Although I keep telling myself that I shouldn’t release a playable version of The Mole until it looks and feels halfway decent, I’ve been advised by several more experienced than I that anything playable is better than a thousand pictures and videos. So here you have it, The Mole’s prototype v. 0.1. As you play please remember that the visuals are far from final and even the gameplay is quite a ways from what the finished game will feel like. With that said, please enjoy! Let me know what you like, what you get stuck on, what your time was, any glitches you find, really just any feedback that you can offer would be tremendously helpful. Comment here, post on Facebook, tweet at me, or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click the respective link to download the prototype, and have fun!
And as always check out my Kickstarter and Greenlight pages for more info on the game and consider donating (on Kickstarter) or Up-Voting (on Greenlight) if you want to see it made. Thanks for stopping by!
So this is it! The Kickstarter for The Mole, a swift, orderly return to classic platforming, goes live tonight at midnight (Eastern Time, of course). And it just so happens that The Mole’s Greenlight campaign goes live over at Steam at the same time. What a coincidence? Hang tight, I’ll post the links as soon as everything is live, and an enormo-thank you to all those out there supporting me. This should be an amazing month regardless of the outcome!
Here it is, the first tech demo for The Mole. Let me know what you think in the comments, if it looks boring, or if you think I could improve it in some way. If you’re looking to make something like this for your own project, get in touch with me and maybe I can help. I had to go back and brush up on my high school algebra for this one. I did a lot of research on parabolas, trajectories, and that sort of thing, so if you’re trying to figure out where a grenade is going to land or how much force a rocket needs to barely clear a house, just shoot me an email at email@example.com and I’ll see if I can help.
Secondly, if you are at all interested in game design pertaining to UI check out this post by Anthony Stonehouse over on Gamasutra. I think my first encounter with diegetic UI design was playing Heavy Rain. I thought it definitely helped to keep the player immersed in the game world since there were no 2D HUD elements to flatten out the game space, but a more relevant UI category to talk about is spacial. As I stated in my last post, The Mole will borrow some ideas from Dishonored when it comes to spacial UI design. I intend on developing some sort of system, temporarily deemed “Mole Sense” for lack of a better term thus far, that will allow the secret agent-esqe mole to do things like see through walls, see where his grappling hook will land ahead of time, see sound waves, and other things. Once again, designing this system for a 2D space will take some heavy altering, but I want the UI elements involved with Mole Sense to be as closely integrated into the game world as I can make them. Thanks again to all my followers and any new viewers for checking out my blog.
In my next post I’ll try to…
- Reveal some mechanics for the main character, The Mole
- Have a playable demo featuring the AI for you guys to play around with
- Let you know what else I’m currently playing to study up for the development of Animalia.