You can look at my last couple of posts for my grand desires to compete in GBA Jam 2022. But the best laid plans and all that.
I ended up not actually starting any sort of entry until the 28th of October. 3 days till the jam ends.
So I sit down with my brother for coffee and we get chatting. It would be cool to do a Halloween themed game since the game ends on October 31st. We spitball some ideas and end up talking about doing a post apocalyptic dating game.
We jam on the idea and come up with a few characters...
Here is the first pass of Blob (lol, also the last pass?)
In a past post I mentioned a dialog system I had been working on. I took inspiration from there, but it really needed an overhaul to work for this purpose. So I set to work fixing that up to handle characters with different emotions, much longer conversations, scenes.
But once that was working we just started pumping out a ton of artwork and dialog to fill in the gaps.
I really wanted to fit in as many characters as possible, but once we started writing we realised that it would be too much work for 3 days. Instead we chose to focus on just four and turn it into a dating show.
We landed on Blob, Duncan (a scottish trashcan robot), Linda (the lobster lady) and Skully (a skeleton man).
Luckily in a bunch of past games I have done a lot of dialog. So reusing bits and pieces of code from around the place we were able to put together a scene with some branching dialog.
This is an example of how the branching dialog works, an excerpt from our date with Duncan...s
@me A foodtruck ay... Do you come here often? @Trash You cud say thart. @me Hmmmm... So you come here to? [Work] [Sleep] [Hangout] @me [Work] So you work here? @Trash This is mah foodtruck. ->foodtruck
With the help of modern tools like Stable Diffusion and Aseprite we were able to churn out the background images super quickly. And sticking to a limited palette for everything made the sprites simpler to draw too.
Although everything does look a little... rustic?
After all that we did manage to get the game in at the last moment.
However we were informed of a major bug a few hours later. Apparently I overlooked some minor code that let you choose your final date. So no matter how everything went you always ended up with Blob. Yeah. Not great.
We eventually released a fix, but left the original there for posterity and to be judged for the jam.
Check it out on itch.io