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Title: MAGS January - "Transformation" (RESULTS)
Post by: Stupot on 01 Jan 2017, 01:23
Voting has finished and the winner is:

'Black Morph' by Selmiak, Emont and Creamy

Well done team Black Morph. You will be contacted soon about choosing a topic for March.
Thanks to all the participants and voters.

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(http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x423/qikfire/HYDE2_zpseg5vu0x8.png)Hyde and Seek (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2119/) by Slasher
(https://m.gjcdn.net/game-thumbnail/300/231383-crop5_0_957_535-bzxecwr8.jpg)Black Morph (http://gamejolt.com/games/black-morph/231383) by Selmiak, Emont, Creamy
(http://i68.tinypic.com/dm79rq.png)Shunday (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2121/) by Mandle

Click on the game title to download.

Voting

We're gonna try poll voting (not pole vaulting) this month and see how it goes. Please see the poll at the top of this page.

Remember:
* try all the games before you vote
* vote only once
* vote for your favourite
* don't forget to leave a comment and rating on the AGS games database

Voting Ends: February 15th

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Topic: Transformation
Set by Riaise.

(http://i.imgur.com/MmNOnbW.png)

Description: New year, new you! It is a time to make changes, although some are more dramatic than others. This month your game should focus on someone - or something - undergoing a transformation, whether a handsome prince is turned into a frog, the dowdy geek becomes a pretty prom queen, or that dusty old back room is renovated into a gamer's paradise. Change is coming, for better or for worse!

Rules: Someone or something must go through a visual/physical transformation at some point during the game.

Ending: January 31st


_______________________________________ _______________________________________ _____________________________


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 rules 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 "favorite" 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

• You may work in a team to produce an entry.
• You are not allowed to use any material created before the competition. Your game must be completely new! An exception is music and sound; you can use any audio that is freely available to the public.
• Any modules and templates featured in this board (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?board=10.0) are also allowed.

Entering MAGS is simple. First, conceptualise your game following the month's criteria (see top). Second, create your game fueled 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 fifteen days. The winner chooses the next month's theme, and their name and game is immortalised in the MAGS Archive (http://www.mags-competition.info/?page=games). For more information, please visit the Official MAGS website. (http://www.mags-competition.info/)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 01 Jan 2017, 07:50
Mmmmmmmmmmm sounds very enticing....

I already have a few ideas brewing should I enter......

I hope my ideas are first up before they get pinched (laugh)




 
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Riaise on 02 Jan 2017, 12:54
Yay! I'm glad you're inspired by the theme, slasher. I hope you can get a game done! ;-D
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Blondbraid on 02 Jan 2017, 14:35
Sounds like a fascinating theme, though do the transformation has to be physical or can you have a protagonist that goes trough a mental transformation?
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Riaise on 02 Jan 2017, 16:24
I'd say that as long as there is some sort of visual representation, rather than just stating "this character has changed!", then it should be fine. Even just a change in facial expression should be enough. :)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 02 Jan 2017, 18:21
Hyde and Seek (laugh)
Claim (laugh)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 02 Jan 2017, 22:16
Hyde and Seek (laugh)
Claim (laugh)

Nice!
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: gameboy on 03 Jan 2017, 18:57
I might transform into a game developer.

(http://i.imgur.com/VrwzROF.png)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 03 Jan 2017, 23:26
That's absolutely beautiful gameboy!

A fixer-upper game after the apocalypse?
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Kumpel on 04 Jan 2017, 10:32
I think it's just Detroit :P

Great theme btw! I am excited to see the entries.
No time this month to do something on my own though... (roll)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Riaise on 04 Jan 2017, 13:43
Thanks, Kumpel! I'm glad the theme is inspiring a few ideas, I'm excited to see what everyone comes up with, too. ;-D

Great idea, slasher, it sounds like it should a fun one! :-D

gameboy, that background looks amazing! I can't wait to play it! ;-D
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: selmiak on 04 Jan 2017, 20:04
smells like Creamy, Emont and me have something cooking, the ingredients are very tasty, let's see what's for dinner (laugh)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Blondbraid on 04 Jan 2017, 23:18
Seems people have some nice ideas going in this one, and gameboy's screenshot looks good, I like the clear-cut artstyle!

