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Try a pre-pre-pre alpha demo of my game!

Posted by mikeman, 07 May 2012 · 756 views

Ok, it's been a while since I made a journal entry. These last few weeks I've been working AGAIN on the racing project, Windchasers. To greatly simplify things for AI,physics and graphics(and possibly to make it easier to port in mobile devices) I've now opted for a top-down racing view. I have been particularly inspired by Death Rally, a classic DOS game made by Remedy, which got a new release fo iPhone and iPad lately, with good success.

Anyway, I have for you a 30sec video of some gameplay, and an 155MB download of a first demo. Sorry for the size, I still use .BMP and .WAV uncompressed :)

Video:



Demo:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1171223/WindChasers.zip

Before launching it, read the instructions in the short Readme.txt. Let me know how it goes, if it ran properly, what kind of problems did you encounter(and if possible, your system specs). Be as harsh as you want, tell me what you don't like and what should be done differently but, you know, if you do like some bits, share that too :)




It works fine, looks good and all but the controls really ruined it for me. You drift like CRAZY, it's like you're on some kind of ice surface in other racing games constantly. Steering would need to be a LOT tighter for me to have any fun with it!

I do like the setting, I loved Death Rally and I'd like to see a remake, so I will keep my eyes out for your project!
Yeah, the heavy drifting is intentional...actually at first the steering was 'tight' as you said. I thought it would add some extra challenge to the game and make it more interesting. See this game: It takes some time to master, but it's possible...anyway, I'll wait for a few more people to test it and give their feedback on this one, as it is quite important. Is the drifting too much? Would tighter steering and higher speeds work better?

Thanks a lot for the info, keep it coming! I'll try to post update soon, based on the opinions of fellow gamedevvers.
Ok, here's a first update, it contains the .exe and it's just 155KB. Just unzip it in the main game directory. It features much more tighter steering, so let's see if this is more fun!

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1171223/WC_Update1.zip
Yes, this is good advice...I was thinking all that myself. Actually, I will have different surfaces on the track and different routes that the pilot can choose from, so I will probably add the icy surfaces you mentioned...

Oh and I tried to upvote both your posts but I think I downvoted the last one...sorry, how the heck can I undo that? :P
Heck, I just deleted your post...didn't even know you could do that.

Sorry dkh, I really appreciate your input. Many thanks.

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