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Title: "MiZM" Zeltroid Game
Post by: FrozenFire on March 29, 2016, 07:35:24 am
It took 3 years of letting the concept sit on a shelf, but it looks like this will finally be a game...

Working Title

A Mini Zelda+Metroid-like.
A very tiny love letter to two of my favorite game franchises.


A little dude garbed in green wakes up to find himself on an otherworldly island after being on a ship that was picked up into the sky by a terrible magical storm and dropped there.

After blacking out, our little dude awakes to an eerie silence and a deep feeling of unease. But what's that? Something seems to be calling him from a nearby cavern... a spirit?
"It's dangerous out there. You'll need a blade by your side. And I'm not talking about some cheap wooden crap.. gah, I hate stingy old men and their magical shooting fire."


2019 .:. 04 .:. 06

2019 .:. 03 .:. 22

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2019 .:. 04 .:. 10

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Okay guys, would you like to see a small Zelda fan game that uses my 12x12 tiles/sprites that are restricted to using the Pico-8 palette?
It'd be graphics like the attached 'sort-of-a-mockup' screen.

I don't really know where I want to take it exactly if I make this a Zelda fan game, but here's what little I do know that I'm wanting to do:
  • I want to 'try' to make it as atmospheric as I can, giving feelings of seclusion, mystery/intrigue, and melancholy epic (if this even makes sense, haha)
  • I want to keep the game small scale, which I understand is very unlike a normal Zelda game, but whatever
  • Link will probably just have a large sword called the 'Luminous Midnight' (sword title subject to change), which is a type of phantom/spirit sword, and he will not acquire any other items like a boomerang, bombs, bow, etc., but the only other possible items to include would be upgrade types - things that do not introduce new gameplay mechanics, and on that note, I'm not even sure I'd want upgrades either, so maybe just get the sword and not get anything else after that at all?
  • The character you get the Luminous Midnight from would be the spirit of a kind-hearted and reformed pirate or some kind of warrior spirit that you interact with in the start of the game
And here's some ideas I'm not settled on at all:
  • The quest would somehow revolve around the sword Link has, maybe having Link seek out certain items to restore the sword's power or to increase its power beyond what it has ever been in order to accomplish some task with the sword's powerful abilities. Possibly Link is seeking to deal out some heroic vengeance on some kind of injustice that has something to do with the pirate/warrior, and possibly the pirate/warrior can't rest until you accomplish it for them (yeah, pretty standard stuff I guess), and of course it just so happens that it's something a hero like yourself can't say no to. So maybe it's saving children who are frozen into statues by some terrible curse, or securing the recipe for the almighty banana smoothie. I dunno, pretty open to ideas here
  • I want to have a sort of "stamina" bar for the sword. Swinging the sword uses a power called 'Spirit Power', which is SP. SP recharges over time
  • The SP bar can be increased in length by acquiring SP containers, giving Link more maximum SP, and there would also be Soul Crystals which would increase sword damage output and it may also increase the speed at which SP is recharged, depending on if it proves necessary
The reason I'm not so set on those last things is because they're more "quest-like", and I have no idea how to make a sort of quest-styled gameplay without it becoming too large scale of a game. So yeah, I'm really not sure what I'm expecting to get by posting this, but I guess my thinking is that maybe someone will say something that will give me the direction I need to have inspiration to make this into something cool.

Title: Re: Shall I Zelda Fan Game??
Post by: pxl_moon (dotyue) on March 29, 2016, 11:06:43 am
 XD Sounds Great!
But if you use Stamina, i would suggest you make it a Metroidvania-Level Type of Souls-Like... (Look at Salt&Sanctuary)
So what i mean with that ist, even if youre Levels are small scale, they would grasp into each other, making it a Labyrint with a much larger feeling than it is. Doors which open after you beat a challenge, may it be a quest or a boss, open a new area...
And Souls-like, doesn't have to be dark, just use a Cute-one (like the mockup) using only the stamina based gameplay, that limits your actions and challenges you to use tactics in battle

The SP-Crystals could be the equivalent of the Souls
Title: Re: I Guess I'm Creating a Zelda Fan Game
Post by: FrozenFire on April 04, 2016, 04:47:22 am
XD Sounds Great!
But if you use Stamina, i would suggest you make it a Metroidvania-Level Type of Souls-Like... (Look at Salt&Sanctuary)

Thanks, I looked up Salt & Sanctuary since I've never heard of it. I think I need to watch some gameplay to really get what you mean though, so I'll keep this in mind and look into it further later.


