Ludum Dare #13 Postmortem : Badass Frog & game dev for mobile devices

Badass Frog postmortem – the ‘meh’ factor

After my LD #11 ‘Minimalist’ entry was voted “most innovative” game, I’ve been trying to pride myself as “that guy that makes innovative games”. So I thought long and hard about the theme for LD #13, “Roads”, trying to come up with something innovative. But the creative juices just weren’t flowing, and it didn’t happen (I’d also just bought Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip for Wii, which was taking time away from ‘designing time’). After 12 hours, with no good ideas for a game I was actually enthused about making, I decided to make a simple Frogger clone – at least this way I could hone my Processing skills, and learn the ins-and-outs of Mobile Processing.

Some thoughts about developing for mobile devices

Turns out there is a whole “other world” of mobile development that I just hadn’t really thought all that hard about. Continue reading…


LD48 #13 : pansapiens timelapse video

Here’s the timelapse from my recent Ludum Dare 48 hour game development compo session.

LD48 #13 : pansapiens timelapse

One screenshot every 5 mins, taken with the script (screenshot.sh):


#!/bin/sh
OUTDIR=/home/perry/timelapse
DISPLAY=:0.0
import -window root -display $DISPLAY $OUTDIR/$(date +%F_%R.%S).png >/dev/null 2>/dev/null

using the cronjob:


0,5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55 * * * * /home/perry/timelapse/screenshot.sh

And converted to a video by running the script (timelapse_convert.sh):


#!/bin/sh
# convert pngs to jpgs and scale down the size
mogrify -format jpg -scale 840x526 *.png
# convert jpgs to video
# will fail if there are any frames of different sizes (geometry)
# also, need to remove "blank" frames if the screensaver went off
mencoder "mf://*.jpg" -mf fps=4 -o timelapse.avi -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vbitrate=800

Ludum Dare #13 : “Roads” entry : Badass Frog

So, here’s my LD48 #13 entry. It’s a very simple little Frogger clone, “ported” to a bunch of platforms by the power of Java + Processing + Mobile Processing.

Bad Ass Frog Escapes from LA

The Hollywood-script-worthy Backstory

The year is 2010. You are the last Frog in LA. Your name is Kurt Russell, but you are no relation to the actor, and you’ve never met him.

Controls

Arrow keys to move.
Space to restart after the game ends.

The Game



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Downloads

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Note to self: Ludum Dare voting finishes this weekend

Ludum Dare : Triannual 48 hour Game Development Competition

So, I’ve pretty much played all the games, and taken a long list of notes to guide my voting. Some amazing 48 hour entries this time around. Gotta get those votes in (3 days to go) !!

To make the whole process easier, I used Keeyai’s handy torrent of the games, which included a copy of his Compo Game Loader and gameinfo.xml files (most painfully constructed by Keeyai … thanks for saving me the time !!).

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