Flatiron Update

Flatiron has been out for about a year now and I’ve gotten a bit of feedback.  Due to personal matters, I haven’t been able to update the game until recently, but now I’ve finally started.  Progress has been swift and very beneficial to the gameplay.  Most of the changes are intended to address one primary issue – the game was so random, the player seemed to have no decision-making power.

In the future, I am planning on more frequent updates, which will add new power-ups, new enemies, or whatever.

Some of the more important improvements include:

  • Boss battles
  • Tap to shoot instead of swipe
  • Bombs are shootable
  • New power-ups
  • Simple combo system
  • Improved power-up system

Here’s a screenshot of the first boss – the Dreadnaught.

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Gameplay Gifs

Here are a couple of quick gameplay gifs for Rosso.  Still very much WIP, but it’s still nice to show some movement instead of stills all the time.  The forest environment is very very much an early test.

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New Game Progress and Flatiron Update

Updates have been very sparse over the past few months, due in large part to having a baby!  But I’m finally getting back into the groove of game-deving in my spare time.

My new project – a driving game code-named “Rosso” – continues progress.  To prove that, here is a screenshot showing off some random color palettes:

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In other news, I’ve also been developing a long-needed update to Flatiron.  I’ve gotten primarily 2 complaints from players – the game lacks depth and the controls don’t work well.  Both of those will be addressed in this update which I will talk about in a future post.  Plus I’ve also improved a bunch of other little things.

Lastly, I have a third game project in the works, but that’s so early in development, it’s not worth going into any more detail.  But I look to be very busy in the coming few months!

 

Screen Designs

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These are from a few weeks ago.  I’ve been tinkering with designs for the vehicle selection screen.

 

Visual Development

I’ve been working on developing the visual style. Here are a couple shots. Both of these use the exact same assets and all of the colors are generated dynamically in code and shaders. I’m also hoping to officially announce this project before too long…once I have some more details fleshed out and a final title.

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Colors

Been playing with color styles. Here’s a test. Oh, and palm trees.colors

 

Shadows!

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I’ve added shadows to my game engine!  OpenGL 2.0ES doesn’t support the standard method for shadows because you can’t access the depth buffer.  So, my method basically requires packing the depth value into a vec4 and creating a regular texture buffer instead of a depth buffer.

Works great, but very expensive.  It will almost certainly need to be disabled for anything below the iPhone5S. It seems the real expensive part isn’t drawing all the geometry twice. It’s the process of drawing it into a texture that is the real bottleneck.

 

New Untitled Game

I’ve started a new project.  It’s super super early, but here’s a screenshot of a playable version.

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This is all from scratch with no physics or opengl libraries or third party tools.  Call me crazy.

 

 

Flatiron Available Now!

Download Flatiron now on Apple’s AppStore!  You can get it here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flatiron/id926033330

 

Flatiron Release Date!

Flatiron as been approved and will hit the AppStore on Thursday, November 13th!