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« on: April 28, 2014, 05:08:48 am »





Play latest demo version:


What is Space Pirate?
Space Pirate is a realtime space dungeon crawler!
Loot, explore & destroy! Sneak through corridors or set everything on fire!
This game does not want to compete with big scope space exploration games and is rather focused on short & fun sessions embedded in an entertaining story!

Controls:
  • W, A, S, D  keys to move
  • Arrow keys to shoot
  • Space to select/continue
  • 1,2,3,4,5 to select weapon if found
or Controller or Custum Controls!


Inspiration:
I loved playing

, Whale's Voyage and Star Flight 2 on my Amiga 500 and i would never even think about trying to copy the complexity of these titles with the limited resources i have. Starflight succeeds largely because the exploration mechanic works so well.
One thing i had in mind though while playing was the wish to explore ships and locations a bit more as i could. I loved finding ancient ruins.
The game i have in mind won't get anything near the exploration possibilities of these games but it is definitely an inspiration. I want to mention two books which helped me to define the vision of the game:
Both books are well written and exciting narrations about real hidden treasures and explorers (one only available in German though).

Credits:
  • Game design: myself
  • Scripting: myself
  • Music & sound effects: myself
  • Art: I started with the space rogue tile set from Oryx but changed/advanced most of it and added tons of new stuff

Websites:

Please let me know if you like or dislike it.
Cheers!






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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2014, 07:34:03 am »

Very cool! :3 I like the music and the game play.
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2014, 01:27:11 am »

Thanks!

A bit more explanation on the gameplay:

You are a space explorer who is about to discover the myth of Space Eldorado – the legendary "Lost City of Gold", that fascinates explorers since the days of first space travel.

The game consists of 2 parts:

Levels

  • Find weapons and artifacts for avatar and fuel for the ship
  • Get coordinates for new locations on other planets
  • Collect parts of ancient data which will lead to Space Eldorado



The Spacemap

  • Travel to stars or spaceships
  • Upgrade ship to travel through special terrain like nebula
  • Find Space Eldorado in the end



I am still wondering if the player should have more choices when running into a spaceship (communicate, attack etc). What do you think?

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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2014, 03:52:51 am »

This is a really cute game.  If I had more time I'd definitely play it some more.  My one request would be to allow use of arrow keys as well as WASD. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2014, 04:19:47 am »

Thanks Smiley
Arros and WASD is already in btw.
I will upload a new version in around 2-3 weeks.

Have some hatching eggs in between:



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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2014, 06:27:17 am »


I am currently working the digging mechanics.

From start I wanted to have planets in the game because exploring spaceships only might become a bit repetitive.
Digging for lost artifacts? Hell yeah! Guy with a tie is watching.

Having fun with the Tile Api Smiley



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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2014, 02:14:34 pm »

Looks fun!
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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2014, 01:27:50 am »

Looks very neat, do you draw and program yourself?
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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2014, 10:37:29 am »

Here are my 2 cents:

At level 01, just before you get to the final control room there are the human characters who for some reason walk through the walls. Not sure if it is intended.

Something about the controls doesn't feel right to me. I find myself stuck on more that one occasion an it is kind of hard to aim.

Anyway, love your idea and will definitely try it again later.
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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2014, 10:56:44 pm »

Thanks guys!

@Atmos:

The enemy walking through walls is a bug or rather a performance issue (pretty sure about that). I wanted to publish Space Pirate as a flash browser game but it is so difficult to have a good performance when it comes to flash.
I reworked the game and will publish it as download (PC, MAC) which will allow me add more features as well.

The aiming is a good point. I got the suggestion to build in an "auto-aim" system.

I am wondering though:
  • Would i like to focus on one specific enemy if there are multiple ones? I guess yes.
  • Would i need a "select" or "switch" target option? I guess yes and that might be a bit much.

Maybe i try an "auto aim area" which is always in front of the player and only enemies in this area will be targeted without choice?
What do you think?



I will also work on controls. You are talking about the general flow right?


@Manboobs:
Thanks a lot!


