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14th April, 2014
An unexpected arrival, as my major 2-week-long project somehow manages to cram itself into the space of just a week.
Not entirely sure how that happened, if I'm honest..
13th April, 2014
9th April, 2014
I started a new game, yesterday.
It looks a little like this.
Today, as I continue to build the game up, I've found it growing in size exponentially. It's not gotten to the stage where I'm creating an entirely new menu system, working out how to save all the various types of scores, drawing a bunch of new sprites, and also having to get the game to play well.
But, damn, is it good!!!
Loads of work to do, and I'm having to work my butt off to get it all done.
However, some bad news..
It's absolutely definitely going to end up as a two-week project, because it's just so damned big!!
More news as it happens. Keep your eye on my Twitter feed!
8th April, 2014
I wrote this in the comments of Geekanoids' latest VLOG (link), and thought it worth posting to the site.
Every week I create a new game.
I write the code.
I do the art.
I make the audio, music and sounds.
I create the game, play the game, test the game and balance the game.
I compile the game to multiple systems, upload to GameJolt, upload to OUYA for review.
Take screenshots, make interesting thumbnails, headers and other feature graphics.
Then once it's all online. I start posting about my game to Facebook, Twitter, various forums and other places.
It's a lot of work.
But I love doing it, and I wouldn't stop, because each week I get that little bit of feedback. The odd couple of players who enjoyed playing that week's game, and who spur me on to make the next one.
8th April, 2014
7th April, 2014
What would happen if someone in the past was given a list of modern day videogame titles?
What kind of games would they imagine from far off in their future?
And what sort of games would they create, on their retro-tastic 8-bit home computers!?
It's time, once again, to step inside the Future Classics Time Vortex, and find out!!
7th April, 2014
Do you have an iOS device?
Are you sick to death of seeing nothing but clones of Flappy Birds and Threes*!?
Want a little more variety on your iPhing?!
AGameAWeek is here to help, with a fantastic selection of super-cheap games.
You can own the whole lot for less than the price of a BlueRay movie, unless the BlueRay movie happens to be really cheap!
Not only that, but each of the games is Feature Complete meaning there's no annoying In App Purchase gubbins, and you can be happy in the knowledge that none of the games have any adverts, or other horrible nasty modern day stuff, to get in the way of your gameplay experience.
The original, and some would still say the best, of the Spike Dodging classic.
A new, fast paced, Retina Enhanced, silkier, smoother remake, with oodles of new gameplay modes, and Hats!
Spiky Tower (69p)
Make your way up the tower, whilst avoiding even more Spikes!
A colourful, fast paced, retro blaster.
Disc Blaster (69p)
Even more colourful blasting, all wrapped up in a circular arena.
Space Popcorn (69p)
Much less colour, but insanely more frantic, as the regular Asteroids gameplay gets a shot of AGameAWeek insanity!
Hoppy Bobby (FREE!)
Leap from platform to platform, trying to reach your home.
Sheep Goes Left (??1.49)
Don't go right through 300 levels of incredibly difficult spike dodging!
NeonPlat Extreme (69p)
A colourful and bright platformer, with oodles of bad guys, and plenty of balls.
* Whilst you're in a spending mood, be sure to pick up the original Threes! game. It's a great game, highly addictive, and extremely well made.
5th April, 2014
This week I've decided to resurrect the classic "Future Classics".
In the spirit of the original, this collection will be made up of short minigames, each one taking the title from a current-gen game, but being created in the spirit of an 8-bit "rubbish" game.
It's been one heck of a challenge to get the game up and running in such a short amount of time, so the initial release will be OUYA/Windows/HTML5 just like Boxsplodings, relying entirely on keyboard/joypad controls, whilst I try to implement touch controls for all the games!! So far, there are 4 games in the collection, and with any luck there should be a couple more by Tuesday's release, but that all depends on how imaginative I manage to get in the meantime.
Tuesday : Future Classics - 1986 Edition
31st March, 2014
This week, I started out with a severely disturbing game idea, and ended up with a nice happy colourful arcade puzzle-type thing!
Hurray for colourful splodges!!
25th March, 2014
This week sees our intrepid hero running around a house, capturing ghosts.
In many ways, this is a bit of a departure from the intended game....
24th March, 2014
A little late, this week, as it's been a bit of a crazy week trying to get this game to be "gamey".
Sometimes you can start with a perfectly valid idea, and... somewhere along the line, it all gets a little bit dull.
It's taken a full weekend of tweaking, poking and prodding, to get the game into some sort of playable form, and .. I think it's done.
I'm reasonably happy with the result, although I know in my heart that it could be much better.
Either way, it's finally finished and a version has been uploaded to OUYA for review. If all goes to plan, it should pop up some time tonight, and then I'll get everything else posted here tomorrow.
Tomorrow : Platdude in "The Spirit Collector"
20th March, 2014
.. Sorry, I haven't suddenly added them.
Instead, I've made this post in the hopes of starting a discussion on the feasibility of adding scoreboards to future AGameAWeek titles.
It's something I've attempted in the past, and old versions of Microbes, Spider and others still kind-of, mostly, sort of work.
But there's a few issues that are stopping me from integrating it into the current framework.
19th March, 2014
I like to randomly throw games out there, and see how the general public takes to them.
Sometimes it's fun to watch as fun games plummet into disasterous pits of unnoticability.
Occasionally, you get a surprise hit, and are kind of disappointed that you hadn't put any kind of pricetag on the thing.
Today is a definite example of the latter, as I watch "Every Good Bird" flapping it's way into the stratosphere!Read More