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« on: November 17, 2012, 02:51:15 PM »

A single screen dot-eating game with randomly generated levels. Eating dots and other events will trigger musical sounds in time to the background music.

Bomberman-style bombs will be your main defense against enemies, but there won't be destructible walls - so instead of getting power-ups from destroyed blocks you'll get them from defeating enemies.

This will be a small and simple game just to test out some ideas - but I figured posting a devlog here will maybe help me stay motivated enough to actually see it through to completion.


Update Jan 22 : Finished for now, please let me know if there's any bugs.



Download: chompston.zip
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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2012, 03:50:42 PM »

Sounds like an interesting concept. It would probably be really fun if properly pulled off. I hope its not too long before you show some more of this.
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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2012, 08:16:35 AM »



A maze and some dots. The color of the dots is based on the distance from the start point.
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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2012, 05:28:56 PM »


A bomb and an explosion Smiley

Making a bunch of tiles for the explosions and implementing a bit of code for chain reactions and to link up the explosion graphics nicely took way longer than I would've hoped - but progress is progress, so it's all good.
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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2012, 06:13:44 PM »

I like the simple style, and the idea sounds pretty good.
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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2012, 09:14:23 PM »

This sounds like an awesome idea and I wish you all the luck in the world. Timing gameplay with music can be quite the difficult task but I can think of one game that did it dynamically in a way that might help you. The game I am talking about is Groov for Xbox Live Indie.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO336k4bVmA
To keep the game going to the rhythm they would match the speed of the ships blaster to the rhythm of the song, and the timing of enemy explosions with another tempo. You could do something similar with your game, changing the player speed to affect the rhythm and the enemy speed, and bombs timing to match up with other rhythms. I donít know if any of that helps, but I canít wait to see what you come up with.
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« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2012, 04:33:00 PM »

The music side of things will work in a similar way to Groov - but to keep things simple I'm not going to be changing the player speed, so the tempo of the music will be always be fixed and relative to a 60 FPS framerate, with the time taken to move one block corresponding to a quarter of a beat - ie. if the player moves one block every 6 frames the tempo will be 150 BPM.
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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2012, 03:52:41 PM »



A player sprite Smiley Movement is a bit faster and smoother in-game.
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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2012, 04:02:48 PM »

hey this could be pretty darn sweet, good luck
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« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2012, 04:20:54 PM »

Nice player animation  Hand Thumbs Up Right
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« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2012, 09:04:22 PM »

Added some parameters to my maze generation function - now I can vary the levels with a bit of predictability by calling BuildMap(spawners, minimum_distance, maximum_distance).

This produces a maze by starting with a number of randomly placed spawners, from which builders carve tunnels for a random number of blocks before turning, keeping going until they hit an existing tunnel. Here's some examples:








Also got the basics of the audio side of things in place using Bass after a bit of head scratching: no problem getting everything working perfectly except for occasional random "invalid memory addess" crashes when using a callback function to play samples in sync with events in the xm module music... solved by disabling PureBasic's debugger Lips Sealed
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« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2012, 10:13:37 AM »

That's cool. There's a lot of different ways to do randomly-generated areas - your way sounds pretty solid. Good to solve bugs that pop up occasionally, as well.
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« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2012, 11:43:09 AM »



Awesome.
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« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2012, 11:59:52 AM »

This looks awesome, can't wait to see more.
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« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2012, 08:33:37 PM »

Nothing new to show in terms of gameplay yet, but I've done a bit more work on audio stuff - the timing of sounds wasn't satisfactory so I coded a software mixer to ensure everything syncs up perfectly. Also I made a little tool for editing sample groups and previewing them with a background music:



Here's a video showing a test music and sound effects:

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