Posts Tagged ‘games’

Clash of the Olympians for Android

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

For the last eight months approx we were working with Ironhide Game Studio on a port to Android of their game Clash of the Olympians originally made for Flash. We are happy to announce that it was released on Google Play on last December 6th.

It is not a direct port since it has new features like bonuses for making combos during the game, new enemy behaviors, a hero room to see your score when you finish the game and multiple save slots. Also, the game mechanics changed a bit since they were adapted to touch devices and the game was rebalanced to match the new controls.

If you didn't already, go and get it on Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ironhide.games.clashoftheolympians

QR code:

Hope you enjoy it.

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Ludum dare 22 - Leave me alone!! - Post mortem

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Leave me Alone!! was my game for Ludum Dare 22 introduced in this post, now I want to make a small post mortem as I did for my previous Ludum Dare games.

First of all, I was about to not enter this LD because I couldn't spend all the weekend to develop a game but in the end I did because I didn't want to break the habit.

As I explained in the previous post (it has images and videos), Leave me Alone is casual game where you use the mouse (on PC at least) to move an orange particle which has to be isolated from incoming blue and green particles with different behaviors.

LD rating stage finished the previous Saturday and these are the results for my game:

	#114	Fun		3.04
	#168	Community	2.93
	#380	Overall		2.62
	#409	Innovation	2.28
	#458	Theme		2.35
	#519	Humor		1.42  (how??)
	#585	Coolness	17%
	#592	Mood		1.61
	#594	Audio		1.00
	#650	Graphics	1.68

What went wrong

  • Didn't like the theme Alone too much and my first ideas in mind were too complex.
  • My dedication time was limited and I couldn't work a complex idea instead the one I made, or even spend more time to add more value to the selected idea.
  • Didn't dedicate too much time to gain visibility (more info later).
  • My graphics were too simple, there is no background, no effects, no nothing. There are no sounds either.
  • I made a timelapse but I was out all the time and it sucks so I never uploaded it to youtube.
  • Didn't worked on the Android version controls and current one is almost unplayable, that means no Android players.

What went well

  • Even though I had little time to spend on the game, I refine one of the possible game ideas to make it smaller and be able to finish it on time.
  • Game is fun despite being small and simple (could be better of course).
  • The game had some visibility even though I spend almost no time in promoting it (more info later).
  • Even though some people "called me crazy" :P for using a physics engine for a game like this one, I believe it was a correct choice since I know Box2d enough to simplify my life. For example, all movements in the game are made using forces on each body (the particles) and the result is a good simulation of a real movement. Also, all collision logic is solved for me so I have to code less.

How to get visibility to your game

When you make games in LD you have to make other LD participants to rate your game since is the only way to get rated. There are different ways to improve the visibility of your game:

  • Have already a lot of visibility, for example, if you are a known celebrity like Notch (soooo many comments) or Kevglass, between others, your game will be played (at least I will play them).
  • Make a great game (the main idea of the LD), then people will start to make comments about it, tell to friends, make blog posts, etc.
  • Promote the game during the development by making blog posts on LD blog, record timelapse and stream your development, between other possibilities, this allows you to get a lot of players when the game is released.
  • Promote it by making it easy to play, maybe an online mutiplatform version (applet or flash), if you make your game only for win7 with XNA 8.0 you will probably lose some potential players. Make a good gameplay video too so people could watch your game without having to play it, maybe you could even convince them to install XNA 8.0 to play your game ;)
  • If you have time after development, play other LD games, rate them and make comments about them because this is one of the best ways to get other participants to play your game and, in the best case scenario, to rate it and even make comments.

In conclusion, it always feels nice to participate in LD, and I am happy with the game I did Although I had not so much time to spend. Next time maybe I could do better.

Hope you like the post :D

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Leave me Alone!!, my game for Ludum Dare 22

Monday, December 19th, 2011

To continue with tradition, I made a game for Ludum Dare 22. In this case, the theme was "alone", and I made a game named Leave me alone!! (sadly, it seems like there are 3 or more games named that way).

I had little time to spend making the game so I targeted a simple game with almost no graphics nor sounds but fun.

The story behind the game is, you have to isolate a particle from other particles to keep the world safe, if they make contact then the world explodes in a mega hyper super duper explosion (use your imagination).

Here is a screenshot:

I recorded the timelapse but it was really boring so this time I will not upload it, however, I made a gameplay video:

I will be happy if you can play it, and rate it (if you participated ludum dare), and love it ;)

Enjoy it.

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Super Flying Thing - Update 09

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

There is a new version of Super Flying Thing available, here is the change log:

  • Changed to count the best time to end a level
  • Modified random level generation and changed random mode to be named training
  • Removed practice mode, go to training now
  • Removed Exit button, you can exit the game pressing back button on main menu
  • Added sound for the explosions
  • Added about us screen with links to blog and more games

Remember, you can play it right now, just follow the next links:

PLAY ON PC or PLAY ON ANDROID:

Play on Android

Hope you enjoy it.

