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MARA - 2.5d platformer - WIP

Discussion in 'Works In Progress - Archive' started by intrikit, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. R-Lindsay

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    Looking at the promotional poster I suddenly wondered, was tekkonkinkreet an inspiration?

    I think this game has godlike amounts of potential. My only hope is that you ride out the polishing phase (if you can afford to) to fully realise it.

    Best of luck!
     
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  2. intrikit

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    Yes, the visual direction has been inspired by Tekkonkinkreet! Thanks so much. That's very encouraging! I plan to polish this as much as I can within reason (not taking unreasonably long). Since I am doing this part-time and not really spending too much other than the Unity Pro fees, I have no deadlines other than what I've set for myself. I'll do my best to hit it out of the park.
     
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    A level design and art update. Don`t fall! screen80.jpg
     
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    At this point, it's really just about finishing the game. There are a few mechanics that need to be developed, but the majority of what's left is finishing and polishing the levels. So here are some progress screens from Level One:

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    The earlier hard work has also been paying off in that assets are readily available for placement where needed. However, I make sure that they are placed differently in terms of height and distance to make sure that the experiences throughout the level aren't duplicated.
     
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    Woaah! Digging the Art man! :)

    Despite the art being kinda light, the game has a unusual dark feeling to it.... Is that what you intended? :eek:
     
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  8. intrikit

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    Thank you! You got it man, behind the color and vibrancy, there is darkness. I'm glad you saw that! I try to get that across with some strange and eerie structures that juxtapose against the modern and colorful elements. The music also helps get that across.
     
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  9. Ra1den

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    Okay now i'm even more curious :D

    What is this darkness? and why is there? I guess really what I'm interested in is the plot haha

    Anyway Love it!
     
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  10. intrikit

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    The premise of the game is about the boy monk who symbolizes tradition and spirituality and the world symbolizes hollowness, superficialism and materialism. The title of the game, Mara, actually means death, temptation and evil in Buddhist terms. I wanted to communicate that behind the color and vibrancy, there is actually a hollowness within.

    I'm trying to communicate the idea that the modern world, especially today's western youth, are so immersed in only whats in the surface. I even call the enemies in the game "Selfies". I'm very glad that this idea has come across at least enough to make you curious!
     
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  11. intrikit

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    Adding some more satisfaction to Selfie deaths and collecting power ups:

     
  12. DryTear

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    You should work on the transitions between animations, like when landing down, or when switching directions etc. Also you need to work on the design of the game, making sure that everything fits in place. (Team Fortress 2 and the Battlefield games).

    Keep up with the good work :)
     
  13. intrikit

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    Thanks for the comment! What do you mean by the design of the game and making sure everything fits in place? I would like to know what you are referring to.
     
  14. DryTear

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    Think about how Mario's art style and arcadeness fits in? A bad example would be a super realistic mario game with the features from the very first game. A good example would be how Battlefield games include realism in both graphical and gameplay wise. My point is, im hoping you have something that will make the graphics of your game match everything else.
    Everything to fit nicely done like a jigsaw puzzle.
     
  15. intrikit

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    I see! Thanks for your input!
     
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    Finishing up level one. Here is The Shrine. It will be where the player can select fast moving random items each worth varying amount of points and then will trigger the start of the next level. The mechanic for this is already working but the art is placeholder. I'll take a video of the final version soon!

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  17. intrikit

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    Starting to replace programmer art with better looking assets for the Mandalas. There are three unique Mandalas worth different amount of points and they will cycle around in the same coordinates. screen86.jpg
     
  18. GarBenjamin

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    The whole game looks excellent. Big congrats on sticking with it! You have been working on this game for awhile now. And others seem to have started and stopped just this year alone. Your first video was back in January as I recall and even then you had a lot already done with character running and jumping through city and some combat! When did you actually start on the game concept and initial design and planning?
     
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  19. intrikit

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    Thank you!

    Yeah, one of the reasons why I am making this game is to finish something that I started. I know a lot of people start something and work on it for a while but lose interest and abandon it. Not just games but anything in general. I've been guilty of this myself but I decided NOT THIS TIME! I will finish this.

    I actually started messing around Unity around early 2013 and then I started prototyping and planning specifically for a platformer around mid 2013. So it's been a while. Doing it on my own too and that has it's benefits and drawbacks.
     
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  20. GarBenjamin

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    That's awesome and 15 months to go from concept to this point is very impressive for one person I think. It looks like it equals many games being created by multi-person teams in the same time frame.
     
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    I'm very glad it comes across that way. I'm happy that the level of quality shows!

    I think that it comes across that way because the vision is pure and I know exactly what needs to be done. It doesn't get bogged down by conflicting ideas. There isn't a lot of wasted time. The game itself is also basic and mechanics are not too hard to figure out which helps a whole lot. Being disciplined and progressing on a nearly daily basis is also a big factor.
     
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  22. intrikit

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    Here are the three mandalas screen87.jpg

     
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    With the first level all wrapped up, I'm moving onto the second level. Here are some progress screens:

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    Working on a Pause Screen. Going to add an overlay over the text or something to make it pop.

     
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    Showing some more level design variations. Having fun with existing elements and using them to diversify the experience.

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  27. intrikit

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    Here are more progress screens. Finishing off Level Two:

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    Here is the last bit of Level Two's obstacles in action:



    Finishing up the level with some of the vertical saws. Don't mind the hiccups. Not framerate related but from the Fraps recording!
     
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  29. intrikit

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    Just added a power-down indicator. The character blinks a few seconds before a power-up expires. Simple feature but I think it makes a big difference for the experience. It was a bit of a pain in the ass setting it up though using PlayMaker. Anyway, here it is:

     
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    Finishing off the third level with some variety. Adding a taiko, a circular platform to roll the boy to safety. Will be adding more obstacles on top of this mechanic as the level progresses. Will capture a video soon.

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    A video of how the taikos work:



    This is the kind of stuff that makes level design fun. The mixing and matching of existing and proven out mechanics to vary experience and difficulty.
     
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  32. intrikit

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    Another screenshot of this area:

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    Another update on the Taiko mechanic:

     
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