Friday, March 19, 2010

I call Foul! On myself

So the release of the little flash game called Hacklaster Mow-Down has come and gone rather quickly. I created it to advertise and also to put something on the Lylian minigames page.
It has done it's job in creating some interest in Lylian, and that's awesome. But I was wrong in my thinking while I set out to make Mow-Down.
I set aside a weekend (turned out a week by the time the scoreboard was working correctly) to get the game out.
I thought that's all it needed, simple game mechanic, using optimized versions of pre-existing art and audio borrowed from Lylian.
But I didn't take into account testing and balancing; which completely failed the game.

I'm not much of a flash gamer myself and didn't take into account how saturated the market is, nor how serious it could be.

The game hasn't done awfully bad, it's averaging 2.5 - 3 out of 5 in portal ratings. But honestly I wish I could bury it now and move on. It's kind of leaving a sick taste in my mouth as I think "why did I release that?"

If I had put a month into the game, it could be a whole different story; it could have very well done... well! More enemies, stage tweaks and whatnot. But that would mean less time for the main project, and I wouldn't have felt good about that.

One thing it has made me feel good about, is when I jump in and have a play of Lylian, I feel very relieved it's a vastly better game, and the multitude of extra time put into it really shows. Well, it's pretty silly for me to even compare the two.

These things you learn from, right?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Minigame page now actually has a minigame on it!

I haven't officially announced this yet though as there's still a little tweaking to be done on the flash game. but it's up and playable!. It's also available in facebook form for those who'd like to compare their scores with their facebook buddies. Both are linked to the global highscore, but friends can also have their own private list.

This is an attempt to try and make a little money on the side to fund Lylian. and so I'm considering putting up a few project wonderful adds on the minigames page to gain a little more cash and hoping people don't think it'll degrade the quality of the site.
I know not a lot of money is made from these advertising sources. But $1 a day could help. page views are climbing for the page, so it may be viable.

And now here's a picture, because pictures are cool.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A weekend for a minigame

I spent the weekend working on a little free minigame... just a casual thing, to add to the minigames page. It's complete! But not yet uploaded. Currently Working on hi-score tables and database... stuff. I'm hoping to have it up within the next day, so I can hook back into Lylian.

As you can see, it borrows art and sound assets from Lylian which is why I've been able to put it together so fast. I was considering creating fresh art for it, but that would have easily dragged it out another couple of weeks that I can't afford.
Still, it should be a fun short burst of gaming!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Out and about the game dev

The game is... Progressing!
The Lylian shop is... Filling!
The Minigames section is... Still Empty!

I do have a lovely concept to show for a character that won't be seen until a later episode. Conceptualised by Aaron Alexovich.

He'll also be starring in a later comic page.