I have an idea of my own, and while I must admit I got this idea before this month, the sprites in this post are new,
of the same character at different points in the story, I guess you could consider this a teaser for my game idea:
(http://i.imgur.com/6e6kynO.png)
"The communist party does not promote cowardice, and neither will I. As your commissar I don't care about your petty excuses about being outnumbered or surrounded or being sent into battle without ammo.
Anyone withdrawing from the line of fire is a coward and deserter and deserves exactly what's coming to them."
(http://i.imgur.com/i9UueJu.png)
"W-wait now, I'm not a deserter! I'm a party commissar! Look, I got separated from my unit, and ended up behind enemy lines, ok? Alone behind enemy lines! Do you know what those guys do to commissars?! I only switched uniforms with a dead guy to come back to our lines! This is not my uniform, I'm a real commissar I swear! Oh dear god please don't do this to me, please, you have to believe me!!!"

They say the dress makes the man they say...
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 05 Jan 2017, 19:04
You do some lovely graphics Blondbraid (nod)

Here's my in-production Teaser for 'Hyde and Seek' (laugh)

(http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x423/qikfire/Chemistry%20Book_zpsd0ww9uhf.png)




Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Riaise on 06 Jan 2017, 14:27
That sounds intriguing, selmiak. I hope it all comes together!

Blondbraid, it sounds like you've got another inteeresting game lined up! And the sprites look great, as always. :)

Looking good, slasher! :-D
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 07 Jan 2017, 10:12
Hyde and Seek is coming along nicely.

Most of the mechanics and sprites have be done though there is still quite a lot of work to be done so that should keep me busy for a week or so..

Meanwhile here is a video of the opening scene:

[embed=700,450]http://youtu.be/7ObAys5-noQ[/embed]

Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Blondbraid on 07 Jan 2017, 12:22
Thanks for the kind words, Riaise and slasher!

Hyde and Seek is coming along nicely.

Most of the mechanics and sprites have be done though there is still quite a lot of work to be done so that should keep me busy for a week or so..

Meanwhile here is a video of the opening scene:
Sadly I can't see the video, but your previous screenshot and premise seems fun!

EDIT: OK, I've seen the video now and it seems like a fun game, I'm really curious of what outcomes there could be.
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 07 Jan 2017, 19:10
Quote
I'm really curious of what outcomes there could be.
Well, that would depend on what you put into your body and its/their effects (laugh)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 08 Jan 2017, 01:49
Nice looking trailer, slasher. One slight issue for me though is that I find it a bit jarring reading the text of what the guy is saying while the singer is singing different words over the top. Is that the ingame music for this scene? Maybe it's just me but I feel an instrumental version might work better.
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 08 Jan 2017, 04:34
Nice looking trailer, slasher. One slight issue for me though is that I find it a bit jarring reading the text of what the guy is saying while the singer is singing different words over the top. Is that the ingame music for this scene? Maybe it's just me but I feel an instrumental version might work better.
The music has indeed been changed to something else (instrumental)... What is in the video was a placeholder as it were.

The game is a bit tricky doing in places, but i will persevere....Meanwhile its going to plan, well almost (laugh)

Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 09 Jan 2017, 09:46
Hyde and Seek

Story-line:

James Hyde is confined to his room and not allowed to venture outside, except to go to school. His parents disowned him from birth because he is 'different'. But that is about to change.

After reading an old chemistry book on 'Chemicals and the body' James sets about seeking out everyday ingredients in the hope that they will 'CHANGE' him into someone who his parents will accept into their 'family'.

Finding and then choosing the right combination of food stuff is not so easy and at times outrageous or nothing appears to happen, but perseverance is James' key to a successful CHANGE.

The moral of this story is that it only takes a change for things to be so different.

Game finished and now testing....



Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 09 Jan 2017, 11:10
Game finished and now testing....

So...plenty of time for two sequels to the game before deadline! (laugh)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 09 Jan 2017, 17:11
Hyde and Seek

Now released... Download Hyde and Seek (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2119/)

Story-line:

James Hyde is confined to his room and not allowed to venture outside, except to go to school. His parents disowned him from birth because he is 'different'. But that is about to change.