UPDATE: I just started working on designing the starting point of the game (seen in the spoiler below). Obviously still quite incomplete.
I'm trying to make a wooden pirate ship that's old and totally wrecked, and not under water or even near water for that matter, so no crustaceans or sea weed or anything like that on the ship.
My initial graphics for the ship are too detailed compared to my already existing graphics, not fitting the target style, so I made a couple other tiles, attempting to figure out how I can do a simple wood look and I guess I was making it harder than it needed to be, cuz the one all the way to the left appears to work pretty good, even though it has no real texture to it.

So yeah, I'll continue to fumble around a bit with the graphics until I get the main stuff knocked out. Gotta figure out how to do cannons that actually look like cannons, and masts, etc. I'll probably just get it 'good enough' and move on, and I'll just plan to fix it up later. I want to start working on the actual engine ASAP, since I don't really get a lot of time to work on this, and still got to decide on a few things before starting the engine.

EDIT: Had some more time so I worked on the boat some more today (added second pic in the spoiler below). It's shaping up I guess. I'm drawing it as a complete ship first, then I'll make it look destroyed. I kind of have to do it this way because I'm an inexperienced artist and I had trouble visualizing. Gotta help myself as much as possible, haha. :P

EXIT x2: BTW, after posting, I did notice some tiling errors but they're not worth updating the pics with fixed versions. So I'm just saying, yeah I see it, I see it. All I can say is that I definitely should've gotten more sleep.

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Title: Re: I Guess I'm Creating a Zelda Fan Game
Post by: FrozenFire on April 05, 2016, 08:37:20 am
Alrighty, got the busted up boat done enough (see pic in spoiler below) to move on. Though I'm really not at all happy with the masts, especially the ropes, and not sure how to fix this stuff, even if I try, but hey, video game graphics are my weakest area of game development so I guess I did okay, considering I don't really know what I'm doing. XD But this is actually why I'm making custom graphics, to push myself to improve.

Some reasons for the setting:
The reason why the boat is wrecked in this way (as shown in the pic in the spoiler below) is because it was carried and thrown during a torrential rain storm which was created by some bored and nasty demigods who live in the sea. The boat ended up getting thrown by insane winds and it fell into the giant pit... thingy... place? So yeah, Link is on an island in this game, and most of the game will take place underneath the surface of the island.
But how did Link get on the island and what is even going on here?.. I do have some ideas for the backstory and all that, but no reason to spoil.

So anyway, some other design choices I've made:

Next up is a little more planning to figure out what I want to do for a prototype and to also to get a more complete general idea of the entire game - how it will play from start to finish. I'm likely going to go ahead and include some kind of abilities, because I want that Metroid thing going on with the skills that give both tactical advantages as well as ability to overcome certain obstacles.

I'm open to any ideas from anyone about anything or just tell me what you think about the project. Not sure anyone has anything to say at this point though.

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Title: Re: I Guess I'm Creating a Zelda Fan Game
Post by: pxl_moon (dotyue) on April 05, 2016, 11:09:38 am
For a Prototype idea:
You could do a "Proto-Map" which has two from each other enclosed areas, you have to do a puzzle to open the other area where you'll face a boss...

or maybe a combination of this idea but instead of a special map and a boss you could make those areas, using them as a start/tutorial area later where you created obsticals to overcome by using the technics you want the player to use
Title: Re: [REVIVED] I Guess I'm Creating a Zelda Fan Game
Post by: FrozenFire on March 22, 2019, 02:17:33 pm
Wow, it's been 3 years.... 3 Y E A R S... and this topic was still on the first page in the discussion sub-forum. The activity here truly is no joke. XD
So anyway, I'm reviving this because I decided I needed to make something smaller scale before continuing on my far bigger game project, and this is one of the game projects that I always felt a little more passion for than all my other small scale ideas and doodles.


I don't know if this game will belong in the "Zelda" or "Other" projects section just yet, as I'm still not sure if I'm truly making this a Zelda fan game or if I'm just going to make it open for the player to see him as Link or not. Secondly, it's still very early in development (spent 2-3 weeks of my free time on it so far), so it might not warrant a project topic just yet. I could give a demo, but it's literally just 3 playable screens where you can do nothing but jump around.


[ NOTE that the gif timing makes the gameplay look a little sped up from the real thing ]

I obviously ditched the Pico-8 palette. I also updated the main character a little to give him a tad bit more height and to be more readable.
And of course, my previous mock-up is now actual in-game stuff ("I'm a real bo-.. er, game!"), etc. etc.


