Metroid-inspired project progress - Journey Galactia

  • Also... what do you guys think of that name? "Journey Galactia" ? Going to purchase a domain, but I just want to be sure it doesn't sound lame...

    It's awesome. Go for it, but do a bit of research of trademarks before going 100% forward. Still, it sounds right.

    Closest sounding thing to it is Battlestar Galactica and it's pretty far away.

  • I like the name, game is looking pretty fun. Keep it up!

  • notnsane and GenkiGenga - thanks guys. I did some google searching and nothing came up... it does kind of have that battlestar galactica kind of feel, that's something I worried about from the get go... but like you guys mentioned, it seems like a good fit. I actually came up with the name when I researched the origins of the word 'galaxy' and went back to more of the greek root of the word.

  • Quick update... example of a simple secret passageway and a new enemy type:

  • This is pretty epic!

    Great job mudmask!

  • ryanrybot - thanks man. so much. trying not to make it too epic so I can actually get it done.. haha

  • I love the limited palette. Blast from the past.

  • CBX dude thanks. some of that palette will change at some point... haha - hey, nice cavestory avatar.

  • Quick update -

    1. New Level objectives

    2. New music system (but of course... this is just an animated gif)

    3. Boss battles

    4. Some minor HUD updates (weapon changing system, ammo that refills over time)

    edit//5. Powersuit Changing system (new powersuit shown here)

    A few other things not shown here...

  • I also tweaked the jump physics just a bit, as per feedback

  • Looks fairly good! Do you do the art yourself? I always wondered that but pretty sure I forgot to ask.

    Also I forgot, is each room a different layout? How'd you do the scroll effect between them, I could be false remembered you used a plugin.

  • Nesteris - thanks amigo. I do everything myself at this point - everything from coding and art to music and sound effects.

    I don't use any plugins or anything special for the layouts, every level has all the rooms already laid out in them. Since this isn't necessarily an open world game, I can skip trying to do really difficult tasks like that... although I have some theory as to how to apply this engine to a larger open world pretty easily. That might be some time in the future, but not with this project.

  • Nesteris - thanks amigo. I do everything myself at this point - everything from coding and art to music and sound effects.

    I don't use any plugins or anything special for the layouts, every level has all the rooms already laid out in them. Since this isn't necessarily an open world game, I can skip trying to do really difficult tasks like that... although I have some theory as to how to apply this engine to a larger open world pretty easily. That might be some time in the future, but not with this project.

    mudmask

    Oh, so each level is one layout and the rooms in that level are just a part of that one layout? My "engine" is 1 room = 1 layout.

    I remember PMing with a guy who showed me a plugin to do what you do with the rooms, but with layouts instead. Can't find it tough.

    Let me know if you want to make that, we could do it as a team. I've got a lot of stuff in my engine already done, although I'm terrible at AI.

    Btw, the map/pause screen, that's a separate layout right? That's coming up on my list of things to do.

    Currently in my game I have stuff like:

    • Save games
    • Save files
    • Main Menu
    • Wave Beam
    • Ice Beam
    • Long Beam
    • Missiles
    • Morph Ball
    • Morph Ball Bomb
    • Varia Suit
    • High Jump
    • Morph Ball Jump
    • Wall Jump
    • Energy Tank shown in HUD
    • Missiles shown in HUD
    • SpeedBooster
    • Speedbooster Blocks
    • Trapdoor blocks
    • Room Transitions
    • Save Stations
    • Doors that can only be opened with certain weapons
  • Looking really good, as per the usual!

    It's interesting that you went with limiting your weapon energy. I'd like to see how that feels in game.

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  • Nesteris - that's a pretty extensive list! I don't know if I'd be ready to team up with anyone in the near future. I'd have to see how this project does. But hey - seems like you've been really busy man. the map screen is a separate layout, and it pretty much uses global variables and arrays to pull whatever the current data is and display it on screen. this is pretty much how it works:

    pause button -> "pause" state is saved, go to pause screen

    pause screen -> map is built, energy and current weapon is displayed

    player changes stuff around and exits -> weapon and other modified settings are saved using web storage, "pause" state is loaded

    (back in the level events) when "pause" state is loaded, load all the modified settings from web storage

    ryanrybot - maybe I should do a demo build soon huh? so I got the idea from the last zelda game to come out, a link between worlds, where your special items are limited by a replenishing meter. I'll have ways of refilling that meter, either through an item you can access in your inventory, or maybe through a pick up or something. I felt like I didn't want to go the route of traditional metroid games, where you just run out of ammo and that's kind of it until you find a way to get some more or hit up a recharge station - especially since this is mission based (level based) and a bit more fast paced. So... this kept it challenging but still kept the pace of level completion moving well. you can't just get a sweet gun (recently I made a lightning gun, for example) and just blast everything away. maybe that's kind of old fashioned though... in the age of casual gaming, at least.

    thanks for the constant feedback guys! grateful for you two.

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