Nope, it’s nowhere NEAR done yet! I’ve done the trails…
They look better when they’re animated, trust me. As you can see, too, I managed to sort out the rear end of the Ultimate Lame Ship! Now it looks good instead of epic fail lego-style. It’s not perfect, but heck, it’s fine for a trailer that doesn’t really need any 3DS Max in it.
The game isn’t anywhere near finished, either. I’ve JUST realised how BIG the Lame Adventure Mode is… I have to make all the terrain by myself (it won’t be INCREDIBLE, but Photoshop and Vector artwork FTW! I love Vector artwork, it makes some jobs SO easy. ), and I have to code the levels individually, make every single enemy path perfect… and there’ll be five end of game bosses…
The GOOD thing, though, is that it is quite replayable! The levels go in a triangle format… like Out Run, if you’ve ever played it. At the end of a stage, there’ll be a branching path, where you can choose whether to go up or down. Your choice then affects where you can go for the rest of the game. So, the whole level map will look like this:
So for example, if you choose to go up in Stage 1, you can’t possibly reach the "E" boss, but you can still get to "A", "B", "C" and "D", unless you go up again, then you can’t get to "D". Simple, really. There’s a total of 15 stages, with 16 possible routes through the game! Replayable, much? AND, there’s a special Challenge medal awarded for beating all five end game bosses, so people who want the medal have to play at least 25 levels! AWESOME!
And there’s gonna be another online high score table for it, and that’ll be much better, because the top score won’t be limited!
I’ve got a little demo of the first stage for you, if you’d like to see? It’s only about 20 seconds long, cuz the level’s barely finished. It’s just a taste.
I reckon the level will be about… 2-3 minutes long when I’m done? That makes for around about a 15 minute game… which fits nicely into a coffee break! I really have thought of everything.
But, still a long way to go for the game… and I’ve got the trailer to do… and my bro’s wedding is next week… so that’s a five hour drive to SCOTLAND (and it’s not like I can just get out of it, it’s a wedding, for starters, but I’m the Best Man! ), and I’ve still gotta finish Dragon Tail… lots to do…
I’d better be off, but I’ll see yous later!