Gaming Your Way

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Hold yer horses ...

So "Law of the West" is on it's way into the public now. Final preparations have been made and after *that* long dev. time ... well, I think it deserves some pimping :).

LotW was started back in the good ol' flash 6 days, with some 3d I just made for fun and the first idea was to make it a ***space*** shooter. I think the idea underwent some major changes. It soon became more "Wild West"ish (and later I discovered that I unknowingly adobted the idea of a game I played a lot on the c64 (it shouldn't be that hard to guess the title).

The first major delay was due to my idea to use 3d characters as well, but somehow the first test didn't match the style I had in mind (thanks to BlinkOk from Kazoowee Entertainment, who is the damn best Swift artist I know, for doing a few tests). So the final character drawings needed 2 more artists until the last one finally delivered (that was 2006 I think, thanks to Nephilim).
I got the rough, scanned outlines and started to colorize them in Photoshop with my wacom:

lotw_creation.jpg
The "Lady", from outline to ingame


While waiting for the charcters to take shape, I started coding the game using an event-list system (I'll go into detail once the game is online, because I don't want to spoil all the fun). Basically for each "sequence" I set up an array with a timestamp and an action, as the first entry in the array is the next thing that can happen, I just had to do a iCounter++ and see if the counter has the same time as the first event in the list.
If so, the stored "command" is executed and the entry is removed from the array. If the last entry is removed, a new sequence is created ... easy as 1, 2, 3 ... or so I thought.

Anyway, the "game" was coded pretty quickly, but all the little details and "love" took a *long* time to do (I can admit that all the art took way longer than the coding itself).

To give you something you can look at, here are some screenshots frome the game:

lotw_title.jpg
The (scaled) tilte screen

lotw_highscores.jpg
Highscores

lotw_options.jpg
Options

lotw_bookofinst_0.jpg
Part of the "Book of instructions"

lotw_level.jpg
Level selection


Once it's online I'll post the link here too.

Back to work. nGFX

Comments (3) -

  • kdsh7

    5/8/2008 9:05:21 AM |

    Woo!

    I enjoyed seeing this come together all those years ago and it still looks fantastic. I just thought of you guys today and thought I'd check in your blog. Glad I did!

  • nGFX

    5/8/2008 10:35:38 AM |

    Hi Kev,

    haven't seen you on msn for QUITE a while... What are you doing atm?

    nGFX

  • kdsh7

    5/11/2008 9:10:48 PM |

    Heya Olli,

    I made the decision to uninstall MSN on my PC because it was sucking up my time and I was too tired to do work in the evenings because I was working so hard during at work during the day. The company I was working for before folded about a month ago and I've just started a new job in London working purely in flash which is really good for me because I think balancing all the other stuff (css/php/javascript..etc) was restricting me a bit.

    I've got a personal Maya project that I'm working on at the moment (so I can learn Maya) but once that's done then like you I'll be getting some of my half finished flash projects released. Made the switch to AS3 about 2 months ago and now I don't think I could ever go back  to AS1/AS2 - so I think I'll probably have to start them from scratch! :D

    Great to see you and Squize doing well. I'm going to have to return to FK soon just to keep up to date with new developments and be part of the community again. Did you ever release Crysalis? I was really looking forward to that one :)

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