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Socoder -> On Topic -> AGameAWeek 2020

Posted : Friday, 03 January 2020, 14:18
Jayenkai

AGameAWeek 2020


I've kickstarted another bloody year of this. Wtf am I, Crazy?!

Another year with PetitSwitch games, Foldapuz puzzles and regular AGameAWeek games, too.
And music and newsletters and daily pixelart, and exhaustion and my own demise.
Everything's ready and raring to go!

I've set up a new Google Spreadsheet to keep track of my year, and will hopefully be posting things here, too... although, last year, I kinda gave up doing that and wasn't very well organised!

I think I'll aim to post a Saturday Update to this thread. That seemed to work half of the time, last year.

In amongst the first few things I'm aiming to do this year, is fixing the Cache method of Shoebox and Browsercade.
EdgeChromium is complaining that they're doing away with the old ApplicationCache, because.. .. *shrugs*
Instead. I have to make use of a horribly confounded and complicated method that I still haven't quite wrapped my head around, and that appears to be using more MobileData, which is something I REALLY didn't want to do with the Shoebox..
Grrr...

Anyhoo, yeah, lots to do, and plenty of games to work on.

First game, Chuck-A-Ball on Petit Switch.
And not much else to show, since the year started midweek!!

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Posted : Friday, 03 January 2020, 14:39
rockford



Posted : Saturday, 11 January 2020, 04:18
Jayenkai
This week's chaos in the AGameAWeek factory of insanity!

In the Browsercade, I made the game Jack on the Blocks.
It was originally intended to be a QBert Clone, but ended up more like Oh Mummy!

View on YouTube
You can Play it in your Browser here, on Desktop, Mobile or Tablet

This week's Foldapuz puzzle is Five Blocks.
Try to find the five solid blocks, by using the side-counts, showing how many of the tiles on the row/column are solid.
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You can Print off a sheet of puzzles here, or play it in your browser here.

Meanwhile, on Nintendo Switch, I made the game Meteor Defender
Protect the city from the oncoming destruction!
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If you've got PetitCom4, you can download the game with the SBKey 48APXQ3N4

And lastly, this week's ALChoon is Nothing Beyond, with a happy little blippity blip intro!
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Part of the "Nothing" AL Bum.

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Posted : Saturday, 18 January 2020, 09:12
Jayenkai
Another week, another pile of gameage!!

Handlink



This week's Shoebox game sees me ripping off the Handlink from Quantum Leap.
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Taking cues from last week's Foldapuz game (Five Blocks), I made a game about prodding blocks, and .. "Oh, Boy!" I just KNEW I had to add those sound effects on top!
You can Play the game in your browser, or better yet, play it on your phone in portrait mode, and pretend like you're Al !!

Nine Plus



A grid of numbers with totals on the right hand side. Each row has all numbers 1 through 9. Each row has no duplicates, and no numbers touch each other diagonally.
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With those rules in place, fill in the grid to the numbers on the right hand side all add up correctly.
You can Print pages full, here, or alternatively Play it in your Browser

Ninja, Duck!



For PetitCom4 on Switch, I remade a game about a ninja and a duck!
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Slash away at the evil duck army, but watch out for the unpleasant surprise hiding inside!!
If you're got PetitCom4 on Switch, grab the game with the SBKey 4TAXE33N4

Choonage


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Posted : Saturday, 25 January 2020, 05:08
Jayenkai

Take This Torch


This week's Browsercade game is a little dungeon questing thing. Find the key, and get back home.
Suggested by Michael Fernie, it's like a little mini RPG, but without any RPG elements! A randomly generated set of corridors with a really cheaply made lighting method.
Avoid the blue creatures and shake your flame to ward them off!
You can play in your Browser, on Desktop, Mobile or Tablet.


Two Letters


For the Foldapuz this week, the new puzzle involves you trying to find the two letters missing from all the words.
Fin the missing Two letters for the whole set of words, then put them all back in again.
You can print out sheets of the puzzle, here or play it in your browser

Every Good Bird Deserves Flappyness


Meanwhile, over on Switch, I made a new "Flappyness" game.
You can play it if you have Petit Switch using the download key 4KE3QJ1F

Choonage

And finally, this week's ALChoon has already been used in the week's Browsercade game!

