It has been a long weekend, but I created a playable prototype under this Ludum Dare’s theme: An Unconventional Weapon!
You know what happens, when you throw items into a running washer? Always wanted to know? Transform this useful household utility into a weapon of destruction!
Get cash for causing chaos and upgrade your washer or buy even more deadly things to throw into the drum!
Let’s do a quick Post Mortem, shall we?
This time I might have took on a bit more than I could chew, but in the end I was able to create a playable prototype; I wasn’t able to bring the prototype to the polished state that I would have seen it, but I am quite proud of what I have achieved in the little time I had available.
I have not worked with Unity 5 (or Unity’s new UI system that was introduced in 4.6) prior to this jam and encountered some deprecated functions and some UI behaviors. I still don’t fully understand every aspect of the UI (especially proper scaling of UI elements over different resolutions), but I learned a lot and I think I should be able to figure out the rest soon.
This time I also opted for plenty of sleep and a bit of social interaction during the weekend, instead of burning myself out. You have to allocate a whole weekend for it and if you burn yourself out, you will be pretty much useless on Monday or even more days, depending on how little sleep you got. I had to catch up with some work today, so I am glad I did not overdo it.
Taking a more relaxed approach somewhat forced me to go into overdrive on Sunday, leading to very sloppy code that would make myself shudder, if I was to take a look at it right now. I still streamed for the most part and enjoyed that. Thanks again to everyone who came by and tested builds for me!
Overall have worked roughly 18-20 hours on this prototype and if I would have committed more time to it, I definitely would have been able to polish the game a bit more.
What did I learn this time?
- Focus on the key parts first. No really, don’t do too much cutsie stuff , before the prototype isn’t running. I know it is tempting to create a cute tophat for your washing machine, but maybe make sure that the game is having all the features it needs first.
- Creating the 3D low poly assets and the artwork for the game was much faster (and more fun) than I anticipated. If you are willing to let mistakes go and just go with a not-perfect asset, you can create a lot of content in a short amount of time. A quick & dirty look can be fine, as long as it is consistent.
- I really, really enjoy game development and I am gaining a footing with C# and Unity 5.
- Make a detailed to-do list. List all the assets you will need and then work through them. You might think, this will just waste time, but if you have a to-do list to work through, you will less likely be distracted by another task or forget something.
- Coming up with fun ideas before the compo started (see below), helped me to get into the mood, but also alleviated the stress of a “What if they pick a theme, I have no ideas for?”-scenario and gave me some time to get started with the game right away. After last time, where I had a total mental block, this really took the edge off.
I will definitely try to participate in the next Ludum Dare in August and I look forward to the other participant’s games! (Check out ZanzLanz’s entry! It’s awesome!)
You can download the game or play the web version off it on the