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21st August, 2008
I'm not the type of person who usually does a lot of things! For starters, you'll probably notice that 99% of my games are locked to the refresh rate of your screen. If your screen's higher than 60hz, my games will run all that much faster.
The reason for that is that all my systems are set at 60, and.. to be honest, I tend to forget that other people's aren't!
Whenever a game relies 100% on framerates and specific timings, I'll more than likely bother to sort that out, but usually I'm onto the next game before I even consider it!
So, to all those who find my games are too fast, all I can suggest it you try running at 60hz for a change, and put up with the flickering that it brings
The otherside of my lazyness is that I usually don't bother to do much more than a single highscore on my games, if at all! It's just so much easier to plonk in a Highscore variable, and leave it be. No complaints, and it does it's job.
Over the past couple of days, however, I've been working on a new online highscore system, over at Socoder.net. This is a nice simple, and importantly an easy to impliment way of getting your highscore variables up onto the net, and retrieving a highscore table for all your minimalist effort!
With any luck, should I bother to add the one or two lines it requires, it should mean that all my future games will have little scoreboards attached.
It's not much, but at least it's something.
As for what this week will bring, I've not yet decided. The Wednesday Workshop #165 is "Games that require only one button", so if you couple that with highscores, it'd probably be something like the good old Yeti Sports. But like I said, no decision has yet been made. We'll all have to wait and see!
19th August, 2008
Wednesday Workshop #164 suggested we should make a game using vector graphics. I took this opportunity to remake the fantastic Dos game, Boogaloopers!
Move the ship around with your mouse, and trap enemy within it's trail. Nice and simple gameplay-wise, but a complete git to get working code-wise! Not only did I have to figure out the points that the mouse crossed the trail, but then do that whole polygon-shrinking thing, too!
Not easy! And I even accidentally left a little gap at the opening point! (oops!)
Still, that's only a graphical issue, and the game works exactly as expected.
There are 4 enemies of varying speeds, but I've not added pickups, or weapons, or anything like that.
If you'd like to see more added, let me know, and I'll see what I can do.
In the meantime, you can Download Space Loops, and have a bit of fun!
12th August, 2008
This week, Socoder's Wednesday Workshop (#163) challenge was to create a game with Money in it.
I initially was going to create a top-down dungeon romp, but as the plan grew and grew in scale, I scrapped it and just ended up making a nice quick platformer instead!
Mr Money Grabber features you rushing through the level collecting all the coins you can.
You have 5 lives, and lose them if you touch the red monsters.
Nice and simple, but quite fast and frantic!
You can Download Mr Money Grabber here.
5th August, 2008
Wednesday Workshop #162 asked for folk to create a game with a big-ass timer.
My entry was simple.
Open a vault, Grab the loot, Run for your life, Drive to escape, have a gunfight, sorted!
All with a timer in the corner, and all played with the mouse.
The game's mostly all Left clicks, but the short driving scene requires you to right click occasionally, too.
Download and play The Heist.
4th August, 2008
I tried to keep a blog. It didn't work.
It's no surprise, though. I've never been one to keep a working active blog.
No matter, I'll try something else.
Welcome to A Game A Week.com
I'm pretty much already producing games at a fast enough pace, what with the Wednesday Workshop and all. So I figured I might as well get a bit of publicity out of it by adding a nice shiny noticeable domain name!
Will it work? We'll have to wait and see.
Here's the rules of this site.
1. When I make a new game, I put it on here.
That goes for Really Really Good games, like Retro Raider, Puzzobomb, JNKPlat, Centipong, Alien Deathmatch, and all the rest.
It also goes for the extremely bizarre games that don't really make much sense! Hey, it's a Game a Week, what do you expect!
2. If I don't make a new game within a week, I'll head into my collected archive of gubbins, pluck out a rare specimen, and give it a little shout out. That should at least give you something to play that week!
3. If the folk at Socoder make a great game, I'll plop that on here, too. That goes mostly for Workshop entries, but will also count if there's something really good, too.
And, I think that's about it.
There won't be posts about what new games are coming out in the shops, or things about new hardware, or other non-related garbage. Although there may be the odd occasional rant, and I'll probably still post "Me in a magazine!!" type things if they ever happen again
So, pretty much the same as it ever was, then.
But, hopefully, with a tiny bit more content.
I've still got to work out a nice layout, though. .. But it'll do as it is for now.
15th June, 2008
Puzzobomb gets a place in WebUser, issue 189.
That's exactly 20 issues after Horizontal Shooter was in.
And, if you're counting, it's exactly 2 pages earlier.. I've been bumped up to page 38, now! Woot.
2 pages in 20 issues..
By issue 549 I should be on the front page!
Woohoo! That's only 13 years away!
5th June, 2008
Puzzobomb rears it's head once again, this time in a Junior capacity.
Puzzobomb Jr DS is basically just Puzznic! But, hey, there's nothing wrong with that!
Just because the titular "Bomb" is completely missing, doesn't mean the game's not fun.
And with over 2000 levels to work your way through, you'll be playing away for quite a while..
Or giving up!
This game might end up with lots of extras, some time in the future. For now, though, it's just a big collection of levels!
You can Download Puzzobomb Jr here..
Should be in every format necessary!