Still the same, but a more fleshed out concept; now I have a good idea of where I want to go with this. The plan is to make a very tiny love letter to Zelda and Metroid.
The world is currently planned to be 7x7, so just 49 screens. The only item planned is a sword made of spirit/phantom energy, but there are some upgrades for it. For e.g., a "dash slash" which can be used on enemies, to bridge gaps, and to maneuver around better. I want all upgrades to be very usable, not just something to use on an obstacle and to set aside until you come across another obstacle again.

So you'll pretty much get a sword, explore, fight stuff, get upgrades to reach new places, etc. - very typical Metroid-like, except with a sword. Other people have done this kind of game many times before, I know, but I haven't, and I really want to make my own. Plus, I think it'll end up unique enough to stand on its own as a tiny-yet-enjoyable experience. That's the hope, anyway.


I'm coding the game in GML, using GameMaker Studio 2. I programmed a movement engine which properly handles sub-pixel movements and also avoids staircasing movements via an alternating ratio-based x y movement loop. I've also got things like a jumping grace period, etc. - technical and UX stuff like that. Aside from those things, I've really only done a bit of graphics and animation work, implemented screen transitioning, and I've tweaked the various variables with physics to get it feeling mostly good, and I'll be tweaking that further soon™.

The next step is to work on the player character's sword, starting with the basic attack. I haven't done anything in this area yet, so I'll have to draw the sword and the attacking animations, figure out a good sword reach, etc.

I'll leave it at that for now. Any thoughts are certainly welcome. :)
Title: Re: [REVIVED] I Guess I'm Creating a Zelda Fan Game
Post by: pxl_moon (dotyue) on March 22, 2019, 02:22:55 pm
nice to see this one again... \o/

( you even got me out of my lurk xD )
Title: Re: [REVIVED] I Guess I'm Creating a Zelda Fan Game
Post by: FrozenFire on March 22, 2019, 08:56:46 pm
Hey! XD Good to see you around, and thanks for the comment.

BTW, I'm expecting to be updating this thread with progress about once a week. Hoping I can keep up the momentum.
Title: Re: [REVIVED] I Guess I'm Creating a Zelda Fan Game
Post by: Martijn dh on March 23, 2019, 09:47:51 am
It looks great so far.
Let me know whenever you need help testing etc. It's the least I can do.
Title: Re: [REVIVED] I Guess I'm Creating a Zelda Fan Game
Post by: FrozenFire on March 25, 2019, 06:31:15 am
Thanks for the praise and the offer to test. I bet I'll take you up on that later. :)

I figure I should also mention that I've been making music for someone else's game off and on over the past few months and it's back to 'on' again, plus I picked up some more hours at work this week, so that's got me a bit behind on where I wanted to be with my game, but I might be able to catch up on progress tomorrow.

Actually, the game that I'm making music for is what the developer referred to as a "ZelTroidVania" when he pitched it to me a few months back when asking me to do music for it, which seems fitting, though possibly slightly redundant, :P so I'll likely post about the game in the Entertainment section later, since it's a game other Zelda fans might enjoy. Of course, I'll wait until I get the okay to share more about the game, since I'm just the music guy. Well, I did work on the music looping and fade handling code, so I guess I'm a 'music guy+' or something, but whatever.


I wasn't able to get much done because I took an extra shift at work + I worked on some music and a preview trailer for that Zeltroidvania game this week ( BTW, I got the go-ahead to make a topic here for that game, but the public demo isn't ready just yet, so later ).

Since I didn't get enough to warrant a new post within a week like I wanted to, I'll just leave this initial sword slash animation here:

Animation is a facet of game dev that I desperately need to build more skill in, so this took me a few hours to do because I had to research and mess around with motion blur and other things. It still might need more work as well. I dunno. As I said, animation is something I really need to work on, so I probably don't even know of various issues with it that a more experienced animator could point out.

Of course, it's lacking some glow and particle effects I have planned and designed, but I'll save all that for a new post, when it's not just words. XD
Title: "MiZM" Zeltroid Game
Post by: FrozenFire on April 06, 2019, 09:37:36 am
Updates! I changed the thread subject/title because I've decided to make this an original game, not a Zelda fan game, but even so, it's likely to have a good amount of content that's intended to show blatant inspiration from Zelda, and with the way the game is planned to play out, the main character's identity is really never explained because it all works out better that way, so - as I said before - you could assume he's Link and I'd just say, "Sure! Why not?".

