Archive for February, 2010

Critters Game Update

Posted in Uncategorized on February 26, 2010 by bbarrett

I only finished a bit this week, I ended up doing less than I had planned. If I am serious about finishing this in time for UFEC then I need to step up development a lot. I hope to get a good bit done this weekend.

What I did get done though was some code to allow me to play some sounds. I don’t actually have any sounds made for the game yet – I might put out a help wanted request for that. At the moment I just have a test application that use lwjgl’s OpenAL bindings to place a few sounds relative to the listener and play them. One of the sound loops and moves around, just to test that too.

I also added in some code for allowing the critters to grow and split (a bit like cells). This will be the proliferation aspect of UFEC. You will have points, which will be obtained at reasonably regular intervals between some of the tougher obstacles. You can spend these points on multiplying your critters, or evolving them to give them special abilities. It is the latter that I sorely need to get working, hopefully this weekend should see the first one or two evolved types. There are some serious bugs with the proliferation code where two critters can get locked together, or a critter spawns around terrain. I will probably have to put additional collision geometry on the critters to make it work right.

I enabled the code that allowed the critters to take damage. At the moment they simply have their alpha value set proportional to their health, I will change this to a quick red flash when they are injured, and maybe they will look a bit grey when their health is low. I might also relax the springs a little bit, which might help make the injured ones look a bit worse for wear. If you use the proliferation action on an injured critter, it will restore their health before fattening them up or splitting them.

Video of proliferation mechanic in action.

I also fixed quite a few bugs, nothing particularly hilarious though.

I will finish up by saying that I’m thinking of calling the game “Primordial Blues”.


New game

Posted in GameDev on February 14, 2010 by bbarrett

I’m working on a game, a potential UFEC entry, depending on how finished it is by the deadline.

The gameplay will be somewhere between Lemmings, Fantastic Contraption and IWBTG if it works out.

Basically, you have to get a bunch of amorphous blob like creatures (currently dubbed ‘critters’) from the start position to the end of the level. There will be various obstacles and impediments on the way to prevent you accomplishing your goal. You can attract critters towards the mouse, guiding them but you don’t have direct control of them. I may eventually include a “mouse gestures” system to support command-verbs such as “leap” or “run”.

Currently, the obstacles are more of a nuisance than actual obstacles. I will soon be adding a damage system, so the little critters will be dropping like flies if you don’t take care of them.

I’ve uploaded a gameplay prototype to Youtube:

If you have any comments, they would be more than welcome!