After reading an old chemistry book on 'Chemicals and the body' James sets about seeking out everyday ingredients in the hope that they will 'CHANGE' him into someone who his parents will accept into their 'family'.

Finding and then choosing the right combination of food stuff is not so easy and at times outrageous or nothing appears to happen, but perseverance is James' key to a successful CHANGE. Remember: quantity is not always best...

The moral of this story is that it only takes a change for things to be so different.

* This game is one room.
* No Save or Load.
* Single cursor for Interact/Use Inventory only.
* Many dramatic effects.

Have you got the perseverance needed to CHANGE successfully?

Specs:
640 x 480
16 bit color
d3d

(http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x423/qikfire/HYDE1_zpsp7dbcwge.png)

(http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x423/qikfire/HYDE2_zpseg5vu0x8.png)

(http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x423/qikfire/HYDE3_zpsglmm2vkm.png)

Download Hyde and Seek (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2119/)


Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Riaise on 11 Jan 2017, 13:16
Wow, great work, slasher! I think there should be an extra category added to the Maggies - Speediest MAGS Creator! (laugh) I'll wait to play the game until the competition is over so that I can play all the entries together. :)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Blondbraid on 11 Jan 2017, 23:20
Congratulations on the quick release, Slasher! I must say your pace is most admirable and I'll have to try your game when I get the time.
Meanwhile, I did this image for my game:
(http://i.imgur.com/KWuWUVI.png)
I suppose the title is a wordplay of sorts, I'm trying to come up with something catchy, though I must admit I'm worried that I'm using too obscure references.
The titular commissar (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_commissar) is a Soviet political officer in WWII,
and contrapasso (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contrapasso) is what the poet Dante calls the ironic punishment sinners receive in hell.
Now this story doesn't take place in a literal hell, but I hope it might convey sort of the direction this story is going.
I also tried to add some symbolism (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tower_(Tarot_card)) just for the fun of it...

I know two sprites and a snappy title doesn't sound like too much now, but if you combine those two with all my artistic vision, my ambition and all my planning, you will get...



...two sprites and a snappy title...
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: selmiak on 14 Jan 2017, 03:53
I decided to use a canvas- or rather gamesize of 240x135 and use dawnbringers 16 colors palette. The palette seemed to have way too little dark colors and I was about to introduce new colors just because, but then I didn't and stayed with it just because and I played around with lots of dithering and now I'm in love with the palette. The canvassize is really small so it's a bit faster than pixeling 320x240 but it's tricky to get a lot of detail in that size with that few colors. Here is a small teaser for you (with only 5 colors) :)
x1 x2 x4 x8
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Gurok on 14 Jan 2017, 05:41
That looks really good, Selmiak. The reuse of the yellow for the moon gives the reflection almost a perfect appearance. If not for the colour limits, I would be tempted to squeeze some shimmmer and height distortion into the reflection. It might complicate things too much and it looks lovely as is though.
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Benworks Creations on 14 Jan 2017, 09:19
Man I would love to participate in this if my hands weren't already full with "Penga & Obcster's Christmish Adventure" Good luck to everyone!
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Danvzare on 14 Jan 2017, 11:44
Wow selmiak, that art is incredible. You've really outdone yourself with that palette.
I can't fathom how you're going to finish a whole game in one month with that kind of quality. But I'm certainly looking forward to seeing it. :-D
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: selmiak on 16 Jan 2017, 04:11
seems our protagonist is a mysterious hooded figure. And now he can walk too.
x1 x2 x4 x8
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Stupot on 16 Jan 2017, 04:58
seems our protagonist is a mysterious hooded figure. And now he can walk too.
x1 x2 x4 x8

I don't know if he can walk but he can certainly get down and groovy.
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: selmiak on 16 Jan 2017, 12:35
that's the advantage with having a small canvas. Don't pixel any feet and if anybody might ask just say there was no place for them in that resolution :D
He can also go all metal! \m/
x1 x2 x4 x8

though his missing feet are more obvious in that animation, but that are just 2 frames of a longer animation where it doesn't matter then again ...
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Riaise on 17 Jan 2017, 13:24
Keep going, Blondbraid, you can do it! (nod)

Selmiak, your game is looking amazing! I'm interested to see how the metal animation fits in! :-D
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 17 Jan 2017, 15:40
Quote
though his missing feet are more obvious in that animation, but that are just 2 frames of a longer animation where it doesn't matter then again ...
May as well "Off with his head" as well (laugh)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: selmiak on 22 Jan 2017, 00:32
leaving the magical mystery forest. But how will you cross that gap?
x1 x2 x4 x8
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 22 Jan 2017, 22:24
leaving the magical mystery forest. But how will you cross that gap?

