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1  Games Center / WIP games, tools & toy projects / Re: The Final Jump - puzzle platformer [switching to pixel art] on: 2014-11-20 18:37:54
I personally prefer the darker version, as it looks smoother and reminds me of Night Sky.

I wasn't aware of Night Sky, I'm downloading it now Smiley

I do want to make a game where you don't have to rush or be super precise, but it will require thinking.

Would it be possible to allow users to select and use their preferred style?

I think so. I'm building a generic 2D platformer engine because I want to reuse it for future games. The only problem is that I would have to animate the player and all the monsters twice, as I don't think the colorful monsters would fit the dark theme (and vice versa).

2  Games Center / WIP games, tools & toy projects / Re: The Final Jump - puzzle platformer [gameplay video] on: 2014-11-19 12:03:48
I'm expermienting with different art styles. Here's the "dark" version:



YouTube video:

http://youtu.be/OyKot3z_9nI

Which one do you like better?
3  Games Center / WIP games, tools & toy projects / Re: The Final Jump (Windows, Linux, Mac) on: 2014-11-07 09:58:51
I'm testing physics, load/save level, etc. Here's a test level, not really a challenge, but shows the basic gameplay:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/dhTDL_R0gk4?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;start=" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/dhTDL_R0gk4?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;start=</a>

More coming soon!
4  Games Center / WIP games, tools & toy projects / Re: The Final Jump (Windows, Linux, Mac) on: 2014-11-06 12:39:10
Is there any download to play? The idea sounds nice.

Not yet. I'm hooking up Box2D now and creating a level editor first.

Currently, it's all "press keyboard button X to do something" without that "something" even showing up on the screen.

I'll try to at least post a demo video soon...

Here's a demo video of the level editor, so you get the idea (it's live editing and playing Smiley

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/_KvAFI3CcLM?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;start=" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/_KvAFI3CcLM?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;start=</a>

Those blue guys are all controlled by player. Most of the time you would control a single character, I plan to make some weird levels where you actually have to control multiple characters at the same time.

Also, I plan to make some two-player local co-op levels, so supporting multiple player control characters is a must.
5  Games Center / WIP games, tools & toy projects / The Final Jump - puzzle platformer [switching to pixel art] on: 2014-11-05 22:37:27
UPDATE2: I'm also considering pixel art. Here's the main protagonist:



His passions are driving a spaceship and listening to heavy metal music.

If you got some suggestions, let me know.

UPDATE: I'm expermienting with different art styles. Here's the "dark" version:



Which one do you like better?

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Starting this year I wanted to develop some applications for iPhone and iPad, so I got a Mac Mini. My other computers are 7+ years old, so I couldn't run any recent games. Over the years I accumulated games via Humble Indie Bundles and I finally got to play them. I'm very impressed with Braid, VVVVVV and Limbo.

A few days ago I realized that I wanted to play more puzzle platformers like those, but there aren't many around. So I decided to build one. The idea is to take from each game the element I like:

  • Braid: briliant puzzles
  • VVVVVV: old school graphics
  • Limbo: continuous camera, puzzles with box2D physics and scripted enemies

   

The main gripe I have with all of those games is that they were too short (ok, Braid maybe not so, because puzzles were hard). I plan to make A LOT of levels in my game AND I will make a level editor with “cloud save”, so you'll be able to upload and share levels on game's website. Other players will be able download and rate the levels. If players really start contributing a lot of levels, I'll pick the best ones, pack them together to continue the main games story in a nice way and release as DLC package.

Because of this, editing levels should be fun. My plan is to mix editing and play mode, so you can play the level as you edit it. Just drag the player, walls, boxes around. You will be able to freeze the enemies and such, but editing should be as fun as playing.

Also, my kids are begging me for multiplayer mode, so it might have separate local co-op puzzles for 2-3 players. Joystick/Controller support is also a must as I plan this to run on desktop computers (Windows, Linux, Mac).
6  Games Center / WIP games, tools & toy projects / Re: Gods of Sparta: beta version available on: 2014-10-28 22:58:21
Final release is ready:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/IXgOGmsQtKQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;start=" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/IXgOGmsQtKQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;start=</a>

Grab it on Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bigosaur.gos.android
7  Games Center / WIP games, tools & toy projects / Re: Gods of Sparta: beta version available on: 2014-10-23 21:20:33
Beta release is ready!



