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Shark Week!!! HTML5 on Facebook

Posted by neogenerationgames on December 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Shark Week HTML5 on Facebook!

Our game Shark Week!!! has been "imperfectly" ported to HTML5. It is now undergoing open beta testing on Facebook. 

Many thanks to our contributors(more to be added):

Andrew Lewis

Luke Risbon

Mikayla(SuperCool95)

Thyanne and Dythanne Garcia


Those that help test Shark Week!!! will be featured on the Credits, on the Facebook Page, and on this blog page. Head to the App for more information.

Falling Sand in Game Maker

Posted by neogenerationgames on August 2, 2011 at 1:32 PM Comments comments (0)

I was to enter in a "Falling Sand" game in the GMC Jam #3, but I am late due to some technical difficulties(I  may put it up anyways at a later time). To those who don't know what a "Falling Sand" game is, it's essentially a two dimensional interactive sandbox game world. You can create sand, water, and other elements by painting them on the screen. It's really cool to see those particles interacting. Some "Falling Sand" games have special elements like zombies, bee hives, growing plants, and circuitry complete with electricity and machines.

Particles and anything that can number to the thousands are handled notoriously slow by the Game Maker interpreter. At first this prevented me from starting one before. It required a bit of foresight to solve the problem.

Instead of using the obvious object as a single particle, I opted to use database grids instead. Objects contain multiple variables, which will be unnecessary for this endeavor. Besides, "Falling Sand" games are simplistic in graphics and gameplay.

The method I chose created a grid the size of the playing field. Each coordinate contained a number that identified the particle in that coordinate it was in. This was the easy part.

The hard part is parsing and executing the grid. My first attempt was to parse the grid from top to bottom. This created a problem where a falling particle fell all the way down in one step. I then made it parse from bottom to top. Problem solved.

However, later when I was creating fire particles, the opposite became true. Fire floated up in the air, and so I found the fire particles get to the top of the screen in one step.

I solved this problem by making the parser parse every other line in one step and parse the remaining lines in the next.

Currently, my game has about 25 elements you can create and interact with. I'm going to release it soon, so stay tuned!

Shark Week!!! Deluxe Edition Released

Posted by neogenerationgames on January 21, 2011 at 3:13 PM Comments comments (0)

This Shark Week!!! update is long overdue.

 

The Deluxe Edition features:

-Bug fixes

-More control schemes

-More enemies

-A Hard Mode

download now here.


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