January 04, 2012

Bungee Bungee Bungee (2011 game roundup)

Writing about web page http://www.draknek.org/games/bungee/

Created for: TIGJam UK4 (4th-7th February)
Development time: 2 days
Status: Very early prototype
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I spent most of TIGJam UK4 working on this. It’s a fairly promising prototype I think, but not sure if it’ll be developed any further.

My main problem with the game is working out what the failure conditions should be. The obvious answer is to have spikes that kill you if you touch them, but the screen scrolls too quickly for that to work: you’d just fall straight into them without enough warning. At the moment there’s a damage counter that is increased proportional to your speed when you touch a ledge and which decreases over time, but it’s not super-intuitive.

Dock suggested the game be called The Amazing Umbilical Brothers and be about baby magicians connected by an umbilical cord. If this game ever goes any further, that’s probably what it’ll be.


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