Global Game Jam 2014 report

Another year, another GGJ, another game!

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This year we participated in the USP jam site, which is very close to our home.
Before getting there, we decided to make something simple and not to stress out.
That’s because the week had been very tough and Lino would code again on the ipad.

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The theme was “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are”.
Each team had some time to think, and then there was a big discussion with everyone, which was pretty cool! (it was a small site, with about 20 people and 5 teams)

We decided to use the first idea we had, a quiz with shadows, something like “who’s that pokémon”.
The challenge is that the silhouettes aren’t very intuitive, so you need to associate the shape, hints and choices to guess it right.

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http://globalgamejam.org/2014/games/whatusee

We were about to finish the game, but then, 3 hours before the ending, we were informed that Lino’s grandfather had passed away. We left the jam immediately and took the bus from São Paulo to Londrina (it’s a 8 hours trip). So only today we started working on the game again.

Well, that’s the summary of our jam.
Here’s a small video showing the art process of it, but it contains spoilers!

Our OUYA arrived!

Hello, Lino here  ( ̄∠  ̄ )ノ

Today’s hot news: we finally have our own OUYA! <3

As we promised last year, Redo is being remade for this platform. I would say that it’s 25% done. With that said, I’d like to introduce my new best friends: XCode, Tsuki and Gideros!

I’m really dropping JavaScript. I chose Gideros for the OUYA migration because it uses Lua and his player system is very cool. I highly recommend this tool. In initial tests I got 60fps on a 1080p TV, which I think is amazing!

I am also using the Tiled editor, but this one is not as cool. The reason: I did all maps and it was very nice until find out that this software can’t work with scripts. So when I needed to add a Lua script to a tile Tiled just didn’t let me do this. So I’m making the level editor ‘tsuki’ … yay!

It’s basically a tool to add the script functionality in a .tmx file.

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We are very excited about the OUYA and what it can do. We’ll be back soon with more news, see ya!

Twin Teams Academy – update one

Hello!

As we promised, here’s an update about Twin Teams Academy. The great news today is: we’ll have a particle system! This is a nice feature and the result is this one that you see here:

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A Particle System is responsible for the creation of the particles and the update of its position, color and opacity. With this we can make effects of fire, smoke, explosions, acid attacks that inflicts poison etc.

That’s all for now, hope you enjoyed! ( because it gave me a lot of work (T ⌓ T) OMG, I’m dead… )

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announcing Twin Teams Academy

Hello, Lino here. Today we have a new game to announce… \(◕‿◕)ゝ ha!

It’ll be a larger – and full of power-ups – version of the origial Twin Teams, which we’ve created during SPJam 2012. The name is:

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Up until now we have these new features:

- New Mechanics, with more gameplay ways to be included along the game.
- Improved Graphics, including animations that were left out due the rush of the Jam.
Waves and enemy formations, to make the gameplay more fun and strategic.

This new version will also be free, this time available for iPhones with iOS 6 and hopefully for Androids Jelly Bean. We’ll be back soon with ingame screens.

PS: meanwhile you can still play the original version, made in only 48 hours!

Tsuki and goodbye JS

Hi, Lino here. I have some fresh news for you guys :D

We’re still searching for the most suitable tool to make our games. We’ve tried native iOS code, canvas and Javascript (mostly because we want to easily distribute on many platforms)  and now we are taking a look on Lua. That means that I’m giving goodbye to Javascript (it was just a summer love u_u’), mostly because Lua is easier to run in any place and also it’s fast!

Lua language

So now I’m going to rebuild the Redo engine on Lua and – look – will be Open-Source! From now on, its name will be: tsuki (lua means moon in portuguese, and tsuki is moon in japanese). Soon we will launch a page on Github and a map editor for iPad. In fact, most of the hard work will be done by an existing tool, like Löve2D for Mac, Windows and Linux. I hope to finish asap and finally begin to work on Redo’s chapter 2 … ┐( ̄ヮ ̄)┌

Bye!

Redo plans for 2013!

Happy New Year ヽ(。◕‿◕。)ノ

After a short recess, we’re finally getting back with the production!

Unfortunately, we haven’t won an OUYA console from the DevKits Giveway, therefore we’ll have to wait until April to start adapting Redo for the big screen and controllers.

Speaking of Redo, because the last iPhone’s operating system upgrade, the game began running at super low FPS. That was a very bad surprise for us. So we decided changing plans and migrate it for PC/Mac.

We’re adjusting the graphics for the new resolution and going crazy with the plenty of memory and resources. Phew!

Coming up next: news about new quests and a battle system (yes!), stay tuned. :)

Redo on Mac OSX

OUYA’s DevKits Giveaway

Sup, ppl?

We owe you guys a video of Redo for quite a while, huh?

Well, we decided to take the opportunity of OUYA’s contest to edit one, showing a bit of the story and gameplay. We hope you enjoy it!

For those unaware, they are giving away 10 DevKits for those who tweet promising game ideas with the hashtag #myouyagame. Since we are very excited about OUYA, we decided to take part too! (Lino even has a reserved username, so add him when your video game arrives! Here it is: lino)

So far 7 kits edit: all have been given! Check out the winners:

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1. Fist of Awesome, from Nicoll Hunt

myouyagame2mechknight
2. MechKnight Chronicles, from DinosaurDev

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3. Syder Arcade, from Studio Evil

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4. KidElectro, from Seatron

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5. Space Runner, from Hypercane Studios

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6. Legend of Dungeon, from Robot<3Kitty

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7. iMech Online, from Mobula

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8. Dusty Revenge, from PDDesign

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9. Holy Shield, from DogBox

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10. Starbound, from Chucklefish

Please cross your fingers for us! :D

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