Working on a new game, with lots of explosions.

2014-08-09 02:57:09 by Galdon

So, I came to the startling realization that I only remember to write after already finishing a game, and it might be slightly more interesting to read about what will be done than what has been done. That in mind, I figured I might make a concious effort to post what I am working on in the present tense than the past tense. 

So, what I started working on a few days ago is a fairly simple game, but with likely much higher art requirements than what is usual for me. Luckily, a Ludum Dare is this month, effectively giving me two months to work on this game and still be good for the One Game A Month challenge. 

In the game, you are one of a few survivors of an aggresive alien invasion. While in hiding you build a cannon to launch a projectile at the alien ships overhead. Since a direct confrontation would be laughably one sided, you set it up with a remote control. You have one shot to cause as much destruction as possible.  


I am going to try to have at least 4 different ships to give some variety and color to the scene. There will also be upgrades you can add to your cannon between attempts to maximize your destructive potential. I will probably also add some sort of graphic on the top so the text isn't just floating around where the flying ship parts can make them hard to read. 

There is a slight possibility I have laughed maniacally at least once while watching the chain explosions going off. 


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2014-08-24 11:14:31

Hi there, Popped by to here to say : I like your games, specially Fly Stomper and Fire everywhere gj! :)
But please remember we don't all have qwerty keyboards.. hand position was too uncomfortable to play your last submission. :(

Just saying.. so maybe like this I could play all your future games :p

Galdon responds:

Sorry about that, I've made some alias keys to hopefully make the controls more comfortable. I'll be uploading the new version in a few minutes. What key combinations are more comfortable on the style keyboard you have?


2014-08-25 04:03:33

Hey cool! Thanks! :D
I wish that more game devs get to consider this problem.

Europe here, so I use QWERTZ.

Wikipedia says:
"The QWERTZ keyboard is a widely used computer and typewriter keyboard layout that is mostly used in Central Europe. The main difference between it and QWERTY is that Y and Z are swapped..."
So you probably miss out on many players, I've noticed I'm not the only one complaining. ^^'

Some use 'A, S, D' but this could be bit annoying for those using AZERTY. Though not as much as QWERTY/QWERTZ as the 'A' is still typed with the same finger.

'H, J, K, L' keys seem to be similar on 3 most widely used keyboard layouts. (qwerty, qwertz, azerty) but I've come across games that work for all keyboard layouts:
Games that have assigned keys to the physical location instead of the letter. Meaning.. 'Z' (QWERTY ) , Y' (QWERTZ) and 'W' (AZERTY ) are located at the same place, so the game assigned the key to that spot whatever letter it types.
Might be worth looking in to that? ^^'

Thanks again and keep up the good work! :)