Schoolyard Snodown

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Post » Fri May 24, 2013 11:15 pm

Hello everyone! I'm a part of a team that has spent our nights and weekends working on a little project of ours. We finally got to the point where we felt confident enough to share our progress, so we posted it to the Arcade!

Schoolyard Snodown is retro-inspired beat 'em up that will ultimately take Cody across six levels with thirteen boss encounters, hidden paths, dynamic levels, and hopefully support local co-op for two players. We hope to release a finished game sometime towards the end of the summer for OUYA and PC, after taking a second shot at Kickstarter.

But before we got too much further in development, we wanted to make sure that the game we have right now is fun. If we can't create a solid single player experience then we have some real work to do before we even think about multiplayer.

So, to that end, we'd love to hear your feedback - what do you think works really well? What doesn't work well? What could be better? How could we better leverage Construct 2? How in the world do we get rid of those lines between the snow tiles? (they don't appear when you run the layout in Construct . . . ) And most importantly: is it fun?

Obviously, there's still a lot of work to be done, but we're looking forward to hearing what you guys think. If you have any questions about the art, sound, story, music, or game design, please feel free to ask. We're here and will be regularly updating the demo and posting on the forums from here on out. Thank you so much!

-The Scoundrels


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@SnodownMrFrettz2013-05-24 23:17:23
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Post » Sat May 25, 2013 8:32 am

I got a 404 error. :(
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Post » Sat May 25, 2013 8:33 am

Nevermind... I got it.
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Post » Sat May 25, 2013 4:49 pm

Also, I think I've posted this in the right subforum, but let me know if it would be more appropriate somewhere else!
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Post » Sat May 25, 2013 6:01 pm

Game is pretty sound, well done all round, one major flaw for me is the z order / Y plane needs attention, what I mean is you can be at the bottom left of the screen throwing at an enemy on the same y coordinate, at the right but an enemy mid screen higher up (lower Y) can be hit by your snowball, when he is clearly not the target...

I think a shadow showing the flight path of the throw would help too...

Apart from that it's pretty cool... Pixel perfick2013-05-25 18:02:33
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Post » Sat May 25, 2013 6:13 pm

@MrFrettz
awesome
for the lines issue
are you using tiled background for the snow tiles? or each individual sprites next to each other
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Post » Sat May 25, 2013 9:54 pm

[QUOTE=Pixel perfick] Game is pretty sound, well done all round, one major flaw for me is the z order / Y plane needs attention, what I mean is you can be at the bottom left of the screen throwing at an enemy on the same y coordinate, at the right but an enemy mid screen higher up (lower Y) can be hit by your snowball, when he is clearly not the target... [/QUOTE]
If I'm hearing ya correctly, you tried to hit an enemy who was in a certain horizontal lane, but a nearby enemy in a slightly different horizontal lane took the hit, right? This is tricky! If we limit collision of Cody's snowballs to a very small window based on Cody's Y coordinate at the time the snowball spawns, hitting enemies could be very hard. I think I'll approach it by reducing the vertical height of the enemy hitboxes, so it starts at, say, their thighs instead of their knees, and see how that works. Does that sound like it would make hitting your intended target better?
[QUOTE=Pixel perfick]I think a shadow showing the flight path of the throw would help too [/QUOTE]
That's actually something we had talked about, but forgot to do! Thank you!
[QUOTE=DrGreenThumbCAN]for the lines issue
are you using tiled background for the snow tiles? or each individual sprites next to each other[/QUOTE]
We're currently using individual sprites, but using a tiled background would probably make sense, wouldn't it? I'll start working with that to see what I can do.

One feature that we're working on is having a snow tile disappear after you make a certain number of snowballs from it. So, the trigger for adding 1 ammo to Cody's bag would also trigger subtracting 1 ammo from a snow tile. I assume that would work with a tiled background?

Thanks for your feedback, everyone! I'm really glad you're enjoying it.MrFrettz2013-05-25 21:55:01
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Post » Sun May 26, 2013 12:59 pm

@mrfrettz I am assuming based on the animation that cody is supposed to be throwing directly to the right, and there is no aiming up down?

if so what I said stands, think final fight, which your game is...with snowballs...

if a character gets a certain height above or below you, your attacks start missing..basically if your feet are within a certain Y height of the enemy you are face to face with them, to high and too low they are to your left and your right respectively...

regarding the snow sprites, a tiled background would be much better and give better performance,also will remove the lines, only trouble is you cannot animate them...

what I would suggest is a tiled background for the snow, and if snow is used in a certain area add a sprite that can then turn into snowless patch on top of the tile, as there will be less patches than snow it will reduce your object count considerably...Pixel perfick2013-05-26 13:02:36
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Post » Sun May 26, 2013 2:12 pm

[QUOTE=Pixel perfick] @mrfrettz I am assuming based on the animation that cody is supposed to be throwing directly to the right, and there is no aiming up down?

if so what I said stands, think final fight, which your game is...with snowballs...

if a character gets a certain height above or below you, your attacks start missing..basically if your feet are within a certain Y height of the enemy you are face to face with them, to high and too low they are to your left and your right respectively...

regarding the snow sprites, a tiled background would be much better and give better performance,also will remove the lines, only trouble is you cannot animate them...

what I would suggest is a tiled background for the snow, and if snow is used in a certain area add a sprite that can then turn into snowless patch on top of the tile, as there will be less patches than snow it will reduce your object count considerably...[/QUOTE]
That sounds like a great place to start - thanks Perfick!
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Post » Tue May 28, 2013 3:52 am

[QUOTE=Pixel perfick]if a character gets a certain height above or below you, your attacks start missing..basically if your feet are within a certain Y height of the enemy you are face to face with them, to high and too low they are to your left and your right respectively...[/QUOTE]
I've taken a shot at this and uploaded a new version. Is the vertical window too small, or does this work?
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