Everything should work, except the main menu screen still needs some music. Please test and tell me if you like the game:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bigosaur.gos.android

Thanks.
8  Games Center / Showcase / Re: Hovercraft on: 2014-10-15 09:53:54
Looks great.

Here are a couple of things you might want to fix as well:

1. When you restart the level the sound keeps playing. To reproduce: press B button and hit Restart while still holding B. The level will restart. Release B - sound keeps playing.

2. When I'm holding the phone/tablet upside down (I have to because it's charging and I'm in bed and the cable is too short  Smiley ) it would be nice if the screen turned as well. Doing this is a simple, just add this line in AndroidManifest.xml:

android:screenOrientation="sensorLandscape"

The device will do the rotation automatically.
9  Games Center / Showcase / Re: Hovercraft on: 2014-10-14 14:30:13
Here's how I'd do it (since you asked)  Smiley

Move the fuel and time to top-left corner one underneath the other.

Move the restart and menu button into top-right corner. Use the standard graphics:

- rewind icon for restart (just like the one you use when the player drifts too far away)
- pause || or hamburger (3 horizontal bars) button for menu.
10  Games Center / WIP games, tools & toy projects / Almost done on: 2014-10-13 11:21:01
I decided that I have to change the screen orientation mid-project. I'm switching to Landscape orientation. Here are the reasons:

  • attack graphics looks odd upside down
  • I want to provide hints how damage is calculated, awkward since all the enemy cards are upside down.
  • Thumbnails used to pick units from your deck are too small on phones.
  • YouTube videos are landscape.
  • Desktop version of the game (if I ever release any) can use larger resolution.
  • I can test larger resolutions on my monitor instead of having to run it on the Android devices.
  • Players will sit next to each other, so they won't have to put the device down on a table to play. You can play it with a friend in a bus or on a train.
  • Much more available screen space for unit stack and enough space for additional user interface. See how everything is crammed currently and a lot of space is wasted sideways:
   



There are some cons:

  • I have to redraw some of the graphics
  • I now need horizontally flipped unit graphics which will almost double the memory consumption of the game (I cannot simply flip the whole card, as it contains pregenerated text as well)
  • The drafting screen cannot use the rotations to indicate current player
   
To conclude: unless the game is meant to be played like flappy bird (using the same hand that holds the phone and having only one command: “tap anywhere”) use the LANDSCAPE orientation.

----------------------------------- Due to Forum Rules, I have to keep posting in the same post -----------

As I switched to landscape mode, I started to create mirror-flipped images of unit cards using the -flop option in ImageMagic in one of the card-generating steps. As the script rolled on for some time, it hit me that this would increase the amount of graphics a lot. I got worried about the size of the final .apk file. First time since I started the project I decided to check.

I created a package containing only the lowest (800x480) and highest (2560x1600) resolution images. It's 106MB!

I need to add 4 intermediate resolutions, so I'm looking at 300+ MB for the final .apk. I searched the docs and found that the limit is 50MB and rest has to be provided as a separate package. Or, you can distribute two different .apk files. I didn't like any of those. I hate when you download an Android game, and then you have to wait for it to download hundreds of megabytes more. I needed a new approach.

I searched the Internet. Most advices are about packing your code using compressor/obfuscator programs. But the gains are really negligible. Then one thing caught my eye: using JPEG for textures. I'm using TextureAtlas to pack everything automatically, but I could separate the images with and those without transparent areas and pack them separately as PNG or JPG.

The problem is that 90% or the graphics need transparency. In this particular case the main problem are the card images, which have rounded corners. And then I got this great idea: separate the card image into frame and contents. There are only four card types in the game (one for each faction and gold one for the items), and all cards of the same type share the same frame. The inside of the card is different for each one, but it does not require transparency. Instead of packing 126 cards into PNG texture, I would pack 126 cards into JPG texture plus 4 frames into PNG.



As I tried this, I got some weird clipping artifacts in the JPG texture, probably because I turned off the 2-pixel padding. So, instead of pixel precise cropping, I increased part of the graphics that gets copied to JPG so that there is some overlap. When staging the images, make sure the jpg one is drawn first and PNG frame over it. The part that overlays will covers the bad edge pixels.

BTW, by “staging” I mean placing the Images into libGDX Stage. To make the code simpler, I created a nice CardImage class (descended from Group) to handle drawing transparently. This Group contains the center of the card from JPG texture and then positions the frame from PNG texture over that.

