MAGS June "Tourist Attraction" (OPEN)

Started by Stupot, Sat 01/06/2024 00:30:18

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What is your favourite game of MAGS June?

The Zoo by4KbShort
Carnival of Shadows by GooseKult
The Stew of Las Moras by Babar and jfrisby

Voting closes: Wed 24/07/2024 08:39:58

Stupot

Tourist Attraction
Guidelines set by OneDollar

Please vote using the poll above:

The Zoo by4KbShort
Carnival of Shadows by GooseKult
The Stew of Las Moras by Babar and jfrisby



There are many ways to bring in the tourists and, more importantly, separate them from their money. Themed restaurants, sketchy fairground rides, strange art installations, museums about bizarre subjects... all trying to tempt you in with promises of unique and unforgettable experiences.

This month your task is to set your game in or around a tourist attraction of some kind. What sort of place is it? Is your player visiting the attraction, do they work there, or do they have some other reason for being there? Is it the hot place to visit, or just barely staying open? Maybe it closed years ago and is sitting abandoned... or at least you think it's empty...




What is MAGS?
Started in 2001, MAGS is a competition for amateur adventure game makers. The idea is to create a game in under a month, following the guidelines set by the previous winner. It aims to help you work to a deadline, improve your skills, and provide a kick-start into making adventure games. Regardless of skill, MAGS is for everyone. Voting is based on "favourite" games, and not the most artistic, or the best coded. If you have bad art skills, use it as a chance to do some graphic work. If you're sub-standard at coding, use it as a chance to give scripting a go. Ultimately, people will vote for the most enjoyable entry.

Rules
Entering MAGS is simple. First, conceptualize your game following the month's criteria (see above). Second, create your game fuelled only by coffee. Finally, post your game in this thread, including:

* A working download link
* The title of your game
* A suitable in-game screenshot

At the end of the month, voting will begin, usually lasting for fourteen days, and the winner chooses the next month's theme.

Remember that this is a challenge to see what you can do in a month, so any tinkering you do after that, including fixing minor glitches, is against the spirit of the competition. The exception to this is that you may go in and fix major, game-breaking bugs only during voting. We want you to have a game that voters can actually play and that runs on their machines.

So to reiterate, during the voting period fixing major, game-breaking bugs is okay, fixing minor glitches or making cosmetic changes is cheating.

Tips
Here are some ways to make sure you have a game to submit at the end of the month:
* Make a tiny game. Plan small, then cut it in half. Find shortcuts (e.g. if making walkcycles is time-consuming, make the characters static or have it in the first person).
* Plan to have your game playable and submittable with a week to spare. This way you have a week to fix bugs, add some flourishes and maybe even get someone to test it.
* Plan to submit it a day or so early. This way, if there are any technical issues with uploading, they can be sorted out in time.



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speksteen

This is great! For weeks I wanted to get started making a western themed game. I can't for the life of me find the motivation without instructions like a game jam. I hope I can make something finish something for this month ends.

VampireWombat

This is interesting. I might try to make something. My city has 2 tourist attractions I'm aware of (3 if we count Palo Duro Canyon, which is about 30 miles away). Somewhat of a western theme might be hard to avoid since it is Texas. But I do have 3 different types of games in mind already.

GooseKult



I hope I get this finished in time... Will be my first MAGS entry!





I don't have too much to show for now but hopefully I'll make the crunch lol.






glurex

Quote from: GooseKult on Sat 08/06/2024 00:03:01I hope I get this finished in time... Will be my first MAGS entry!


Wow, it looks promising!

speksteen

Sorry all. I have to withdraw because life's responsibilities keep getting in the way. I still really want to complete that western so I'll be back and look forward to the rest of the entries.

https://imgur.com/gallery/ylQ8dPN

heltenjon

Quote from: speksteen on Mon 10/06/2024 08:12:49Sorry all. I have to withdraw because life's responsibilities keep getting in the way. I still really want to complete that western so I'll be back and look forward to the rest of the entries.

https://imgur.com/gallery/ylQ8dPN
That's a cool picture! Real life first, always. But the "Finish your MAGS game" topic will be back again, so keep your files.  8-)

GooseKult

Lil update.

Pretty much finished just needs some polishing, granted I don't find any game breaking bugs in the meantime.








TheFrighter


Whoa GooseKult, you did a lot!  8-0

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GooseKult

Quote from: TheFrighter on Fri 21/06/2024 17:48:14Whoa GooseKult, you did a lot!  8-0

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Yes I have too much free time at the moment and I don't like being alone with my thoughts so I just keep working! Though the screenshots might make it look like there's more to it. It's probably a five minute-ish game.

tbook

Quote from: GooseKult on Fri 21/06/2024 11:37:51Lil update.

Pretty much finished just needs some polishing, granted I don't find any game breaking bugs in the meantime.


Looking forward to playing your entry :)

I started a short story for a game for this MAGS, have some ideas for gameplay but with all my other obligations and my main AGS project I think this is a futile endevour, sadly.
I want to check out the game entries though, I find the theme inspiring.

jwalt

Thought I'd take a minute to point out that Cat extended Creamy's Near You Background Blitz until the end of June. Since a Tourist Attraction might well be Near You, an enterprising game designer might be able to parlay a twofer and win both competitions. As the Blitz currently stands, there's only one entry.


jfrisby



Babar and I are stewing something up  :-D




VampireWombat

I had considered if it would be okay or not to do the background blitz and this mags using the same background. I haven't actually started work on a game yet, though. If I can get motivated enough to start, the one I decided on wouldn't be too difficult. Mostly have to remember how to do some programming I haven't used in a few years.

