Puyo Mouse

This is a game we made at the October 2016 Berlin Mini Game Jam.  The theme was “microorganisms”.  It’s a game inspired in Puyo Puyo and Puzzle Bobble.  You command a little mouse that is trying to combat a micro-organism infestation in the fridge, by shooting little capsules like in the classic Doctor Mario.  These micro-organisms merge with each other by color, forming bigger and bigger rectangles.  Using the special “rainbow” capsule, you can pop them out.  Bigger rectangles yield higher scores, and combos also count.  The goal of the game is to survive as long as you can while collecting more and more points.

The graphics were made by Michael Hussinger, code by myself.  The game has no sound or music because… laziness on my part (I was the one supposed to do that).  As usual, made in Löve2D.  Available at Google Play.

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[maintenance] Removed Dropbox links

I went through all my game catalog and removed all links to Dropbox.  Those old games have been moved to Github now.  This affects mostly old Flash and Html5 games that I made some years ago.

Once upon a time, it was possible to host static websites in your public Dropbox directory.  Since a few months ago, when a user clicks on one of those links, they are offered the possibility to download “index.html”, instead of showing the hosted site.  In practical terms, you could not play the games any more unless you figured out the rest of the files and downloaded them and played them locally.  In order to fix this problem, as mentioned above, I have removed all my public data from Dropbox, and moved the games to Github.

With this change, as of today, you still should be able to play/download all the games from this website.

Have fun!

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Duckwing vs Pirate Santa

This is a game we made during the November 2016 Berlin Mini Game Jam.  I did some more work on it during the December Mini Game Jam.  It is a simple “Boss fight” concept, with one single boss.  We reused part of the code of Because.  As usual, it’s made with Löve2D.

The original resolution is 300×200 pixels, but the game accepts zooming in and out by pressing + and -.  Check the Readme file for further instructions.

Enjoy.

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Satan Summoning Simulator

The theme for the Global Game Jam 2016 was “Ritual”.  During the brainstorming phase, Arisa Matzanke (game design) and Alpha Rats (graphics) pitched an idea I found interesting enough, even if it’s a straight forward interpretation of the theme:  combine items to summon Satan.  The player would be presented with an initial set of items, that combined would produce new items, until reaching at some point the necessary items to perform the final invocation.  I joined them as the coder of the team.

We recruited Kirill Krysov to help with the graphics, since this game would have a lot of graphical content, and Cédric Douhaire offered to make some music for our game.  During the jam, we also recruited Ruth Bosch for designing a cool logo.  It might have been one of the biggest jam-teams I’ve been in, but it worked pretty well: there was enough work for all of us to do.

As usual, I used Löve2D, so that the implementation, code-wise, was simple and straight forward, with also multi-platform support out-of-the-box with no extra effort required.

The game has three different endings, one of them being the Satan Summoning.  The other two, you will have to find yourself.  The game is played completely with the mouse (or finger, if you play the Android version).  Besides, in the desktop version, you can exit the game by pressing ESC any time, switch between windowed and full-screen with F1, or reset the game with F5.

The game is available for free at Google PlayPlease do not download the version from the project page at the Global Game Jam website.  It’s still an older version with some bugs and missing features, and we’re not allowed to update the game any more in there.  In this post you can find the proper download links for the latest version, for all desktop platforms (64 bits) as well as the Android APK.  The Löve file is also provided if you don’t find your platform there, it has been tested on versions 0.9 and 0.10 of the engine.

Have fun!

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Threaded

This is the game we made at the Berlin Mini Game Jam October 2015.  Starting from a basic game concept from Norman Ritter, we teamed up with Denice Wagner and Tommy Friese and made this game with Löve2D.  Our description of the game is “local multiplayer abstract infinite runner survival game”.

It’s a game about avoiding obstacles of your same color.  You can control your own shape, becoming narrower or wider.  When you are narrow, the speed increases, making it harder to dodge the coming obstacles but easier to pass through the gaps, and vice-versa.  The game can be played by up to 4 players at the same time, the single player mode being a practice mode.  With more players, it’s about who survives the longest.  Visually, the running tracks of each player are overlaid on top of each other, adding a bit of confusion but also making the game more fun.  It supports gamepad controllers as well as keyboard input.

The music is the song “Master of the universe”, by Alpha boy’s album Heroes on tape.  Graphic design by Denice and Tommy.

Enjoy.

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ACE

This is a collaboration with Alpha Boy.  An audio-visual experience, rather than a game, even though it has a certain degree of interaction.

The grid.  A sky.  The 80s.

We teamed up at the Berlin Mini Jam of September 2015.  Inspired by my partner’s music, I started sketching some procedural code based on old tricks for demos, and we went on with that.  I think the result is quite neat.  We even recorded a small video of it.  However, youtube’s compression has severely affected the quality of the result, we recommend people to download and play the game themselves.

Enjoy!

ACE

 

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Stock Option

In August 2015, I attended Join, a conference about local multiplayer games.  Gregg Tavares presented his latest project, SuperHappyFunTimes, which is a NodeJs-based module for massive multiplayer local games.  The idea is that you can run a nodejs server in your computer, running the game.  This server creates a captive portal in your local wifi network, which other devices in the same network can access by opening a browser and going to the direction http://happyfuntimes.net .  The idea is that these other devices will be smartphones.  The server gives them a simple web page that will be a custom controller for the game.  In other words, as many as 100 players at the same time can connect to the same game, via their smartphone, and use it as a controller.

I found it very interesting, and at the following mini game jam that month, I made a little game called Stock Option.  It’s a very much simplified “simulation” of the stock market, with only one single type of stock.  The players only have two options, “buy” and “sell”. The rule is that each time one player “buys”, the price increases by 1 euro, so the next buyer will find it more expensive.  Each time a player “sells”, the price decreases by 1 euro.  All players trade with a “central bank” with a virtually infinite supply of such stocks, the price is only directed by their actions.

If you want to play it yourselves, you’ll have to download and install SuperHappyFunTimes.  Then you can get this game directly from the official site, in addition to other games that are made available in that system.

Notes: The screenshot is of a lower quality this time because it’s ripped from the presentation video below.  Still, I wanted to use it because it shows more players connected.  If I was creating my own screenshot at home I wouldn’t be able to easily reproduce 16+ players connected.

Have fun!

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Presenting the game during the jam:

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