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Part of the "Nothing" Album

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Posted : Saturday, 25 January 2020, 08:31
spinal
2 questions....

1. Are these coded directly in javascript?
2. If so might I be able to 'borrow' your maze generator from the lap game?

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Posted : Saturday, 25 January 2020, 10:26
Jayenkai
the "lap" game?!


For Take This Torch, I used an extremely lazy method.


so that there's a grid of 0's (1 = solid, 0 = floor) that are laid out a bit like the solid blocks in a Bomberman grid.. !

followed by two loops of..


And, honestly, that's all it is!!
Each spot has (usually) two paths leading to and from it, and that's all that happens.
Spawn the player randomly anywhere, and do a flood-fill to double check which bits are accessible, and remove those that can't be.

If you want a better method, This one turned out infinitely more complex.

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Posted : Sunday, 26 January 2020, 11:01
spinal
Yeah, torch, no Idea where lap came from, we'll blame the phones autocorrect
So it's not a real maze then? I would never have guessed!

I've been trying to re-write my old monkey maze generator in C and nearly threw the laptop out of the windows a couple of times because of the "it's doing everything correctly, yet spews out random wrong data for no reason" situations!

Recursive maze generation = easy, non-recursive = Argh!

I'm going to give your version a try. As I don't want a difficult maze it might be a better option regardless!

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Posted : Saturday, 01 February 2020, 05:36
Jayenkai
Aaaargh! The Spikes!!!

A week full of Spikes, as the week started and ended with the return of your favourite set of pointy sharp pixels.

SpikeDislike.com

SpikeDislike.com was launched on Monday, with the basics of the framework being put into place.
Over the course of the week, I've been adding little bits and pieces, neatening up the framerate methods, getting the music to sync up and more.

It's fully playable inside your browser, and although it's currently a little lacking in features, those will all be returning, bit by bit, over the next short while.
You can Play it at SpikeDislike.com! Yeay!
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Balance Blocks

For this week's Foldapuz puzzle, a simple little Maths challenge.
Try to move all the blocks onto the scales so that the two sums match up.

Balance Blocks can be printed in sheets or Played in your browser
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Energy Warrior

Over on NintendoSwitch, I created a Platdude game with giant evil aliens and super colourful lazers!

If you have PetitCom/SmileBASIC on Switch, you can play the game using the SBKey 4E494K344
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ALChoon

Musically, this week's choon is called "Nothing Else"

View on YouTube
Available as part of the "Nothing" ALbum.

SpikeDislike2 back on iOS

And to round off the week with Spikes, I decided to head into my old 2013 code, and see if I can finally get SpikeDislike2 back up and running on iOS.
A few prods and tweaks, and an epic fight with the AppStore later, and TADA!

SpikeDislike2 is back on your iPhone/iPad.
Go and grab it in the AppStore, here!


*phew*
What a week!!

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Posted : Saturday, 08 February 2020, 05:32
Jayenkai
This week's AGameAWeek Highlights! Me, Me, Me!

Words Within


Find all the selected words from within the set of letters at the bottom.
You can play the game in your Browser, on Desktop, Mobile or Tablet.
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Crypto Maths


Figure out the code, solve the sum, then find the mystery word.
You can print out sheets of the puzzle or play it in your browser.
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Optimal Spring


This week's Nintendo Switch game is extremely springy!
I started out making a Jumping Jack clone, but ended up with a Mario Bros (Arcade) clone instead..!
Created using PetitCom/SmileBASIC, you can grab Optimal Spring using the SBKey 4JKDBE83
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Heavy Blues


A new theme for SpikeDislike! I'm going to try to do one new theme/style a week, until it breaks me!!
Heavy Blues sees the ball getting alarmingly heavy, and the whole game is harder as a result.
You can Play the game in your Browser, on Desktop, Mobile or Tablet.
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ALChoon

Meanwhile, this week's ALChoon is a nice little happy choon!

View on YouTube
Available as Part of the growing "Nothing" Album

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Posted : Saturday, 15 February 2020, 06:37
Jayenkai
Another week, another roundup of insanity.

We're up to Week 7, and my spreadsheet says I've made 19 games, so far.. So.. There's that!!


