Archive for March, 2009

I promise nothing

Recently I’ve been messing around with Google Sketchup. It’s without a doubt one of the coolest pieces of software I’ve ever used; hugely entertaining just to mess about with, and it only takes, like, 10 minutes to learn how to use it!

I’d like to be able to say that I’m not working on a 3D remake of Maverick Bus, I really would. But I don’t want to lie to you.

Oh dear.

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Updates and stuff

Just in the way of an update, thought I’d mention that I put the RPG thing to one side temporarily to finish up an old project; Increpare and I are back working on Judith. We’ve done a fair bit of work on it over the last week or so and are aiming to release it over the weekend, or very soon after. Probably!

In other news; Don’t Look Back is doing incredibly well, far, far beyond anything I expected. Last Thursday it reached an unbelievable figure of one million plays! I still haven’t gotten over the shock – I don’t know what to say…

I’ve gotten a whole bunch of emails recently, and I’ve been terrible about replying to them… I’m sorry! In my defence, it’s just that I’m really bad at making decisions – see, when I have one email I usually reply to it right away, no problem. When I have two it takes a little longer – I end up thinking about my response to both of them before I send either.

When I have over a hundred unanswered emails, on the other hand – as well as all the blog comments, shouts, whispers and private messages on various forums, it is sorta like being a deer that is staring into the headlights of an oncoming truck.


A new mini project

The whole Don’t Look Back thing kinda threw me off my usual work routine, so I hadn’t really gotten back to work properly on my new project until today… Apologies for not posting anything till now!

Here’s a work in progress shot of how it currently looks:

Graphics are by the very talented “TumbledropDock!

Right now I’m not sure if it’s gonna be a fairly big project or just a little miniature – that really depends on how things go over the next few days of development! It still needs to “earn its scope”, as Dock put it 🙂 I’m really happy with the idea behind the game, but whether it’ll actually work remains to be seen…

It’s got a title, but revealing it now would spoil the concept a little, heh. Let’s just call it “newrpg” for the moment…

(I started this for the LoFi RPGDX jam, but it’s a different game from the other project I posted…)


Don’t Look Back on Bytejacker

My forth mention on bytejacker! They really are far too good to me 🙂

One of the other games mentioned this week is Exploit, which you should check out right away if you haven’t already – it’s fantastic. It features some absolutely excellent level design with a perfectly integrated story – I ended up playing the whole thing through in one sitting when I first checked it out.


Don’t Look Back: Standalone

Ok, as promised, Don’t Look Back is now available locally on this site! Now that its week at Kongregate is up, don’t be surprised if you see Don’t Look Back pop up in a few other places too 😉

Thanks for all the support, everyone!

[Play Don’t Look Back on Kongregate]

[Play Don’t Look Back on distractionware]

[Download offline ZIP for Windows]
[Download offline DMG for Mac]


Don’t Look Back Soundtrack


Don’t Look Back has been online for just less than four days now. It’s been played 280,716 times on Kongregate so far.

That’s incredible! Kinda scary, even. (Even taking into account that 200,000 of those plays are probably me refreshing the page to check the stats.) It’s more than everything else I’ve ever made put together… hell, it’s probably 10 times more than everything else I’ve made put together.

If you’ve got in touch with me recently and I haven’t replied yet it’s because I’m just a little overwhelmed at the moment, I’m getting around to it, I promise! And I’ve got a couple of new things in the works that I’ll post about next week.

Anyway! A few people were asking for the soundtrack, so I thought I’d post it here:

[1] The Descent:
[2] Assonance:
[3] Cornered:
[4] The Ascent (Main Theme):

You can download all four songs in a zip here (1.9Mb)!


Don’t Look Back

[Play Don’t Look Back on Kongregate]

I’m proud to finally present Don’t Look Back, my very first game in flash! For the next week or so it’s available only on Kongregate, but after that I’ll provide a standalone version of the game here.

Being a flash game it doesn’t have a readme, so this seems like an appropriate place to say thanks to the people who helped me test it and gave me feedback during its development! I’d like to say a special thanks to Denis Cavanagh, Stephen Lavelle, Gregory Weir, Alex May, Josiah Tobin, disasterpiece, benzido, Tim W., zaphos, dock, Noyb, agj, Kian Bashiri, cactus, Annabelle Kennedy, Brandon McCartin, Ian Snyder, Porter, ozdy, lachhh, and finally, to Kongregate.

I hope you enjoy the game 🙂

[Edit 12th March] Don’t Look Back is now also available on this site!

[Play Don’t Look Back on distractionware]

[Download offline ZIP for Windows]
[Download offline DMG for Mac]

[Edit 26th March] To those of you looking for the soundtrack; you can find it here.