Hey all! I've been messing around with C2 for like 2 years now. It's only been within the last 6 months though that I've sat down and really dedicated myself to learning and creating with it. The reason I'm creating a Metroidvania type game is because I find that genre ( the action adventure platformer) one of the most interesting and compelling types of 2D games.
The game I'm working on is tentatively named Higher A.I.(s). Yes, with the parentheses. There's a story reason for that but I'm bouncing around a few different names. I might be happy with Higher A.I. The game is suppose to be a mix of Super Metroid, Dark Souls and Shadow Complex.
So I'm actually trying (or going to try) to create two games from all the work I'm doing (construct 2 work, pixel art, drawings, character designs, backgrounds, etc, etc). I have plans for a smaller "paired-down" or simplified Metroidvania type game on mobile (similar to Tiny Trap Dungeons or Traps n' Dungeons). The other game is a full scale Metroidvania for PC. The mobile version will be more like original Metriod and not a mix of all three games I mentioned above. I don't have set release dates for either game ATM. My plan was to create and release the mobile Metroidvania as practice and experience for the large scale PC game. Every day though, I get better and better with C2 so I don't know what I should concentrate on releasing first.
This post is mainly about the PC title since that's what I'm basically making right now. I'm still in the early stages of prototyping an action adventure platformer game engine. Whatever decision I make, I think me scaling back/disabling/modifiying the PC features of the game to work on mobile is something I'll have to do. Anyway, without further ado, I present to you pieces of the game design doc, gifs, drawings and other stuff.
-Higher A.I.(s) follows the adventures of a pair of advanced super A.I.s built into a single mechanical android body. Created and designed by a husband and wife science team who could never have their own children, Issac and Alice become the son and daughter the couple could never have.
-In Higher A.I.(s): An Android's Love Story (tentative), the year is 553364 (maybe) and youâ€™re on a mission to investigate the desert planet of xxx and discover whatâ€™s happened on Banks Metal Science Base. (note: I came up with a more interesting setting for the mobile game, an armored planet entirely coated in metal and heavy weapons, I might switch settings and story a little bit)
Designs for android main character. I wanted something androgynous. I like top left, top right and bottom center on the first page.
Higher A.I.(s) plays like a bit of old and new. It combines elements of classic NES games and blends them with modern gameplay elements. It features a mixture of Metroid, Castlevania, Dark Souls, Doom, Halo and Shadow Complex.
How does the game play? How is it inspired by classic NES games?
-Higher A.I.s is an Fast Paced Action-Adventure Platformer game with an end story goal
-The game is restricted to (or near restricted to) an original NES color palette
-Players use a combination of primarily projectile based weapons and advanced movement upgrades to explore environments, solve puzzles, defend themselves -from the deadly elements and discover the truth behind
-The game will have a simple story illustrated with the occasional pixel art cutscenes
-Simple UI will not take up much of the screen in either mobile or PC game
-Upgrades will allow you to further expand your energy, health or weapon ammo
-Like Metroid, progress is blocked by your lack of advanced weapon and advanced movement upgrades
-Both enemies and player have chance to dodge each other's projectiles
How are modern features paired with the old school NES inspired design and graphics?
-Players can shoot in 360 shooting allowing for advanced shooting; so can the enemies
-8 weapons on the full PC release allows for a variety of ways to experiment with the world, its denizens and the puzzles that block your path
-8-10 movement abilities like moving faster, jumping higher and morphing that give you multiple ways to traverse the environment
-Players have an energy system that depletes through weapon use and through use of your advanced movement abilities, similar to games like Dark Souls
-Each weapon has an ALT FIRE mode that always result in a more explosive effects but depletes your energy in larger chunks
-Codec system and visor scanning system similar to Metal Gear Solid and Metroid Prime allow for optional insight story about the world, characters and more
-Non-violent options and advanced movement abilities allow for pacifist run
-Colorblind modes for the visually impaired?
-Simple pet companion who helps
-The story is similar to Halo in how Master Chief and Cortana are somewhat similar to Alice and Issaac.
-Simple story with branching paths and multiple endings
Each weapon has an alt fire. Alt fire missiles shoots 3 missiles. Alt fire laser shoots a single laser blast that bounces around. Ice freezes and ice alt fire creates a ice block platform.
-PUSH, PULL AND THROW
-NIGHT VISION/VISOR MODES
I've got a lot to do but I'd appreciate feedback on anything. I have a lot a question for people check my post out and also like Metroidvania's games too!
-I'm trying to come up with ideas that might make my Metroidvania memorable or stand out. Any features in other games anyone can think of that are unique and would translate well into a Metroidvania? My "unique" feature is to add a "codec" type feature were the two A.I.s talk to each other when you press select. I'd like to add some Mass Effect style choice to my game maybe.
-So I'm imagining a game with controls similar to the Shadow Complex type aiming system. You would aim with the mouse or analog stick. After some testing, aiming and jumping (A on xbox controller) feels awkward. You shoot with LT and RT. Dash left and right with RB and LB. I might have to remove 360 degree aiming and do 8 directional aiming like Super Metroid. I think 360 aiming on a NES looking game would make this pretty unique though.
-My dialogue box is weird. Maybe it being a bit transparent would help when both it and the player are at the bottom of the screen?
- I have a weapon wheel for weapon selection. I'm not sure it works well. You hold shift and will move the mouse to select a weapon like GTA. Your mouse movement will move away from whatever your targeting though.
-Thoughts on name? I think Higher A.I. is kind of catchy and easy to remember. Higher A.I.(s) looks clunky but unique. Another possible names: Dual Purpose, Dual Purposes, Dual A.I., Dual A.I.s, Closer
-Questions about self advertising and stuff. Whats the best way? How do I get people to notice me and my game. I'm not sure when I should start advertising my game but I've created a blog for it. I feel like maybe I should advertise on social media when I have more refined artwork. Like, when I have a fully pixelled character at least? Either way, my blog!
Thanks for reading my massive post!! Hope to have a basic playable demo to share in a month or two!! Would appreciate any feedback from others that have created or are creating a Metroid type game!