May 09, 2012

By Your Side (2011 game roundup)

Writing about web page http://www.draknek.org/games/by-your-side/

Created for: Ludum Dare 22 (17th – 18th December)
Development time: 48 hours
Theme: Alone
Status: Kinda complete, but could be expanded upon
Play online

I had the vague idea of telling the life story of this guy, through snapshots of his life with no text. The exact details of that changed a lot of the course of the 48 hours though, I didn’t really have a clear idea of the story I wanted to tell.

Spent the first day procrastinating and just getting the basic engine done, then spent all Sunday working out the story/levels.

My main concern is that it’s just too hard: there’s a particularly big difficulty spike just before the twist that I’d like people to get to before ragequitting.

There are three different puzzle mechanics in there, for three different stages of his life. Some of them are kinda interesting I think? One thing a lot of people mentioned as something they liked is how I reused the same level for different puzzles.


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