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Tarkus1971
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Posted: 10th Mar 2019 10:58 Edited at: 14th Mar 2019 10:54
Urban Histories.

You play the role of an urban explorer, who is trying to find out the history of the people who used to run the old salvage works just outside of his / her town. Solve the mystery of why they vanished and left everything behind.

The game will feature:

Rich Story.

5 different levels.

Lots of exploring.

Real dialogue and notes will be visual and will be read out.

Great Music and sound effects.

Custom Save / Load routines. (I can save and load during test game too, which is great for speedy design.)

Custom Inventory. (of sorts.)

Cartoon style graphics using Prebens great shader.

Video DropBox Link Below.

The video is a little blurry, the actual game is much clearer, hope you enjoy.

Pressing "I" brings up custom inventory with "Not Found" and "Items Found Images", seen in the video for the passport found. About 3.37 in the video.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/16gzhalulfxraqr/U%20H%20Test%2001.mp4?dl=0
ABOVE VIDEO DELETED - Please scroll down to see new video.

Images Below.

The screenshots are only a quick grab, very, very early design as yet. Just wanted to get custom lua working first.

















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Posted: 10th Mar 2019 16:47
Looking good. Love the style
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Posted: 10th Mar 2019 16:48
The design looks solid so far, albeit that the lack of shadows really hurts the mood.

Looking forward for more.

I'll check the video out later.

Quote: "Custom Inventory. (of sorts.)"


of sorts?



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Posted: 11th Mar 2019 10:16
Inventory of sorts, yes. In that when the player collects a task item, like the passport, it will show on screen when pressing "I"

More of a "collected items list" but it ties in directly with the custom save / load routine.

And seeing as I can use my own save / load in test game, it's so quick to work on new stuff.

The load / save routine also hides / destroys or spawns entities, just a simple matter of checking the variables after loading and
a simple bit of lua per variable to change the game entities or whatever is needed.

Very pleased so far, seems to be working bug free, which is a bonus.
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Posted: 11th Mar 2019 16:41
Ah! That works too as I believe it will read to most players as a fully functional inventory.



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Posted: 12th Mar 2019 10:01
@Wolf - Yes, to the player it looks as if it is a normal inventory, but really is just showing how far you have progressed into the story and discovery. Yes also the lack of shadows is a bit of an atmosphere killer, but with really detailed areas the frame rate just plummets. Not sure how to remedy that, it is just GameGuru being GameGuru I think.

Overall as I add detail now, it is not looking so empty. Just need to record some of the voice dialogue and see how that fits in.
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Posted: 14th Mar 2019 10:57 Edited at: 17th Mar 2019 15:50
Just uploaded new video, with shadows, more entities added and the passport found image.

Tweaked the music a little, the shadowing on does make it look much more moody.

VIDEO BELOW

https://www.dropbox.com/s/uagkdixipulptdz/U%20H%20Test%2002.mp4?dl=0


New video coming in next post. Please scroll down.

Any Comments Welcome.
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Posted: 14th Mar 2019 16:03 Edited at: 14th Mar 2019 16:11
A few screens with the shadowing working quite well.

The path to the salvage yard.


Look left and there is a car, just dumped.


Old ruined building.


Path to salvage yard with a trashed container to the right.


Salvage sign, overgrown.


One of the old sheds.


Passage to the left of the main building.


Inside the 1st building, the builders lamp is on!!!


The office with lamp still working.


Another old shed.


Frame rate so far is 60fps sometimes dipping to 56, but good so far.
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Posted: 14th Mar 2019 23:09
Personally I've never been a fan of the toon effect but it's not too distracting here. Would be cool if the other art (sprites) fit that "toonified" aesthetic as well. The video was surprisingly tense too, I half expected you to suddenly be attacked by a dog when you went past the 'beware of the dog' signs! The music was great, though I'd maybe change the synth that comes in 4:41 in the video because it sounds a bit like a theremin, which I would associate more with a 50's sci-fi B-movie than with mystery game.

Good start though

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Posted: 15th Mar 2019 07:55
@AE - thanks for the comments, yes maybe your right about that theremin sound. An easy edit. The cartoon effect i used to unify different artists entities, everyone has a slightly different style of texturing, also it dulls the difference between PBR and non-PBR assets.
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@Tarkus1971 there's also the Pixel Shader that works good with games like yours, but not sure how it'll look with your current setup.

I've seen some nice indie games with pixel effect.

Your game's looking great, but I missed more interaction.

Hail \o/
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Posted: 15th Mar 2019 21:09
@Medmatheus - more interaction is on the way and a fairly deep story too. Lots of thinking needs to be done on this game.
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Latest video below and now more interaction is being added.

Also increased the number of plot items to find to 36, not 18.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/dwkyi8m191gxihp/U%20H%20Test%2003.mp4?dl=0

Hope you enjoy.
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Posted: 17th Mar 2019 16:43
@Tarkus1971 Awesome work, I'm waiting for a demo or beta testing if you need it
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Posted: 17th Mar 2019 20:50
Thanks for the comments, a demo is some way off. I'm only working in spare time. Real life work gets in the way.

But i will be aiming to finish the project.
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