Well, first I sit for about half an hour and drink in how beautiful the scenery is before even worrying about that... :)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Riaise on 26 Jan 2017, 14:04
That's looking really good, selmiak!

How is everyone else doing with their entries?
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 26 Jan 2017, 15:17
How is everyone else doing with their entries?

I am stupidly starting on an entry just now as I suddenly had an idea for a game that won't leave my head alone until I at least try to make it...

Damn head!

Working title:

Transformatronbots
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Riaise on 26 Jan 2017, 19:16
Yay, Mandle! :-D You can do it! (nod)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Cassiebsg on 26 Jan 2017, 21:39
Go go Mandle, go! (nod)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Danvzare on 27 Jan 2017, 15:24
Go on Mandle, you can do it, if you can't do it no one can! :-D
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Riaise on 27 Jan 2017, 20:59
Also, go everyone else who is taking part this month! Woo! :-D
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 28 Jan 2017, 08:58
Given the theme: I'm officially transforming my game into something completely different that I feel I can realistically get done in time. The giant transforming battle robot combat game was a BAAAAAAAD call.
Spoiler: ShowHide
It was a bad call, Ripley
. There's no way I could get that done in time.

Luckily I have a plan B that I just made up!

And it's a horror game! My favorite!
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 28 Jan 2017, 09:27
So Mandle hits upon another plan he calls the other other plan (laugh)

Get yer' mojo working Mandle ;)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 28 Jan 2017, 15:43
Yay! I've completed the story of the game and the first two puzzles, neither of which work...

LOOOAAADING
COOOODIING
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 29 Jan 2017, 13:53
Got the second puzzle working perfectly...And it's fun to do (at least for me)...

The first puzzle is still borked but I think I can figure out how to make it fun...

Onto the next one...and writing the story...

EDIT: I have the third puzzle set up and just have to code it... It is a very digital puzzle...
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 30 Jan 2017, 03:10
Erm... It seems I made a slight calendar miscalculation. I kept thinking Wednesday was January 31st, and I'm really gonna need my half-day-off on Wednesday to get my entry finished.

Would anyone object to the deadline being extended to February 1st?
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 30 Jan 2017, 04:06
Quote
Mandle: Would anyone object to the deadline being extended to February 1st?
As long as it's February 1st 2017 (laugh)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Riaise on 30 Jan 2017, 16:34
That's fine by me, as long as the other entrants don't mind. :)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 31 Jan 2017, 23:22
Cheers guys! I'm gonna take that as a yes then and work my ass off today to try and get it finished.
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Creamy on 31 Jan 2017, 23:47
BLACK MORPH
(https://m.gjcdn.net/game-thumbnail/300/231383-crop5_0_957_535-bzxecwr8.jpg)

Gamejolt link (http://gamejolt.com/games/black-morph/231383)

As a Black Morph, use your ability to turn into living things to make your way through an enchanting forest.

Credits
- Selmiak : lovely graphics and game design.
- Emont : awesome ambient music and SFX.
- Creamy : code and game design.

My apologies to my partners for releasing this demo without showing them before (at least not the end) but I'm getting tired and I won't be able to work on the game tomorrow.

Good luck on finishing your game Mandle, gameboy and Blondbraid.
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Stupot on 01 Feb 2017, 00:47
Cheers guys! I'm gonna take that as a yes then and work my ass off today to try and get it finished.
I guess that's decided, then.

