Wow! Thanks for the comments everybody! I was having some trouble exporting it, but I think I have managed to now, so I will upload it and let you guys give it a shot. Heres the link: http://www.mediafire.com/?bmdvxz43962ox2c
I will put the control info in the game later but for now:
Left/Right Arrows or A,D to move
Up arrow or W to jump
Space to shoot
Hold z for faster movement
pretty sure thats it for now...
This is sort of a debugging issue, so if some of you can try it out and let me know if it runs on your systems I would really appreciate it. If it works fine, I will upload it to the showcase. Also please please pleeease don't steal my images.. I put a lot of time into most of them and they aren't even that great, but still, just don't please.
Again thanks so much for the comments guys and sorry for the late reply. I guess I wasn't subscribed to this post. woops =)
Are you going to sell this once you're finished?
That would be super awesome but I don't know if I'm at that level to be able to sell my games. Its a super simple game at this point but maybe if I keep putting time into it I can get it to that point. That would be radical!
I hope not to use any external libraries like slick or LWJGL.
We have some great third parties in Java, why not using it?
This is the first "real" game I have ever made, other than tic-tac-toe and Greenfoot games and crap like that. I just want to have a good understanding of Java before diving into game libraries =)
Looks really good! Best of luck
How did you draw gradient text with Java2D, by the way?
Im not gonna lie.. It's just a font I found on some website. And the title is just a 4 image animation I made, looped over. Later I might try making a spritesheet for different fonts =)
I too started looking at Mr. Brackeen's book, but for every chapter I was just thinking "Dude, this could be done SO much better!", meaning I wanted a challenge, and didn't find many in there. Don't get me wrong, it's a great book for ones first game, but as I've done a big RPG-game already, I felt I wanted more than a little guy jumping about. It did teach me something about controlling animations and such, though.
Good luck with the project, and once again: I WANNA TRY IT!
Yeah I know what you mean. He definitely could have made it much better, but I guess that's what I'm hoping to do (already added shooting/ upward scrolling/special tiles/score/lives etc =)). But yes, about a week into it I did get a little bored with it and I actually made a little top-down RPGish engine thing out of the same game. Since this is my first real game though, I think a platformer would be a little bit simpler and easier to learn from so I'm gonna stick with this for now. PS: Your game sounds awesome!!!