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5th May, 2010
Gettin' a wee bit messy, this week, isn't it.. hmm.. Lots going on, and commenting all over the place.
Might need to do something about that..
Thanks for the Wario-adds so far, and I'm glad to see there's some interesting games coming out of it. ExciteMike's getting some nice little games going, and I've been playing around with Shadow's little boss thing. Not really sure what was going on with that Platdude tune, though, Jiro!!
Games will stay up until the next Wednesday, worry not Jiro, but I'm not sure about Music.. that'll probably come-and-go whenever I'm in a musical mood! Same with Comics. I'll try to keep everything up for a full week, though.
JNKPlat : Releases
JNKPlat releases appear to be much wanted, so if I have time this week I'll try to slot in a couple more tiles.
Any level packs are muchly appreciated, though. If I could bundle other folks levels, rather than desperately attempting to make a bunch myself, it'll save me a wee bit of time!
12-level-packs seem to be the number I'm sticking to, and work out nicely, with 1 great big level at the end.. but any number will do, and I'm happy with any levels submitted.
(So long as you've "finish"ed the levels, and I don't have to play through them all in a mad dash at the end of the week, before they've saved properly!!)
As for level-hosting. I was going to put up/down'ing into the game itself, but I never got around to it. Maybe I could setup a simple database system for all the levels or something, and if that works out, integrate it into the game somehow.. No idea. One step at a time! Meanwhile, keep on sending them over.
JNKPlat : Tiles
The wee 9px beastie hasn't yet been added into the game, so I might give that a whirl sometime this week. He'd also be a blind follower, like the one Shadow suggested, but he'd be limited to the current flat surface he's on. I try not to add too many AI chrs to the JNKPlat world, mostly because they start to add randomness into the levels.
At the minute, the entire level is under the player's control. Each tap of a button does something, but if you stand perfectly still, nothing at all happens. (except for the occasional flying dart, and flame) The only time things happen are when you step on plungers, move blocks, step on mines, or even turn around for the one way doors. If I add too much AI, then things move away from the player. So, even a little hopping 9px character might have the ability to hop onto plungers, and that would remove certain controls from the player.
Not sure if I want to do that just yet...
Suits.. hmm.. The controls for the suits haven't ever really worked out all that well! That's my main issue with the suits.. Perhaps, though, a new set of suits. ..
The initial set of suits (2004!?) were mostly other-game characters, but those characters require certain control schemes.. If I instead took the little ninja suit, from the far left of the screen, then I might be able to manage it somehow. It's not a known suit, so it doesn't rely on specific rules. *shrugs*
Feel free to throw around some ideas..
Spike Plungers could work, I'll give those a go.
"Editor tools like boxes of stuff!" I don't know what you mean by that!
Floatyness would be nice.
I used to have water and swimming in the game, but the controls never really played that well, so it's been abandoned over the years. Having little "uppy/downy" gravity areas would probably work alright though. Maybe I should play with some gravity switches! (And big red and blue arrows, too!! That's not TOO Mario Galaxy, is it!?!)
5th May, 2010
Over at Socoder I've stopped doing Wednesday Workshop, which has spawned a heck of a lot of sideprojects in it's time.. In fact, in all honesty, Socoder wouldn't exist without it. And.. realistically, this site probably wouldn't either.
Still, WW's had it's time, and everyone got bored with it.
"Wednesday Worklogs" has now started, where everyone plonks down a nice big lengthy list of things they've done over the week.
.. Hopefully that takes off!
Meanwhile, as far as little quick games built on a Wednesday is concerned, I've now got the whole WarioWare thing to play with.
So, today's the proper launch.
This week's theme, Games with Arrows.
In my little crate, today, you'll find the following.
Comic : "Games With Arrows" a little picturesque look at games with arrows. It's not funny, it's just boredom!
Game : "Sudden Bath" a game with a bath, and three arrows.
Game : "Spikes Ahead" a game with a ufo, two spikes, and three arrows.
and whatever leftovers are there from last week.
Bee Mai Fwend : 3782-1929-5444
4th May, 2010
I've a couple of new games ready, but what day should I be aiming for?
Monday's Ninty's day, Tuesday's AGameAWeek day so I'm already busy with that.. Maybe Wednesday for my Wario games?
4th May, 2010
This is probably going to be the last release
There's a couple of new tiles to play with, and 2 extra packs. One (with 12 levels) from me, and one (with 2 and a bit) from StudioFortress. (If you'd like to attempt the third one of those, load it in the editor.. I couldn't get past the flame-pit!)