This saved A LOT, but I got so concerned about the size that I wanted to do something about flipping as well. I researched if I could only flip a part of the image. It's possible using AtlasRegion.flip() function. But I also had the problem that I didn't want to flip the whole image. The textual part should remain the same and only the unit graphics should be mirrored. To do this, after calling flip(true,false) I used setRegionY and setRegionHeight to reduce the flipped region size. Using the flipped region I created another Image and added it to the CardImage group. At runtime, I simply show or hide this image when I need to unit to face left or right.
Result

New .apk file with the same content is now only 12MB. A 88% save. Once I add all the other resolutions, I estimate the final .apk to be about 40MB if all goes as planned. Compare this with 300MB+ I expected at the beginning.
TL;DR Summary

Beside all the other advice you might find on the web (compressing the code, etc.), add these three:

  • use JPG wherever possible
  • if you use PNG only for semi-transparent border, cut the image into frame + content. Store the frame in PNG and content in JPG Of course, if your frame is not reusable on multiple images and has complex colors this my have the opposite effect. However, there's a solution to that as well: cut the frame into four pieces (left,right,up,down) and assemble it at runtime. No more empty space in the middle of the frame in PNG.
  • If you have images that are flipped or rotated, store only the original and flip/rotate at runtime.

-------------------------------- ALMOST DONE ---------------------------
I finished conversion to landscape mode and implemented the attack icons and animations. For most attacks the cards just move and shake a little bit. Ranged units have special animations, Zeus fires thunderbolts and Catapult throws rocks at enemies. I added the damage numbers to attack icons and it's now visible which type of attack deals the most damage.



I also created some nice icons for unit Energy (heart) and also Attack (sword) and Defense (shield). Those show up when the default unit values are modified (by artifact or an ally that stands next to them). This makes the game fluid to play, as you don't have to keep do the calculations manually all the time.

What's left to do: Turn indicator graphics, Sound effects, Music (I'm going to get help from a musician), AdMob integration. Initially the game was supposed to be only a two-player game, but now I'm thinking about single player mode as well. Writing good AI for this strategy might get complicated, but it's worth a shot. There's still enough time before the end of October.

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Well, that's done. I also added single-player campaign in case you want to play and have nobody around. Computer AI is not perfect, but it's enough to challenge you.
11  Games Center / WIP games, tools & toy projects / Re: Gods of Sparta on: 2014-10-12 11:39:45
If got a lot done in the past two days. The main battle mechanics work. You can place and move units, and attack. There is still no attack animation. As you can see on the screenshot, some units are turned upside-down. This is because it's a two player game. The idea is that you put the phone/tablet down and sit across each other and play.



Flying units like dragons can reach any field, while others have to move one step at the time. Each turn, a player can move and attack, or attack only. Once you attack, it's the other player's turn.

I'm currently drawing some attack icons. When you select your unit in the field, those circles would rotate over the adjacent enemies and you can pick which one to attack.



Depending on the attacker, a different circle would be used. Olympus units would get a blue round one. Humans get the yellow square (at least I tried to make it resemble a cross). Underworld units have the hexagram. I drew all these in Inkscape.
12  Games Center / WIP games, tools & toy projects / Re: Gods of Sparta on: 2014-10-10 14:57:47
I know players hate reading complex rules, so I tried to make a screen that would explain how the cards work without getting too complicated. Here are the basic rules:



At the start of each game, the players are presented with a deck of 20 cards and they take turns picking one by one until each has 10 in their hand. After that the battle starts.



When the first player picks the card, all the other cards rotate 180 degrees to face the player sitting across. It's a two-place local duel game.
13  Games Center / Showcase / Re: Hovercraft on: 2014-10-10 14:28:23
I played it for two days now. It's fun!

Here are some things you might want to improve to make it even better:

The contrast between light-blue sky and white letters is weak. There are way to solve this:

- add a dark outline to each letter (this solution is the best, but I assume needs most work)
- make the sky a little bit darker
- make the letters black or maybe some gold/yellow shade

As for the gameplay, there are two frustrating moments:

1. when you fall on the "roof". You have to restart the level, but there is no button on the screen for it, I have to use the back button on the device to get it to show. Looks like a nitpick, but making the game dynamic is what made Flappy Bird a hit.

