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Pinball Sandbox Demo- New SImpson's Layout Woo Hoo!

  • Updated Pinball Sandbox with Simpson's Theme Fan Game:

    https://www.scirra.com/arcade/tutorial-games/pinball-sandbox-demo-13984

    I also tweaked the flipper and ball for better finite control and added some grit to the ball so you can aim it very accurately. You can really control the ball about as well as in real pinball now with a little practice.

    The game scoring and missions are still in development but you can see where I am headed.

    I am working on the editor and also a mobile version and flat screen editor version for people that want to design their own games.

    I have a website set up now so I can start promoting the game and sandbox editor when it is finished:

    http://pinball-sandbox.comli.com/

    This is as real as virtual pinball gets!

    I am designing a pinball sandbox program that will allow uses to design their own pinball games with real action physics and users can change materials, scenes and settings and even create their own obstacles and components.

    The game is stable with only a few minor glitches and the leader board is working.

    https://www.scirra.com/arcade/action-games/pinball-sandbox-demo-14053

    Report any bugs in the comments and tell me what you think of the sandbox design concept and any ideas you have for features to add please.

  • It's awesome man. I found 2 bugs. The first I've already PM'd you about. The second one I'll just post here as it's less complex. I was using the z and / keys to control the flippers. As you already know, sometimes when using those keys the ball will slip past the end of the flipper. Well, on my first ball, that happened. After it did, a new ball appeared in the chute but pulling back on the plunger no longer worked. It may be worth noting that upon releasing the down arrow, the sound effect still played, but nothing else happened. I was able to reproduce this once but only in full screen mode. It happened in Chrome, I didn't test in FireFox.

    Edit: I used the space bar to bump the table and nothing happened. I bumped again until it tileted and the ball shot up the chute very fast, but it didn't leave the chute, it dropped back down. I tried the plunger again and it still didn't function. Now I am able to bump an unlimited number of times without tilting, the ball is still in the chute and the plunger still doesn't work. Also the game over text never appeared.

  • It's awesome man.

    Thanks- the Z and / keys have a slight delay built in that arrow keys do not have and that causes the ball to sometimes go through the flippers. I will switch it to left shift and control and that should fix that problem.

    Once in awhile the plunger gets stuck on a ball. I will have to trace down what is causing it. Only does it once in a great while.

    Did you notice I fixed the plunger laser dot so it stays put now lol!

    The bump feature is not noticeable unless the ball is in play and you only get two bumps a game. I also forgot to set it to work on the second ball so I will get that fixed.

    The save feature does not work if you tilt. I might change that.

    The game over text only appears after you use up all balls but I may need to check what is happening with the second ball. That may not trigger the save feature.

    Ok I have my projects to work on for the day because of you Burvey

  • Haha, it's really coming along nicely. I can't wait to be able to customize the tables!

  • Haha, it's really coming along nicely. I can't wait to be able to customize the tables!

    OK I got most of those glitches fixed. Next update will have left shift and control for your keys and those don't have the delay and work better. Just have to figure out what locks the ball but time for a nap.

  • I finally figured out how to set up my editor so I can design new layouts easily and I created another layout for you to try.

    I also added two leaderboards so each game has it's own leaderboard.

    https://www.scirra.com/arcade/tutorial-games/pinball-physics-sandbox-demo-13984

    I am designing new components and I will have a chute layout and sport layouts soon.

    I will have at least 6 layouts in the free Demo version and more in the advanced version.

    I have removed the editor while I work it over but that will be included in the Demo version with many components to design your own layouts.

    Give it a try and tell me what you think.

    Here is the new layout:

    Here is the popular Ramp Layout:

  • Updated Pinball Sandbox with Simpson's Theme Fan Game:

    https://www.scirra.com/arcade/tutorial-games/pinball-sandbox-demo-13984

    I also tweaked the flipper and ball for better finite control and added some grit to the ball so you can aim it very accurately. You can really control the ball about as well as in real pinball now with a little practice.

    The game scoring and missions are still in development but you can see where I am headed.

    I am working on the editor and also a mobile version and flat screen editor version for people that want to design their own games.