Blondebraid and Gameboy, are you still in?
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: selmiak on 01 Feb 2017, 01:31
yay! We made a game :)
Go play black morph, people of the ags and following mags :)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 01 Feb 2017, 05:17
Black morph... quick.. its  has the Quit bug... and only ALT+X only to quit...
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Shadow1000 on 01 Feb 2017, 05:20
I just realized that Black Morph is a demo? Lovely graphics and cool effects but there doesn't seem to be much you can do other than morph into 2 objects and pick up one. Am I missing something or is that what the demo is at this stage?

SHADOW
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 01 Feb 2017, 08:23
Only 2 Shadow...much more (laugh)

Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 01 Feb 2017, 10:02
I'm just posting to rest my head for a bit...

I'm still stuck trying to code the same puzzle I had working yesterday but have broken somehow...

So yeah...

4 hours of valuable time wasted with zero progress...

But I will soldier on even if I have to stay up all friggin' night!
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Mandle on 01 Feb 2017, 17:24
I got the coding kinda sorted out but, yeah...

I couldn't get the game finished...

However, I do have a playable first chapter done:

Shunday

(http://i68.tinypic.com/dm79rq.png)

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2121/)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: selmiak on 01 Feb 2017, 18:49
@slasher: What is the quit bug? That there is no quit button? Yeah, you are right, but you are also right that Alt+X quits.

@shadow: it depends on where you transform, there is more to discover ;)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Slasher on 01 Feb 2017, 19:08
The quit bug is where the game fails to shut down properly and you get windows pop up boxes and the mouse goes haywire at times..

There is a patch for this.
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (OPEN)
Post by: Tabata on 01 Feb 2017, 19:45
Just played Black Morph and I feld the need to tell you right now that it is aaaawesome!  (http://s1.directupload.net/images/user/140716/yx5ry34l.gif)
Nice gameplay, cute graphics and lovely story - you need to continue it.

I enjoyed testing the changes and to go on in the story.
And when I finally was able to 'defeat' the bird it was like 'yeah - now  take this, and take that and ...'  :grin:

Very well done - good team - go on developing, please  (nod)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (VOTING)
Post by: Stupot on 01 Feb 2017, 23:21
The competition has now ended and voting is underway.

(http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x423/qikfire/HYDE2_zpseg5vu0x8.png)Hyde and Seek (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2119/) by Slasher
(https://m.gjcdn.net/game-thumbnail/300/231383-crop5_0_957_535-bzxecwr8.jpg)Black Morph (http://gamejolt.com/games/black-morph/231383) by Selmiak, Emont, Creamy
(http://i68.tinypic.com/dm79rq.png)Shunday (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2121/) by Mandle

Click on the game title to download.

Voting

We're gonna try poll voting (not pole vaulting) this month and see how it goes. Please see the poll at the top of this page.

Remember:
* try all the games before you vote
* vote only once
* vote for your favourite
* don't forget to leave a comment and rating on the AGS games database

Voting Ends: February 15th
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (VOTING)
Post by: Stupot on 02 Feb 2017, 01:12
Sorry. I had to restart the poll. I thought I had made it so that it would only show the result after the voting period, but for some reason that wasn't the case.

Could the person who already voted please vote again? Sorry and Thanks.
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (VOTING)
Post by: Mandle on 02 Feb 2017, 01:21
Hmmmm... I'm having some problems downloading Black Morph. I've tried twice now and the download keeps freezing and crashing.

I've heard of others having trouble downloading from Game Jolt. Any possibility of a mirror link?

EDIT: Third time's the charm I guess. It worked! Maybe just momentary connection issues?
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (VOTING)
Post by: Cassiebsg on 02 Feb 2017, 18:42
I'll wait for the mirror, since Game Jolt doesn't work for me.
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (VOTING)
Post by: Riaise on 02 Feb 2017, 19:22
Well done to all of the entrants! :)

Hyde and Seek by Slasher

Spoiler: ShowHide
This is a fun little game. I liked finding all of the items (shame there were no Jammie Dodgers, though! :P) and the after effects of the different concoctions were funny and effective. I know the moral of the story was perseverance, but I think there could still have been some slight hints as to which items should be used. Sometimes we need a little nudge in the right direction to know how to make a change! ;)


Black Morph by Selmiak, Emont, Creamy

Spoiler: ShowHide
Wow, the graphics and animations are stunning! I love the gameplay, the interpretation of the theme is really original. Every time I thought I'd found all there was to do, there was more to look at and discover. The music and sound effects work really well, too. I'm looking forward to playing a full length game, because this demo has huge potential!


