This is a independent game being produced by me and my brother. We’ve been working on it for about 6 months and we’ve already done a good part of the game. We hope to finalize and make it available on Steam by the end of this year.
We are using Blender 3D and Gimp software for production.
About the Game: Dongo Adventure will be a 3D platform style game, where the main character (Dongo) is a mouse that ventures through various scenarios (sewers, culverts, streets, electric grid, etc.) and faces several enemies along the way (cockroaches, mosquitoes, spiders, toxic gases, electrical wires, etc.). He carries a basket / backpack with cheeses that he uses to throw and defend himself from enemies, as well as being able to push objects that helps him to overcome obstacles. The ultimate goal will be a surprise!
Now we are developing new scenarios and enemies. We hope to publish news soon...
Game page on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/811450/Dongo_Adventure/ - (Teaser UPDATED)
Dongo Adventure - Indie Game Project (First Teaser) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2nmxtkE0xk
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By Brandon Marx
I have some decent amount of experience in Unity making games for Software Engineering projects in college, these were very specific projects however and I still am fairly new to building games. I wanted to make a game that uses the shadows of objects for collision detecting (i.e. shooting a gun at a characters shadow causes that character damage. What is the best engine to do this in (game will be 3D), and does anyone have any advice on how to approach this concept? I consider myself fairly experienced in programming, but game dev is just an entirely different beast.
I've been slowly working on my game called AotW for a while now. I have come to the conclusions that it would be nice to cooperate with 1 or 2 others to help finish it. Ive been trying to keep my GDD up to date with my ideas and development so that would give a better overview of the game when the time comes. Currently I have a basic skeleton of the RPG elements needed but everything can still be discussed and talked about and we can transform my idea to something the group likes.
The premise of the game is a Diablo-like procedurally generated map with RPG elements that include sockets, inventory, classes, abilities, crafting, loot, items, sockets, and enchanting. This will be done in a 2D iso view as I can't do 3D art and I enjoy 2D games a lot.
I don't plan on releasing this as this is more of a hobby project for me and I have a full-time job. Though I'd like to start putting more hours into development and having others definitely will be motivation. I also want to be able to say I have finally "finished" a game idea to some degree. If the time comes and we want to release it, then we can go ahead and do so but that's not my purpose or plan.
This is a general question about player controller on a surface that contains geometry (curved roads / slopes, mountains, etc.) and obstacles (walls). The game should simulate a simple physical model (acceleration, collisions, etc.) and the character should navigate convincingly through the terrain.
I'm using Unity but I think this is a general question about how to design a character controller.
I wrote a simple character controller that uses player input to steer the character in the world. wasd keys move forward and turn. Since I'm controlling the character directly, I'm using a kinematic object (I don't even use the rigidbody) and moves it by setting the transform directly to some model I implemented (I have speed, acceleration, mass, etc.)
Why did I wrote a physical kinematic simulation? I tried to use a rigidbody and apply forces based on player's input directly on it but I found the control felt a little bit "swimmy" and it was hard to tweak (example: the character slammed hard and spun out of control (even when locking xz rotating direction), it took a long time to accelerate, etc.)
That worked well when during prototyping on a simple plane with no obstacles. Now I have a level with non-even geometry. The problem I have is how to make the players "stick" to the ground when they travel around (Prototype applies movement on the xz plane but doesn't take into account being connected to the floor). Another issue is to set the orientation (up vector) of the player (imagine a vehicle) in a way that looks both smooth and convincing - the vehicle should change its pitch / roll as it's navigating through some slopes. Even the simple example of a vehicle starting to climb from a plane on a road with a constant slop (say 20 deg) should change the orientation in a convincing manner, i.e. the vehicle should not start to "lift the nose" before touching the ramp, nor should it "sink the nose" colliding into the ramp. Again, this is where the physical engine can come in handy, but when I tried to apply force going up the vehicle slowed down because of friction.
I also have problems with collisions since I'm moving the character directly by controlling its transform (kinematic), it feels weird and doesn't play well when the physics engine detects collisions and doesn't want to let the character penetrate a wall. It collides well with objects, it just feel very not natural.
The real questions here are about best approaches to design a character controller (note: that SHOULD be applied also to agents using AI steering algorithms - that also calculates forces or running a model underneath).
1. How do you move a character? Are you using the physics engine to do the heavy lifting or you control the character directly like a kinematic object?
2. If you're using physics, what's the best approach to apply forces? (yes, it depends on the game, but let's say some realistic based physics model with accelerations and forces - let's assume animations don't apply root motion - to simplify) In Unity, there are multiple ways to apply force - relative / non-relative, impulse / continuous etc.
3, If you're not using physics, how do you make sure that collision detection play nice with your movement algorithms? How do you make collisions look natural and still give the player good control?
4. Uneven terrain, how do you make the character (let's assume a vehicle - a car - with no complex animations (so no IK in play)) "stick" to the ground while changing its orientation (up vector) in a smooth and convincing manner?
5. what's the best way to also allow the player to disconnect from the ground? (e.g. either jump or fall off platforms)
For me, rigidbody vs. kinematic is the key question here. I saw tutorials that use both - but since they were super simple they didn't deal with the problems I mentioned above in depth. I'm wondering what's the best approach for the player controller and would love to hear more points to consider and tips based on your experience. Pseudo code / code samples (in any language / engine) would be much appreciated. Thank you!
By Ty Typhoon
Before read everything i am honest:
Payment after release you get your percentage lifetime for that project.
i dont need your inspirations, ideas, music or designs.
My head is full with that.
I need workers who i can trust.
Please let us talk in discord.
I got a lot of stuff planned, there is much work to do.
But first my team and me try to start with a small mini game and we need maybe exactly you.
Planned for more than pc, like ps4, xbox one and mobile - so its very important to us to hopefully welcome a programmer.
The mini game will be part of the planned big game. There will be never before seen guns and gameplay, you will get deeper info if youre a safe part of the team.
Join here please:
You find me here:
Joerg Federmann Composing#2898