I have a couple of extra tile ideas jotted down, but they don't feel like they'd add anything to the game, so I haven't bothered to add them in.
Other than that, I'm all out of ideas. If you can think of anything else that might be fun to add, let me know, and we'll maybe have another release sometime in the future.
For now, the game is as it is, and with 100+ levels it's not anything to complain about.
As always, Make me more levels, and I might be more motivated to add something extra into the mix.
Future releases depend entirely on your contributions.
Same download links, Newer versions. Pop it over the top of the old one, and it should keep all your scores.
4th May, 2010
AGameAWeek! Seems like a long long time since I last did this.
In reality, it's only been a month, but BOY did that feel like an eternity!
Let's have a look at this week's game..
It's all about shooting the coloured pods.
Controls might be a wee bit odd, at first, but you get used to them!
Hold the left mouse button to turn the launchers around, and tap the right mouse button to fire.
Try to hit alike colours with the right missiles.
If a hole explodes, it shoots out a bunch of new missiles, and they all go swirling around on the screen.
If you shoot a different coloured hole, it will slowly disappear. Rapidly with your launched missile, slower with any others.
You start with only 20 shots, and gain 5 extra shots for each round you complete. Try to remove all the holes in a vague order so you don't run out of ammo. If you do run out, there are 3 extra lives in the game, and you'll restart the same round with the same number of shots, and one extra for good luck.
Is it a good game? Honestly, I have no idea. I've been having fun playing around with it, and making nice pretty swirls, but.... As a game?! I don't know...
I'll let you decide!
You can Download Gravity Bombs from The Jayenkai Archive for both Windows and Linux. One day, I'll get me a Mac, and then I'll have to recompile all these!!
AGAW Scoring : 36 Weeks, 38 Games. The lead has fallen. Must try harder!
2nd May, 2010
After the fun of a JNKPlat-based April, it's time to get back into the AGameAWeek spirit, and out of the silly ranty 2BeesInDePub mood that I'm currently in.
This week I'm playing around with black holes. Except they're not black.
The player has 4 coloured shooty bobs, and must fire missiles to clog up the not-black-holes.
Each hole hit blasts out more little missiles, and it all becomes a nice swooshy swirly colourful frenzy of dots.
To be honest, this is more of a play-thing. It has scoring, but there's not too much there. It just kinda sucks you in, and you keep playing about with it, but..
Is it a game!?
It's very very swirly!
Tuesday : Gravity Bombs (unless I can think of a better name.. "Swooshy Swirly Colours" doesn't sound too much like a game's title!) and also possibly the last JNKPlat2010 release.
Send in your levels, guys, or the last release will be a bit piss-poor!
2nd May, 2010
2beegames.com has, since May 1st, become IndiePub, but haven't bothered to claim indiepub.com domain, or indiepub.co.uk, or .net, or.. well.. whatever.
For the past month or two, they've been banging on and on about their all-new coming soon site, and how amazing and new it'll be. They were originally going for a nice bright yellow theme, with all nice sparkly-ness, and instead seem to have settled on kind of dull desaturated brown/orange theme, along with a complete identity change.
Still, their main features that they promised are apparently there. Somewhere. If you can find them.
Here's what they've added, straight from their "New" page.
Regular news and articles : Something that everyone promises on every website ever, (see AGameAWeek!) and hopes to god they can keep up with. Fingers crossed!
Experience System : One of those "Karma" things where people spam the crap out of the system in the hopes of getting a bigger score. Over at Socoder, I've a "Do it NOW" thing going, where if someone stops being active, their little scores start to drop. And shitty forum posts don't count. Hopefully the new 2BeesInDePub version will be just as good, and won't end up with older members lording stupidly high ranks, whilst releasing bugger all, over the newer talent who actually do the more interesting things, but haven't yet scored 17 bazillion points.
Asset System : If you draw a massive logo for a game, (or.. um.. a DVD Case ) or make a great theme tune or something, and want to show it off separately, you can list it as an asset. You can then attach it to the game and have the two linked. Neat idea.
Simple Play : If this works, it'll be fan-fucking-tastic. Apparently MY games will work in a little Java box, right in the browser. I still have my doubts, and have yet to see it in action, but.. Fingers crossed!!!
But for every upside there's a downside. (There are more downsides, but I felt it fairer to stick with the 1:1 ratio.)
