Country/City/Area Module = OK
I've just finished what I've been working since yesterday: a way to dynamically load the countries, cities and areas. Before doing this I had only 1 city, and it was mostly hardcoded.
Just as a little extra info:
- Country: this is the name of the region (not exactly a Country, but thats how I call it internally) which comprises a few cities. I created this concept to be able to put pre-requisites between a group of cities, lock them (so a player can buy a pack of cities via IAP), give bonuses for a pack of cities, etc. Examples; US East, Europe, Tutorial...
- City: a single level. This is what you actually play. Each city has a Building associated to it, which is where your company is located. Examples: Miami, New York, Paris, Tutorial #1, Tutorial #2...
- Building: the layout of the commercial building where you actually play the game. The building is comprised of many Floors (which contains Tiles and Doors).
- Area: area (or Neighborhood, but internally I call it Area) is a subdivision of a city. When playing a level, you can have up to 1 antenna per area, and you compete inside that area only. If you're the only player with an antenna on a certain area, you are more likely to get a better audience than on an area with competing antennas.
Besides being able to load each level, I have populated the definition files with all the data: 14 cities, 4 countries, 20-something areas, and the definition files for the building layout (which is 1x1 with the cities, so 14). Now the game is fully customizable using parameter files - no more hardcodes! I just dont have the creativity right now to actually populate all the cities, I have simply copied the layout for all the cities, so the building as of now is exactly the same on the 14 cities.
I will craft the Tutorial cities buildings to make it very simple, with only a few floors, a few doors, etc, so it gets easier to grasp the game concepts I want the player to grasp (let the player get a bit lost on the building on more advanced cities). But the remaining cities I will definitely not design them anytime soon.
Now I'll pick another of those 5 tasks, don't know which yet.