New old WIP: Star Castle

I made three games in 2008, three games in 2009 and since I’ll be trying to finish some of my current WIP’s instead of constantly starting new ones, I know I’ll make (at least) three games in 2011, but for a moment I was worrying if I would be able to finish as many games in 2010. Silly really – as no ones telling me I should absolutely release that many games a year, but once you get an idea into your head it can be hard to forget it. 😉

Luckily I had an almost finished remake of the old Atari vector graphics game, Star Castle – from 1980, knocking around, that I decided I could easily finish before the year is over, so that’ll be my third and final game this year.

Yay. 🙂

So, stay tuned for one more game before the year is over – this time a nice and glowy space-shooter. 🙂


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Progress on current project.

Yes. Funny how things happen sometimes. I mentioned a while back that “my next game would be Black Widow” and then I suddenly had the idea for the Invaders game. That was actually just supposed to be a small game and should’ve been finished by now, but…

The game was almost done…but there was something missing – it’s was too…simple.

So a couple of betatesters were drafted and asked for feedback and boy – did I get a lot.

So the game has changed quite a lot now. Visually it’s still pretty much the same, but I work on it almost every day and it’s getting better and better. It now has custom waveformations, introduction levels, challenges and things like that, so it’s worth the extra development time as it’s becoming a better game…and that’s really what it’s all about.

Here’s a newer picture. It’s a couple of weeks old, but it looks better than the previous picture. 🙂

Lots of things flying around in this picture. Note: the yellow triangles are no longer yellow triangles, but spiffy shield-looking powerups.

Another WIP: Space Invaders…sorta.

After a short while away on vacation I noticed a Google search for ‘space invaders game tardis shooting‘ so I guess someone has tried searching for a game I’m working on, but not yet posted about here (although I have posted on Retro Remakes about it).

I haven’t decided on a final name yet, so I’m temporarily calling it ‘Tempestuous Spherical Invaders‘, but that will most likely change.

This is what I call ‘a quickie’. I started it a few weeks ago because it seemed like it would be a fun little project, and I’m keeping it a small project so I don’t expect it to take more than a few weeks before it’s finished (but I know I keep saying that about every game I’m working on ;)).

It’s basically Space Invaders – but played on a sphere. You move your base around the Earth and shoot at the approaching Invaders. To make it a bit more fun I’m adding a bunch of power-ups like different cannons, beam-weapons, shields and stuff like that, but I’m keeping this project small so I can get back to Black Widow again.

If you want to read more, go here.

Meanwhile, here’s a few pictures to look at;

Work in progress. Notice the new 4th invader. It's a cat. We love cats. 🙂

The beam-weapon in effect. Also, you have a shield too.Also shown - the readout showing you how much longer you have your powerup.

2 more WIPs – Oids and Black Widow

Just what I needed – 2 more projects that can gobble up all my free time 😉

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, that I’m working on a remake of the Atari ST classic Oids, since I posted about it 1½ month ago. It’s coming along nicely, although I have nothing new and exiciting to tell about it. The primary reason for this paragraph is to say that I’ve now added the game to the “Works in Progress” menu at the top.

Better late than never, eh? 🙂

Another new game that I’ve also started working on, and added to the “Works in Progress” menu, is Black Widow. Yes, another glowing wireframe game. 🙂

The original was made by Atari in 1982 and I’ve been working on this remake a little over a month now and it will probably be the next game to be finished.

There’s a development screenshot below – click it to see the full version – or go to the Black Widow page to see a few more pictures.