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A game prototype : Mad Jetpack

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The previous weekend I started a game prototype named Mad Jetpack, it is a Jetpac remake with Box2D physics and probably more features.

Jetpac is an arcade game where the main idea was to recover parts of your ship and assemble them to fix your ship while different monsters (from each planet you visit I suppose) attack you.

Game prototype is uploaded and it has already some features implemented. As I don't know if I will continue with it or not I want to share the current state with you.

Objective: pick the small circles(ship parts or fuel) and bring them to the greater circle (your ship), avoid the moving circles (enemies).

Instructions: move the character with WASD, aim with the mouse and shoot with the left button, press 1 to restart the game.

PLAY with your imagination

Hope you enjoy it.

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Vampire Runner - Update 02

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

We added some new features to Vampire Runner and also fixed some bugs.

Here are new screenshots:

Here is the change log:

  • Added the best 25 scores during the game (with blood marks).
  • Added an instructions screen showed before start playing.
  • Added pause screen to pause the game and/or return to main menu.
  • Changed game over screen to let you play again faster.
  • Changed main menu screen to show buttons to other screens.
  • Changed wall tiles to something nicer than a black rectangle
  • Changed the profile name to be limited to 15 characters.
  • Fixed a bug when showing highscores on small resolution devices

If you want to play it on PC, you can click HERE.

If you want to play on Android, you can click HERE and here is the QR-code for easy access:

Hope you like the update.

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Vampire Runner - Update 01

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

We have published Vampire Runner on the Android Market and added a dedicated page on the Games list.

As introduced earlier, Vampire Runner is a Canabalt like game where you have to run as far as you can, in this case as you are a Vampire you have to run from the sun light.

Here are some game screenshots:

For now the game has some issues with of text location on small screen devices, I didn't want to scale everything because fonts look bad when scaling them but could be the only way of making things screen independent.

If you want to play it on PC, you can click HERE.

If you want to play on Android, you can click HERE and here is the QR-code for easy access:

Some stuff to do to consider the game as completed in some way:

  • Fix the text location and color issues
  • Make nicer and more defined obstacles
  • Add a second background to give another idea of movement
  • Add some music and sounds could be great too

As always, hope you like the game.

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Super Flying Thing - Update 08

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

There is a new version of Super Flying Thing available, here is the change log:

  • Added replays to show how you died a lot of times :P, could be disabled if you don't want to watch it.
  • Changed the Splash screen to load all stuff once to improve performance during the game and to show loading progress.
  • Changed screen buttons, moved them up to avoid touching the ads when trying to touch a button.
  • Changed to avoid showing a title bar when the game started.
  • Changed Settings screen, moved controllers stuff to another screen.
  • More performance improvement.
  • Fixed (probably) the bug of OutOfMemoryException when the game was left open for a long time.

Remember, you can play it right now, just follow the next links:

PLAY ON PC or PLAY ON ANDROID:

Play on Android

Hope you enjoy it.

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Vampire Runner, my game for Ludum Dare 21

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

This Ludum Dare was a bit hard, I got a zero originality idea and that demotivated me over the process, so I tried to finish it quickly but without love.

The game is named Vampire Runner and here is the LD21 entry. It is about a guy with super powers to move through walls for a limited time. The idea, as I said the previous post, is a game like a Canabalt, the guy runs forever and runs faster and faster, in the case of Canabalt you have to jump to avoid obstacles, in the case of Vampire Runner you have to activate your super skill to move through obstacles, but the main objective remains.

Here are some images:


The guy running on an empty field.


The guy with his super skill activated, almost with no energy, while he is near a wall.

If you want to play it on PC, click here, and if you want to play it on Android, click here. If you want to take a look at the sources and the graphics assets, click here and explore.

And here is the timelapse, it is a bit boring compared to other timelapses I made but:

Despite I put almost no love to the game (well, I did for the graphics), the game is funny, so give it a try and I hope you like it.

UPDATE: added timelapse :D

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Super Flying Thing - Update 07

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Hi everyone, we found a little tiny bug that made our game run different in different phones, so in some phones the ship would move way faster than in others, and that make the game a little too challenging (impossible to control, always dying, lots of fun).

The other big changes in this updates are some stuff trying to get the game to run better on phones that aren't the latest and greatest. For now the background will start disabled but you can enable it by going to the settings page (it looks really nice :-) but it is expensive to show in some phones, in the future we will try to test the phone or start with the background enabled and detect if it is an issue and suggest to the user that he can disable it to get better performance).

As always, a change log:

  • Fixed a bug making the game run different on different devices, some times almost not playable
  • Added settings to enable/disable background to improve game performance (disabled by default)
  • Added new controller named TargetController which allows you to specify the point the ship should go
  • Added a second background which moves with the camera giving a basic idea of parallax
  • Changed ship animation to have more frames to be smoother
  • Changed internal stuff to improve performance.
  • Changed the graphics (background, walls, color of portals)

Also, we have a new gameplay video:

Remember, you can play it right now, just follow the next links:

PLAY ON PC or PLAY ON ANDROID:

Play on Android

Hope you enjoy it.

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