Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Launched a Kickstarter! - Insanity's Blade The Ultimate 8Bit Experience

I've teamed up with my good friend Christopher Obritsch to form Causal Bit Games! ( www.causalbitgames.com ) and we're running a Kickstarter for our first game together: Insanity's Blade!

What's it about?

Insanity's Blade is based on a comic series of the same name that Chris wrote a long time ago, the game itself though also pays tribute to the classic NES/8-bit style, right down to using nsf format music (actually playable on a real *Japanese* NES console!).

However, we're also bringing some newer graphical features and effects, and putting way more action than the old NES could handle (without icky slow-down and flickering!). We're also adding a dash more violence to make you really feel like a man who's hell-bent on revenge against the demons that killed his family (oh, did I not mention the story is of a man who's hell-bent on revenge against demons from hell that killed his family?)

What's it look like?

I'm glad you asked, here is some media from the game:





Can I try it?

Yes! We've uploaded a demo to the Kickstarter page!

So.. where's the Kickstarter?

It's right here at www.kickstarter.com/projects/353834117/insanitys-blade-the-ultimate-8-bit-experience , we hope you like how the game looks and would love your support in making it even better!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Packt Publishing - 50% eBooks this weekend!

The publisher of my book Construct Game Development: Beginner's Guide is having a pretty cool 50% off sale this weekend on all of their eBooks!



Details of the promotion are in the image above, just enter the promo code BIG50 at the checkout page to use it!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

My First Ludum Dare - ESCAPE BASE 10

I've been itching to participate in the Ludum Dare for a while now, so I'm very excited to submit my first game - ESCAPE BASE 10. This definitely reminded me that graphics and SFX/Music aren't my strong points, but it was fun to make a complete game in less than 20 hours.







To play the game, visit http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-27/?action=preview&uid=5475

Created in Construct 2, music recorded in Audacity, SFX generated in SFXR, and graphics drawn in MSPaint/Paint.Net combo =]   (HTML5 version currently uploading, source and Win32 binary available now)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Construct Classic R2 - Examples Kit

I've been using Construct Classic, a free & open source Direct-X 9 based 2D game development tool, to make games and share a few examples on the Scirra forums for a few years now. After looking through how many files "a few" is, I figured it might be handy for newer users to have a compiled version of all* my examples and source files in one zip file =]

I'll keep an updated changelog at the bottom of the post, so check back once in a while for updates!

Download the zip file here: Jayjays Examples.zip (70.6MB)

Download the latest version of Construct Classic [vR2] here: Construct Classic R2 (16.2MB)

Construct Classic is getting a bit old now, but still works well while its successor: Construct 2 is another great tool from the Scirra team and exports to multiple platforms thanks to its basis in HTML5.

*Note: Example code from my book: Construct Game Development: Beginner's Guide is not included as it belongs to Packt Publishing
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Changelog:
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[26/05/2013]
-Version 1 of the example kit uploaded

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Usage Permissions:
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All example files (subfolder "Examples") and graphics (subfolder "Graphics") are free for commercial use unless otherwise stated in their documentation. Credit is optional but appreciated.
Full game source codes (subfolder "Games") are free for learning purposes/non-commercial works. Credit is again optional, however any commercial use of the resources or base codes of those games is not permitted.
For further usage concerns not covered please contact me.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Past Games: SimpleFPS V2.2


What It Is:
SimpleFPS is literally a "Simple First Person Shooter game" I created with Blitz3D between 2007 and 2008. You're able to run around a large plane and scale tall buildings while trying to survive an endless battle against the grey blocks and spheres that seek and attack you.

The game has no gore/violence, so it should be safe for any age audience.

The title menu for SimpleFPS 2.2


Features:
-Modifiable graphics and sounds
-Randomly generated levels
-Flying and ground enemies
-Random and level/score mode
-Open source*

*The full source is included in text format, requires Blitz3D to compile/edit.

An example of graphics mods in SFPS 2.2


Download it here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/4714446/SimpleFPS_V2.2.zip
Or, play it on GameJolt: http://gamejolt.com/games/shooter/simplefps-v2-2/14802/

Note: The game is no longer in development, but please do let me know if you have any crashes or bugs. Tested on Windows XP 32-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, and Windows 8 64-bit.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

HTML5 RTS game: Dust And Destruction

Scirra hosted a Windows 8 game competition from the 4th to the 21st this December and I decided to try my hand at making a RTS with randomly generated levels, barely managed to submit it just in time for the 14th (Giving 7 days for Microsoft to hopefully approve it). So far it's only three days work, but here's what my friend and I were able to do with the pre-made graphics from the Construct 2 art pack!
If you'd like to try it early, you can play it at this link: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/4714446/DnD/index.html (works best in Firefox or Internet Explorer 10, no time to test it in Chrome yet) We'll definitely add some more cool features like additional building construction and a tougher AI after the competition. Oh, and happy to fix any bugs anyone finds as well =]

Edit:

Published to Chrome Web Store (crunched down to 10MB, plays offline): Dust And Destruction Chrome Edition

Published to Clay.io (possible future integration with leaderboards of rank and achievements): http://dustanddestruction.clay.io/

Clay.io is nice! Now it's a Facebook app: https://apps.facebook.com/dust_and_destruction/

Edit 20/12/2012: Finally made it after a third submission! Download it here http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-US/app/dust-and-destruction/897a48d9-83f2-438e-b4a5-3a4018aefbf5

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Packt Publishing 1000th title celebration!

The publisher of my book (Construct Game Development: Beginner's Guide) is having a special promotion this weekend to celebrate their 1000th title published. Anyone who registers for a free account will receive an eBook (such as a copy of my book!) for free, as well as access to the entire PacktLib online library for the week =D

Go get your free eBook here!

Here's their press release:

28th September 2012

Packt Publishing reaches 1000 IT titles and celebrates with an open invitation

Birmingham-based IT publisher Packt Publishing is about to publish its 1000th title. Packt books are renowned among developers for being uniquely practical and focused, but you’d be forgiven for not yet being in the know – Packt books cover highly specific tools and technologies which you might not expect to see a high quality book on.

Packt is certain that in its 1000 titles there is at least one book that everyone in IT will find useful right away, and are inviting anyone to choose and download any one of its eBooks for free over its celebration weekend of 28-30th Sep 2012. Packt is also opening its online library for a week for free to give customers an easy to way to research their choice of free eBook.

Packt supports many of the Open Source projects covered by its books through a project royalty donation, which has contributed over $400,000 to Open Source projects up to now. As part of the celebration Packt is allocating $30,000 to share between projects and authors as part of the weekend giveaway, allocated based on the number of copies of each title downloaded.

Dave Maclean, founder of Packt Publishing:

“At Packt we set out 8 years ago to bring practical, up to date and easy to use technical books to the specialist tools and technologies that had been largely overlooked by IT publishers. Today, I am really proud that with our authors and partners we have been able to make useful books available on over 1000 topics and make our contribution to the development community.”