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Slimes Is Complete! 
 PostTue Sep 29, 2009 9:29 pm
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I'm releasing Slimes!


-If you happened to find a bug, of any sort, please write about it here. I want slimes to be the best game it can be and will continue to update it until it's as near to perfect as possible.

- The level creator is in the game. However, you have to beat all 50 levels to unlock it.

- Be careful saving your game, I've included several fail safe scripts so games won't become erased, but "X"ing out at random might result in minor data corruption. ( nothing to worry about really, this has never resulted in the loss of game data )


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I've decided to transfer my development updates for slimes from the journal on Castle Paradox, , to here.

For those of you that don't know, Slimes is a Lemmings style game. Meaning, with your mouse, you use various tools to stop the slimes from marching to their death and to instead have them march to an exit point, and it all looks a little something like this:


I'm currently done with all 50 of the stages that will appear in the game. However, I'm not sending it out the release gates just yet. There's still a few more things left to do.

1. I need a song for the credits.
(I originally had someone writing one for me but they've bailed. I really like the idea of a song with lyrics about slimes being played during the credits. This might not happen.)

2. The Level creator needs to be done. This has given me a bit of trouble. The current one is riddled with bugs and I might have to start from scratch. I'd like to include this feature but it may be released after the first launch as sort of an expansion, or something. If that happens, I'll most likely add more levels and/or interactive objects to be included in it.

3. There are a couple bugs and general game weaknesses I'd like to completely fix before launching. None of them are really that big a deal ( most players, most likely, wouldn't even notice ) but I'd like the first launch copy to be as bug free as possible ( unlike my first Tim-Tim release )




Other then that, the games looking good. I hope you guys enjoy it when it's done.
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 PostTue Sep 29, 2009 10:38 pm
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Yay! I am excited!

Do slices get used in this? Or is it more NPC work?

Also, I am intrigued about the level editor. Making a game-editor with a game-editor is deliciously meta :)
 
 PostTue Sep 29, 2009 10:53 pm
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Lemmings was a wonderful game. And a hard one. A very, very hard one. Given that slimes are RPG based, though, is there any form of 'combat' in this? I can see you making a slime a Warrior so that any character that he bumps into, he can fight and win against. Or do some damage. In fact, if you haven't done this mechanic in the game, it's a good concept for one of my own...
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 PostTue Sep 29, 2009 11:00 pm
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I like the separation of background and foreground elements, as well as the general clean and readable look of it all.
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 PostWed Sep 30, 2009 12:10 am
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Spoonweaver, as payment for coding not 1, but 2 of my games for me, I will happly do a credit song for you. I'll need more information on what you want it to be like, of course.
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 PostWed Sep 30, 2009 3:22 am
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@James: Thanks! And, I used a combination of both. Mostly due to layering issues. Slices being always over NPCs is helpful. The cursor is a slice, which also helps with the general working of the mouse, since it can go off screen the way you'd think a mouse could, and you don't get any of those where npc interactions with the mouse cursor like you would if it was an npc. Other then the cursor, I think I used slices for like 4-5 other things.

@Squeaky: The red slimes eat the spike guys. Is that what you meant? If not, there's another RPG/battle element in the game, but I'm keeping what it is a secret for now.

@Newbie Newtype: Thank you, I was going for function over form, so I'm glad it seems to have worked out so far.

@Bluetrain: Well, neither of the games I'm scripting are completely done yet so don't feel too obligated. BUT anyways, I want the song to basically be a song about slimes. Lyrics included. It wouldn't have to be very long. A minute or even half a minute is probably enough. It's to play during the credits. Other then that, I currently need another song for levels 41-49. I've been using songs from soundsnap.com, ( like grubberoid ) if that helps. I'll be looking forward to your contribution. Also, I'm still looking forward to those graphics for LMS. I think that game has a lot of potential. ALSO! after slimes and LMs are complete, I'd like to give indigo another go.
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 PostMon Nov 30, 2009 5:14 pm
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Games done!!
Go download it now!
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 PostMon Nov 30, 2009 7:36 pm
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I just played the first 10 levels. So far this looks very nicely done.

good job spoony!
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 PostTue Dec 01, 2009 12:25 am
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DANG! This is a great game! I'm not a big fan of puzzle games or Lemming-like games, but I am very very impressed. Addictive! Some of the best work I've seen on the OHR. Good job!
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 PostTue Dec 01, 2009 1:39 am
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Wow, thank you!
I can never get enough praise.
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 PostTue Dec 01, 2009 5:04 am
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This is a lot of fun. It's pretty much everything I expected it to be. And I especially like that it's close to Lemmings while still doing its own thing. I'm up to Stage 26 right now. So far the challenge seems to be in using as few resources as possible, since there are several ways to solve a puzzle. I once said I was confident that you could pull off a Lemmings clone, and now you've proved it. Good job.

So when can we expect 10 special levels through Santa's Workshop with crazy elves, wild gears, barrels of peppermint, and North Pole blizzards? This week? Next? j/k...or am I?
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 PostTue Dec 01, 2009 5:20 am
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Bugs!

In one of the levels -- I forget which one, but I have a screenshot -- the slimes duplicate. I've seen them do it in others, but in this one they do it consistently.

Slimes walking left off a platform go into their falling animation as they walk off the platform. Slimes walking right go into their falling animation as they start falling.

Requests!

I would really like a fast forward button. I know it's not trivial to implement, but man would it make the game less tedious.


(edit) just beat it. Level 50 was fantastic.
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 PostTue Dec 01, 2009 2:07 pm
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@ pepsi ranger: I had thought about making a special Christmas version since "tis the season", but that will most likely not happen since it's so close to the yule tide and I've only just released it.

@Mogri's bugs/request: I've had the duplication bug reported before. I have no clue what causes it, the fact that there's a level you say does it consistently helps a lot. Which level was it exactly?
Oh and that second thing I've never really seen as a bug. You're right though, it isn't quite right. I'll correct that.
The fast forward button has come up before. While easy enough to implement for 1 type of slime ( green) it remains hard for the already fast slimes (red/yellow). The fast forward button tossed these guys off track and they were inside walls in no time. That being the case, I did try to cut down on the amount of idle waiting each level had.

@Mogri (again): Thanks, I do have to thank camdog for the idea ;). Beaten it already? Nice. So how do you like the level creator?
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 PostTue Dec 01, 2009 4:02 pm
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The duplication level is the one with all the oils and fires at the bottom.

The tricky part about a fast forward button is that you'd have to do the NPC movement on your own instead of relying on the engine to do it. It's not a huge issue; mostly it'd help on the earlier levels where you're waiting forever for the slimes to crawl their way to the exit.
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 PostTue Dec 01, 2009 5:17 pm
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@dup'ing bug: I've never had it happen on that level, weird. I'll look into it.

@the quickening: I had them moving on their own for a while. It required a lot of scripting and created a lot of bugs. The amount of debugging that needed to be done for that script would have kept me in development for several more months.

I do plan on revising the game after I'm fairly sure all the game bugs are found, and I have a general idea of all the stuff people want to see added.
I'll most likely add more levels at that point too.
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