Game progress – Escape the sector maps

So I’ve been creating maps! This game will be a race against time to reach the end of the level. And I wanted it to be set in space. Because space is cool, and spaceships are cool.

But, space is full of nothing, so what is the map made of?

I wanted it to be made of asteroids. The best spaceship sequences in Star Wars, Star Trek etc are when there’s asteroids, otherwise space is just big, empty and boring.

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Game progress – Escape the sector

So I’ve been working on a game which I’m calling “Escape the sector”. Haven’t yet decided if it’ll be Android-only, or for desktop – but I’ve noticed you can export to WebGL, which means it’ll hopefully work embedded in a browser without much effort.

This started out as a project called “Escape Vector” which I’ve been writing about on IndieDB (see here). I created some 3D assets, rocks and buildings which I really liked the look of in 3DsMax because the lighting made it look really nice and lego-y, like this:

nice shading lego Continue reading Game progress – Escape the sector

Unity has a 8 digit Hex color, and that’s insane!

hex in unity

I noticed something today. Unity has a hex value for colours, which is great – I hate having to remember RGB values between various graphics programs. But Unity’s hex value has 8 digits (see above), which is INSANE! Hex should be 6, it’s always been 6. It’s literally Greek for 6!  Continue reading Unity has a 8 digit Hex color, and that’s insane!

Particles in Unity appearing in front of mesh

I had a weird bug in Unity today where particles that are supposed to be in the background were actually appearing in front of meshes that are closer to the camera.

After quite a lot of searching, the solution is actually simple, but wasn’t obvious so I thought I’d write it here.

So my particles are exactly where they are supposed to be, behind the land mesh. But are appearing in front (see image above).

Unity particles behind mesh

This is actually caused by the particles being scaled. I first found out about it from this thread on Unity Answers, linking to this forum post about it.

If I set the particles’ scale to 1, it resolves itself. I thought I’d have to muck about with sorting orders or layers (still not got to grips with those in Unity yet. Doesn’t seem to change anything to me).

My BotSumo game is now on the Android store

The simple & quite mediocre Android game (I’ve written about it before, here) is now on the Google play store. To download the game, go here:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.DavidDickBall.RoboSumo

It would be so great if you could please rate it, and leave a comment. If you find a bug or have a suggestion, leave that in the comments too – or tweet me @davidonionball.

Here’s a gameplay video!

The controls are dead simple, you have one button to drive the character forward. It spins by default, so it’s about timing. There’s an on-screen button for 2 players, the idea is you grab a friend and play using the same screen, just like the Microbattles Android games.

It’s only available on Android?

Yes, I’m going to only make games for Android whilst I’m doing it as a hobby, as it costs money for a licence to publish to the Apple App store. And if I’m not making any money out of this hobby, there’s not much point!

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BotSumo game almost finished!

I think I’ve only written about this BotSumo game on IndieDB, (where I’ve been calling it “RoboSumo” – but have decided to rename it because “RoboSumo” is already taken).

Recently I changed it from the light & quite garish colour theme of this:

Screenshot_2015-12-07-00-04-30

…to this:

Bot Sumo

Which I quite like. The colours from this fan poster of “Ready Player 1” inspired me. Also I went full isometric, because isometric is cool (I’ve been collecting this board on Pinterest with images for inspiration).

So the idea of the game is simple, to push the other player off the platform. I’ve introduced pickups too, which make the player slightly larger, and double its mass (the game uses physics objects), making it easier to push the other player.

BotSumo - larger player

The controls are dead simple, you have one button to drive the character forward. It spins by default, so it’s about timing. There’s an on-screen button for 2 players, the idea is you grab a friend and play using the same screen, just like the Microbattles Android games.

So I’m about to start uploading it to the Google Play store (which always takes longer than I expect). But after that I’ll need testers. So if you’re interested in testing this game and have an Android phone, submit your email on this form, and I’ll send you an email.

So, Glob is on the Google Play Store! Download it now for no reason

screenshot…although don’t get too excited, it’s completely pointless and doesn’t do much.

Although some of the sentences it generates can be quite amusing. And you can check back periodically to see other stupid stuff that he might have been doing.

I’ve blogged several times about Glob, read those if you’re interested in the progress. But for now lets just focus on the fact I’ve finished something. In my spare time and everything!

Get it here:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.DavidDickBall.Glob

From Beta to Production

After testing on a few devices (I still haven’t found a better way than actually having those devices though, which is quite limiting) I pressed the button that promotes the latest version into the app store. Yes, the actual Google play app store!

This means people could find my game and download it!

I can’t work out what those people would make of it though, as it’s so pointless. I might get some low ratings. Or I might get nothing at all. I assume there’s some sort of Google algorithm for what apps get shown at the top of the list, and without any likes or reviews or downloads I assume mine will be very low down.

If you’d be kind enough to rate, that would be very nice but don’t worry about going overboard, I know it isn’t exactly 5/5 material!

Anyway this was a bit of research to see what the entire process was like, and tbh it was pretty easy, and I’ve written down some things I need to remember, so it’s an unglorified success, so… on with the next project!