|Escape Cod - Ludum Dare #21
(26 Aug 2011 at 08:49)
| Last weekend I did another installment of the 48-hour solo video game programming competition Ludum Dare. They announce the theme on Friday night and then we draw and sing and program all weekend to try to put together a game. This time the theme was Escape, which was a weird theme for me because I've been working on a game just called Escape for like 13 years. The game I made last weekend is called Escape Cod and it's kinda like recursive fish pinball:|
The game's best understood by playing. The basic idea came from Ryan. Thanks Ryan. Initially there was going to be more pinball stuff to do inside the fish, but I knew that the transitions and animations were going to be tricky, so I did most of that first. By the time it got to mid-sunday, I was burned out on implementing physics and I had come to actually like playing the game in its current form, so I just kept doing polish. As usual, when the weekend ended I felt kind of down on the finished product (because of all the things I knew were wrong or wished I could do), but after seeing a few people play and the feedback on the entry, I'm pretty happy with it now. Escape Cod for yourself.
Do you recognize the Cape Cod scene illustrated? I had this canonical image in my mind that I thought was from a postcard or t-shirt that we had around the house growing up. I wanted to get it right so I searched around for image. Turns out I was imagining the bag of potato chips! The title screen is a tribute.
I recorded screenshots from my computer every 15 seconds as well as webcam shots of me touching my face a lot. It's stalkertastic.
I've now entered this a few times. Only Disco? Very! placed in the top 20 overall, but I have done well in the audio category several times. Priority Cats was #2, for example. Since all I care about is winning (winky-wink) I spent a bunch of time on the music for this game too, which you can get in a separate soundtrack.zip. Or make it like an interactive music video by listening while playing the game.
|My favorite piece of textfile insight was:
It is impossible to write computer software without calling atan2 at some point
|Yessss. I finally won.|
|Isn't it true??|
|Oh cool you made something, and it's kindaaaaaaaaaa neat (but yeah, it has problemmmss)
Christ, those spiral fish >_<
|RSS feed for radar.spacebar.org gives the following error:
Prescript ping failed: MySQL server has gone away
|I'm not getting any error. Maybe it was a transient thing? (or on your end? I don't think that's an error string that's even in my code...)|
|Quick question. Why don't you add an obvious link to your Pac Tom webpage ("http://pac.tom7.org/") from the main webpage of your internet ("http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~tom7/"), and possibly also from the other sites page of the another page ("http://carnage-melon.tom7.org/othersites.html").
|Those yellow circle fish are the bane of my last 10 minutes!|