Category Archives: Art

New Armor System

huge game-changing update! -We NEED your feedback!

Before we start!

Please, we need your feedback! Do you find this game interesting? Do you have any comments / suggestions? At this moment, I am working on this game by myself, and motivation is hard to come by. Any type of shout-out will or even if one person anticipates or like the idea of this game would be great and highly appreciated. Please, leave a comment, or tweet at us on twitter @_isolatedPixel , no, we do not have a “bot” on twitter, it’s just me, the programmer and only developer at this moment of this game until I achieve a certain point where the game is good to go and just needs more assets.

Who is making this?

Right now, it’s just one person, me! I’m the programmer, and right now “artist” too, even though my art skill are horrible… but I did manage to draw this character!… yea, it could be better, anyways, everything in this update is made by me, and myself only. My friends who were working on this with me are busy with College work at this moment, so yea, I’m on this solo mode. My hope is for the game to get enough popularity that I could start paying other people to help me out and make this game real! I program this using LWJGL and Java, I have about 5+years of experience with java, and about 3 of them were messing around with code and making random games, however, they all ended up in the drawer, but not this one! I’m going all out with this project! so bear with me!

Now for the updates!

New Sprites

Changed sprites! we have different sprites now; no, they are NOT perfect, I drew them by myself, and I am nothing close to an artist, I’m just a programmer with a bamboo tablet… and apparently too much time at my hands… haha the following screenshot is directly from the game.

New Character Model

The character in this GIF is holding a basic weapon, and no clothes… but wait!
I also added an “armor” capability, which means that you character can now wear clothes!

Wearing armor

Now as you can see, the clothes you wear actually change your stats, along with you appearance! the stats are another big update!

Stats

Stats alter the way the character feels and the way you will perceive your enjoyment and style of your gameplay. This will all depend,

Adding Stats

  • if you upgrade your STR (Strength) you will do more damage with physical objects and be able to carry heavier equipment like armor or weapons. This will also increase your Health pool!
  • If you upgrade your AGL (Agility) you will do more damage with precision base weapons like throw-able shuriken or other long rage abilities, it will also make your base speed faster and ability to jump higher.
  • If you upgrade your INTL (Intellect / Intelligence) you’ll do more damage with magical attacks, and will depend on them. it will also increase your Mana pool!

These stats will have more impact in the game later on, at this moment this is all we added to each individual stat.

If you noticed, there is also a “Crit Chance” which will tell you what are your odds of hitting a critical hit, and “critical DMG” which will say how much bonus damage it will do in addition to it’s base damage.

Equipment

Your equipment now carries stats along with it! Each piece of clothing, or weapon, can carry stats to boost your base stats (will be indicated as “(+x)”, where x is the amount total from your armor/weapons.) in the following GIF you can see how my bonus stats change when I switch from the “M(agic)” marked weapon to the “P(hysical)” marked weapon.

Changing Weapons

Projectiles

There are 3 different types of projectiles at this moment, physical “projectile” which is a slashing sprite, Magical projectile which is a light blue ball of magic, and a ninja star projectile for ranged weapon.

Magical:

Magic Attack

this is relatively slower than the other projectiles, because we wanted it to feel “calmer” than the faster throwing “ninja” style of ranged weaponry. of course, there will be more types of magical attacks later on.

Physical:

Physical Attack

this is a simple slash img, the color will change depending on different variables in the future.

Ranged:

Ranged Attack

this is a fast paced weapon, throwing some throwing stars like a ninja!

The different weapon types are not balanced at this moment, but they each take their damage from different stats. we will add more weapon types and skills in the near future. for now this is just testing.

Thats it!

That’s it for this update, this is not all of what we worked on, but these articles take a heck of a lot of time to make, and this is without adding an edited version of gameplay… which will be included in the next article covering more of what had changed!

Again, please, comment, follow our project if you like where it’s going, we are going to scratch the name and think of a new one, we are working on a lot of modding tools for the modding community to be able to make your OWN adventures in this game with ease.

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Texture Packer v01

Texture Packer

As the lead programmer of the games and projects we have developed so far, I found myself facing some struggles along with the artists as they sometimes just don’t make the sprite sheets as needed and the sprite sheets aren’t always optimized as best as they could be. Our artists also sometimes face some issues and its hard to explain to new artists, ones who never actually made sprite sheets for games, to make a “perfect” sprite sheet that will work flawlessly with our engine and other aspect of the game being developed.

So, before we start developing our next game in-depth, I decided to work on a side project to help out our artists in the future and make it easier on the programmers to use the sprite sheets.

After a long night of programming, I ended up with the new texture packer (image attached) which is very basic for now, but fits our needs. you simply drop all the sprites and frames you want to be added into the sprite sheet into the white rectangle, then name the file with the top text field, followed by the width and height desired and then apply it. the texture packer will organize the sprites position (right now with a very simple algorithm which I will work on in the future) and finally.. when you are ready, hit export and the sprite sheet will be exported as a “.png” file (soon it will also export a “.json” file that will hold all of the coordination and other aspects each sprite will have.)

stay tuned for more updates on our future project!

Dominick is leaving… I’m on my own…!

Ok, so Dominick, our lead artist and game designer, is leaving for vacation for the summer, and will not be back for a long time… meanwhile.. I’m working on the app! Now I might be going for a vacation in a few weeks too, but I’ll do my best to work on as much as I can before I leave!

Another update….

We told a background artist to start drawing backgrounds for the game and for each Biome! So stay tuned!

4 First Blocks

4 new BLOCK types! now implemented!

It had been a long time since the last time I posted, meanwhile, I finished all the boring stuff, such as vertices calculation, texture areas, animation handling, camera settings (temporarily, it just follows the character), and much much more. Now, I finally stopped using my “creations” such as the smiley face…. for the blocks, and finally got some real blocks from Dominick, (the blocks are presented above). We have dirt, grass, stone/rock, and gold. I am now working on loading and saving worlds, AI for the enemies, which is going surprisingly good! we have a walking slime, which can walk left, right, and rest when it decides to! the slime is friendly, and soon we will add aggressive enemies.