Archive for February, 2010

Heart Attack

I decided not to bother with Mini Ludum Dare or the NotGame. This week I went to Dublin and did lots of work on my main project for February, the RPG with the working title “Big Hero”.

I really, really like where this is going. Unfortunately, it looks like it’s going to need quite a lot more work before it really takes shape. I’m starting to have second thoughts about this game a month thing. I don’t really want to move onto something new on Monday!

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Finish your abandoned RPG

At the start of this year, I resolved to move onto new projects every month! I thought it was time for an update on how that’s going.

My February game is Big Hero, and it’s going really well. I started this last year around June or so and only worked on it for three or four days, but it’s a project I’ve thought about quite a bit since. Over the last week or so I feel like I’ve started to get into a groove with it, and I’m excited about how it’s developing!

Unfortunately, I probably won’t have time to actually finish it this month, just because there are so many other things happening in the next two weeks that I want to do instead – Klik of the Month is tomorrow night, Mini Ludum Dare 16 is this weekend, the 371-Pirate Kart is next weekend, and at some point before the end of the month I also want to try making a NotGame. Oh well!

My January game was an untitled first person shooter. What with January being VVVVVV month and all, I never really got this project to a point where it had any momentum. All that’s really implemented here is a basic raycaster in flash.

Right at the start of the year I said that I want to make more shooters this year, and this was supposed to be a first attempt at trying out a particular approach I’m curious about. If I have the time and inclination later in the year I’ll revisit it.

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As You Like It

I have VVVVVV news! While you will always be able to buy the game directly from me, it’s now also being sold on two other sites:

Firstly, a new UK based digital distribution site, Get Games. Get Games are the first such website to sell it – I’m hoping that it’ll appear on a few more in the coming weeks!

Secondly, in addition to the Windows and Mac versions, there is now also an Online version! It’s being sold by Kongregate using their Kreds system. This version has compressed music and can’t be played fullscreen, but otherwise it’s the same – it might be worth a look to people who would prefer to play it online!

Meanwhile: I’ve finally gotten to work on my February game. Should have something worth posting about it (and my unfinished January game) later this week.

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Do Try To Keep Up

This is quite overdue, but the Mac version of the 1.2 patch is ready!

Download VVVVVV v1.2 patch for mac

Apologies for the size of the download, we didn’t have any luck finding a suitable patching tool for mac and thought it was better just to release it as a huge patch than delay it any longer.

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Thorny Exchange

Whoops! There was a small problem with yesterday’s patch. I’ve quickly fixed it, and called the new, correct version v1.2.

Download VVVVVV v1.2 patch for windows

If you’ve already upgraded to v1.1, then you’ll need downgrade to v1.0 first, using this.

How to tell which version you’re running: The original version 1.0 has a simple main menu, version 1.1 has a more complex one with separate game and graphic options, and the new version 1.2 has a little v1.2 mark in the bottom right hand corner of the main menu.

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DIY V Repair

The windows patch for VVVVVV is complete! Mac patch will follow once I can find a tool that generates a patch that isn’t 70 megabytes, heh.

[EDIT] Due to a problem with the original patch which breaks the time trials, I’m taking this patch down! I’ll have another update later today.

If you’ve installed the V1.1 patch and would like to update to V1.2, you can use this new downgrade patch to restore the game to V1.0 first.

The full list of changes is on the forum, but here are the highlights:

– You can quickly restart the time trials by pressing ENTER.
– Now supports more flexible graphic options, which may help improve performance on some machines.
– The game now starts in a window by default, which makes it easier to run on Linux through wine.
– A number of small bug fixes.

Thanks for your patience!

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