Spiders

The goal is to have a bunch of different playable animals in We Of The Woods.

Each will have different goals and survival mechanics.  Can’t get much more different than a giant spider :)

 

 

 

WOTW DevLog: AI movement

It’s quite fun to work on two games at once. It can provide some relief to switch projects when things are a bit busy. A palette cleanser, so to speak. Especially when switching from a VR game like SuperMegaMega.

So I’ve spent some more time working on another team project called We Of The Woods recently. It’s quite a fun project to play with. Procedural generation is one of my favourite things these days and the entire world is generated fresh each time it’s played.

One of the things the game has been lacking is any form of decent AI for the animals populating the world. The main reason being there was no knowledge of the collisions or paths available.

So it’s obvious what had to be done first:

The nav grid is being re-generated whenever the player moves a specified distance. This should let the animals navigate through the colliders easier, giving the appearance of intelligence.  Hunting should also feel better if the animals react properly to encountering a wall. Currently they just turn around and run the other direction but don’t consider where the player is coming from.

Now the navigation works it should just be a matter of tweaking some reaction behaviours for each of the animal types. The goal is to make them react convincingly when being chased by a wolf or bear…. :)

fun fun!

-Ryan

Transistor Part 1

Playing Transistor Newgame+
My first attempt at recording a game play-through. Kinda cool,  even just for my own memories!

Probably need some voice over commentary…..

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VR DevLog 18: Gameplay Loop

So once again it’s been far too long since I wrote a devlog… mainly because I haven’t had anything to say! But also because I’ve been very busy on other projects and going to GDC and moving house/office.

Now things have settled down, development can kick back into gear. Super Mega Mega is coming up to a cool point in development. The core of the coding is done and the majority of work now lies in content generation.

I’m currently working on getting a more complete, playable version of the game ready to demo and get feedback on. I might even release this one publicly.

The game has evolved to be an interesting blend of games like MegaMan, Zelda and The Binding of Isaac. I want a highly replay-able, short session experience that works both with and without VR.

Now comes the point where the real game design stuff needs to be sorted… I’m hoping to have a version working well for the upcoming Beer & Pixels event… but I’m not sure I’ll have the time. I really need to get some feedback on this soon! Game design is not my strong suit…..yet! I’m going to have to focus and knuckle down to pull something cool out here.  A challenge!

Cheers!

-Ryan

New Screenshots

Working on We Of The Woods… some new screens…
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Flappy Jam

birdFlappy Jam complete!
Made a new game in a couple of days with Aaron and the Robomuffin crew. (Same guys from the recent GGJ24)

Pretty much just for fun…

Get it here or on google play

#flappyjam

Global Game Jam Recap

I thought I’d write a few notes on this past weekends game jam… Firstly, I think it was a huge success!
Play it here and tell me what you think.

Going into the event I had never worked with anyone in the team. It was a lot more art heavy than I had previously worked with and this really showed up in the look and sound of the game.

As for programming it was great to work with someone that knew their way around Unity. We naturally divided the tasks without any real discussion. It was great to be able to rely on someone getting cool stuff into the game whilst I was working on something else. Ended up being quite productive for the short time we had.

What else can I say about the art guys…? Amazing art and animation and sounds/music! Didn’t really need to debug any art issues or help them out. They all knew their stuff really well.

The main thing we might have needed to improve on would  be having a more solid design driver. One person making the design decisions to try and keep the concept solid in at least one persons head :)

We didn’t get time to implement a few features that would have changed the game a fair amount but that’s to be expected with such a limited time.

Hopefully we get to do some more work on it and see where it goes.

Good fun! Looking forward to next time.

-Ryan

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Global Game Jam 2014

I attended the Global Game Jam in Sydney over the past few days.

Great event run by great people and happy to say my team ended up with a game at the end!

Download it for windows
mac linux

Play it online here

 

and here’s a screenie:

We Of The Forest

Cheers!

VR DevLog 17

Revisiting randomness

My recent work on SuperMegaMega has revolved around figuring out a lot of the desired game play and story.

Part of that process has led me back to considering procedural generation again.

I want to have a game that won’t require massive play sessions but is still appealing each time it’s played. The sense of progression is also important.

For examples of this I have been playing a lot of the recent roguelike evolutions that have become popular.

Some of them use random content in a way that is still very controlled. For example “The Binding of Isaac” uses a large set of hand made rooms (over 1000) that are chosen from as building blocks for the larger level layouts. “Rogue Legacy” does a similar thing too whilst Spelunky uses a more fine-grained version but it’s essentially the same idea.

So now SMM is using this pattern with its own twist. Pre made rooms and structures give more control over the player experience.   The main restriction is all the rooms are based around a cylindrical structure. As long as there are a shit load of variants to select from it will seem very random. Just need to make sure the quality level is maintained over the entire  set of rooms.

The actual gaming loop is currently being experimented with. So far leaning towards using a permadeath system with unlockable weapons and events. Don’t really know what will work until I get some more play testing done!

Lots of enemies,weapons,items and levels to make!

Also, my new phone is awesome! Note3 ftw

-Ryan
 

VR DevLog 16

One thing I’ve been thinking about recently is motion sickness and VR. My wife tried the ‘Titans Of Space’ demo and got really sick in record time.

This really surprised me! I figured this demo was one of the easiest for first timers. Perhaps my perceptions of what has the potential to make someone sick is a bit out of whack.

I think it’s important to try and minimise the barf inducing effects but I fear it’s (at least partially) unavoidable.

Super Mega Mega has a pretty small percentage of people who feel sick I think. The one part I’m worried about is the screen-shake effect.

There are lots of technical things I’ve read and acted upon and I don’t want to repeat them here but it’s certainly a potential wall between VR tech going mainstream. At least it seems the consumer version of the Rift will be targeting a much lower latency… which could fix most of the problems and make everyone happy. Games just need to keep up their end of the bargain.

Anyways I think I’ve decided to have an options menu to allow the potential chunder busters to be switched off. That should hopefully cater to most people.

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Back to work! Hoping to have a new playable demo available in the next 2-3 weeks. It all depends on how much time I get to work on it.

-Ryan

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