Blockman

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.

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Workshop Entries, weeks 31 to 60

All of this Game Collection stuff reminds me of something.. It’s time for another pack of Workshop games, methinks.

Every week at Socoder.net, there’s a little game-making challenge. Create a game with the theme suggested. This collection features all of my entries from weeks 31 to 60. (11th Jan – 2nd August 2006)
As with the last pack, some of these are good games, some are ok games, and most are just experimental pap!


A multitude of games, ranging from the inane to the insane.
Decent stuff like PipeRunners, a 2 player splitscreen Pipeline clone.


Terrible games like Zombie where everything moves way too slowly.


And even games like Typing Arcade, where you have to type what you see to win.


And, of course, let’s not forget Mario’s Fiery Forth.
I’ve included v0.5 of that, which is a Post-Workshop edition, built up a little futher than the original entry.

Lots to see, and lots to do!

Download the Collection
For more of the same, see Workshop Entries, Weeks 1 to 30, or my Wednesday Workshop entry list.

Bouncer

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

New Flash Thing

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.

Ball Racers

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!

Horizontal Shooter

“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.

So, Enjoy!

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”

CoDeMaLL!

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!)

Strips 2

While I was playing Ultima Online a lot, I decided to do a silly Ultima based comic. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but it took ages to cut out and manage each of the panels of a comic, in order to make the pages look good.
As I always say, “A simple idea can always be made easier if you use Blitz to do all the boring work for you.” It’s a long saying, but it fits.

Hyper Llama Man lasted for 6 pages.. Not a long time, but at least I managed to pull myself away from Ultima!
The first page of the comic was done entirely in PaintShop Pro. It’s kind of ugly. The next one was done using a quickly made comic strip editor. That was Strips. It worked, but it was specifically designed to create boxy plain-text Hyper Llama Man pages.
Pages 3,4,5 and 6 were all done using Strips 2.


Strips 2 was a much more advanced editor, allowing for sliced panels, bubble speech and a variety of fonts.

It’s more or less in a fully working state, but if you do decide to use it, keep saving often, because it’ll probably crash, or do something stupid!

You can download Strips 2 here.

Platdude 3D – Boxed In

Theory. I can make 3 versions of Platdude in 3D.

All three will be inside a box area. Version 1 will be a maze-like affair, with a multi layered floor, and 4 walls. Version 2 will be up against one of the walls and will play in a classic platform style. Version 3 will take the whole box area and fill it with Super Amazing Platforming Fun!

.. These were my thoughts when first trying out Blitz3D, 5 years ago.


Download Garbage!

I soon changed my plan and went back to making 2D games!

Still, the “Up against a Wall” idea kind of made it to the slightly dodgy JNKPlat 3D idea, so at least something came out of it.