2. falling all the way down. You have to wait until it gets there. Of course, having a restart button on the screen would fix that. But maybe, you could add a huge horizontal platform at the bottom that bounces. So if you fall off, you could bouce and try to climb back up.

Also, could you please enable the immersive mode on KitKat. My son keeps hitting the back and home button on the device all the time. If you're not sure how it's done, and you're using libGDX here's the code:

http://bigosaur.com/blog/32-handle-immersive-kitkat


14  Games Center / WIP games, tools & toy projects / I'm drawing some graphics myself in Inkscape on: 2014-10-08 18:24:27
Here's how I have drawn the ring artifact for my game in Inkscape. I hope it helps others if they need to create similar art.

On of the artifacts in my game is the mythical Ring of Gyges. I decided to improve my graphics skills and learn Inkscape better. Rings and other metal surfaces are rather simple to draw, you just need to combine proper gradients.



I started with basic eclipse, duplicated the shape multiple times and then created unions and intersections needed to assemble the ring. I used a brown-gold-white-gold-brown gradient (it's easy to make a custom gradient like this in Inkscape). To get the proper gradient (straightforward or reverse) I put a real ring on my desk and watched the colors.

This is the basic ring. But lets make it look really good. First I rotated it about 180 degrees and then added a gem to it:



As you can see the gem has multiple layers. On the bottom we have a black circle with white border. Border is not the same everywhere, it has a gray-white gradient stretching from left to right. Outside it, there's another border, with black-to-transparent gradient. This is used to create a 3D effect on the ring's metal surface. Over that, we have a half-circle with another gradient. This time the gradient is radial, extending from the bottom-left corner which has a white point. That point looks like a point where the light enters the gem. This is the base. Now we will add color. You can pick any color. I choose blue.

First, we create the dark blue overlay (one the the right in the image above). Note that is also has a slight gradient going from left to right. The light blue layer on the top is used to complement the bottom-left white point in the black and white base. As the light enters in the bottom-left corner it goes through the gem and exits in it's top-right part. There is no sharp point there, although you could put one if you want to achieve a different effect.

Finally, here's the artifact's card in my Gods of Sparta game:



Copied from my blog: http://bigosaur.com/blog/36-creating-ring-inkscape
15  Games Center / WIP games, tools & toy projects / Re: Gods of Sparta on: 2014-10-08 18:23:28
I like the font for the name of the card/unit, but I hate it for the important text below. It difficult to read at the smaller size and makes me not want to read what they say.

Thanks. The kerning (or hinting, whatever it's called) is really bad with that font. Maybe I'll have to switch to a different one.
16  Games Center / WIP games, tools & toy projects / Picking artists on Fiverr on: 2014-10-07 13:49:16
I'm still learning how to draw well, and I'll make all the artifacts images. But for units, I needed some good artists to make nice pictures. I searched the fiverr.com and found some really good ones. Here are some pictures I commisioned for this game:



Most artists on Fiverr are only good with a particular style, so make sure you look at their portfolio before ordering. For example, an artist from South Africa with username seatongrey has a great style that would fit Underworld units in Gods of Sparta. But I wouldn't use him for Human faction. He made the Dragon above, and here's the Hades:



For Human units, I hired glass84 and johannan. Here's Achilles from glass84:



The turnaround is usually a couple of days. You can see the average in the artist's profile. Now, be prepared that some artists might be busy and won't get back to you quickly (or ever). If that happens, just cancel the gig and hire another one.

Be prepared that some designs might fail. For Olympus units I had to combine different artists. flannery is good with horses, so I got Pegasus and Unicorn:


17  Games Center / WIP games, tools & toy projects / Here's some nice gfx on: 2014-10-06 11:56:38
I finished drawing the battlefield graphics and made some ImageMagick scripts to convert it automatically to all 6 resolutions I plan to support.