Cosmic Gardener


For this week's Browsercade game, a simplistic remake of Mr Do.
Guide Platdude through the garden and grab all the fruit.
You can Play the game in your browser, on Desktop, Mobile or Tablet.
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Four Winds


Over on Foldapuz is a windy puzzle.
Draw lines of wind from the fans, so that each one fills the given number of squares.
You can print sheets of the puzzle, or play it in your browser
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Undercover Frog


My Nintendo Switch game for this week is a happy game of Frogs and Munkys.
Help the Undercover Frog gather up as many stars as it can, using a mystical magical hat!
If you have PetitCom/SmileBASIC on Switch, grab the game with the SBKey 4423K3Y3
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On the Court


Meanwhile, this week's SpikeDislike addition is the fan favourite Basketball theme, On The Court
Play the new theme in your browser, on Desktop, Mobile or Tablet, at SpikeDislike.com
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ALChoon


And finally, this week's ALChoon is Nothing Generational.

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Available as part of the growing "Nothing" ALBum.

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Posted : Saturday, 22 February 2020, 03:52
Jayenkai
Another week of game making!

NeonPlat


This week's Browsercade game is a remake of the classic NeonPlat.
You can Play this retrotastic platformer in your Browser, on Desktop, Mobile or Tablet
Tubeage

Eighteen PINs


For Foldapuz this week, I created a simple number-filling puzzle game.
Add all the numbers 0 to 9 so that the digits of each PIN adds up to 18.
You can Print out sheets of the puzzle, or Play it in your Browser.
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BlastTrax


This week's Nintendo Switch game is BlastTrax
Follow the tracks and blast all the dangers within.
If you have PetitCom/SmileBASIC on your Switch, you can grab the game with the SBKey 4N3SNXE5F
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ALChoon

Lastly, this week's ALChoon is a slower choon, available as part of the "Nothing" ALBum

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Posted : Sunday, 23 February 2020, 10:10
Pakz
The songs reminds me a little bit of the mood that the terminator 2 song had. The warszawa lead is really something.

I am stil waiting for the korg triton expansion for gadget. I had installed the pc demo version to try if it worked with lmms but it did not work. I noticed Roland has a free pc daw on their site. It is advertised as having no real limitations, I think I wil install it and see.
Posted : Sunday, 23 February 2020, 10:53
Jayenkai
Triton on iOS is part of Module Pro





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Posted : Saturday, 07 March 2020, 13:30
Jayenkai

Energy Warrior


This week's Browsercade Game is a remake of a Petit Switch game I made a few weeks ago.
Energy Warrior sees you battling the forces of evil, whilst keeping your batteries charged.
You can Play it in your Browser, on Desktop, Mobile or Tablet.
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All Change


For Foldapuz, this week, I made the word puzzle All Change.
Change all the letters in a single column to the same letter, to make 5 words.
You can Print out puzzles, or Play in your Browser.
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Zyndotz


Over on PetitCom/SmileBASIC, I made a fancy effect, then struggled to come up with a game concept.
In the end, it plays a bit like "Oh Mummy!", but at a much faster pace.
If you have PetitCom/SmileBASIC for NintendoSwitch, grab the game using the SBKey 4N3XKY5BY
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Nothing Jostled


And lastly, my ALChoon for this week is Nothing Jostled.
A short but fun little choon.
Available as part of the "Nothing" AL Bum.

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Posted : Sunday, 08 March 2020, 01:03
Pakz
Like I said to Al Bum, a nice little tune. The bass really draws my attention. The melody is nice also.

Meanwhile the music store or the post messed up and I need to wait until monday for the microkey air 37. I waited the entire friday evening before mailing the store. It seems there have been a lot of complaints lately. The delivery is now set from 8:00 to 18:00!

Also I have been watching the Rick Beato video multiple times to get familiar with all the things featured in there. Sub bass instruments. High synths, dimmed brasses. Glass percussion, lofi vocals, guitars. Finger Snaps, reverb tails, swells. It seems with sound design it requires you to get that wall of sound.

