September 23rd, 2013
I just got back from a two week trip to Vancouver during which I did a game jam in Victoria (on Vancouver Island), had a few meetings with business contacts, and also hung out with lots of friends. I even went on a four day road trip to The Rockies and back, which was epic.
I also popped down to the Indie House Vancouver to hang out with Alec Holowka, Matt Thorson, Chevy Ray Johnston, Noel Berry and Hannah Boyd. They had a post-PAX jam thing the day after I arrived and then I went back again later on to just hang out and work on Island Burner (my Orca Jam game) some more.
I saw lots of Towerfall and got to play it a bit, but I’m a noob compared to everyone else there. Chevy also showed me his Ludum Dare 27 game called Antidote, which is really good, and we discussed his plans for how to expand it.
Alec is super-busy as usual with a bunch of really cool projects but he found time to do a quick podcast interview with me which you can listen to here. We talk about a bunch of things such as my feelings about Free 2 Play games, making casual games, being an indie dad, my early programming years and much more. Enjoy!
August 29th, 2013
I recently did a short email interview for obscureindie.com and answered questions on various topics about the indie industry. I think it went well; see what you think:
Indie Game Dad Answers a Few Indie Questions
There are also good interviews on the site by Moacube and Winter Wolves. Interestingly, we all seem to pretty much agree on everything! We’ve all been making games for a long time and have seen the industry change a lot so hopefully we’ve got some idea of what we are talking about
What do you think about the state of the indie industry?
August 17th, 2013
Hello and welcome! I’ve done quite a lot of work on the game since the last developer diary and you can hear me talk about the new features in the video below.
Progress has been a bit slow mainly because I’ve been working on a commercial casual game called Spooky Bonus, which will be finished in a week or so and will ship in mid-October. Then I can get back to Titan Attacks mobile as my primary project and get it done for the Autumn.
For those of you inclined to reading, here’s a bit more detail!
- Read in all 20 Earth levels and made them work in game with a shop screen placeholder in between each level.
- Gave enemies correct hit points and hit boxes based on their radius.
- Made Earth enemies have correct movement. This was complex due to the way the original PC behaviour system was coded. I had to support LeftRight (with either going off screen and wrapping or bouncing off the edge and moving down), Static (with teleport), Bounce, Rotating (slaves use this)
- Made enemies shoot a basic bullet.
- Gave player shields and a death state.
- Player and enemies flash when hit.
- Skip level button for iPhone (just so I could show off the levels on a portal device).
- Added bullet limit code. The player now starts with one on-screen bullet at a time like Space Invaders and can buy more in the shop.
- Added bullet limit boost button and shield button on placeholder shop screen that appears between levels.
- Created slaves around master enemy.
- Added a few sounds related the the work done so far.
- Start, Success, Death sequences added including floating text and the ability for the player and enemies to move during those sequences. The player can even die during the success sequence, but not beat the level during the death sequence.
- Added enemy collision with player. Enemy is destroyed and does one damage to player.
- Read in all enemy bullet images and animations.
- Read in all Earth enemy bullet templates and got them working in the test screen.
- Made global behaviour, shootbrain and enemybullet instances for each enemy type on the level (this was complex!)
- Made all the enemies shoot the correct bullets and made the bullet behaviours correct.
- Added in enemey firing sounds and sounds for mines and bombs.
- Read in moon images, anims, enemies, bullets and levels and got working in a basic way. Still need to code the correct moon enemy behaviours.
- Finish the moon enemy behaviours
- Player bullet upgrades (bigger more powerful bullets and also extra guns)
- Particle effects for everything inc. making bomb/mine explosions work.
- Critical hits and parachuting aliens
- Saucers and saucer special stage.
Then it should be a home run to the end!