4KbShort

Hi guys!

I needed to take a break from making my game so... I... made... a... game...  :grin:

I wasn't super into this theme at first, but I kept coming back to the thread to check on how everything was going and then one night BOOM; idea!

Couple of things: This could have turned into an actual long game, but my ADHD coupled with my need to get back to "paying" projects made me cut it short. If anyone is interested in this becoming something larger let me know? I can't sell it because copyright... (you'll see), but I could expand it over time I suppose?

Also; I was having trouble finding modern solutions to some of my issues. Most Google-pointed forum posts are no newer than 2012 so a lot of the example code is deprecated. So I've included the source code with this download. It's under the "SOURCE" directory and if you need to know how to make a simple cutscene, change dialogue, how I make things move or do object/inventory checks and interactions it's all there for you to see and use if you need. I hope this helps!

So here is my completed entry for this MAGS:

THE ZOO!

Download: THE ZOO on Itch.io



I have a website: https://www.fordabble.com/
I've made some games: https://4kbshort.itch.io/
I've made some videos: https://www.youtube.com/@encouragingthings
And some game videos: https://www.youtube.com/@4Kbshort

GooseKult

Quote from: 4KbShort on Mon 24/06/2024 20:17:55Hi guys!

I needed to take a break from making my game so... I... made... a... game...  :grin:

I wasn't super into this theme at first, but I kept coming back to the thread to check on how everything was going and then one night BOOM; idea!

Couple of things: This could have turned into an actual long game, but my ADHD coupled with my need to get back to "paying" projects made me cut it short. If anyone is interested in this becoming something larger let me know? I can't sell it because copyright... (you'll see), but I could expand it over time I suppose?

Also; I was having trouble finding modern solutions to some of my issues. Most Google-pointed forum posts are no newer than 2012 so a lot of the example code is deprecated. So I've included the source code with this download. It's under the "SOURCE" directory and if you need to know how to make a simple cutscene, change dialogue, how I make things move or do object/inventory checks and interactions it's all there for you to see and use if you need. I hope this helps!

So here is my completed entry for this MAGS:

THE ZOO!

Download: THE ZOO on Itch.io





I am enjoying this! I'm just past the first main hurdle and it's pretty well thought out and tightly made. The setting is pretty cool too, though I've never watched much of The Twilight Zone, it reminds me of 'The Prisoner' series from the 60's. Nice work!

4KbShort

Quote from: GooseKult on Tue 25/06/2024 00:24:49I am enjoying this! I'm just past the first main hurdle and it's pretty well thought out and tightly made. The setting is pretty cool too, though I've never watched much of The Twilight Zone, it reminds me of 'The Prisoner' series from the 60's. Nice work!

I tried watching "The Prisoner", but couldn't get too far into it only because of the sound design. I don't know if they meant for the music to be droning and rhythmic, and if they did that's great, but it causes me massive irritation to watch. Otherwise it's a very intriguing show... maybe I can watch it muted with subtitles...

Anyway, thanks for the feedback! Let me know if there are any major bugs or issues!
I have a website: https://www.fordabble.com/
I've made some games: https://4kbshort.itch.io/
I've made some videos: https://www.youtube.com/@encouragingthings
And some game videos: https://www.youtube.com/@4Kbshort

GooseKult

#17




Carnival of Shadows: https://goosekult.itch.io/carnival-of-shadows

Can be downloaded or played in browser (Though it seems kinda laggy).

Story:

A group of four unlikely companions arrive at an abandoned amusement park, drawn by the promise of a unique experience. They quickly discover that the park is haunted by the restless spirits of those who perished in a tragic accident. To escape, they must solve puzzles, confront supernatural threats, and uncover the park's dark history before they too become part of the shadows.

I have a lot to learn about making games but hopefully someone will get some enjoyment from it! I had a laugh making it! Thanks for having me.









Stupot

Two games already, and days to spare.
Amazing scenes.

4KbShort

#19
Quote from: GooseKult on Tue 25/06/2024 13:07:48



Carnival of Shadows: https://goosekult.itch.io/carnival-of-shadows

Can be downloaded or played in browser (Though it seems kinda laggy).

Story:

A group of four unlikely companions arrive at an abandoned amusement park, drawn by the promise of a unique experience. They quickly discover that the park is haunted by the restless spirits of those who perished in a tragic accident. To escape, they must solve puzzles, confront supernatural threats, and uncover the park's dark history before they too become part of the shadows.

I have a lot to learn about making games but hopefully someone will get some enjoyment from it! I had a laugh making it! Thanks for having me.


I played through it for a bit, but got stuck after installing the first fuse. (this is a me problem, not a game problem I think)
I did have some difficulty hitting the hotspots for screen transitions and had to "wiggle" around the edges to move to the next area sometimes.
I really like the Maniac Mansion/DOTT idea of using your friends for things and how easy it was to acquire/leave them behind.
Sounds are great, animations are good and, though I'm taking a break due to the above stuck-ness, I will be coming back to finish the game because I do want to see how it ends!

Great work! Highly recommended for people who are better at playing Adventure Games than I am!  :grin:
I have a website: https://www.fordabble.com/
I've made some games: https://4kbshort.itch.io/
I've made some videos: https://www.youtube.com/@encouragingthings
And some game videos: https://www.youtube.com/@4Kbshort

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