Here's the script:

Quote
#!/bin/bash
convert images/2560/$1 -resize 31.25% images/800/$1
convert images/2560/$1 -resize 37.5%  -gravity center -crop 1024x1024+0+0 +repage images/1024/$1
convert images/2560/$1 -resize 50%    images/1280/$1
convert images/2560/$1 -resize 60%    images/1536/$1
convert images/2560/$1 -resize 75%    -gravity center -crop 2048x2048+0+0 +repage images/1920/$1

If you're interested how it works, I explained it in detail on my blog:

http://bigosaur.com/blog/33-android-imagemagic-script-scale

I also redraw some of the cards for larger resolutions. Here's Medusa:



The full image is 864x1152. This graphics will be used on 2560x1600 tablets:

http://bigosaur.com/blog/images/medusa1000.jpg

I'll post more unit images as I make them. There will be 15 unit cards and 5 item (artifacts) cards.
18  Games Center / WIP games, tools & toy projects / Re: Gods of Sparta on: 2014-10-02 22:27:13
I guess you're right. But I still hope new devices won't come that soon because pushing that much data would require stronger GPU and waste battery. But then again, I know that I sometimes have to charge my tablet after 12-14 hours of use so we could say that they are already over-doing it Smiley

Anyway, I spent the whole day researching the Internet, asking the friends for their devices, etc. and came up with this:

http://bigosaur.com/blog/31-android-resolutions-definite-answer

I'm making all the graphics in 6 different sizes. It should cover 99% of devices out there. I'm using 16:9 as the base (where the game action happens) and some area around it as padding for wider/taller devices. Example:



I plan to automate most of it with ImageMagick. The workflow would be like this:

1. draw everything for the largest resolution
2. scale images (svg where possible, jpg otherwise)
3. for any overlay text, use imagemagick to add it on the shrinked image using the appropriate font size

Well, I hope this helps anyone who makes 2D games for Android. I still see some very popular games not doing this right. For example I got CubeMen from the Humble Bundle and menus are so small on Nexus 10 that you can barely read text or touch the correct button.
19  Games Center / WIP games, tools & toy projects / Re: Gods of Sparta on: 2014-10-02 17:57:45
For Android consider the hardware scaler to lock to 1080p or even 720p. You'll get better performance and also don't have to worry about all sorts of variations of higher screen sizes.

http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2013/09/using-hardware-scaler-for-performance.html

I didn't know about that one. Thanks.

I did some testing. My game is going to be strategy game, so there will be some animations, but most of the time the game will just sit there and wait for player's input, so performance is not critical.

Hardware scaler seems to be optimized for 3D games, especially the action ones, where a few pixel difference does not matter but framerate does.

However, the visual quality does drop. I tried some images on my Nexus 10, and the picture is simply not crisp and sharp enough. My guess is that people how buy devices like that one really want to see hi-res graphics.

I'll just create all the graphics for 2560x1600 and then scale it down. Well, some stuff will have to be drawn manually for each resolution (so it looks great on 800x480 screens as well), but I don't think it's going to be a lot. I also plan to generate a separate BitmapFont size for each resolution (or use TTF files and generate the appropriate size at run-time).

Maybe I should investigate all this in detail before going deep into development. I made that mistake with Drone Invaders, and I'm not going to repeat it now.
20  Games Center / WIP games, tools & toy projects / Gods of Sparta: final release + gameplay video on: 2014-10-02 00:03:00
Download here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bigosaur.gos.android

I'm porting my game Gods of Sparta to Android. It is not going to be a straightforward port, because a lot of things will be improved. Simpler game rules, clear UI, better player experience.



It's a turn-based strategy game for two players. In Android version the main focus will be local, hot-seat game for two players. It will be completely free to play, supported by ads. I will reuse some old graphics, but more need to be drawn, especially higher resolution stuff for Nexus10 (2560x1600 pixel screen) I got recently. Also, UI needs to be drastically improved and game rules have to be simplified.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/IXgOGmsQtKQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;start=" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/IXgOGmsQtKQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;start=</a>

To cut the long story short, I need to improve the player experience and make it feel more like computer strategy game and less like paper card game.

This project is part of LudumDare October Challenge 2014, so it has to be complete by the end of the month. I plan to post updates daily on my blog and some cool images (and demo version) here as well.
21  Games Center / Android Showcase / Re: Drone Invaders [It's done. Get it now on Play Store] on: 2013-10-31 22:00:50
Hey guys,

how can I move this from WIP to Showcase? Should I start a new thread there or this thread would be moved somehow?

