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3rd January, 2009 at 00:29:46 -

Hello,
Yes, it's happened. I've become increasingly disinterested in both ExoEarth and Timmy in the Magic Cave. ExoEarth had no real clue what it was ever going to be and I regrettably cannot find the MFA for Timmy in the Magic Cave at all on my hard disk.

However. All is not lost.

I have decided to concentrate my efforts from both projects onto one new project. It has no title yet, apart from it's development title which I will be sure to change. It is temporarily named "The World is Artificial".

I plan to make this game a little different as an adventure platformer. Unlike most games, the plot will not be outlined to the player beforehand. It is up to the player to realize the plot as it unfolds over the course of the game.

This game will be presented in High Definition. However, low definition modes will be available to suit all monitor sizes.

Here is the only screenshot of the game, in 1280x800. It will be able to go up to 1680x1250.

http://www.shareimages.com/image.php?26652-rJOWm5Odk5.tlpyWlqk-theworldisartificialrelease.png

This is pretty much it at the moment. This project was started today (technically yesterday, as it's past midnight) so it's not really much as of now.

Note how it uses the sprite for Jetter in ExoEarth. This is merely a placeholder. The finished sprite will be similar in size and shape.

Crits and comments appreciated.

Thank you,
-James

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3rd January, 2009 at 01:00:57 -

Looks like a nice presentation. "Timmy Lives on the ExoEarth", if they were combined. Is this going to be completely separate of the original two (in other words you are taking the focusing power from those two to a completely different game) or related to either (you're combining the two projects)? I like those houses, but I don't get the background.

 
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3rd January, 2009 at 01:04:53 -

Hello,
This is a whole new game. It will be in the vein of ExoEarth and Timmy in the Magic Cave - as an adventure game - but will not contain characters or the storyline from either.

Thank you The houses were made in the MMF2 graphics editor.

The background is a placeholder. It is intended to be in a forest, I intend to implement a more fitting background.

Thank you for your feedback

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3rd January, 2009 at 02:05:59 -

Don't you think the character should be a bit bigger with a resolution size that big?

 
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3rd January, 2009 at 12:41:19 -

Hello,
That seems to be a major feedback point. I have considered changing the size of the character, however, I deem this unnecessary. The game plays well with this configuration.

The massive screen size in relation to the character is in fact pivotal to the plot of the game.

I am developing an engine where the screen will zoom in on the player if finer detail is needed, such as inside one of the houses in the village depicted in the screenshot.

Thanks for your feedback
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3rd January, 2009 at 13:59:47 -

Normally I dislike itty bitty sprites, but something about the way it is here fits. I don't know what it is, but it looks good. O_o

 

  		
  		

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3rd January, 2009 at 18:29:21 -

I'll be the first to mention knytt stories then.

 
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3rd January, 2009 at 22:50:12 -

http://www.shareimages.com/image.php?26667-rJOWm5Odk5.tlpyWlqk-worldisartificials2.png
Development is continued. Crits and comments please.
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4th January, 2009 at 00:09:36 -

It looks nice and clean.
You have chosen some pretty dull colours for the most part but The sky helps brighten it up somewhat.

I would suggest adding more detail to pretty much everything, the floor looks pretty bland, cracks visible rocks, skeletons, something other than brown. The same goes for the sky too.
Especially on such a large picture more than half of it is empty blue and nearly all of the rest is one shade of brown

The main sprite seems too small for size of the frame as well as somewhat cartoony. It looks like a sprite designed for a Gameboy color game was placed on an XBox Live Arcade game. You can afford to make it bigger.

Just a minor thing, but the minimal shading doesn't seem to make those houses look rounded.

 
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4th January, 2009 at 00:13:04 -

Hello,
Thank you for your feedback

I will add more detail to things. This again has been a major feedback point from other sources.

The sprite is a placeholder for the moment. I will replace it with a new one once the basics of the game are down.

This was something that had been niggling at me too. I will attempt to rectify this.

Thank you,
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4th January, 2009 at 00:19:58 -

It's not so much the size of the character sprite as it is the style of it, as Andy said. I do think the shading on the houses looks good, though.

 

  		
  		

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4th January, 2009 at 00:26:25 -

Hello,
I think I shall have to make the character a little bigger, to aid gameplay. The style of it will change too, as this is merely a placeholder.

The shading will not be changed dramatically. I think that if I extend the darker area slightly it shall help it look rounder.

Thanks,
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4th January, 2009 at 06:20:15 -

I'd say try making the character about 32x32.
Even with that, the sprite will still be small compared to the rest of the screen, but also big enough to see it better.
It is up to you though.
I also agree about the details on the dirt and sky.
It kind of looks bland right now.

 
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4th January, 2009 at 08:43:26 -

Dear James.
I think that style is fine, just add more variety in the scenery.
Yours sincerely, Alastair.

 
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4th January, 2009 at 12:35:21 -

Hello,
I will of course make the graphics less bland. I have started making graphics for rocks and clouds.

Thank you for your feedback!
-James

 
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