If anyone is wondering what "MiZM" stands for, it's "Mini Zelda Metroid" (I literally almost forgot that's what it stood for though.. lol, oof). It's just the working title; I'll change it once I know what to call the game.


• Ya boi got his trusty sword
• Ledge grabbing
• Spirit Blocks can be removed with the sword, as shown in the video below ( I have yet to finish this; they lack death fx, and they will later chain react in their destruction )
• Various changes to make the code and game feel better

Here's a little video which mainly shows off the sword as of now:
I've got the sword art and code to the point where I have a working attack that feels and looks 'good enough' for now. I plan to touch it up and expand on it later.
Oh man though, I've programmed platformer shooter mechanics before, but this is the first time I did platformer melee mechanics, and I've found that it's SO MUCH MORE... just MORE.  :o :'(
So it took me a lot of playtesting to get things feeling and working well enough. It was a bit of a grind, so I'm happy to move on.

As far as ledge grabbing goes:
I plan to make it an acquirable item, as opposed to something you can do from the beginning. The item will probably be some kind of gloves with grip.
It's funny, because I wasn't planning on having a ledge grab mechanic at all, and I only ended up adding it because there was a point where I was feeling drained and disheartened from the grind on that sword (i.e. failing at making the animation look okay enough, continually realizing there's another thing to add or change, etc.), so I wanted to work on something else and come back to it, to give myself a sort of a break, yet not a break.
I didn't think it'd be all that important or usable of an ability at that time, but later I realized there are some good action-puzzle challenges I can make with it, and I have some ideas for making it useful to deal with some enemies. It also extends the player's reach. For e.g. in the video, I climb on top of the mast, but you can't get up there without the ledge grab ability.

I updated the OP.

EDIT x2:
Removed previously attached pics because it cluttered the thread. I put them in spoilers at the end of each corresponding post.
Title: Re: "MiZM" Zeltroid Game
Post by: FrozenFire on April 10, 2019, 12:09:48 pm
Made it rain:
All the rain is held in a 2d array and is run by a single instance. I probably could've done better with a shader, but due to the interactivity with tiles and some objects, it seemed overkill and over-complicated to do so, and T B H, shaders are still a limited area for me. The array method has proven to be quite CPU-efficient, so I'm good with it.

I also made Spirit Blocks chain react when destroyed and I squashed a few bugs.

Next up to add is an aerial dash attack which will be performed by pressing jump and a direction in the air.
I want to focus mostly on adding in all the abilities you can get throughout the game, then I will design the world based on those abilities, so the scenery might not change much for a bit and things might feel like they're progressing slower than they really are.

I just realized, I might want to give updates on my game less frequently, to help match the low activity on here.
I'll probably just edit this post again when I give another update.
Title: Re: "MiZM" Zeltroid Game
Post by: FrozenFire on April 13, 2019, 09:41:55 am
Well, the dash ability and stuff turned out to be worth a new post, imo, so here we go!
First, the new vid featuring the aerial dash ( and the Spirit Block chain destruction, which I plan to use as a timed action puzzle once or twice ):


The movement is 4.2x more fun with the dashing ability and it feels pretty fluid, so I'm happy with it. The dash can be leveled up to allow three dashes before landing. In the video I had it maxed, though I think I only ever used two dashes consecutively. It's possible two dashes will be the max in the end, if I feel three is too OP.

I almost went with dashing being restricted to left and right only, because at first I had 4-directional dashing, but no matter what I did with the x momentum, it felt weird when dashing up or down, so I cut out the up and down dashing, but then it just felt limiting, and not a good kind of limiting - like a frustrating "I can't control this how I want to" kind of limit.
So I fired up Celeste - the queen of dashing mechanics - and realized 'oh yeah' that game has 8-directional dashes, so I figured I should put in the extra effort and try 8 directions, and I'm very glad I did.

It probably doesn't look all that special in the video, but it feels great, and I'll improve the animation aspect more later, so it'll look better too.

I've been focusing on programming all of the abilities so that's why I haven't done more work on the map and thus the scenery has remained the same across these updates. I want to lay down all the abilities first, so I can playtest them a bit to know if I really want them or not, then - when I have all the abilities set - I can design the map based on those. It just makes sense to do it this way, since I'm shooting for a Metroid-like progression.

