What an amazing experience this was!
Very tiring and sometimes frustrating, but fun at the same time 🙂
Ludum Dare is a Game Dev Challenge, where competitors have to create a game in 48 hours, including the creation of art and music too.
It was my first time attending and my goal was to finish a game and see how all this works.
And I did it!
Here is my game if you want to try it out, it has a Web link to(big blue Web):
The story is that you receive a strange message with a coordonate to a strange part of the Universe, and you decide to explore it. After jumping to that coordonate, you find out that you are trapped in some kind of alien technology. When you want to jump back home, instead you jump to another world(plane of existence), that looks similar but has all controls of the ship inverted. After jumping again, same thing: another world, which keeps rotating.
The goal of the game is to activate the 2 big alien things(you can see them by pressing TAB or M for minimap) and escape this part of the Universe. You need to deactivate walls to get to this 2 alien things, and you need to keep jumping between this 3 worlds to solve the puzzles(deactivate walls by pressing alien buttons).
The game isn’t finished, I rushed one of the most important things: in-game help texts.
Initially I wanted to add a little helping text whenever an event occurred in-game, so it would be more clear what to do, but I ran out of time and instead I wrote all the text at the beginning of the game..
Oh well lesson learned: don’t rush this part, because many players become confused on what to do.
I wanted to add enemies too, who would have shot missiles at you, and you would have evaded them by jumping to the next world, etc..
A big problem that I had was art… I have 0 art skills, and looked at some Blender and Gimp tutorials a few days before start, but they didn’t help me that much 🙂 I got so frustrated the 2nd day that I almost stopped developing. I got saved by my lovely girlfriend, she was the one that kept me going by encouraging me to continue. She is amazing 🙂
The game ended up looking pretty good, and the music generated with Otomata(amazing music generateor) added that extra mood to it.
You can find Otomata at:
This was an amazing experience and I’ll do Ludum Dare 31 for sure, but I will prepare with art next time 🙂