Thanks.
22  Games Center / Android Showcase / Re: Drone Invaders [It's done. Get it now on Play Store] on: 2013-10-28 16:39:32
I'm pretty sure that Radiant's developers could not care less

Ok, so I e-mailed Hexage (Radiant developers) and here's their reply:


23  Games Center / Android Showcase / Re: Drone Invaders [It's done. Get it now on Play Store] on: 2013-10-28 11:15:13
Ok, I played Radiant. Here are my thoughts about this:

Your graphics (and type of game)

I'm sorry, but except being a shooter genre, the gameplay is completely different. There is no spaceship in DI and thus no movement around, there are no bullets, boss levels are completely different, etc. If you played both games, you would easily find Radiant more similar to other games than DI.

are extremely similar to the game Radiant's

I looked at Radiant graphics, and I can only find two aliens that are similar (the minions on boss levels in wave 10 and 20). I have to admit they are somewhat similar, but nobody can claim I lifted the aliens from there as there are clear differences. Besides, I've seen such aliens in many games before. If you start from Space Invaders onwards, I bet you'll find more than one game that has both of these alien types. It's just a coincidence that Radiant is a newer, popular title, and thus more people know about it.

Even if you did make those graphics yourself, it'd be best to change them, or people will accuse you of copying.

Hm, maybe you're right. I just found a thread on Reddit and one of commenters also claimed the same. I'm seriously thinking to change those, but I'm not sure if this is even a good thing to do, because:

1. it would be admitting I used aliens from Radiant, which I did not
2. someone would probably find many other aliens similar to some other game, so I could be redrawing graphics all the time.

What would you guys do in such position?
24  Games Center / Android Showcase / Re: Drone Invaders [It's done. Get it now on Play Store] on: 2013-10-27 00:18:37
I like your game but i do not like that two of you aliens are completely ripped from radiant.

I don't get it. What exactly do you mean?

I drew all aliens myself, pixel by pixel. I can provide the Gimp file.

25  Games Center / Android Showcase / Re: Drone Invaders [It's done. Get it now on Play Store] on: 2013-10-24 12:12:31
Hey, great job on this game! It's really cool, and also grats on making the front page of hacker news Grin

Thanks. Hey, if you're on HN, please help get the second part of the story going up:

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=6604659

In short, I made the download figures and user engagement stats public (link is in the HN post above).
26  Games Center / Android Showcase / Re: Drone Invaders [It's done. Get it now on Play Store] on: 2013-10-23 21:28:48
Awesome, good job finishing the game! Can you tell us how many downloads you get at the end of the challenge? I'm interested to see how a new developer does in an app market!

Of course. I just started doing some marketing. There is some traffic to my site from LudumDare and from here, but I also posted this on the Hacker News:

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=6594521

I got a lot of feedback from there and a lot of installations.

So far, about 200 people total have installed the game and played at least once. I'll post the update with stats (and if I earn any money) in a week or so.

27  Games Center / Android Showcase / Re: Drone Invaders [It's done. Get it now on Play Store] on: 2013-10-23 21:18:46
The game is nice. However it would be easier if the font size is increased.



You have Samsung Galaxy Y, right? I read that resolution is 320x480 pixels, is that correct?

The problem is not really the font size, but the fact that game was built with minimal resolution of 480x800 pixels in mind. Anything smaller, and it does automatic shrinking using linear filter and it looks really bad. I'll try to tweak it to use something better, but it might be slower then. Does it run smoothly?
28  Games Center / Android Showcase / Re: Drone Invaders [looking for some ideas for boss levels] on: 2013-10-22 17:02:40
The game is complete. You can get in on Google Play:



https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bigosaur.backyardpanic

I might release a Windows/Mac/Linux version in the future if there will be any interest for that.

P.S. Hey, if you're a forum moderator and you're reading this, please move this game to the Showcase (or maybe even Featured  Grin ?) section. Thanks.
29  Games Center / Android Showcase / Re: Drone Invaders [looking for some ideas for boss levels] on: 2013-10-21 08:10:44
Awesome Graphics and Game Idea! Could you change the color of letters when the challenge is completed? Also I got my android phone delivered today.

Actually, it does change. At first all letters are gray, and they turn red as you collect them:



The above image shows "L" and "A" collected, and S,E,R remaining.

P.S. I'm close to finishing the game, it should be out on Google Play tomorrow or day after that.
30  Games Center / Android Showcase / Re: Drone Invaders [looking for some ideas for boss levels] on: 2013-10-21 07:52:19
A boss that surrounds your ship completely and fires at you from all sides?

Not a bad idea... if there were a ship Wink

In this game you really don't get to see yourself, you are not controlling a ship, but a laser turret which is stationary, sits at the bottom of the screen. However, this "fires from all sides" does give me some ideas...
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