OK, folks, here comes the big test.
Is everyone ready?
Get your Android device, be sure to enable “UNSAFE!” apps in your settings, point your device’s browser to this page, then Click here (.apk) to Download. It’s a small enough download, only 1.5Mb.
Note : This is simply a test engine. This is not a game! Do not expect a game!!!
Feedback Required. (Post it below!)
Device : What have you got?
Android : What version’s running?
Running : Did it even run in the first place?
Next, Click “Easy”, and start tapping the right hand “Hard” button, making the number of onscreen sprites higher and higher, until the framerate (bottom left) starts to drop below 50. At that point, let me know the number of sprites it’s doing.
If you’re bored, you can also try out Normal and Hard modes, which draw bigger and bigger sprites, but those aren’t necessary.
If your phone has a d-pad/control keys of any sort, give them a whirl in the main menu, and let me know if they work at all. My Nexus doesn’t, so I can’t test that.
.. ok, I think that’s everything.
Stroke My Munky!
Today, whilst uploading the new AGAW header for this site, I wondered if anyone would be interested in a simple little challenge.
Question : Name all the games in the new AGameAWeek header.
(copy incase the cache isn’t letting you see it yet!)
Prize : The entire sourcecode to this week’s “Munky Train 2” game!!
That includes everything I’ve done to the framework so far, so you can nosey through it, see how it’s all done, and perhaps even use the framework for your own stuff!
This could be the start of something big.
Or you might just flick through the sourcecode and wonder how on earth I can manage AGameAWeek with such a horrible nasty coding style!
Obviously, this is probably only useful to folk who use BlitzMax. Or maybe you’ll download BlitzMax’s demo, try it out, and think about buying it and starting your own coding.
A crazy Code based adventure awaits!!
If you’re interested, email the answers, and I’ll pick out a winner.
Another week working on Alien Deathmatch means another week that I’ve not done AGameAWeek, so it’s back into the big bag of failures to see if we can dig anything new out.
But, the lack of anything new, and finished, doesn’t always mean nothing on this Blog.. Let’s bring back the old “Experimental” tag from way back when, and show off a few random bits of unfinished garbage.
If Centipong was a simplistic looking game with added 3D, Blockman would be the exact opposite. With levels so colourful they’d poke your eyes out, Blockman comes hopping along to rescue all the Blocklets.
It’s a rather simple game. Grab the Blocklets, take them to the door. You can bring as many as you can to the door at a time, but the more you get safely home in one go, the more points you’re awarded.
What happens when you take 2 classic Atari 2600 games, and stick them together?
Centipong mixes Centipede and Pong to create a really weird almost-psychedelic game.
Smash the ball at the Centipede repeatedly.
Nothing special this week. If you knew me at the time I did Green’s Tiny Collection, then you’ve no doubt seen this game.
I thought I’d post it, though, to remind myself of what a great idea it once was.
Keep control of both Platdude and his football.
You use the spacebar to jump. Jump and header the football to send it flying over obstacles.
If you pick up any items, you can use them by hitting the cursor key in the direction of the item. That is, the powerup display shows 4 items, 1 up, 1 right, 1 left and 1 down. As you pick up items, they rotate within the display, until 4 pickups later, the oldest is disposed of whether it’s been used or not.
The gameplay exists on a single 2D Plane. There’s plenty of Parallax scrolling going on, and the levels run on into each other meaning the whole game keeps on moving whether you’re in the main menu or halfway through level 8!
Not that there’s 8 levels, of course! It never quite got that far..
The game’s main issue is it’s collision detection and physics. At the time I was still learning all about the strengths and weaknesses of Blitz coding. I’m sure that nowadays, given my better knowledge of Blitz, I could come up with a much better engine.
In fact, I might even give that a go.
But not right now… Lots of other stuff to be working with at the minute!
Download Bouncer Demo
This week, an In-Progress experiment.
Use the flash thing on the top right of the site. Doodle yourself a little image, then click “New” which will not only start you off again, but also save the icon to a file on my site.
In the next few days I’ll be collecting all the icons (and moderating them!) and then placing them into future games. They’ll be used in plenty of ways, from Picross puzzles, to odd little incidental imagery.
Hopefully I’ll be able to collect a fair few of them, and I’m looking forward to seeing what images you can come up with.
Thanks for your help.
Week 22 of the Wednesday Workshop was Racing week.
The first game I attempted was a UFO Fly game, the game you see entered.. But after I’d done that, I attempted a couple more engines.
#1 was a mess, and never really got anywhere. It was a nice graphical effect, but nothing more than that.
#2 however, was a Ball Bouncing AI Racing grand prix game!
Here it is, as it sits on my hard drive. Unlike last week I haven’t bothered to neaten it up at all, and this is pretty much how I left it… And it’s really unfinished, so there’s no end to it.. Just keep floating away!
Use the cursor keys to bound your way through the level. Start by pushing up, then right. But, obviously, don’t get stuck in the roof!
A very strange game.
Would it be worth finishing this one off?
No.. Probably not!
“Create a Horizontal Shooter”.. That was the compo rules for The Horizontal Shooter compo, over at SHMUP-Dev.. Or at least I think it was there.
I started this entry in January 2006. I know this because the game has a directory numbered 031..Since starting Wed.Workshop I’ve been numbering all my dev-dirs according to the number of that week’s workshop!
Why I never finished it, I don’t know.
Maybe I grew bored of it. Or maybe I realised it really wasn’t that much of a challenge.
Whatever the case, tonight I decided to spruce it up a little.. So I added in a few sound effects, tweaked the settings a bit, and then added in a tune I found in my huge Chiptune directory.
Mouse controlled, shoot the right, guard the left. Catch bullets in your trail!
Oh, and watch you don’t fall off the edges since there’s no edge detection! Nice and slow!
For those interested, the chiptune is “chromag-shock_therapy23.xm”
Sometimes you forget about games!
I worked on this game for a while, back in early 2003. The idea was to nick the whole Pokemon idea, and create a bizarre Coding based adventure game.
So, I nicked the graphics, too!
I also added a bunch of music that I’d grabbed from Aminet, and designed a nice Logo.
I got the map pretty much working as expected, and even got it so that text would appear in a little box.
It kinda looks like my recent workshop “Quest” games, really.
But, as with all my games, it got placed to the side and forgotten about.
Maybe it’s something I’ll ressurect in the future. I don’t know.
I think if I ever do come back to it, I’ll be better off starting from scratch.
Give it a go if you really want to! (Note : Runs in 320×240, fullscreen!)