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Blog
  5th February, 2013
Aaah, the familiar sound of squelching!!


The gameplay is easy on this one.
Throw the ball at the oncoming Centipedes to smash them to pieces. You can then additionally bounce the flailing pods about, to do extra damage, and cause general onscreen insanity!
Oh the fun!!

You can Download C3ntipong Here for Windows and Android. There's also a browser based HTML5 edition, too, if you can't be arsed with the download.
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Release
Game
  5th February, 2013
Smash the Pods and Bash the Balls
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Centipede , Pong , Centipong
Blog
  4th February, 2013
Part of SpikeDislike 2 will be it's various game modes.
I've a few simple ideas in mind, and may be asking for additional ideas in the future, if I start running out!
Meanwhile, here's the first to be fully integrated, and playable, and kinda fun.
Sheep Goes Right!


View on YouTube

Yes, it's a bog-standard endless-runner mode, but it has a sheep, so that makes it 89% more awesome!

More modes a-comin'!
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Daily Blog
Blog
  3rd February, 2013
Don't worry, it's not Unijuggler again!!
Yesterday I started my first "bigger" project of the year. These are the games that I know are going to take a little more than the usual week to complete.
Well, I say that, but I've actually managed to achieve a staggering amount of work in the space of only two days!


The game is playable, the credits are counted, and the unlockable menu system works a treat.

I haven't added anything new, yet, though. That stuff's yet to come, and I may/may not explain some of the new features as we go along.
First new feature?
"My First Dislike" is Baby mode, giving the player a completely unnecessary tutorial (!) and three whole lives!!! Lives, in SpikeDislike!? Hmmm..
Classic SpikeDislike, on the other hand, takes you back to a single life original mode.
Hmmm.. I wonder what other modes I can come up with??
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Daily Blog
Blog
  1st February, 2013
I've yet to figure out how to solve TamToucan's X/Y Tilt issue, but a couple of gripes have already been tweaked.
C3ntipong Test Edition for Android - Version 2!
The paddle, for starters, is now set much further up the screen. This may result in a slightly harder game, but at least your finger won't be in the way! (or at least, it shouldn't be, unless you have a really really tiny phone, or gigantic finger!)

I've dug deep into the well of games, and dug out the "Level 1"/"Next Level", etc voice sounds from the original Centipong. They're in there, now, chatting away as you play.
Hopefully I needn't add any more of those, because I'm damned if I can remember how I produced them in the first place!!

Skill shot and Ball Carrying give bonus points, and there's a wide range (not that wide!) of badges to collect along the way.
o/yeayo/

Oh, and I changed the icon, too.

If you're playing along, let me know how it goes, and if anything breaks horribly!
Thanks.
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Daily Blog
Blog
  31st January, 2013
Last month I suggested that a crappy unartistic desktop image might make for a rubbish new monthly feature.

Tomorrow's the first of February, so I might as well keep the crap coming!
Here's February's Crappy Uninteresting Desktop image. Enjoy!

Click for Mahooosive!
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Daily Blog
Blog
  31st January, 2013
There's still plenty to add.
Music, for one.
And Badges.
And Pickups.
If you spot anything else missing, odd, bug-like, or otherwise quirky, let me know.

C3ntipong - Test Edition
The final-ish version will be available on Tuesday.
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Daily Blog
Blog
  30th January, 2013
This WIP currently has the title of "C3ntipong"


MMMMmmm.. Centipong on Android! (And HTML5 and Windows and Mac and iOS! YES!!)

Why Centipong? I was browsing through my archive of forgotten half-complete projects, and stumbled upon Centipong XNA, a version I started back in 2010, aiming for an XBox release.
One I tried the game with an XBox controller, I very rapidly changed my mind, and soon forgot all about XBox dev!
Luckily, the Centipong_Win.exe is still in the folder, so I gave it a quick try.
..and of course, being a Microsoft developed language which compiled it, the game didn't fucking work.

