January 08, 2012

Not the Sharpest Sword in the Box (2011 game roundup)

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

Created for: Ludum Dare 21 (10th – 21st August)
Development time: 48 hours
Theme: Escape
Status: Wants to be ported to touchscreen devices
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Taking part in Ludum Dare from Cambridge again, I had the idea of making a game about an escapologist for the theme of “escape”. I wasn’t sure it would be interesting enough to spend 48 hours on, so I decided to make it for Klik of the Month #50 instead.

That prototype was promising enough that I decided to polish it up for Ludum Dare (I hadn’t started anything else yet, so I wasn’t throwing anything away).

Jasper Byrne saw this image and suggested that the game should use that graphical style, which does work quite well despite my drawing skills being atrocious.

The audio was thrown together very last-minute, but I’m really happy with the variety of exclamations the guy has.

This would be perfect on touchscreen devices, so I should really get around to that. It’d need a complete rewrite since the code is some of my worst in recent memory.

It would also need some new art. If you want to collaborate and could draw a ragdoll magician in this style, please get in touch with me!

Bonus video: the world high score is an astonishing 41 swords!


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