Tag Archives: indie game dev

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.

check out our website IsolatedPixel.com
and our twitter and facebook:

Subsrcibe to our YouTube Channel for new updates! CLICK HERE

(There will be a video next update, so make sure you subscribe to see it before it even gets here!)

World editor in action, new menu, hiring new character designer!

World editor in action, new menu, hiring new character designer!

New Menu!

well, some of you saw the old menu, some of you might have not even noticed it, well let me say it wasn’t fancy at all.. 😛
The old menu consisted of 2 “buttons,” which in reality were just 2 random textures i found in our textures folder, and 1 label “project DG.”
menu & editor, oh and achievement!
Well, now that we decided on the new name for the game, (still subject to change,) it opened new doors for us to expand the game by, such as an actual menu, and actual (yet temporary) logo.

so the new menu has about 5 buttons, yet only 2 of them work at the moment, these two are the “play” and the “level editor”
menu & editor, oh and achievement!
Play will take you into the game, in the future you will be able to choose a character to play with.
Level Edit will take you to the world editor* in which you will be able to create new worlds for the game and then play in them.

World Editor

The current world editor is pretty complex to use since it is only aimed at our staff members, it uses shortcuts we pretty much remember and there is no “go back” option yet.* (here is a screenshot of it in action)

menu & editor, oh and achievement!

We are hoping that by the time of release we will have more time to polish it and release it for you modders to use! The video we are publishing today is a time-lapse of the process we went through to create a looping world with 5 areas to explore. the areas are smaller than they would be in the actual game just for testing purposes (I wouldn’t want to walk across a long city in order to just test the platform’s functionality at this moment…)

Hiring a new Character Designer

we are currently interviewing few candidates so it may take a few days to a week. We will update you as long as we got someone or if something changes! if you are interested in applying, you still can! just email games @ isolatedpixel . com (erase spaces, for spamming reasons.) If you do email us, please include a portfolio of your past work, does not need to be commercial work, can be something you did as a hobby, and please try to include work that you think fits the style of the game. Thanks to all of the participants!

WE HIT PLACE 20 ON INDIE DB!

well, not much to say except..
hit place 20!
THANK YOU GUYS YOU ARE AWESOME!
can we reach a higher rank this time?! 😛

Now for the Video!

* The level editor is currently just a developer tool, however it is scheduled to be used for modders too if everything goes as planned :)

Side-Note

We did a short AMA the other day and found out our programmer’s favorite soup!
if you want to participate in the next one, make sure you follow us on twitter! we will publish an update there when we do it, and also feel free to request one from any of us!

check out our website IsolatedPixel.com 
and our twitter and facebook:

New Update inventory

Huge Update coming soon! Kickstarter?

Where Have We Been?


well, let’s cut straight to the chase, where the heck have we been? I mean, we did guarantee a daily update on our website and all that, oh well… there is a reason for it! we are still alive! And we are sorry about the delay! 

For us right now, it’s testing season… yea… we have that too… and this project is a “side-job” which we hope to turn into a full time job soon (we are planning a kickstarter, information at the bottom!) Anyways, we are going to be back FULL power and even better, on may 6th. Can’t wait to get back to programming 24/7 :D. We didn’t spend this whole time doing nothing though, we added stuff to the game here and there (artists were stuffed with work to do, so there isn’t a graphics update yet, except for the background which constantly goes through changes.) 

working inv

What did we add?

… you  may ask… well, we added a new design (temporary) for the Inventory GUI (which looks much more attractive than green and red blocks on grey rectangle…) and made the inventory function-able with 3 tabs, one for clothing on equipment, one for potions and stuff you can interact/use, and one for monster/enemy drops. we added actual items in the game that can fill up these spots in the inventory and used, (for now only about 4 equipments, give or take, and they are designed by me, so quality is poop-quality…. don’t expect anything better..) 

We have 2 headbands (blue and red) and 2 Swords (“long” and “short” which btw are both short… Ihave no sense of proportion apparently and I didn’t feel like fixing… mostly because it’s just temporary and for testing.) these items can be equipped and now have names and descriptions (details about the equipment float above them once you hover over them)

Even though this all worked, it still didn’t save the inventory. But don’t you worry! I am actually working on this as I write this article and I believe I will finish by today! 

Wow…

looking back I did add a lot (programming wise…) we also have a portal now to “teleport” or transport from one place to another, and three maps that circulate in a loop, and yea… just wait for the next update for more information! hopefully this weekend, and expect daily updates to start coming up on IsolatedPixel.com starting May 6th!

here is a quick video about the new updates:

Kickstarter

We are planning on making a kickstarter in late May so expect that! for now, unjoy these new updates as they come along! BTW, all of you who have joined for the Closed Alpha Testing, you will receive your copy a few days before Kickstarter Launches

Side-Note

Want a free copy of this game? follow us on twitter and check out our websites and this page often (we recommend you press the “watch” button so you’ll get updates as soon as we release them :D.) once we hit version 0.1.0.X ! (It’s getting closer!)

Don’t miss out on this awesome giveaway! 

So if you and/or your friends are interested in obtaining a copy of this game make sure to

check out our apply page (in the website)

and our twitter and facebook:

Monster Spawner

Monster Spawn, Diagonal Platforms and new Animation

0.0.7.3

Monster Spawner 

now we can select a platform in the world editor that could be a monster spawner, meaning that every set amount of time, it will check if it reached the summoning cap, if it didn’t, it will spawn a new monster!

Monster Spawner, New Animation, Diagonal platforms
Here you can see how they are being spawned while I kill one of them

Monster Spawner, New Animation, Diagonal platforms
And here is the platform reaching max capacity. (edits were made to GIF to minimize weight of GIF)

The monster spawners are an essential part of the game, and in the future we will make them more intelligent as of when and where to spawn monster, for now it just summons them within the platform’s bounds.

New Animation

The character has a new walk animation, it is a rough draft so it isn’t “clean” completely (I took it from the artist before it was done.. couldn’t wait…) I think it looks much better, any opinions out there?

Monster Spawner, New Animation, Diagonal platforms
Here is the character walking right and left

Conclusion

This was the end of 0.0.7.X and we finally hit 0.0.8.X with our new Sloped platforms (diagonal platforms) which even until now are still being updated but we reached a sufficient stage to release.

We faced a lot of bugs, such as the “spazzing” where the character would freak out

Monster Spawner, New Animation, Diagonal platforms

or the gravity bug, where you would fall down in between platfrom segments (forgot to take a GIF of it before fixing…)

or the weird gravity ignoring case where the character would climb an invisible stair case if teleported to a specific location between the platform segments…
Monster Spawner, New Animation, Diagonal platforms

eventually it all worked out well though, The GIFs you see now are without any background because it is easier to see mistakes with a solid background. After repair the Background was brought back to the game.

Monster Spawner, New Animation, Diagonal platforms

This Required a lot of math, which is the main reason why this took so long, we will upload some of our math next update with pics of my math skills in action!

Whats next?
Now all we have to do is implement diagonal Platforms in our world editor and be able to save platform segments with out world file.