That XNA EXE is incompatible with this Windows 7.
..An EXE that is ONLY 3 years old!!!
*sigh*

Then I played the original Centipong, which I wrote 2 years prior to that using Blitz, and it ran perfectly.
God bless you Mark Sibly, and all the Blitz Research crew!
You've done a bang up job!

Centipong is now 5 years old, if you can believe that!
Blimey, that went quick!
About time we got a decent sequel, am I right?!

The gameplay is working, tomorrow I'll dig into the level structure, and then I've a bit of spare time to add that all-important "Niceness" that people keep whinging on about.
Sorted!!
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Daily Blog
Blog
  29th January, 2013
The last time I posted this game, back in late 2010, it was available on Windows, Linux, MacOSX and even on iOS!
This time around, I'm using a completely different programming language, and I'm not entirely settled into things yet, so we're launching on only 3 platforms, instead.


Windows and Android versions are available right here
iOS edition is do-able, but whether or not I upload it to the AppStore is uncertain. There's already a Cardagain up there! Things could get weird!!
It's essentially the same game, anyway, so it's no loss either way.

I'll build a Mac edition later on, and that should hopefully work without any hitches.
HTML5 edition is available here!

So there it is.. Win/Mac/Android/iOS/HTML5. Five nice targets to aim for each week. Should be fun! Once the last few pieces are in place, anyway!

-=-=-=-

AGAW:Y5 Score So Far : Five weeks, five decidedly iffy games. Not a high score, by any standards, but at least I got my framework up and running!
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Release
Game
  29th January, 2013
Remember the layout, Remember the order, and then pick the Cards Again..
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Puzzle , Cards
Blog
  28th January, 2013
OK, folk are getting intrigued as to how all of this is working, and how nice the Monkey language is to work with, so in the spirit of not being a complete and total git, here's the complete everything that there is so far..

The Download

Framework Downloads have been removed due to lack of updates!

I've also left the html5 build intact, so you can give it a little run if you don't have Monkey installed. (I think!)
Should be as simple as going into the .build folder, then the html5 one, then opening the html file.
... it *should* open up, but no guarantees!!

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2013 Framework
Blog
  28th January, 2013
Is your PC running Windows?
Do you like Card games?!
Then you're in luck!
Cardagain for Windows - Test : 10Mb!!

If it nags for an OpenAL dll, you can grab that here.
I'm going to fiddle with the zip later, and see what OpenAL stuff I am or aren't allowed to include.

Let me know if it does/doesn't run.
Thanks!
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2013 Framework
Blog
  28th January, 2013
I left my Cardagain soaking, overnight, and it's gotten bigger!
How much bigger?
Well, yesterday it was about 3.5Mb.
Today it's a whopping 10.4Mb!!
Yikes!!!


What's done that?
Graphics! Lots and lots of graphics.
If you've played Cardagain before, you'll remember it had a selection of different card decks.
Now the Android version does, too! Just tap the card on the top right of the menu to pick from them all.

Also added, 4 badges to earn. Yep, just 4, and they're a bit shit, 'cos I'm an unimaginative bugger!
If you can come up with any more, lemmie know!

There's also a couple of fixes here and there, and the Pause Menu should fit a little better on your screen, too.

You can Download Cardagain for Android Here. Win/Mac editions appearing for testing tomorrow... I think!
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Blog
  27th January, 2013
You all remember Cardagain, right?!


Cardagain was my first ever game on iOS, so it seems fitting that it also be my first on Android, too.
The basic idea is this...
A collection of pairs of cards appears onscreen, looking a bit like that crappy "pairs/concentration" game you used to play as a child.

The computer plays first, and picks one card from each pair.
You have to A) Remember the order, and B) Remember where each pair's matching card is.

Then it's your go.
Tap the remaining cards in the same order.
If you get any wrong, you lose lose a life. All correct, you get bonus points.
You also get a nice rising combo for every card you get correct, in a row.

The game is rather simple, but it works a treat.
It's not quite SpikeDislike, but I like it, and it gets your mind working. If you have a really good memory, it should be a doddle!

