anyway you earned yourself some respect! I'm sure this alone leveled up your art skills and if you re-did it now it would look 2x as good. Maybe try ink?