As far as the next ability goes: I'm currently trying to decide on something about the sword, because I have another sword concept that I really liked, being the 'shock' type.
Here's a pic showing the concept for my current sword and the shock sword below it:


I like the idea of shocking things to stun them, using electricity to power stuff, etc., but then that leaves me thinking about how many types should the sword have, if any, and what would the current sword be. I'm playing with an idea, calling the current sword type the Rose Blood, perhaps making it siphon HP, but I can't help but think that maybe I just need to change the normal sword color and particles and just make it a basic starting sword. I just really like how it looks, so I wanted to keep it.

All that said, it's possible I'm going too far and I just need to prevent myself from giving in to the feature creep. I am still planning on making this a pretty small scale game. So I'll be thinking on it.
Title: Re: "MiZM" Zeltroid Game
Post by: SpritingBrad on April 13, 2019, 07:31:04 pm
This looks great so far man! Looking forward to playing this!
Title: Re: "MiZM" Zeltroid Game
Post by: FrozenFire on April 18, 2019, 08:35:51 am
This looks great so far man! Looking forward to playing this!
Thanks! Hopefully the game shapes up to be something you'll like.


( The framerate suffered a bit more than I'd like.. I need to experiment a bit more with gif captures )
Please ignore the weird tile stuff going on. It's a test room and it's currently like that because of my strange way of testing out my tiles and experimenting.

New stuff:
As far as the shock sword attribute goes, I've decided it'll be a leveled up version of the original sword. That's actually one of the reasons why I changed the sword color to purple instead of red, because the cyan lightning type stuff should look better over purple. Also, the blade is a kind of spirit/soul energy, so purple seems more fitting.

Lastly, I'm experimenting with some 80's 'retro wave' (no better word for it comes to mind) elements. I don't want to make it cyberpunk though. I have a certain vision that's a bit hard to explain because it's largely influenced by experiences years ago at arcade rooms and a roller rink, having to do with colors, dim lighting which increases the contrast between the room and the arcade machines, contributing a special atmosphere, and Sweet Tarts and stuff.
So that all probably sounds a bit weird, but my hope is that those influences will make for a nice otherworldly design and atmosphere. I am trying for something alien, much like Metroid, but also magical, so that's kind of why I'm thinking this should work, if I can pull it off.

Almost been a month since I last gave an update on here..? Oops. I've actually done quite a bit since the last update, making pretty consistent progress each week, so it's moving right along.
I plan to give a new update in the near future, touching on the big things that I've added and what's next.
Title: Re: "MiZM" Zeltroid Game
Post by: rogutaru on May 14, 2019, 10:06:41 pm
Looking forward to the update, looks proper nice. Also I like the sound of the "80s roller rink arcade room" thing. I'm into that idea of a very particular and specific set of vibes conveyed in video game form.
Title: Re: "MiZM" Zeltroid Game
Post by: FrozenFire on May 15, 2019, 05:27:08 am
Looking forward to the update, looks proper nice. Also I like the sound of the "80s roller rink arcade room" thing. I'm into that idea of a very particular and specific set of vibes conveyed in video game form.
Thanks! Yeah, it might not really have that feel just yet, and it could be a while before it gets there, but I'll definitely be working toward that end.


( Annnd, today I was reminded that I'm bad at commentary. Hopefully it's not too terrible. )

Here's a list of new stuff, since I didn't cover everything in the video, and you might not want to listen to me speaking but still want to know what's new:


- Ground Dodge -
After a few tweaks to various things, I'm planning to add a ground-based dodge which will be performed by holding down + right/left and jump.
Long story short is that I was testing a moving ground-based damage type entity and realized I just naturally wanted to dodge roll. Having the aerial dash ability only amplified this desire.
I did actually try to modify the existing aerial dash to accommodate the ground dodge, but I realized the ground dodge needed to act too differently, such as stopping short at ledges, having a special cooldown 'halt' on the player character following the dodge, etc. So it's better to be added as a totally different type of dash/dodge.

- Developer Editor -
After finishing the ground-based dodge, the plan is to implement a developers editor.
Basically, I'm laying down all the tiles in GameMaker's room editor and letting GameMaker handle those via whatever underlying stuff is going on to render only what is needed of tiles, etc., but instances are another story. I could put everything in the room and just use the deactivate/activate functions, but that room startup lag spike would suck, and the activation functions don't cover a lot of other needs I have either, such as spawn timers that count down on dead enemies with each screen transition.
So I've decided I want an editor that I can switch on/off during runtime, adding entities to arrays in a way which assigns groups of things to each 'screen', allowing me to load and unload them and control various aspects of them.

