At around 1 AM, with a solid two hours to go before the jam deadline, I uploaded and published Dryad, my 3rd Ludum Dare entry.
It's a platformer about a forest creature wishing to become human, and, uh, killing a whole bunch of humans in the process. As you become more human, your magical powers wane, and you become slower, weaker, less perceptive, making each successive level harder. You can choose the order in which you lose your powers, and some orders are easier than others.
In Annulus, you guide a stone-age tribe living on a ring-shaped space station. Apart from hunting and gathering, there are strange technological artefacts to study, and on occasion, there's an opportunity to shape the culture of your tribe.
You are in a spaceport, and your Mars rocket is ready to board.
This game is dedicated to Elon Musk, who very much wants to go to Mars, but won't stand up for people just trying to get home.
And each day, they dare a little closer to your cabin.
A tiny horror game made in about five hours.
Around this time two years ago, I was working on a simple Java 2D game engine with swappable rendering implementations. It occurred to me that I needed to make a simple game to try it out and find its flaws in real-world use. Then I stumbled on Context-Free Patent Art, a wonderful collection of bad and creepy patent drawing. I decided to base my test game on bad patent art, and Patent Blaster was born.
Over the last weekend, I again got to participate in the Global Game Jam. It's a pretty big event here in Zurich, with about 80 participants each year, held in one big ex-factory hall.
Like last year, I worked together with Kaspar Manz, though Kristina Balanc, who did the art for Art Critic, couldn't make it. What made this year different was that we were joined by Jan Graber, a local journalist who wanted to experience the jam from the inside. He would both work on the game and report on it, and if you read German, I recommend his rather more expert coverage. This post, as a postmortem, is going to focus on the good old "what went right, what went wrong" side of things.
In the Grim Meathook Future, the urban area around the Tower has been submerged. Outside, there are rooftop slums and barges, inside thrives a shadowy economy of drug dealers, hackers and plutocrats.
Last weekend, I participated in my first Global Game Jam, together with @LK_Ink and @xeophin. Together, we built ArtCritic, a simple and snarky game where you visit a series of art openings and try to impress the other visitors despite your total lack of knowledge. Playable unity game within.
Your possessive, manipulative, jealous boyfriend has snapped and is coming after you.
Unfortunately, he's a vampire.
You must survive until dawn.
"You can't use a rabbit on a rabbit."
SoapQuest 1024 is a small game I decided to write after reading "20 Open World Games" on Gamasutra and coming across "Adventure".