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 Post subject: EDF 1977 (working title)
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 8:39 am 
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Hey everyone, I'm working on an Earth Defence Force "de-make" for VOGJam (hope that's ok Bobby - I'll be using all original assets and probably avoid the title "Earth Defence Force" for the final thing).

I've never made a game before, but as a web developer I'm finding PixelJS fairly easy to get to grips with. So far I have a player character who walks around and, erm, that's it. No screenshots to show yet. Maybe something in the coming days.


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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 3:14 pm 
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Good luck with your project can't wait to see it-- you know, even though your working title might be inspired by a classic video game series, maybe another name will come to you as you work on it.

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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 3:29 pm 
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E____B wrote:
Hey everyone, I'm working on an Earth Defence Force "de-make" for VOGJam (hope that's ok Bobby - I'll be using all original assets and probably avoid the title "Earth Defence Force" for the final thing).


De-make is okay, as long as there aren't any references to the title. The title is indeed trademarked and can't be used. Good luck!

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 Post Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2014 1:33 pm 
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Great! If it's even half as fun as Assasseed's Crin, I'll consider it a roaring success.


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 Post Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2015 11:11 am 
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I spent some time today working on the sprites, so I finally have a screenshot to show off!

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Will probably replace the building sprites but I'm fairly happy with the player and bugs. I'm trying to keep it to an Atari 2600 style to minimise the amount of work it'll take :P

Side note... having spent some time working with PixelJS now, I realise that (a) it's missing some pretty important features, and (b) practically zero games have ever been built with this thing. So I guess I'll have to work around it for now, and make sure to spend a bit more time researching game engines next time :P


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 Post Posted: Sat Jan 10, 2015 11:02 am 
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11 hours to go... the bugs now have normal walking patterns, and I have a level system. Although I've at this point ruled out health or score systems.

Still on my to do list:
- Sound effects, and maybe music
- New building sprite
- More intelligent spawning of bugs and buildings
- Collision detection for buildings
- A gun that fires every time you press shoot, and doesn't inexplicably jam (or maybe this is a cool accidental feature)

I better get on with it!


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 Post Posted: Sat Jan 10, 2015 5:15 pm 
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I've just sent off my submission email, so time to share the finished(?) game with the world.

Check out the working game here: http://ejb.github.io/the-last-exterminator/

And with that, I'm off to bed - it's gone midnight here :P


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 Post Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:57 am 
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Looks great! I find it amazing that you were able to learn how to use an engine so quickly!

I'm jelly, i'm such a slow poke.


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 Post Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 2:02 am 
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Wow, this game is tough! The game runs nice and fast on my machine even with the absurd amount of enemies on stages 5 and 6, though reloading the page every time I get killed really shows things down. I ought to try PixelJS with my next HTML5 game. Good job!

Edit: You ought to add gamepad support to this using Google Chrome's Gamepad API. It'll make the button mashing feel better.

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 Post Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:32 pm 
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Thanks both! Not sure if I'd recommend pixelJS so quickly. It kept a high frame rate even with all those bugs onscreen, and has a very shallow learnin pg curve. But I couldn't get it to spawn entities (ie. Enemies, bullets) mid-level, or even clear between levels (hence the reloading of the level each time). And since basically no one has ever used it, there wasn't much I could rely on outside of the (admittedly very good) documentation.


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