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So it’s been 3 weeks now I released my LD entry “Budget Squad”. Here is a quick post-mortem for Minnie & Malism: Budget Squad (hey did you play it already?). Sorry for my bad english, as always.

What went wrong

  • theme: I was definitely NOT confident with the Minimalism theme. I like to spend lots of time of particles & art, and most people actually expected minimalist games to have minimalist art, which is a shame, imho. I really regret I didn’t take this opportunity to work on another kind of art style.
  • gameplay: as I gave up on the minimalist art style, I only had one solution left for the theme. The gameplay. I didn’t have any idea until satursday evening, which is incredibly late for a LD… Therefore, I didn’t have much time left for polish and to develop the themed gameplay properly. Anyway, I really believe the gameplay fits the theme (a minimal equipment that creates lots of constraints in a shoot em up). It’s not as obvious as other entries, but I think it’s still ok. Actually, I was planning to give up if I couldn’t fit the theme into my game (which I believe is the essence of Ludum Dare).
  • the lack of a decent state machine: the way I handled game sequences (intro, gameplay, dialogues, outro) was… horrible. Seriously, the code works but it was a little Vietnam to write maintain. I will HAVE to use a better architecture next time.

What went right

  • scoring: I didn’t have time to put more focus on the combo based score system. Anyway, it really works well imo and adds replayability. Usually, that’s not something I have in my LD entries, so I’m proud of that.
  • level design: once again, my level editor was Photoshop. Color coded pixels in a grid that define wall positions & enemies. The result is a really big level with lots of secret places to discover… and a potato :)
  • sounds & music: as always, LabChirp was an amazing tool to create nice sfx quickly. I also used AutoTracker with some modifications, which also works great. However, autotracker musics tend to sound like each other, so I’m not sure I will use it again.
  • intro: I had some spare time to make a proper intro… which is cool :)

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  1. Victor:

    Nice work Deepnight.
    Didn’t you try the newest version of autotracker?

    Autotracker-bottomup is 50% bigger than the old Autotracker-C, so it must do different songs.

    A little tutorial about fast Pixel Art would be great.

    Anyway, thanks for your games :)

    May 20, 2013 at 13:15