This morning I started a bit more work on this week’s AGameAWeek. (Tomorrow! eek!!)
And then I thought to myself “Why don’t I finish off that new Showcase design for Socoder.. Should only take about 10 minutes”.
It didn’t take 10 minutes.
Instead, it took all day!
So, no work on my games, today!
The new Socoder showcase style is now up and running. Prepare the linkage!!!
Game #1, Sokoban, required a nice scrolling tilemap, of infinite size. I spent a couple of days getting that all up and running, so that it’ll do for other games, too.
But today, Game #2, Surprise!, required a different type of map.
Game #2 needs a wraparound map, so you can move from one side to the other, and carry on in a continuous loop.
This means that as well as drawing tiles where they’re meant to be, on the DS’s 512×512 pixel Background Layer, I also have to draw tiles if they’re off to the far left, or far right of the map, too. Oh, what fun! (Game #1 didn’t want this, as it’s be confusing, in Sokoban, to suddenly see the left of the map on the right hand side!!)
It took me about an hour of tweaking, and a whole lot of %’s to get things up and running, and.. Assuming that what the screen’s showing me is the same as what’s in it’s memory (!) I can now get to work on Game #2.
Game #2 should be done by tomorrow, as I know exactly what’s going into it, and it’s not exactly the world’s most complex game!
I just paid 400 points for Worms on X360.
What the hey, right?! It’s Worms… What could possibly go wrong!?!
Well, aside from the things I ranted about, on the original DS version, a long while ago..
Well, would you believe it, there’s something wrong with the Xbox Live version, too!
Bug fixes already! Oh dear!
Sokoban had a bizarre map limit bug, whereby if you were off the left hand side of a small map, it freaked out, and the screen jiggled around like crazy..
That got fixed early this morning, and then since it’s Friday I took most of my time working on this week’s AGameAWeek. (So I can bugfix Sunday and neaten it Monday, ready for release on Tuesday.)
In many ways, I haven’t done anything to PRC2!
PRC2 : Still only 1 game..
I’m still building up the basic reusable map functions!
Had some crazy memory issues, yesterday, but everything seems ok, this morning, so it’s time to move from silly map things, to actually building the game up.
Starting with a strange grouping of maptiles, I’m going to have to add crates, and a player, and get the movement up and running.
It should be pretty easy to do, though, as all the arts ready and waiting.
So with all that being done today (hopefully) I should be able to move on to game #2.
I’m not really sure what Game #2 will be, just yet, though.
Something simple, methinks..
I should probably point out, that there’s still one issue I’m having, though..
Sokoban’s on the bottom screen.
Since the game uses a nice neat scrolling screen, it’s really difficult to warrant the use of both screens.
I’m not sure what I’m going to do about that..
Yeah, I figured I’d forgotten a few things, and as Sokoban gets built up, slowly but surely, all the forgotten things are poking their heads out, waiting to be sorted.
Click inside for coder-heavy stuff.. or just grab Sokoban from earlier today and play that for a while!!
As mentioned the other day, whilst sorting out all the PRC2 stuff, I first created Sokoban for windows, using Blitz.
So here it is.
A is the hard pack, B is the easy one.
or as I like to think of it..
A is really hard..!
And so’s pack B.
B’s meant to be “For children and beginners”, but I could only get up to level 11!
*sigh* I suck at sokoban!
All levels are from David W Skinner’s Sokoban Level Site, and there’s plenty of ’em.
You can Download Mini Sokoban here, and get in some practice before PRC2 turns up.
Yesterday was spent getting Sokoban to work in BlitzBasic for Windows. It ended up reasonably well, but there’s a few things that should be tweaked, including one persons complaint that bundling all 600+ levels into a single pack kinda kills the fun of it.. A dull trek through a long list of simple levels before you even touch on the slightly more difficult levels, does not a fun game make.
So, I’ll split them back up into their seperate packs, and give folk a nice selectable menu system.
I’m yet to start coding anything gamewise, yet, but I’ve made my first start on the first game.
Gerinych over at GBATemp suggested a Sokoban clone.
Usually, I avoid Sokobans. They’re kinda dull, generic and boring after 5 seconds, but there’s something in Sokoban that’s really useful right now.
Sokoban has a LOT of levels, and since one of the Socoder members (JL235) is making his own Sokoban clone, he knew where I’d find a whole big bunch of levels for it.
So, in rapid succession, here’s what happened this morning.
This time around, every game will have it’s own quickly made titlescreen.
Not wanting to spend too much time doing each one, I figured I’d get away with doing NES style titles. They’re simple, but effective.
I’m deciding all this, now, because it’s so much easier than having to frantically throw it all together, later on, with 10 or so games all needing to be worked out!
So, the style right now is, Title of game at the top, highscores below, and “Press Start” below that.
Nothing fancy, just enough to say “And now, here’s…..”
I also figured that, if that were on the bottom screen, then the top screen would probably do for placing the nice subtle control scheme icons, from last time.