- Future -
Once the editor is in place, I can focus on adding more enemies, making the various items obtainable in the world with the whole 'item get' goodness (can't wait to make my own 'item get' jingle), and I can start really planning out all the mapping in detail, with puzzles, new tiles, etc. Yeah, there's still a lot to do. Not to mention the cut scenes and rotoscoping stuff I want to do.
It's funny. This was supposed to be a small project.  :o  I mean, it is, but the work it requires doesn't make it feel so small, ahaha.
Title: Re: "MiZM" Zeltroid Game
Post by: Martijn dh on June 25, 2019, 04:33:21 pm
How's the project coming along?
Title: Re: "MiZM" Zeltroid Game
Post by: FrozenFire on September 08, 2019, 08:11:32 am
How's the project coming along?
:o I've only recently come back to this project, but I totally spaced on this topic and should've posted much earlier to explain. Sorry about the long silence.

- What Happened -
My grandmother passed away June 9th, so I ended up taking a break from my game and from most of the internet and spent time with family and reassessed my priorities, etc. But a lot of other things came into play shortly after that, so I was only finally able to come back to the project after nearly 3 months had passed. Oof, yeah, that's a MUCH longer break than I had anticipated, but hey, at least I'm back on it now.


I 'think' the ground-based tactical dodge is the only thing I added in between my last post and now, so here's a GIF of that. It's performed by holding left/right and pressing down:

But that was done months ago, before I took a break. This weekend, the only visible thing I've done is implement healing at save points:
( Sorry for slightly choppy GIF. Also, ignore when the player character turns red. That's just me inflicting damage so the save point will trigger the heal. )

I could've gotten much more done, but a lot of my free time was taken up because I had to get familiar with my code again, and - while I was doing so - I realized some inconsistent things in my project that I needed to change to ensure things would stay nice and manageable as I move forward. I just have a little more of that to do, then I'll be good to move on to the next thing, which is planned to be text boxes for dialogue, item pickups, etc.
Title: Re: "MiZM" Zeltroid Game
Post by: Martijn dh on September 08, 2019, 08:08:39 pm
I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother man. You should always give life prio over hobbies so good for you. Still nice progress though.

The black sprites used for dodging and recharging stand out somehow. Maybe it's because most of your spritework feels smooth and is without other pure blackness. Using a few frames of a fully white link / tunic instead might be a simple way to get some softer visual indicators. (Check the hair recharge in "Celeste" for an example).
Title: Re: "MiZM" Zeltroid Game
Post by: FrozenFire on September 11, 2019, 09:22:18 am
The black sprites used for dodging and recharging stand out somehow. Maybe it's because most of your spritework feels smooth and is without other pure blackness. Using a few frames of a fully white link / tunic instead might be a simple way to get some softer visual indicators. (Check the hair recharge in "Celeste" for an example).
Thanks. I've felt the same ever since I added it, but it's great to get another person's feedback to confirm that it's not just me being strangely picky. You observations and advice should prove helpful. I guess I'll have to reference Celeste (again, lol), but for now I'm leaving it as is, in favor of tackling more of the bigger stuff. So it's going on my "TO FIX" list. ;)
Title: Re: "MiZM" Zeltroid Game
Post by: FrozenFire on September 16, 2019, 09:45:32 am

The huge thing this weekend was not the basic textboxes, actually (that took very little time), but it was properly reworking the player state machine without totally ruining it (I honestly lost all of Friday and nearly half of Saturday because my first attempt did totally ruin it...), and it also took a bit of time planning the game states to allow for complex scenes, for properly pausing in each state, and setting up for everything the game will need in the future.

Next weekend, the plan is to continue work on the text engine, implementing "item get" stuff and to add a possibility for some textboxes to show an image above it, which would be used for showing pictures of the item that the text below says you've obtained. I may also use the picture for character busts later, though I only really have a shopkeeper and a secret Easter egg character, so it's not like this game will have many characters. It's largely a story about a lone character and his spirit sword. Any other characters wouldn't play much of a role.


EDIT 2021, October 2nd:

Wow, it's been just over 2 years since I did anything notable on the game, but I have done small updates on it to keep the code up to date with the latest version of GameMaker, and I've written the code cleanly enough and documented my progress and marked my place in my to-do list so I can come back to it and continue it without getting lost in the code, not wondering what in the world I was in the middle of doing and what was I going to do next.

So I see no issue picking up where I left off. That said, I'm still not sure when I'll pick up development again, which is why I'm not making a new post, just this sneaky edit. The best I can say at this time is that I still do not plan on giving up on this project and I've purposefully been holding off on starting any new bigger non-paid projects until I get back to this and complete it.

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