Yep! It took a while to get implemented, but finally, with a bit of help from a tutorial on serverside highscores and alot of help from a couple of friends as well as the admin who is in charge of hosting my game… Yay, its finally up and working 🙂
Also did a bunch of updates on maps and finetuned a few mechanics on the game.
So knock yourselves out, play the game and set a few records and put your name on the highscore list for all to see! ;D
Just got home from an extended weekend holiday… Brought my laptop and managed to get in a bit of production-time… Not going to make a big blogpost, but I did upload the work that I did on the holiday 🙂
Added a new level, a whole new menu system… the ability to press ESC during a level to access the menu… and stuff 😛
beware the red cloud on the 6th level.. it will suck the ball towards its center and kill it 😉
Also, dont forget to check out my game at wooglie and vote positive please 🙂
Today my game, Bump n Drop, was accepted by http://www.wooglie.com and now shows in the ‘In Development’ category on their website.
Hopefully this will allow me to reach a wider audience and get some much needed feedback as well 🙂
go here to play the game at Wooglie and support me by voting a + in the top right corner 🙂
also, check out the latest version 😉
I’ve added a brand spanking new combo system that rewards you for bumping into things rapidly in a short amount of time 🙂
and completely overhauled the graphics on some of the orbs, making them use shader 2.0 (geforceFX 7 cards and newer… so roughly, anything that is newer than 5 years old) and i think they look very smexy now 😉
and brand new sound effects have been added too… I bought a sound pack over at http://www.thegamecreators.com/ let me know what you think of the new updated sound effects, good or bad ? 🙂
Screenshot of the new graphics follows shortly! But i am impatient, so for now… just go play it and see for yourself!! 🙂
Not much of a blogpost, and most of these changes you’ve most likely already experienced first hand inside the game, as I have been working on the version 0.32 for the last week or so 😉 Anyways, better late than never, here are the patch notes and changes and upgrades for Bump n Drop version 0.32 🙂
- Sound added when ball drops out of the playing field.
- Sound added when level is cleared.
- First hostile/Semi-Hostile object added.. The Claw! Which actually looks more like a LEGO hand at the moment 😉
- Extra Life awarded when the ball hits the Free-Ball Bat at the bottom, and the player receives a free re-throw, rather than bouncing the ball again.
- Particle effect added to the Prismatics (Ooooh Shiny!!!)
- Particle effect added to the player/ball, it is now golden and looks fairy-dust…ish with a shimmering trail following the ball 😉
- Updated the appearance of the Super Bouncer, they are now shaded and look more spherical.
- Zoomer Bouncers have had their colour changed to orange (they are the ones that move horizontally) and add +500 points when hit.
- Floating Score text has been added. Whenever you score points on bouncing into objects, the game will display a floating score text that fades away after 1 second.
- Pause Button added to the game, it is currently assigned to the ‘P’ key.
- Sometimes when the Zoomer Bouncer gets hit by the ball when it is close to an object, it will expand and get stuck in the object. Leaving it unable to move until the object is removed.
If the ball gets stuck while bouncing on a Super Bouncer, it can sometimes get thrown out or inwards in relation to the playfield, effectively launching it outside the playing area, thus causing a lost life.
Yep, its more of that stuff 😛
I cannot praise iTween enough for its ease of use 🙂 In this update (version 0.31) I used it alot, I think some might say I used it TOO MUCH… but hey, its a fun toy, and yeah, i did overuse it a bit 😉
version 0.31 changes and bug-fixes:
- Added a whole new level, just for the heck of it, I squeezed it in between level 3 and 4… 😉
- Redid the code for the death/vanish sequence for the orbs. They now fade away and make a popping sound immediately upon collision with the ball. It gives a faster gameplay, I feel. (thanks iTween)
- The breakable orbs fade into view when the level starts, and will bounce outwards whenever they are hit by the ball. (thanks again iTween)
- Yellow Super Bouncers now give points (100 points for stationary, 200 points for moving ones). Also, when you hit a bouncer, it reacts by bouncing outwards and flashing in a white colour. (yeah, you guessed it… thanks iTween :p Seriously, this thing makes it so easy to do dynamic snazzy looking effects… )
- Added Sounds to the Super Bouncers and tweaked it a little bit as well. (these are temporary sounds and will of course be changed for the final release 😉 )
- Fixed a nasty bug that occured if you had only 1 life left when you hit the last Prismatic Orb (This would result in a game over, since your lives hit zero when the ball died… iTween didnt fix it though… I DID… but its gone now 😉 )
- Added persistant Score. You now carry your points over from level to level. It resets whenever you start a new game.
- High Score list… or… also known as: Highest Score list… since it only records 1 score.. yeah you guessed it… the highest score 😉 It will be expanded into a proper highscore list eventually though… 🙂
- Added a couple more names to the Credits list… If you want your name to be there, then play the game, find some bugs and stuff , and then message me and ill put your name on the list as a little Thank You for your much needed help 🙂
Until next time! Have fun all!
I started using iTween, a highly useful, while free, plugin/code addition to Unity. It basically allows someone like me, that doesnt have a great deal of experience with the more advanced type of programming… to add in some very nifty animations and movement or transformation effects to my games easily without building up a desire to murder anyone around me 😉
For my latest build I played around with iTween and used it to make the game logo bounce in place when you start the game and it also allowed me to quickly create a code that makes the score ingame shake whenever it becomes updated.