@Voley:
Its currently a one man show. I do game design, scripting, music, animation and art myself (i started with the sci-fi pack from oryx though as mentioned earlier) in my spare time. For scripting i use Stencyl 3 (so its not programming).


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« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2014, 02:22:09 am »

I updated a lot behind the scenes (so not much cool stuff to show):

•   Fixed static gun states (x)
•    Removed player slowdown on tile contact (x)
•    Removed enemy walks through walls glitch (x)
•    Streamline lower interface (x)
•    Player not so stuck when small entires (x)
•   Fix relations between furniture, broklen walls and digging (x)
•   Diggin: Player can now dig through dirt (x)
•   Enemies get damage from nearby fire (x)
•    mine/bomb explosion (add bomb are to kill dirt) (x)

I added a core reactor to every ship.
The ship will blow up piece by pice if you destroy it which will be needed to reach certain goals.
The player will be sucked into space if not running to safety.



I am working on a auto target system for the laser gun right now and i am not sure if it makes a lot sense. Giving the player control what to target is too much micromanagement for the palyer as i mentioned earlier.

But what if the player wants to shoot something specific and the target system targets the nearest enemy?

Anyone has been in the same situation yet?
I will post a weapon test soon!
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« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2014, 10:29:36 pm »

I have an aiming system which could work.

Question is: What do you prefer?
Please let me know!

1. Auto aim to nearest enemy (in specific area; see image below)
http://mabafu.com/spacepirate/aim2/index.html

2. Straight shot in direction which player is facing (original one)
http://mabafu.com/spacepirate

3. Classic run and gun with mouse
(i didn't build that yet)

All files are around 7.5mb (server in Germany).
I will switch to download PC/MAC for alpha.

 
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« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2014, 12:52:29 am »

I didn't like the auto-aim that much, but the other way where you can only fire in the direction you're walking felt a bit restrictive.
I would prefer Binding of Isaac controls to be honest. Move with wasd, fire in four directions with arrow keys (or the other way around).
Mouse-aiming in a Flash application might be a bit annoying, as far as I recall you cannot lock the mouse to the app so you might move the cursor outside the game and deactivate it.
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« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2014, 01:22:29 am »

Thanks for the feedback!
I am also not convinced of the auto aim.

I embedded your proposal (WASD to move, arrows to fire in direction):
http://mabafu.com/spacepirate/aim3/index.html

Beside that here is a version where you press Space + Control + direction to shoot without moving:
http://mabafu.com/spacepirate/aim/index.html

What do you think?
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« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2014, 04:11:25 am »

I prefer the first one. Much better if you want fast action. If you want your game to be more like an rpg where stats is more important than skill and reactions you could still consider some kind of auto-aim.
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« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2014, 04:48:56 am »

Thanks!

Totally agree. I want to aim for the action (with a meaningful story background).
I love rpg but this would be too disrupting for the game flow.

I want to implement some meaningful stats though (mastery of guns maybe).
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« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2014, 06:46:21 am »


Here a sneak of the Bank Heist Ship btw.
Robbing the counters will be so much fun Smiley

Ask gently? Sneak in? Blast all apart?


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« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2014, 10:43:19 pm »



I figured out that i need to advance the enemy behaviour to create more interesting situations and more fun.

First step is done:
  • The enemy is now in a passive idle state (smoking cigarettes or whatever).
  • It will change into an "being aware state" (the question mark) for a short while if the player is close enough. Enemy will go back to idle if player moves away again
  • Finally the enemy will turn into hostile mode if player stays close.

This enables passing enemies without fights and makes the world more believable.

What next:
  • Combine this bahaviour with patroling, walking towards the player
  • Adding an "officer" who will trigger an alarm (big problem;) ) when player is recognized
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« Reply #18 on: July 14, 2014, 03:49:36 am »

About to rob a space bank...



I implemented the first step of a global alarm. Hell breaks loose if it triggers.
Will post it soon!

Most of the enemy behaviours are reworked.
Its now much more fun and challenging to play.

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« Reply #19 on: July 14, 2014, 04:17:52 am »

Love the aesthetic and particle effects.
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