Be aware, the site is still fresh, so they may be forgiven for a few of these faults. They have had it in Beta for about a month, and probably way more than that, but whatever..
But wait, there's more!!
New Topic : The "New Topic" button (which isn't loading, so shows the generic "No image" icon) doesn't work, and returns a 404, thus leading me to have to post this rant here, instead of on their forum.
Hang on, not done ranting...
Showcases : The area that you showcase your work, and the place where people go "OMG! Great Game!!" by looking at THE SCREENSHOTS.. Except, of course, there are no bloody screenshots. None, zip, nada. Obviously they've used the space for the all-important "Play Game" thing, but since that's not there, it leads most of the games to look like.. um... Well, like this..
No New Games : Their fantastic frontpage no longer lists the newest games AT ALL, and their game list page only lists the last four. That's a deathly plummet from 12 to 4, and it's just not bloody well on. Without people clicking the tiny "Newest" link at the top of the game list page, all the new stuff is all going to disappear into a big vat of nothingness, and people will all end up playing the old "Top ranked" stuff over and over and over. It was already an issue when none-members came along and downranked games into oblivion, and it'll be more of an issue now that you can see jack all in the first place.
Handy Hint, that great big "NEWEST" header should be a link to the same place as that little tiny "newest" link at the top of the page.
It seems somewhat ironic that a rather good website has been replaced by a bit of a shit one... on May the 1st . .. . AGAIN!!! Exactly like how BlitzCoder got fucked over by CodersWorkshop, and killed half of it's community in one foul swoop.
Moral of the Story : If it ain't broke, yada yada..
30th April, 2010
WarioWare DIY arrived via lady-postman at about 12pm today.
I finally finished tap-tap-tap-tap-tap skipping my way through the tutorials about half an hour ago.
My god, talk about mind-numbing pap!
Every little bit of "How to make games" all drawn out in a way that only Nintendo could manage!
To give them credit, it's actually a fairly competent tutorial, and I can see it being really helpful to most.. The "And/Or" tutorial, in particular, was quite comprehensive even in it's fairly short manner. (or maybe I was tapping too quickly )
But, bloody 'ell, they should have an "I am a coder, I know this!" option in there!
Coming soon, Jay Makes Minigames! (and probably Jay Makes Minigame Engine soon after, knowing me!)
If you're a WarioWare DIY'er, shove your friendcode below.
30th April, 2010
If you'd like to make your own, follow this simple five step guide.
1. Press E to enter the Editor.
2. Draw a quick map.
3. Press F5 to test the map.
4. Press 4 to zoom RIGHT UP CLOSE!
5. Press F11 to take a screenshot.
The picture will be in the Files/ folder.
F1, F2 and F3 will switch between the three styles.
28th April, 2010
Very rarely do I get feedback direct, other than from the few of you who seem to hang around here a lot, but there is feedback out there.. if you really hunt for it!
This past couple of weeks have, as per usual, been all about the Two-Button-Jump.
"OMG! Two!? WTF!" and so on. I can deal with those complaints, I've heard them many a time before, and even added the extra one-button rubbishy mode to help those who can't shut up about it.
It's annoying, but what the hey.
*fingers in ears* "La, La, La, La, La!!!!" *fingers in ears*
The other common complain is the "He looks like Bart Simpson!" argument.
Yes, it's true, colour-scheme wise he does look a bit like Bart Simpson..
But that's purely co-incidental.
Platdude was originally "drawn" in raw code, using QBasic on a really old PC.
He actually looks like this.
He's a little off-colour, but given his arena and the fact I was using QBasic, they were probably the better colour choices. The fact that he's turned out to be a bit "Bart"-like is just because he's been brightened up a wee bit.
He's actually supposed to look like this guy..
But I couldn't quite remember exactly how that guy looked, and accidentally made his head, arms and legs a little bit too short.
I hope he isn't offended!
Next up, turning is too slow apparently.
The slow-turn was introduced with the One-Button-Jump, but if it's in the way, I'll get rid.
Next release, Two-Button-Jumpers will be able to insta-turn!!!
Today, I stumbled upon this.
"cover designed by: chelinka"
I must admit, that's some damn fine work, there!
Let's see what we've got..
1. Level and sprite graphics from JNKPlat3D 06
You can tell, because it's got the 06 sphere, and the ugly as crap ladders..
