This past weekend I participated in my first Ludum Dare game jam and I’m alive and here to tell the tell! Admittedly, I did not spend a ton of time working on my game for the simple fact that I have 2 kids and wife that also need some attention throughout the weekend. I’d estimate that I spent about 20 hours in the allotted 72 hours for the game jam. Of course the final version of the game did not have all the mechanics and ideas I started with, but without a doubt it was an excellent learning process that has given me a lot of confidence moving forward with game development. Now, let’s talk about Hotdog Harry’s Food Truck Racing!
Buckle up boys and girls, you’re in for a wild ride on the news train! In case you haven’t noticed we’ve taken some long strides in UPSAT Version 2.0. Among other minor fixes, the big changes were the addition of a “Send to Facebook” button on the Game Over screen that lets you show off your awesomeness to all your friends, and the creepy-crawly Alien Invasion Mini-Game Pack! To go along with the new game pack we’ve implemented a new mini-game unlocking system which individually unlocks the new games according to your lifetime points. It looks a little something like this:
Let’s get you updated on our recent changes to our Main Menu and Mode Intro screens… We’ve spent the past couple days refining our look, and we’re pretty proud of what we’ve got. It’s a lot cleaner and slick, so hopefully you like it as well! BTW, did you hear, WE’RE RELEASING ON MONDAY! Everyone get ready for some fun! But first, here’s some ooey-gooey pictures!
Brand new Main Menu layout! We have all our Social Media links right at your fingertips, options to the side, and oh yeah, some banners to remind you about upgrading to the full version of UPSAT! Speaking of which…
No, I’m not talking about some pop musician, I’m talking about our Android game icon! It’s the first thing people see on the AppStore and it’s what is going to grace their screen when they put in on their home screen because they are so addicted to it… That’s right! So let’s take a look at the process of creating our game’s icon…
First of all, we wanted something catchy, something interesting. We needed to show the potential customer something special about our game. The first couple of mock-ups had some game images in them, with ‘UPSAT” along the top. Common colors to our theme like the blues and oranges seemed to be the obvious choice, but lacked detail and depth.
We had a productive weekend here in Pennsylvania, and we have a lot to show for it. Of our 5 remaining games, I completed the artwork 4 of them. Woo! There are still some tweaking to do (the background jungle of the monkey game is not complete), but it feels really good to have pretty much everything done. We also implemented the dynamic sound which is AMAZING! The game feels so much more whole now, and I cannot wait until we finish this bad boy up and release it for the world to see!
Enough jibber jabber, take a look at some sweet new games!