Updates explained – Find the gnome 0.2.0 Alpha

Update: newest footage can be found using this search tag.

Me explaining the updates

On February the 18th 2018, version Alpha 0.2.0 did release. This video goes in-depth on the progress that was made.

On the other hand I’m trying to improve my video recording and editing skills. I hope you like the end result more than the previous game footage, wink wink.

And last but not least: interested in joining Alpha / Beta? Use the contact form to get to me.

Project 1 – v0.2

Update: a new post on this subject.

The V0.2.0 milestone has been reached!

As stated in the previous post the following additions have been made: start menu, in-game interactions (collection UI, timer/high-score UI), minimal special effects (object sounds, UI changes on object found), level ending (with high-score submit).

The game as of V0.2.0:
Level design 0.2.0.png

Some changes did not make it: the achievement system is still on the list but not that high on priority anymore.

The next official project update is scheduled at 18 March 2018, we will hit version 0.3 by then. It will go more in depth: more details, more levels, more content. And we will start the Beta by then and begin distributing it to the Beta testers through Steam.

First footage of Find the gnome

Update: newest footage can be found using this search tag.

And here it is: live game play of Find the Gnome while using the Alpha 0.1.5 build.

Watch as the little gnomes run in fear of disappearing into a fog (for all they know). But we know better: it is for the common good and for their best that we collect them and showcase them in our on-screen inventories! (Inventories are not included in this 0.1.5 build but will be added between now and 0.2.0)

Interesting points in the video
1:14 core game explaned
1:39 first gnome abducted
3:10 first gnome running
3:27 first gnome screaming while running

The other parts of the video: boring! boring! boring! Next time I’m going to use some actual video editing to get rid of those ‘I love to hear myself talking’ points.

And last but not least: interested in joint Alpha / Beta? Use the contact form to get to me.

Project 1 – Find the gnomes

Update: a new post on this subject.

And here is is: Find the gnomes

After just 2 weeks the idea has landed and the crowd is applauding: a search and find game where you chase garden gnomes.

A gnome and its collision window in Alpha 0.1.1:GardenGnome 0.1.1.png

And a peek at the art style & level design in Alpha 0.1.2:
Level design 0.1.2.png

The alpha testing has been a success. A lot of positive reactions on the core game mechanics from young people to elder ones.
There is still a lot of work to be done so the update continues!

The next official project update is scheduled at 18 February 2018, we will hit version 0.2 by then. It will include a bit of everything: a basic start menu, the basic in-game interaction counters, minimal special effects on objects, a level ending, an achievement system.

Project 1

This is an article in the ‘Behind the scenes’ category where I shed some light on what it takes to make games. I warn you: they are real, these articles might discourage you to develop games yourself.

Update: a new post on this subject.

After a couple of weeks of testing the core game mechanics, a here is a first glance at project 1.

A brief explanation of the core mechanics:

CoreGameIdea.png

The theme is: real environments, surreal interactions.

The next update will involve a lot more details about the art style and the interactions. Also Alpha testing is planned to get feedback. The next update is scheduled to arrive at Januari 14, 2018.

For developers

One of the main reasons I started this blog was to give an insight into the life of a developer. This is because I couldn’t find that much information on the journey of starting a game development company.

Of course, there is much information on people telling how to make it. Most of the times after their first or second success. But for all those that struggle (or perhaps fail), there are very few sources of information.

My plan is to give ‘behind the scenes’ peeks on what it takes to develop games. Articles tagged with this category will have some kind of the following information on them:

  • What business or product strategy do I use, and why.
  • What kind of information sources I do use to base my decisions on.
  • How are things going (business wise and personally)
  • Reflections on how I perceive game development.

Find articles in this category: https://gamefeelings.com/category/behind-the-scenes/

Starting Gamefeelings Game development

The past month was a personal milestone. After years of only having idea’s on developing games, I decided to give it my best and start for real.

I am Erik de Roos from the Netherlands, born in 1987, currently active as a Software Developer at Luminis, a dad to my two children and married with my love of my life.

This website, Gamefeelings.com, is meant to be the main point of communication for the games I develop. Further more, it is a showcase of what I am capable of.

My goal is to make 3 game in 2 years, starting on November 2017 and ending November 2019. After this period I will decide whether to increase my time spend on this subject or to move on to something else.

The first game, project 1, is scheduled to arrive at begin June 2018.