Shunday by Mandle

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This game has a good atmosphere, unnerving and slightly chilling. I found the puzzles a bit frustrating, but I got them in the end. Well done for creating what you did in the tiny amount of time you had, though, it was a really good effort!
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (VOTING)
Post by: Creamy on 02 Feb 2017, 22:35
I've added the game on the database (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2123/).
You can now get the game on Google Drive (mirror).

@Tabata and Riaise : Thanks for the kind words. Selmiak really outdid himself.

@Slasher: I didn't know about the quit bug. I'll search for the patch.

@ Shadow : someone else has complained about the 1st puzzle on the french forum. I'll add a clue once the vote is over.

I have only played Shunday so far. I liked the stylish writing and the 1st puzzle but I have to admit that
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I'm embarrassingly bad at Simon games  :-[
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (VOTING)
Post by: Mandle on 02 Feb 2017, 22:57
Cheers guys so the good words so far. I'm gonna finish this game. It would be a waste of what I feel is quite a good story (which the current version only really hints at) if I didn't.

I have to admit that
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I'm embarrassingly bad at Simon games  :-[


Hehehe.... I have to admit that
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so am I (laugh)


There is actually a cheat built in to skip that part that I used during testing, and I left it in for now in case the
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Simon puzzle
proved too frustrating for some.

I don't really want to make it too cheap though by just posting the cheat in here. If anyone really needs it please PM me and I will tell you.
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (VOTING)
Post by: selmiak on 03 Feb 2017, 04:10
yeah, thanks Tabata and Riaise. Only 16 colors baby!!! 8-)

@creamy: we should just have a quit promt on ESC or so...
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (VOTING)
Post by: Twirlly on 07 Feb 2017, 09:44
Black Morph team: While playing I got an internal error that shut down the game and gave the following message. "Error: Unable to render character 11 (New character) because loop 1 does not exist in view 35". I assume I just did some unexpected interaction to cause this to happen.

I know it's just a demo so I'm not sure if it just cuts off or if there is a clear end point. I'll try to play again later.

Decided to give it one more go before bed and there was something to let me know I completed the demo.
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (VOTING)
Post by: Creamy on 07 Feb 2017, 20:59
Thanks for reporting the bug, Twirlly. I hope you enjoyed the game nonetheless.
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (VOTING)
Post by: Blondbraid on 08 Feb 2017, 15:54
I've played both Shunday, Black morph and Hyde and seek, and while the puzzles of Shunday really weren't my cup of tea, it was sort of a fun idea with making counting on your fingers a puzzle.
Hyde and seek also had some frustrating trial and error, but the punchline at the end had me giggling.  (laugh)
Black morph had both interesting game mechanics as well as excellent pixel-art, it would be cool to se it made into a longer game.

I'm sorry I never managed to make an entry for this month, I got busy with other things and never made much of my concept, the one I described earlier with the commissar getting mistaken for a deserter,
but I have been thinking about making a regular AGS game of that concept instead, if anyone thinks it would be worth it.
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (VOTING)
Post by: Riaise on 08 Feb 2017, 17:08
I do! The concept sounds really good, and it's interesting to see the stories of the secondary characters from Sniper and Spotter. I'd play it! :-D
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (VOTING)
Post by: Blondbraid on 11 Feb 2017, 10:48
I do! The concept sounds really good, and it's interesting to see the stories of the secondary characters from Sniper and Spotter. I'd play it! :-D
Great to hear that you liked it, I'm thinking about beginning to work on it again once I'm finished with my current AGS project.
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (VOTING)
Post by: Creamy on 11 Feb 2017, 11:44
@ Blondbraid : I'll be glad to come back to Stalingrad - so to speak - no matter if we play sniper, spotter or a commissar.

With all the games I've been playing for the AGS awards, I forgot to report about Hyde and Seek :  the puzzle felt random but I liked the sweet outcome. I didn't see that coming.

