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Avatar Man

Avatar Man is back in peer review. I forgot some debug code when submitting the first time around, I also did some tweaks here and there:

- Changed intro message to warn player of enemy avatars.
- Added texture to indicate in which square the enemy player is currently in.
- Step count is now shown again during the level.
- Level 9 changed to remove enemy avatar that cycled through 3 slabs.

Demosthenes

Demosthenes

 

Avatar Man

So we just finished our first game with avatars, called Avatar Man:



It's a pacman-like game where you must press each tile in a labyrinth while avoiding enemy avatars. Here's a ">video of the game in action. The video was taken on a PC, where you can't display Xbox avatars, but thankfully Ubergeek wrote an avatar wrapper class that amongst other things displays the avatars as skeletons on the PC.

This is the first game I completed where I didn't try to come up with an original concept. It's not a straightforward pacman clone, since the enemies move in preset patterns and there are special titles that when pressed alter the enemies' behaviour (either making them fast or releasing them from their patterns). In fact, it feels more like a hide-and-seek game than a pacman game.

It's also my first completed 3D game. There is still a lot of stuff I don't understand well about shaders, lighting, etc. The most complicated part was the effect that morphs textures as you walk over the tiles. This was done using a shader adapted from a couple of Creators Club examples.

As for the art, my brother did all the textures for the walls and floors.

If you want to give it a try and you have a Creators Club account, Avatar Man is in playtest now.

Demosthenes

Demosthenes

 

Attack of the Verbose Dinosaur...

...The update is finally out. It should fixe the garbage collector slowdowns that occurred from time to time.

Also, although it passed peer review, two people mentioned a crash but couldn't tell how to reproduce it. If you find it please tell me. :)

Demosthenes

Demosthenes

 

Attack of the 50ft Verbose Dinosaur!

It's been a while since the last post.

I've been very busy on our latest game, Attack of the 50ft Verbose Dinosaur (AOT5VD).



AOT5VD is, basically, Scrabble meets Rampage. You play as a dinosaur that throws letters at buildings. When the letters form a word you can explode the word, causing damage to the buildings. The bigger the letter the bigger the damage. I came up with the concept and did all the programming, my middle brother did almost all the art.



You can view a gameplay video here.

Once in a while a helicopter comes by with a word missing the first letter. If you complete the word you get a bonus. More on that later.

But why is the dinosaur doing this?

Any comments/suggestions appreciated (stuff you'd like to see on the game, things that seem wrong to you, etc).

Demosthenes

Demosthenes

 

April came, April went...

...And Bennu isn't ready yet. The guys over at XNA Creators Club discovered a ton of bugs and gave a lot of useful suggestions, most of which I'm done implementing. I hope Bennu is ready this month... In the meantime, here's the debut trailer at gametrailers.com.

Demosthenes

Demosthenes

 

Another trailer....

...So DreamBuildPlay as ended and since the deadline was postponed two days I did an extended trailer:


Bennu Trailer 2

So far the contest has 250 entries in the gallery without the last-time entries, so it should reach 300!

EDIT - Click here for a higher resolution AVI.

Demosthenes

Demosthenes

 

Another game...

...Super Ninja Kung-Fu Extra Pow Pow was put on hold because I had an idea for a game that would be quick to make. For me, "quick" means 2-3 months. :)

Here's the first screenie and a poem, that doesn't even rhyme, to describe it:




Paved roads, walkways and bricks
The city sleeps in a moonlit bed
Untroubled by the lamp posts and HEY!
Is that a dinosaur on the way?



Demosthenes

Demosthenes

 

A quick update...

- We started a twitter account, which you can follow here: http://twitter.com/#!/OnceABirdGames

- We didn't place in the top 20 of the DreamBuildPlay contest, which was to be expected since the game was in a very early state.

- We're currently working on the crypts, more on that soon...



Demosthenes

Demosthenes

 

A quick update...

...A bug was found in the peer review process: save game data could become corrupted immediately after the game was bought. It's corrected now, and Bennu is back in peer review (link only works if you have a creators club subscription). It's now at 50% in the peer review process, I think that means it needs 4 more reviews, not sure.

UPDATE: A rarely-occurring bug was found and Bennu was pulled out of review. At least 2 more weeks... :(

Demosthenes

Demosthenes

 

...One more time.

Avatar Man is back in Peer Review. If you have a creators club account, you can check it out here.

The reason it failed peer review the first time was that I didn't load the correct avatar when two gamepads were used. Hope it passes this time.

I'm happy with the way Avatar Man turned out because of the three games I completed this was the one it took me less time to finish and the one I cared less about. Both Bennu And Attack of the 50ft Verbose Dinosaur were attempts at using new concepts but turned out to be either not that acessible or fun. Avatar Man is a bit trashy in the sense that there's very little of new in it and the graphics and sound are only there to serve the gameplay, but it's forgettable fun all the way.

Demosthenes

Demosthenes

 

:)

Soooo....tuaw.com just called Fold "The most original iOS puzzler in years". :)

Also some other quotes:

"You've probably never played a game even remotely like this before."

[color=rgb(68,68,68)][font=Helvetica]"If you're looking for a unique puzzle experience that will undoubtedly help you pass the time on a lazy afternoon, a short break at work, or the subway, Fold is a fantastic choice."[/font][/color]

http://www.tuaw.com/2013/07/13/daily-iphone-app-fold-is-the-most-original-ios-puzzler-in-years/

Demosthenes

Demosthenes

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