Game Dev

Yet another enemy

I did some “play tests” lately with colleagues who were interested in trying the game. And it appears only the “Ranger Cat” (cat walking and scratching) is a foe they can handle for a first try, after the tutorial. Somehow, it means they can progress at some point and feel challenged, which is a good thing! BUT, it also means I cannot use most of the enemies early in the game without redesigning their behaviour a bit.

So I decided to introduce another enemy. Let’s call him the “Muscle Cat”. He is basically a classic “Ranger Cat” with much more life. The whole point is just to have a bit of variety early in the game.

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He is also slightly bigger than a regular cat and a bit slower. But he is still smaller than a “Heavy Cat”.

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Here again, the 3D initial mesh is the same as before, I just scaled the arms and created a dirty texture! As I previously said, I’ll only polish if the details are noticeable on mobile.

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Game Dev, Uncategorized

New style

I’m currently working on the customization of the character.
I decided to give more personality to the rabbit in the process. So I changed a lot his texture.

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The red lines around the eyes are seams from Blender… Well I’m not an expert but I finally understood it was a mistake to “cut” the eyes from the face to begin with (at least for such a flat design). I learnt my lesson.

Regarding his new facial expression, I had some feedbacks saying he looked quite angry. I guess it’s fine since he kills cats.

My plan is to do 2 other skins at some point and call those “new characters”, change slightly the gameplay and sell them as an in-app purchases. Why not?

Anyway, if you don’t like the colors you can change that. Check my following post for more on the customization.

Game Dev, Modeling

Majin Cat

That’s just a “code name”. I wasn’t inspired and I don’t bother anymore thinking deeply about names. So far those names just help me organising my code, prefabs and components, right?

Anyway, I just made a new enemy this morning. It was nothing like a priority, but I just wanted to play a bit with Blender.

Also, I did this sketch few days back when I was trying to imagine some bosses.

MajinCatSketch

As I said previously, I’m not even trying to make anything beautiful for the game in Blender. Instead I’m trying to re-use the meshes I created in the past as much as I can. Creating a mesh from scratch is still a pain for me. So this enemy is a regular cat. I just scaled his head, arms, torso and pants. It’s low cost for low quality! But it will do the trick for a mobile indie game, hopefully 😀

CatBlender
Result in Blender

 

MajinCat2

Then, I did a simple idle animation where the cat is kind of levitating. Finally I integrated it in Unity.

MajinCat.gif
Result in Unity

That’s where I am. I’ll let this enemy aside and work on its AI and animations from time to time. There is no rush…

One thing I can mention though is I’ll introduce soon enough the ability for the main character to deflect bullets with a tap with 2 fingers. It will consume 2 slots of energy from the blue bar (used for dashes so far). But purple bullets like those thrown by this enemy won’t be deflectible. This should enable me to add some more subtlety to the gameplay!

Modeling

Blender: Images auto reload

It’s been a while I didn’t play with Blender. This morning I felt like using it so I worked on a mini boss I designed lately. I’ll explain more about it in the next post. Here I just wanted to share a plugin I found this morning. Even if I’m a total newbie with 3D and texturing, this plugin really helps me there.

When texturing a mesh, I work with 2 screens: one showing the overall result in Blender (with different views: front, back…) and one where I do the actual 2D texture in Photoshop.

 

 

The problem I had till then was I had to always go to Blender to manually refresh the texture to see my updates, which is quite a pain when you are as bad as I am in the matter!

I finally found a plugin for Blender that reloads automatically the images after a configurable timeout. Get it there.

It allows me to mess around in Photoshop and simply save whenever I want to see the actual result in Blender. Cool stuff!

Game Dev

Jet Pack

Right now I’m making a quick Space Invider like gameplay. The idea is just to have some more variety.

I made this basic jet pack with no ref under Blender. It was quite fast.

JetPack

Then I did a pretty basic idle animation for the rabbit and attached the whole thing together. The FX is the same as the capsule spawner.

JetPack_2.JPG

The cat will be using the same Jet Pack in a different color. Finally, some big cats will be using big jet packs and act as mini bosses. That’s it. Almost there !

Once this mode is done, I’ll introduce the “perks”. They are things you can find in levels to momentaneously increase your skills. Then, I start the actual game making ! Starting from that moment, I’ll only make features when I need them, I sware !

Game Dev

Combo sequence fixed !

I’m now referring to the moment the player has to draw specific shapes to trigger the super attack as “combo sequence”.

I just fixed most of the recognition issues I had. It’s now working pretty smoothly. I did a bit of styling. I hope it’s still easy to read. But I don’t want to make the sequence too intrusive since I assume once you did it once or twice, you remember it. And I don’t want to make it random.

SuperSequence3.gif

The camera isn’t centered on the player in this record. It’s a bug I fixed already.

I have a bunch of minor bugs to fix. But most likely some of them will be released with the game (the release date doesn’t exist yet anyway).

Game Dev

Stunning the charger

As I said in my previous post the charger is meant to be stunned when hitting a wall. Check this gif for a demo.

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I changed the standing up transition to make it less fast. It’s way smoother right now. I really like this mini boss !!

A friend of mine suggested that I should put him a black shirt. I’ll probably do more styling in the future. But it should be fine for now.

By the way, note the glitch on his back ! The mesh isn’t properly merging the mirrored sides. I have no idea why so far. Darn ! I’ll fix that later.