    I have a website set up now so I can start promoting the game and sandbox editor when it is finished:

    http://pinball-sandbox.comli.com/

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  • Great job man. It looks like you've solved most of the bugs. I really enjoy playing the Simpsons version, probably because it has so many bells and whistles. The ball control is very good now as well.

  • Great job man. It looks like you've solved most of the bugs. I really enjoy playing the Simpsons version, probably because it has so many bells and whistles. The ball control is very good now as well.

    Thanks Burvey- yes I tweaked the controls and added just a tiny bit of friction to the ball so you can grab it with the flippers and aim it better. Seems to have helped.

    I just threw the Simpson's game together to show how decals and more sounds and action make it a better game. I will include a mission to accomplish like light up all the family members for a million bonus and I have more animated gifs to add to the action and a better layout.

    I also have a flat screen pinball editor almost done for mobile and it is much quicker to design layouts with that. I will try to get it uploaded by this evening so people can check it out.

  • lamar

    love the simpsons board.

    i think i may be experiencing repeated ball pass throughs on the flippers because i am a chrome tab whore. does having a lot of tabs open negatively affect the physics performance?

    cannot wait for the flat table editor.

    i can see younger kids and older ones having a 'ball' with this.

  • lamar

    love the simpsons board.

    i think i may be experiencing repeated ball pass throughs on the flippers because i am a chrome tab whore. does having a lot of tabs open negatively affect the physics performance?

    cannot wait for the flat table editor.

    i can see younger kids and older ones having a 'ball' with this.

    Thanks Harrio- Yes having tabs open that refresh takes the computer off task and will cause more ball misses. It is not a problem in the stand alone version. I realized that because I also have many tabs open that are refreshing all the time.

    That is why PS and Xbox were developed as dedicated game machines with quad processors so they don't get distracted with other computer tasks and miss a collision or event and they are only focused on the game.

    I have the flat screen editor done and just designing components but as usual I got distracted and started another project. It is a platformer editor called Spelunker that lets the user design their own platform game with wall, floors, traps, switches and collectables and move from one area to the next.

    The user will be able to save and share their platformer design and edit it any time. The characters can slide, climb jump, fight and interact with other characters and you will select the character you want to play as. There will be enemies and bosses and lots of tricks.

    Anyway, I have that going on today but I will get the pinball editor up and running this weekend.

    Have a great weekend!

    ADDED: The first few pinball layouts I have designed are for younger players that just want to hit the ball around and make things light up and hit targets. As I progress I will design some games with a mission to accomplish and more serious play action requiring more aim and shoot.

  • OK just excited that I finally have a game that is attracting some attention and made it to the top games list on Scirra arcade.

    Now before anybody rains on my parade you should know I have worked really hard to finally get a game that people like and will come back and play over and over and many of my games have been duds so take this as my way of encouragement and saying to keep trying and don't give up just because some of your games bomb. Rework them or learn from them and the feedback you get and put that to use in your next game.

    I learn something from every game I make and new ways of doing things and new effects and I collect sprites and sound effects in my library and skills for my next project from every game. I have over 20 games published on Scirra but probably well over a 100 games that I never finished for one reason or another.

    So here is my Pinball Sandbox with new Simpson's playfield and I am proud of this game so far and will continue to make it better and I hope people appreciate the hard work and time that goes in to our games.

    https://www.scirra.com/arcade/tutorial-games/pinball-sandbox-demo-13984

    Check it out and play the different playfields and let me know what you think please!

  • OK just excited that I finally have a game that is attracting some attention and made it to the top games list on Scirra arcade.

    lamar

    well deserved sir.

    i would love to see this running on my ipad pro or even airconsole.

  • > OK just excited that I finally have a game that is attracting some attention and made it to the top games list on Scirra arcade.

    >

    lamar

    well deserved sir.

    i would love to see this running on my ipad pro or even airconsole.

    Thanks Harrio_ I am working on a mobile version but all I have to test it on is a tablet so once

    I get it uploaded you guys will have to test it in your systems and tell me if it works correctly.

  • lamar

    will do.

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