2. Exit from JNKPlat2010 because that's the Dr-Who-Tunnel effect that I made the exit into, this year!!
3. Background, logo and.. maybe even the fluff from the 2010 one, too, but I can't be too sure.
For anyone interested, there's my version!
I did that 2 years ago, and apparently it went unnoticed.
Good think I have slots in my archive for those things, now!
If you're a member of the espalnds forum, let 'em know what's going on. They seem baffled by the many versions of JNKPlat! I tried to register, but it wanted me to sign up to a bunch of stuff I'd rather not.
28th April, 2010
View on YouTube
New tube video to match the newer 100 level release, including it's nice new graphical styles, and snippets from the first 50 levels.
Let's see if we can make it.. um... maybe 150 for the next one!?!?
Get them levels in!!
27th April, 2010
This is the 2nd release, unless you got the Editor Pre-release, in which case, this is actually the third!!
100 levels, with #100 having a nice big star on the titlescreen!
There's a couple of new tiles to play around with, but I've had no time to actually build any levels with them, due to silly bad-head days.
Bad head days suck!
No matter, here's the newer version.
You can grab the Win and Lin versions here. They're the same links, but they have bonus features
Newer Youtube will be done shortly!
23rd April, 2010
So, I'm currently busying away redoing all of Sir Voe's gfx, and they're actually fitting in quite nicely. So that's going well.. Gudgud!
I've gotta start working on doing more levels, and I've yet to actually add any new tiles yet. Plenty to do, then.
Meanwhile, if anyone's making any levels, get'em in by Monday, and I'll attach them to the next release.
22nd April, 2010
We're not done yet!
In order to further our quest to redo DS08 in Bigginess, we've also got to redraw all of SirVoe's wonderful alternative graphics that he designed for DS08.
There's 3 extra sets of sprites, and it's taken me about 2 hours to redraw about 1/4 of the first sheet.
Here's what I'm thinking. Each level pack is split into 4-level "parts" so, I might as well change the graphic set for each part. Give it a bit of progression..
(the splits are those "starting point" things on the menu!!)
Meanwhile, I've got the number of levels up to 99 (bah!!!) and once I've come up with a 100th, I'll start making Trailer #3. Because "100 levels of JNKPlat2010 in 10 minutes!!" would make quite a nice little trailer.
Now, Gimme More Levels!!!!
21st April, 2010
DS Converts : Part One
As much as I tried to make the 2 versions compatible, I did mess a few things up along the way.
Plungers and Darts move at a slightly different speed, and even Platdude runs at a different "steps-per-block" speed, too.
It's not a whole lot of a difference, but there's enough changes to have broken some of the levels.
So, rather than having a "Load my Levels" option, I'm doing things bit by bit, and tweaking them as I go.
Apologies to folk who made DS levels.. If you have, though, send 'em over and I'll shove them through the mountain of blitz code I've got, and see if I can make 'em playable again!
There are 39 levels in this pack, all from the first 4 level packs in the DS08 edition.
Plenty to play!
I'll carry on doing this some more, another day, so watch out for more Bonus Round material.. However, it's taken me about 5 hours to do these Simpler levels, so who knows how long it'll take for the tougher stuff!
20th April, 2010
It's Platdude Time!
Guide Platdude through 45 puzzling platform levels, dodging darts, fleeing flames and always being mindful of mines!
View on YouTube
A nice and easy game, with more buttons than you'd probably care for.
Cursors to move, Z to hold, X to jump left, C to jump right, and V for one single purpose!!
How many levels can you get through?!
Download JNKPlat 2010 for Windows and Linux here.
AGAW Scoring : 34 weeks, 38 games. Yikes, that soon caught up!
19th April, 2010
It's been three whole weeks since I made a post with that title, but we're ready to get going with the whole JNKPlat 2010 thing, and nothing short of a complete hard drive failure could stop it, now!!
*Jay quickly does a backup*
Mmm.. Luvly big shot!!
Hi-Def JNKPlat, Tomorrow!
Send in your levels, guys!
18th April, 2010
Woot! He's on his way! Everyone excited? Probably not!!
JNKPlat 2010's first release will be right here, Tuesday morning.
There's a handful of bits and pieces yet to be done, but as it stands it's entirely playable. Tomorrow I've got to set up lives and midpoints, but other than those there's nothing too "missing" in the game. I've even enabled one-button-method. Euwww!
Level makers should be preparing to send in their packs, for the end release, and I'll get strapping everything together nicely.
Here's hoping it's liked!!