Breeding Cubes – Ludum Dare 24 Post Mortem

On week-end of August 25-26, I participated for the first time on the 24th Ludum Dare challenge/competition. That was also my first real attempt at making a game. It didn’t go that bad since I successfully shipped an entry, a platformer named Breeding Cubes (spoiler : it involve cube reproduction !).

You can play it (need the Unity3D WebPlayer plugin), download the source (or check the GitHub repo).

Theme

I headed for a straightforward interpretation of the theme. Your character has some abilities. You can evolve your playable character (new abilities or better ones) by finding another non playable character and breed with him (her). The new character resulting of this union possess the best abilities of its parents and can now overcome obstacles and progress through the level.

TimeLine

  • Compo began Saturday at 3am.
  • Woke up at 7am and started brainstorming on the theme while breakfasting
  • The first day I worked 11h and implemented most of the features
  • I slept from midnight to 8am on Sunday
  • The second day I worked only 9.5h including 4 on level building and finally submitted my entry around midnight
  • Compo ended Monday at 3am

Breeding Cubes screenshot 1 Breeding Cubes screenshot 2 Breeding Cubes screenshot 3

How did it go

Since I had no prior experience, I didn’t even really knew where to begin. And even if I did play around Unity before, it took me ages to implement basic stuffs. But in the ends, I successfully implemented almost everything I had planned without coming across major issues.

In total I worked only 20,5 hours on the game. That tells two things :

Unity is really a great tool to work with in very short period of time. I can’t wait to have experience to work faster and see what I can come up with in similar timeframe.

I had to take frequent and sometime extensive breaks. The second day, I was actually bored and tired of working, so I had to take a huge break from 11am to 3.30pm. But I did nod while watching an interview of Edmond McMillen, so it wasn’t a “lost” time on a gamedev perspective !

Good job everyone who submitted something playable, I will try to play and rate fair as much entries as possible. I am also looking forward to hear from you about my game in the comments.

(If you want to play a great jam entry, let me suggest you “PortĂ© par le vent” it’s really awesome !)

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