16th May, 2008
Tomb Raider meets Pitfall!
Retro Raider took a few days to get into a decent build, and then over the course of a few weeks I added lots of extra little chunky bits.
Recently I've been tweaking it even more.
There's now a handful of levels, a few collectables, doors, keys, and even a little Ghost Replay/Time Trial mode.
Good, clean, retro happyness!
There's even a level editor to keep you entertained even longer!
You can Download RetroRaider here, and have some fun! As usual, that link will be the most up to date version, and if there's any major changes, I'll let you know.
3rd April, 2008
Puzzobomb, a mix of Puzznic and Bombs.. (For Jericho!)
Starting with the Wednesday Workshop base from the other day, I decided that yes, I would build it up a bit.
So, I opened up the Amstrad CPC game "Puzznix" which, since I was a kid, I'd always assumed to be "the original game".. Turns out it wasn't...Read More
30th March, 2008
I don't normally post individual Workshop entries. They're not usually good enough to make it to single-post-worthy status!
This week's workshop is a Jericho-based "Explosive" challenge, and so I made a small puzzle game with Bombs.
It's quite an interesting puzzle game.
Take the basic rules of the classic Puzznix game, add bombs, and score it all on a Golf-style scorechart.
The game looks quite nice, nicking the "chunky" block style from Blockman, and there's some half-assed sound effects.
Essentially though, it's a nice puzzle engine that I think I'd like to build upon.
Quite where it'll end up, I'm not sure, but for now it's got a nice 18-puzzle level set, and a few of them are vaguely puzzley!
Left mouse to move, right mouse to explode bombs, and that's pretty much all you'll need.
You can download Puzzobomb here.
For now it's Windows only.
13th March, 2008
Last month I got my Samsung U600 phone.
On Sunday I decided to get Java installed, and give it a go.
Today, I'm releasing Centipong Jr.
You should know how the game goes, but this one's lacking in a few features.
1. It's not got any audio, 'cos I haven't figured out how to do that yet!
2. There's no Levels structure, just more and more centipedes.
3. There are no powerups.
Will these features be added?
More than likely.
Will they be free?
We'll have to see.
I might try to make a bit of cash from my Mobile developing, but we'll have to see how good I get at it first!
In the meantime, you can download it here.
It may or may not work well on your phone!
Let me know how it goes, along with your phone type, and any other info you can pass along.
9th March, 2008
For starters, let me just point out that Alien Deathmatch has still been slowly updating over the past couple of weeks. It's strange that a single game has taken up so much of my time. I guess that once you find the right type of game, you're more motivated than usual.
Still, more weeks playing with 1 game = less time to get some actual new games coded.
As such, there's not really been a whole lot to report over the past week or so.
No new games, no new ideas, nothing.
I had initially planned to do an Asteroids game, after Alien Deathmatch, but once I got going with simple asteroids, it turned out to be a "run around, shoot the bad guys" type affair.. .. essentially it would've just turned out like Alien Deathmatch, only with a slightly different control scheme.Read More
22nd February, 2008
Last year I drew some graphics!
A set of sprites and background tiles for a DS game based on the classic Alien Breed on the Amiga.
The plan fell apart soon after.
Last week I decided to resurrect it on the PC.
Sorry! This is another none-DS game, folks!
30th January, 2008
Not as many fun little games, this time around, but weeks 61 through 90 brought about a few changes.
For starters, Coders Workshop closed down in week 64, which meant the whole Wed.Workshop thing was without a home. Consequently, I spent most of this period building up the whole Socoder website.. from scratch.. in notepad..
It took a while!
So, I missed a few workshops! As such there's only actually 14 games in this selection. There are some super special games, though.
The "CodersWorkshop" game is a miniature Top-down, Romp-around, Dungeon-esque game, only without much of the needed gameplay elements! There's a decent Picross game, with included Level editor. There's experiments with transparencies, tests with strange window resolutions, and there's even a backwards game thrown in for good measure.
You can Download the Collection here, and for more of the same, check out Weeks 01 - 30, 31 - 60 and my complete entry list.
28th January, 2008
Imagine if all your favourite Arcade games were in fact Slot Machine games.
Arcade Slots reproduces a handful of games in this style. With games ranging from Frogger to Hogan's Alley, there's plenty to keep your playing.
Download Arcade Slots.
28th January, 2008
25th January, 2008
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.
11th January, 2008
Over the past few days, I've been building up Centipong bit by bit, and it's now become a much nicer game to play.
There's levels to beat, pickups to collect, and more centipede pods than you can shake a paddle at! If you enjoyed the previous version, give the new version a try. You'll love it!
Download it here : Slowly getting bigger! Just over 2Mb
8th January, 2008
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.
31st December, 2007
The DrunkenCoders Christmas Compo finishes tonight.
I bothered to enter the new JNKPlat Xmas Special (You can download that here) but it's nothing too special..
So, this morning, at around 8am, I decided to get my arse in gear and actually make something nice and snowy for the compo.
Around 5 hours later, give or take, and Snowman Attack is the result.
Run around and shoot the snowmen before they get you. You have 5 bits of health and a constantly running countdown. There are 4 powerups available, for health, extra time and weaponary.
A nice simple game, made quickly!
No hiscores, no online abilities, and not even any music.