Ascent Postmortem

So, here’s what I put together for Ludum Dare 15, in the end. It’s a rushed little platformer called Ascent. You’re at the bottom of a deep cavern, and you have to climb out of it. Or, er, double jump your way out. oh also watch out for the cannons

I’m not really that happy with how it turned out – it’s not even close to my original idea, which was to make a platform-puzzler. The problem is that I made a mess of my time; I spent Saturday working on a game that wasn’t going anywhere, then started from scratch on Sunday. And then by about 1am, it was looking like my Sunday game wasn’t going anywhere either…

So I figured finally finishing something for a Ludum Dare was more important than anything else at that point – I took what I had, made a few changes and turned it into a quick, traditional platformer. Thankfully I had enough implemented elements in the game to make a couple of interesting challenges, but it’s pretty weak, and so rushed that I didn’t even have time to tile the second map properly. My description on the Ludum Dare upload page just reads “aggh aggh aggh 2 minutes left”, which should give you some idea of the panic I was in on Sunday night.

On the plus side though: I finally finished a game for Ludum Dare on time! Hopefully next time I’ll be better prepared and be able to make something I’m happier with!


8 Comments so far

  1. Allen on September 3rd, 2009

    I enjoyed it, although it was a bit frustrating

    I had zero deaths on the first area and most of my deaths occurred on the last part were the result of those 2 cannons on the last area.

  2. David on September 4th, 2009

    Hey not bad, 5 minutes of my life well spent! Congratulations for finally finishing it on time, too.

    Now, get that VVVVVV finished or so help me! 😀

  3. PC on September 5th, 2009

    I agree with David – lets see VVVVVV soon.
    Talk to you soon.

  4. Terry on September 5th, 2009

    I’m working as fast as I can!

  5. magirock. on September 6th, 2009

    hey terry, i would like to make a game with you!
    ( well art at least anyway )
    if not i would like to give you some ideas for games, if your intrested, or jut want to know some of the ideas i have you can email me 🙂

    btw this is my secondary email, so it dosent matter if i get spam :

    i can also send ou pictures if you want to see some of the art.
    btw, my art is in pixels 2 🙂

  6. Terry on September 6th, 2009

    Sorry, I have too many other projects right now 🙁

  7. Alex on September 9th, 2009

    105 deaths. Very challenging. Dude, this game was TOO frustrating for me. Good job anyway.

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