After the summer of 2013 I wrote about a little Castlevania-inspired game I was working on. I didn’t want to reveal it until it was further along into development, but I ended up shifting focus to PuzzleByte. Spending so long away from Game Maker, I forgot how hard it can be to deal with that pipeline. Making simple changes to things like enemy speed and timers for animation states requires so much more time and effort, it’s quite a chore to fine-tune things that very much need the work. With that and some major issues like GM’s lack of easy scaling support, I was never able to get the game feeling as good as I wanted, and I couldn’t get it to render at any size but 1080p.
It’s been too long and at this point there’s no doubt I’m abandoning the game. But even though I can’t easily fix its issues, even though it’s not in a fully presentable state, it’s definitely something I feel I should show here. I’ve listed the game up on Itch.io if anyone’s interested in giving it a play. I must say, despite its small issues, it’s a pretty fun and pretty complete single level with a lot to find and experience within. I hope you all enjoy this little Bitcoon-vania game!
Download on itch.io here
And it’s just another day as usual.
For those of you who might not have met me, (you probably haven’t heard of me. I’m pretty underground) my real name is Max, but this is the internet so that’s boring. No, I’m a crazy raccoon thing named Bit. I’m made of imagination juice, electricity and tons of junk food. I am The Goddamn Bitcoon.
I like to make games! I also like to play them, but who has the time to do that when you’re so busy making them? I’m not your average Dew-drinking, online marathon-playing, hate speech-spouting CoD player… actually, I’m nothing like that at all. Screw those point-and-click shooters, I’m a HARDCORE gamer. I like all kinds of games on all kinds of systems and all kinds of controllers, but the best kind is the kind where I see game over screens a lot. Kind.
For so many years I’ve been doing art and character designs, creating interesting fantasy and sci-fi worlds and scenarios and imagining a world where these could actually be experienced by other, real (!) people. It wasn’t until a year or two ago that I gained the courage to actually pursue that dream. I have great ideas (says me) and I want to make something of them. The best way to do that is… well, to just do it!
My goal is to make games for gamers. Games that are reminiscent of the days before you had to have blood spilling out of every fully-rendered pore on a character’s face (wait, how does that even-) and before you had to lead the player on a movie-like trip through a better-than-real-looking world just to keep their attention. Games which focus on great gameplay and being fun, not realistic visuals and online multiplayer progression mechanics. Games which are challenging, but never force you into that until it stops being fun.
So, what can you expect to see on this blog? Mostly:
- Updates and screenshots and concept art for my games
- Games I’m Playing: just talking about cool games I’ve gotten into lately, sometimes new stuff, sometimes indie games, sometimes games older than you are. I’ll try not to bore you with posts about That Thing Everyone’s Playing Already. (HEY GUYS CHECK OUT THIS COOL GAME MINECRAFT *facebrick*)
- Random stuff that has something to do with gaming, I guess?
I would say more things but I’d rather not risk making this wall of text any scarier to read. (if you hate walls, RUN, FAST. I am a dangerous person)
Keep it real. Real virtual.