I’ve worked on many games, but I want to talk a little about how this specific project evolved because I’ve actually been working on it for over a decade!
Almost 10 years ago I first posted about it on the Box2D fourms. I was talking about building my own game engine to make an adventure game spanning a circular planet. At that point I had a very rough prototype of the game with the circular gravity mechanics in place. It was a totally different game then, but the overall shape of the map has not changed much. Check out this screenshot showing the full planet…
Today I am announcing the game that I have been working on, please enjoy this short video that introduces the gameplay…
Unfortunately my version of WordPress chokes on the actual name so here I’ll just have to just call it Piroot. In this game you will experience an epic story that will literally span an entire planet. You will begin with only the ability to roll and end flying around the planet with relative ease. The technology that I have developed allows for an extremely attractive looking and smooth running open world game with no load times. The game includes a fully integrated level editor for people who want to make their own adventures and uses my own open source game engine.
On the popular YouTube math channel StandUpMaths, they recently asked: How thick would a coin need to be so it landed on it’s side 1/3 of the time, making it a fair three sided coin?
It turns out, this is difficult to predict mathematically and they weren’t able to come up with a decisive answer. So I wanted to try simulating the experiment, to do thousands of flips and track the results. Keep reading for the full explanation and a reasonable stab at the answer.
“Marble Manic” is a procedural generated Marble Madness style game made to look like a game for the original Nintendo Game Boy. I made it for GBJam 5 at twitch.io in about a week in Unreal Engine 4. I experimented with many new things on this game jam, most noticeably working with super low-fi graphics in UE4. The result turned out pretty well though it could have used some fine tuning. It placed 205 out of 402 entries. Post mortem and download after the jump.
I hosted another game jam panel at this year’s MAGFest and the video is now available! This is our second year doing a game jam panel at MAGFest so we focused more on audience Q&A and how to run game jams.
The best part was that after the panel we ran a 1 hour game “idea” jam. Around 70 people showed up and we split them up into 12 teams. We picked a random theme, “Oh no, I’m late!”, and the teams spent an hour developing an original game concept. Afterwards each team had about 5 minutes to present their idea. For most participants this was their first game jam so it was a really fun experience.
We had some amazing panelists, here is some info about them, from left to right…
Ludum Dare 34 had two themes “Growing,” and “Two button controls”. I tried to hit both making a 2 button controlled infinite runner with a vine growing in front of you. This was my first time using Unreal for a game jam, and tried doing many other things differently this time. It placed 174 overall out of 1232 entries and 88 in the graphics category. Post mortem and download after the jump.
Another Ludum Dare has come and gone, and I’ve managed to cobble together something that resembles a game. This time the theme was “You are the monster”. It placed 209 overall out of 1199 entries and 66 in the fun category, making it my worst scoring Ludum Dare so far. Postmortem and download after the jump.