Sine Wave Ninja

On the third saturday of every month, Glorious Trainwrecks host Klik of the Month Klub, a celebration of improvisational game design! This time round, I created a game called Sine Wave Ninja. Some targets: 1000 is a good score, 2000 is a great score, and anything above 3000 is a hell of a lot better than I can do.

I really love messing around in Klik and Play, but it’s an old, buggy and seriously limited development environment; so this month, my only objective was to try and familiarise myself with Klik and Play’s big brother, Multimedia Fusion. Turns out I absolutely love using it – it’s exactly like using Klik and Play, and it resolves pretty much every problem I have with it.

The first thing I associate MMF with is Ikiki – so, I figured as an exercise, I’d make a game in his style. Hence; naked ninjas.

My original idea was to make one of those timing games like Hitotobasi or Gonbutoman; you’d start on the left, run by tapping z, jump at just the right time into the ocean, press jump again to change direction and leap out, in a sine wave. But, er, it ended up being completely different than that. Probably a good thing, seeing as I really like how it ended up!

Actually, I’m tempted to take a few days out to turn this little prototype into a real game. I think it’s got potential to be pretty addictive!

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  1. Denis on May 21st, 2009

    I certainly enjoyed the early prototype: Good luck with it. Hope you make a game out of it!

  2. Maxim on May 23rd, 2009

    first I thought, it was gonna be really sucky. Especially because you stole the naked ninjas XD. But when I played it it was really awesome! In my opinion games created with MMF don’t feel like something to be proud off, because you don’t actually program them. But I guess that’s just bull-shit. Even Knytt was made with MMF! So I guess it is actually quite awesome. Still it has a bit of a ‘game maker’ feel to it. Although I never actually used MMF, so I don’t actually have any right to be critical about it =P
    But I hope you understand what I mean.

    Cheers,

    ~Maxim

  3. Terry on May 23rd, 2009

    It was made in two hours, so low expectations are a given, I think 😛 Glad you liked it!

    Yeah, I don’t agree at all with the whole mindset of some development tools being superior to others – I’ve been looking for some time for a tool I could use for rapid prototyping (my games have been made with everything from C to Game Maker to Flash to Klik and Play, after all), and with MMF I think I’ve found it.

  4. Maxim on May 23rd, 2009

    But you don’t feel held back by MMF? There are no restrictions? You can create everything you’d like in every way you’d want? Or are the things that can’t be done not worth doing?

    I guess I like programming so much, I think I wouldn’t like working with tools like MMF. But I must agree it must be a lot faster and easier to make games, which would be a good thing for me too, cause I never actually finish anything (Bad habit =P)

    Would you recommend MMF over (for instance) C ?

  5. Terry on May 23rd, 2009

    Would you recommend MMF over (for instance) C ?

    For certain things, absolutely 🙂 For this, for example. But I wouldn’t have tried to make, say, Judith in MMF.

  6. Anonymous on May 24th, 2009

    Yeah, you really are the only person who can make something so fun just fart out of their brain in a day like that! 😀 Great game, but I think you should focus on finishing detonate for now. 😉

  7. PC on May 25th, 2009

    We’re back – glad to see you still working.
    PC.

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