Oh, and I screen captured the video just in case it gets removed one day. 1.8gb video!
Posted : Sunday, 08 March 2020, 01:16
rockford
I really like the idea behind Zyndotz, but it lacks the threat of Oh Mummy! With that game, you were never sure if what you were uncovering would help or hinder your quest. Here it's just avoidance of the guy on the right (unless I missed something). For all its technical cleverness, it's perhaps closer to Q-Bert in just changing colours. I'm sure that you could make this into something much better. Did you try adding threats roaming the actual globe? And/or making the globe bigger?
Posted : Sunday, 08 March 2020, 01:35
Jayenkai
The main issues come down to a lack of planning. A common issue with AGameAWeek's!
A couple of days prior to release, this was just a spinning bunch of dots, and no gameplay at all! Tweet
The gameplay was tacked on at the end, and not really given much thought.

Were I to it again, I'd like to add special zones for protection, and maybe a mine that you can step on then spin the globe to aim it at a baddie..

As for getting baddies onto the globe, the globe was very badly coded, and even getting the player character to work right ended up being hellish!!

Redo from start with a plan of action, instead of a "hey, this looks cool, let's see what happens", and I'm sure something better will happen.

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Posted : Saturday, 14 March 2020, 06:52
Jayenkai

Wordsearch


This week's Shoebox game is a simple wordsearch game.
Yes, I know.. "Just a Wordsearch? How unimaginative!!"
I spent about 7 or 8 hours, last weekend, making about 150 little "groups of words" so that the wordsearch would make sense, and be random enough.
So, although it IS "Just a Wordsearch", it's probably one of the hardest games I've tackled in recent weeks, mostly due to how much effort it took to build up the word list!!
I'll likely reuse these groups in future Foldapuz games, too, so it's all worth it.. Right!?
You can Play it in your Browser, on Desktop, Mobile or Tablet.
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Multipies


Each "pie" contains the same four outer numbers, multiplied by the central one.
eg, if the middle number is six and the top left is 30, then the top left would be 5 when the center is one. If another pie has a center of five, then the top left would be 25..
.. and so on!!
Using a variety of multiply and divide, you *should* be able to work out all the numbers in all of the pies.
This maths puzzle popped into my head just after midnight on Monday, and was online by about 3 in the morning. By which time I was mostly braindead!
.. Probably took a bit longer than it should've but I had to stress test it to ensure it was generating solveable puzzles.
You can Print out sheets of the puzzle or Play them in your browser.
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Buzzard Battle


On the Nintendo Switch, this week, I made the game Buzzard Battle.
Having not bothered to do any multiplayer stuff, yet, I took a day or so trying to build up simple "Two joycons" support in my framework.
Seems to have turned out ok, or at least I've not had any complaints yet!
The resulting game is a basic jousting game for one or two players.
Flap around, boop the other birds on their head, and enjoy the fact that I named this after a Joust Clone that I had on the Tandy TRS-80 (Buzzard Bait)
If you've got PetitCom/SmileBASIC on your Switch, you can grab the game using the SBKey 449NV3NJ
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Nothing Kept


And lastly, the musical ALODare Choon for the week is Nothing Kept.

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Available as part of the growing "Nothing" ALBum.

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Posted : Saturday, 14 March 2020, 07:57
Pakz
I think I know that game as "Joust"

Did you do ai for the other players? I think I would have a fun time trying to create something like that myself.
Posted : Saturday, 14 March 2020, 08:31
Jayenkai
The AI is very very basic. Choose a spot on the screen, then flap towards it, (if x<aimx, go left, if y>aimy, flap a bit, etc) and occasionally aim for the player, instead.

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Posted : Saturday, 21 March 2020, 07:29
Jayenkai

Pixie Bubble


In this week's Browsercade game, guide the bubble through the maze, using the fans around the walls.
You can Play Pixie Bubble in the Browercade, on Desktop, Mobile or Tablet.
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Treasure Hunt


Thar be Tresure to be found in the Foldapuz, this week.
You can either Print out sheet of the puzzle, or Play in your browser.
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Pizza Delivery Minute


On NintendoSwitch, this week's PetitCom/SmileBASIC game sees you trying to deliver pizzas.
Deliver all you can, by using the SBKey 4AKYJ5X
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Nothing Lost
Meanwhile, this week's ALChoon is quite a happy little thing.

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Available as Part of the "Nothing" ALBum

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