Pinball Sandbox Editor Demo Working

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Post » Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:48 am

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.

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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!

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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Now you can create your own Pinball games using accurate physics and objects or select from themes I will create.

This is a Demo of the controls and features for feedback purposes.

I have been working hard on the Pinball Sandbox Editor and I have the controls working but not all the objects can be modified or created yet.

Here is the Demo:

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

Edit Controls:

Themes: Click to choose Soccer theme (more themes coming)
Play: Closes the editor
Color: click on color and then object to color and color on primary board (only yellow)
Move: Click on object and then right click to place
Bigger Smaller: Changes size of objects
Copy: Right click to place
Create: Opens object window. left click to select and right to place
Delete: Deletes playfield objects
Change wall, floor, and cabinet by clicking on Labels

Save and Load to Save your creations to share (Only one creation)
Lock does not work in Arcade version.

I intend to have at least 5 sport themes to choose from and maybe a Zombie. I have to create assets for each game and design the layout so that take a lot of time. I will have many more wall and floor choices and stickers and other play elements in the next update. This was just to test the controls and get feedback.

The plan is to make this a stand alone game and also a mobile game and maybe get it on Amazon Games and Steam. You will be able to create several of your own pinball games to share with friends and modify them at any time. There will be many more assets in the paid version and you will be able to lock a game so no one else can edit it and have more saves.

This is a large game file so the first time you run it may take 5 minutes to load. Don't get upset and go have a cup of coffee and come back.

If you are still seeing the old version you need to clear you Browser Cache images and downloads.

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Picture of Soccer Theme and Editor Screen.

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Picture of the Create Object Window.
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Post » Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:31 am

awesome man!:D i like how it feel now :D its more stable.


Edited: editor is ok, its buggy though, mouse gets stuck when you create objects, also im not entirely sure if i can create new objects, if i change the theme, theme button doesn't toggle from original default to football theme and back,

color works, background floor wall changing is a nice addition, everything that are in editor option are a good addition to the gameplay and the customization ability, it only needs to be fixed so no glitches appear. a bit more polishing details :D and its the best pinball i seen on scirra arcade.
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Post » Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:35 am

gamecorpstudio wrote:awesome man!:D i like how it feel now :D its more stable.


Thanks- yes I think I have most of the physics probs fixed.

Did you try the editor and what did you think?

I forgot and left in my mousX and mouseY and I moved the bumpers back where they are supposed to start. I just uploaded the changes.
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Post » Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:37 am

You aren't resetting controls after a tilt/end game.
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Post » Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:40 am

blackhornet wrote:You aren't resetting controls after a tilt/end game.



There are still a few bugs to work out as I do not restart the layer when switching between games and some controls are carrying over.

This is just to demonstrate the editor.

Did you try the editor and what did you think?
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Post » Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:59 am

Note: Play the Soccer theme and you will see the soccer players move and will throw up their little arms when you score a goal and the crowd cheers.

That is one thing I like about video pinball as I can make objects do things that would be quite impossible in real pinball including have character objects that will move and walk and speak or trigger a major event like a new layout etc.

There are so many possibilities I get caught up working on themes instead of getting the basic editor parts all working lol!
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Post » Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:16 am

I am working on new playfield designs and assets so the screens may be a bit buggy for awhile. I will get all that fixed after I get playfields designed as each one requires tweaking controls and scoring.

Don't get alarmed if a ball suddenly disappears or a soccer field becomes an ice hockey rink lol!
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Post » Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:23 am

gamecorpstudio wrote:awesome man!:D i like how it feel now :D its more stable.


Edited: editor is ok, its buggy though, mouse gets stuck when you create objects, also im not entirely sure if i can create new objects, if i change the theme, theme button doesn't toggle from original default to football theme and back,

color works, background floor wall changing is a nice addition, everything that are in editor option are a good addition to the gameplay and the customization ability, it only needs to be fixed so no glitches appear. a bit more polishing details :D and its the best pinball i seen on scirra arcade.


Thanks- Yes quite a few bugs in the editor I need to fix. I am getting all the playfields and assets designed right now and then I will have to tweak controls and scoring for each playfield.

Lots of work still to do but I think I have a handle on how I want the game to function and to make it as easy as possible for other people to design a playfield and game of their own.

This is kind of in between the hardcore visual pinball creator programs and windows pinball creator that is just flat screen. Feels like a real pinball game and plays enough like one to give people a real challenge.

At least I hope so!
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Post » Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:03 am

@lamar. You are certainly onto something big here. Yes, there is plenty work to be done to get some things right but very commendable efforts. I have tried the editor and I like the direction the project is taking. This is an excellent project. Don't stop!
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Post » Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:09 am

KoolEcky wrote:@lamar. You are certainly onto something big here. Yes, there is plenty work to be done to get some things right but very commendable efforts. I have tried the editor and I like the direction the project is taking. This is an excellent project. Don't stop!


Thanks- I am excited about this project and see some real potential. I am amazed at how many websites and forums are dedicated to Pinball both traditional and video and there are lots of people that I think would like this sandbox creator. Not hard to learn and you can design your own game playfield in a few minutes or create your own assets for hardcore game designers.

I am designing ramps and chutes today which will really add to the affect.
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