Here’s another teaser shot for Zombinsanity. The game has turned out to be pretty darn fun to say the least!
In all honesty, its completely unrelated to the original Zombinsanity – and to Combat Hero Adventures and the previous version that I started working on 2 years ago, sunk 4 months into and then lost all heart to carry on with. Well, my good friend and resident art hero Jimp has swooped in and come to the rescue! We’ve redesigned the game from the ground up. New look, new characters, new gameplay. In this game you must battle your way through an enormous, randomly generated space hulk against a huge number of different zombies.
Which is your favourite?
We started off with the usual, stay in one room and defend it until you die – which seems to be the standard format for zombie games. But then Jimp had the idea of being able to unlock different sections of the map as you earned money. We ended up with this one gigantic map which was really cool, but you ended up having zombies wandering around the map miles from where you were – and it got really annoying having to run round a huge level trying to find the one zombie who had gotten lost. On top of that flash became very unhappy with having such big bitmaps pushed to memory. Although we didnt get any slow down, the memory usage was peaking at 600mb – which we knew would be a huge problem for some users with older machines. So we came up with this elegant solution; what if we had lots of smaller rooms – and to connect them, what if we used a random dungeon style format – like games such as Rogue legacy or the Binding of Isaac – to keep up the variation, and keep things interesting each time you inevitably died and had to restart. This turned out to be an amazing decision, as not only did it mean the action in the rooms was much more concentrated and therefore intense, but it also meant that it massively reduced the ‘grind factor’. Each time you play feels different and its a real pleasure exploring these vast space hulks – vastly adding to a feeling of progression that can often be missing from these type of games.
The only thing we are waiting on now is the music. We’ve got Ed Budden composing us custom tracks and they are shaping up nicely. Dark, scary and intense – exactly what you want for a zombie shooter! Ed Budden has actually done the music for almost all my recent games and I am really excited to have him on board again.
Fire away with any questions you might have about the game and I’ll do my best to answer them Aside from that, I’ll have more news as the game is completed and we look to getting a release date!
In this episode we talk about Mochi London, A UK indie games community event, and review the talks on the day from Danny Parker (Ninjakiwi), Matt Roszak (Kupo707), Tony Lavelle (the-exp), Reece Millidge (Dampgnat) and US!
We also talk about how good Chris is at throwing sandwiches! Pot shot!
I was at Mochi London 2013 last weekend and it was fantastic. Here is a picture of me (right) with the other Super Indie Pals ChrisJeff (left) and Jimp (centre). We hosted a panel that seemed to generate a lot of discussion. In the end we ran over and had to end it despite having only gotten through half the questions we had prepared! It seems quite clear that things have changed for flash developers, and what seemed at the horizon is upon us. What that means for you o’faithful reader is to expect not just flash games from me, but mobile + tablet games as well. Its something I’ve been moving in to since our trip to San Francisco in March. The problem is there are so many options, I’ve gotten the hang of Starling (see here) but nothing beats native, so I’ve been investigating Haxe as well. Does anyone have any thoughts on the best way for a flash guy to move in to mobile? I’ve spoken to a lot of people about it and the interesting thing is that everyone says different things!
The following day there was a game jam! I’ve wanted to do a game jam ever since I heard about them and it really was a lot of fun. Its quite amazing seeing what talented people can do in a short time. I teamed up with ChrissJeff and Jimp to create a game we titled ‘Jellyfish lover’. I’ll leave the rest to your imagination!
I’m not safely moved in to my new house and have started at my new office. What I hope this means is that I can finally get on with what I really want to be doing – making games, lots of awesome games Stay tuned!