You can Download Cardagain here
Note, this is my first half-a-finished-game Android release, so expect rough edges, and if it fails to work at all, let me know.
In fact, if it DOES work, let me know that, too!

If you like it, and want more, come back here on Tuesday, when I'll repost this game with a few extra juicy bits, a test Windows exe, a HTML5 edition, and all the bug-fixes I can muster.
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2013 Framework
Blog
  26th January, 2013
Aaah, the joys of data compression!

OK, here's the complications with Monkey.

1. File Access is a little bit touch and go.
I've had a play with it, and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
I'm not entirely sure why this is, but.. Whatever! For the meantime, until Mark Sibly's had time to get everything perfected, I'll be staying out of it's way.

2. Can't read a raw .png
This is annoying! For the past few years, I've been getting used to using .png files to store my level data.
I've even been doing it over at PlayMyCode!
Now, I can no longer do it, and that's just plain annoying!

So, what to do about all that level data?
Well, it just so happens that I have a handy little function ready and waiting, that I first started using back at College, 15 years ago, for JNKPlat 2!
Yes, that long ago!!
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Blog
  25th January, 2013
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.
Thanks, guys!

Stroke My Munky!
Views 54, Upvotes 3
Experimental , 2013 Framework
Blog
  25th January, 2013
So, here we go again.
We're up to Year 5, and hopefully we'll get a full year out of it, this year (nnngh).
With Monkey, we get a chance to go back over our previous games, and remake them for a new audience, with iOS, Android and Browser based versions. I expect this will prove to be an exciting year.

Given that we can play at showing off, what games do you think would work best, and adapt well to the new touchy/mouse based gameplay options?
Or, what games could prove to be an obscure tricky challenge for me to experiment with?
Which of my previous games would you really love to be able to play on your iPhing!?

Comment below to let me know.
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Daily Blog
Blog
  25th January, 2013
I've been delaying a large list of things, but as I continue to make great strides with Monkey, those tough bits are getting ever so close.
Here's what needs doing, as well as explanations as to why they're tough..
(Note : Very waffley, and probably not all that interesting!)

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Blog
  24th January, 2013
Badges?!
Got them!!


Took longer than expected, but got a basic "Give Badge, play jingle, show badge" type thing going on in the framework, today.
Easily expands for up to 128 badges, which all get saved, too.
I've also brought back an old HTML file, which I first created in 2011 when I first started experimenting with Monkey. (Wow, was it THAT long ago!?)
The HTML template allows the canvas to be resized easily, thus allowing the player to try out the game in lots of different resolutions, and aspect ratios. Nice, neat, and handy for dev'ing.

I probably won't be allowing end-users to fiddle about with that version, though. It leads to a lot of reloading, and that's bound to be bad for the server! ... and I'm too cheap to buy a better server, right now!

Anyhoo, that's a long way off, yet. There's LOADS more stuff to go into the engine.
For starters, I need to find a handy place for a Badges menu, where players can see their current list of badges. No idea where that's going! The titlescreen's looking cluttered already. hmmm... I'm really shit at making titlescreens!!
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2013 Framework
Blog
  21st January, 2013
Already!?
Who saw this coming?!
I sure as hell didn't!!


You can Play the HTML5 Edition here, and note a bunch of scrambled debug messages as they pop up underneath the game!

Update : I deleted all these early tests once I was sure the engine was stable.

CLICK THE AGameAWeek LOGO TO START!! (The AGameAWeek screen is there as a temporary holding screen, so when embedded it doesn't auto-start.. could probably do with a "Play" button on there, but I haven't got around to it yet!)


The game is mouse controlled, click to fire.
It's not a hard game, in fact it's really really piss easy, but that's not the point.
The point is, it's my first proper Monkey Test, and it's out in the wild!!

Let me know how badly it runs!
Ta!!

More editions coming shortly, as I manage to wrangle them out!

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2013 Framework
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