So yeah, I highly recommend this addition to Unity, as it can really shave off alot of time when delving a bit deeper in ones projects, and starting to add in polish and effects to the game.
In other news… iSlack!
Yep, been spending alot of time lately with real life, I even had a chance to get out in the sun!!! *gasp* but but… nerds dont do sun!
This nerd does 😉
Stay tuned for more… the near future brings:
- Save/Continue functions to the game.
- Hall of Fame (Thats what we called highscores back in ye olde days ;D ).
- Achievements! (Yeah, my plan is to add a couple of test-achievements to the game once I have the save/continue and the highscore system in place)
Fairly large update to the mechanics of Bump n Drop, not a whole lot of visual changes or anything else that would make you go: ooooh! 😉
Also, I’ve updated the link panel on the blog so that each game/demo has its own button, making it easier to access.
As for Bump n Drop… here is the list of changes in this version. 🙂
- Added a bounce-barrier to the top of the level to prevent the ball from flying out of the top of the level and causing the player to die.
- Tweaked the mechanics of the ball, making it move faster and bounce harder, making the gameplay a bit faster.
- Added Prismatics (currently shown as White Orbs). Currently there are 3 prismatic orbs on the map, and when you hit all 3 of them, the level completion has been fulfilled.
- Text Popup mechanic added, its currently only when you complete the level. But it will of course be updated/changed for later mechanics, such as announcing Combos, Game Over, Extra Lives, Special Trick Shots, and more thingies 😉
- Changed the colour of the barriers and walls.
- Added a Super Bouncer (the yellow thing), it gives the ball a larger push than the normal orbs, and doesnt disappear when hit.
- Changed number of lives/balls to 10, it will of course be changed later, just as the actual level design.
Been doing alot of thinking and planning for my latest game development project. In particular, I have thought about how to keep a game interesting while keeping the accessability high, so that more players can enjoy the game without feeling that the game is too easy, too hard, too boring 😛
Now, I am not saying that I found the perfect way to do this… However, I will say that if I can look at my game, play itself, without my interference… for more than 2 minutes, without getting bored… then I am pretty much on the right track, because I tend to get bored very quickly with games that arent skill based.
Having looked more into the concepts of Pachinko (a japanese gambling pinball type game that dates back to… i think… the early 1900’s … I’ve seen Pachinko machines from 1920) and become quite fascinated with the Pachinko-game itself. I have tried to use some of the aspects from the Pachinko game and incorporate them into the game design of my own game. Also, when you see the Pachinko, and then try out Popcap’s game Peggle, you will see immediately where they got their inspiration from.
There is just something oh so mesmerising when it comes to watching little steel balls bouncing around inside an enclosed area with nothing but your own outbursts of ‘GO GO GO LITTLE BALL!!!!‘ to guide it on its way to a successful point-booster! 😉
Anyways, for those of you who havent actually tried out the game-demo-display thingy that I have here on my page, I’ve made a video that you can watch, and it will give you a rough idea where this game is headed 🙂
As you can see, the game now has 4 different colour orbs which I’ve decided to name Fire, Earth, Water, Air. Hitting these orbs will add points to your score, and later on, they will also add Mana (a sort of fuel or energy for powering certain special abilities) to your player.
For example, hitting 3 Water Orbs will add Blue Mana to your player, thus allowing you to use some of your Water Based abilities (I admit, everything is just on the idea stage currently, but I have a feeling this could prove to become quite interesting once i figure out how to code all of that :p )
So… basically what I am aiming for is a kind of Peggle-Clone with Fantasy/Roleplay elements in the shape of gaining Experience Points to level up your player-avatar. Gathering Mana while completing a level, and using said mana to cast spells and abilities that will allow you accomplish your goal of completing a level easier… Think Healing spells that give back lost balls, or throwing fireballs that allow you to target a specific area of the screen and blow up any Orbs in that area of effect. 🙂
A bit confusing in text, perhaps… but rest assured, It will all make sense once you try it… that is… once its done… that is… when its done… that is… ah well… Stay Tuned! I’m thinking and tinkering!
This game will rock when its done! and if you disagree, then by all means, chip in and add your comments and constructive critisism! I would love to hear your opinion on this concept and on my game ideas 🙂
Thanks for reading!
Still havent added any actual control-mechanism to the bumpndrop2 game concept. However, I have a much more (in my opinion) solid design for the actual play. Its less spazzy and more enjoyable to watch. At least thats what I prefer to think 🙂
Feel free to check it out, but keep in mind, as it is now, you’re merely a spectator. So enjoy the peep! 😉
- Completely changed the colourscheme and layout
- Bouncing properties for the ball has been tweaked to make it more realistic
- Added a more customizable code for the Bouncers which now has a random factor, allowing a bouncer to knock back the ball with varying degrees of power.
- Score counter to keep track of… well… score 😉
- Lives counter, which I reckon will be changed soonish, to display the number of balls left. Rather than displaying number of lives. But thats merely a cosmetic thing 🙂
Some of you may or may not see the resemblence to the Popcap game, Peggle … I am of course quite heavily inspired by it, but I will try to add my own spin to it as well… and lets not kid anyone here, its not like this game will ever reach the godly quality level that is… Peggle Extreme 😉
Hehe, check it out at http://www.popcap.com/games/peggle its quite a fun game 🙂
Anyways… More to come in the near future! so stay tuned for my updates on the Bump n Drop game 🙂