Posts Tagged ‘bug box’
10th Sep 2009
Woohoo, I’m on a roll! 🙂 Tonight I finished my new game: Star Fish. It has been uploaded to FlashGameLicense and is under bidding there, so hopefully someone will take a bite (pun intended). Star Fish is a fun little undersea mouse-avoider / collect-em-up, spread over 25 levels.
(This is a screen shot of a particularly hectic level!)
If you’re an FGL friend then you can play it here on FlashGameLicense (developer ratings appreciated!). Everyone else will have to wait until the official release, sorry (or just email me)
I developed the whole game in 12 hours flat (over the course of 3 days, working evenings). That makes it the absolute fastest game I’ve ever created. It also means I finally managed to achieve my goal of making a game in a day that I set out to do with my previous game Bug Box, but ultimately failed. The next couple of games that I’ve got in development are much larger, and will take a lot longer to bring to fruition, so I’m happy to have sneaked this one out.
I’m a bit worried that the cute visuals will put sponsors off. It makes the game immediately family / girl / casual portal friendly, but it also means it’ll drop like a lead balloon on the likes of Newgrounds or Kongregate. Such is life 🙂 This is a game I’d be happy for anyone in my family to play, and for that I’m pleased. I’ll keep you all updated as to how it performs.
25th Aug 2009
I’m pleased to say that my little “game in a day” creation Bug Box is now released and out in the wild! You can play it over on its games page. Or if you feel like giving it some rating love it’s also on Newgrounds and Kongregate. Quite why I uploaded a game featuring nature sounds, cute little bugs and pure cerebral gameplay to those two sites is utterly beyond me. Hopefully my sanity will have returned by the morning 🙂 On the plus side it’ll appear on BigFishGames by the end of the month.
7th Aug 2009
A week ago while chatting on a forum RobotJam inspired me by something he said: About how everyone should try and create a “one day game” at least once in their developer lives. As in a proper game, that you then go and and try to sell. And he gave some successful examples of his own.
I thought this was a nice idea. So now, a week later, mine is finished 😉
It’s a simple puzzle game: Just get the butterfly out of the box. There are only 3 levels, easy, medium and hard. It is based on an old Japanese game played with wooden blocks called Hakoiri Shogi.
The core game was done in 3 hours, as you’ll see when you play it (it’s hardly cutting edge technology). Having done that I then set about on the graphics, which took me a lot longer. I bought some of the images from iStockPhoto and then built the scene-up the way I wanted it. The music is from SoundRangers.com mixed with some nature effects by myself. Also big thanks to Eric at Cavalcade Games for doing the great “Level Win” animation sequence for me.
Originally I only wanted the one puzzle (“Easy”). That’s all I had in place and I was pleased I had managed to create a nice little logic game so fast. But then I let my wife play it and she completed it instantly, so I figured it needed more! I added in two new puzzles, the leafy reveal sequence, the in-game buttons, etc. I just guess I couldn’t leave it alone, so I polished it until I felt it shined enough.
Having said that it’s still my absolute fastest game build ever: from concept to FGL in 5 days, working evenings only. Yes I am going to put it up for sponsorship, but I’m realistic and really don’t expect much. My hope is that I could make a few little sales that add-up. As long as I cover my $60 media costs I’m happy.
For now you can play the game only on FGL. My FGL “Friends” can see it right away, as can other devs of a certain level. At the time of writing it’s still pending approval for sponsor viewing. Obviously once it has been sold everyone can play it 🙂
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