When this MAGS competition is over, there'll be an update of Black Morph to fix the problems that have been reported. I'll probably stop working on the game afterwards because Selmiak wants a complete overhaul of the game that I disagree with.
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (VOTING)
Post by: selmiak on 11 Feb 2017, 13:53
A complete overhaul of 2,5 rooms, don't be ridiculous. It's for making a better game and making morph great again.
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (VOTING)
Post by: Creamy on 11 Feb 2017, 16:27
It's not just a matter of work. I also happen to prefer the game the way it is :P
I won't stop you revamping/continuing it though, as long as the current demo is still available.

Speaking of unfinished games, what happened to gameboy's boarded house?
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (VOTING)
Post by: Stupot on 13 Feb 2017, 03:52
Three days left to vote, guys. Don't forget.

And while you're there, what do you think of using the poll for voting as opposed to PMing the MAGS Host? I must say we got a few more votes than normal this month. My only problem is that I can't see who voted. I don't know if that needs to be an issue but I quite like knowing who is voting, to keep an eye on trends etc.

What do y'all think?
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (VOTING)
Post by: Slasher on 13 Feb 2017, 10:36
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My only problem is that I can't see who voted.
Does that mean I can vote millions of times? (laugh)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (VOTING)
Post by: Danvzare on 13 Feb 2017, 11:39
And while you're there, what do you think of using the poll for voting as opposed to PMing the MAGS Host?
Personally, I like it. It doesn't feel as intimidating or as formal as sending a PM.
Is that weird of me? :-\

It's a shame that you can't see who voted for what though. I like hear about those stats and trends. :-D
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (VOTING)
Post by: Mandle on 13 Feb 2017, 14:42
I must say we got a few more votes than normal this month.

I would say that's the bottom line then. If the system appeals to more people, as I guess it would, being more modern and all, then it's a better system.

I think the problem before was that really only MAGS vets knew to click the link in the specific post by the MAGS host to get to the link to the PM, and even then there was no structure to follow unless they had read how to vote.

People like to just click on boxes and have it all automated. Nothing wrong with that of course. And if it gets more voters then go for it I say.
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (VOTING)
Post by: Blondbraid on 14 Feb 2017, 11:43
@ Blondbraid : I'll be glad to come back to Stalingrad - so to speak - no matter if we play sniper, spotter or a commissar.
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When this MAGS competition is over, there'll be an update of Black Morph to fix the problems that have been reported. I'll probably stop working on the game afterwards because Selmiak wants a complete overhaul of the game that I disagree with.
Happy that you liked my concept!
Also, Black Morph had some great ideas, it wold be fun to see them expanded upon in the future.

I also think that the poll in this competition felt fast and easy to use, I like it.
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (VOTING)
Post by: Riaise on 14 Feb 2017, 19:40
I agree about the poll, I prefer it to PM'ing. (nod)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (VOTING)
Post by: Cassiebsg on 14 Feb 2017, 19:46
It's easier with the poll. (nod)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (RESULTS)
Post by: Stupot on 16 Feb 2017, 02:02
Voting has finished and the winner is:

'Black Morph' by Selmiak, Emont and Creamy

Well done team Black Morph. You will be contacted soon about choosing a topic for March.
Thanks to all the participants and voters.


19 voters this month. That's a much better turn out than usual. So, I think we'll keep usibg the poll for a while and see how it goes.

One more thing. If you get a chance and haven't already done so, please take a moment to rate and comment this monthscentries in the game database. Thanks muchly.
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (RESULTS)
Post by: Slasher on 16 Feb 2017, 08:18
Well done Selmiak, Emont, Creamy...

Nice game and graphic/effects (nod)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (RESULTS)
Post by: Mandle on 16 Feb 2017, 13:23
Congrats for Black Morph: A game with a huge potential!
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (RESULTS)
Post by: selmiak on 16 Feb 2017, 15:17
Yay! 8-)

Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (RESULTS)
Post by: Danvzare on 16 Feb 2017, 15:46
Congratulations Selmiak, Emont and Creamy.
You made a wonderful game. :-D
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (RESULTS)
Post by: Shadow1000 on 16 Feb 2017, 18:59
Congrats! It really was a great game and I hope you continue it into a full-lengther...

SHADOW
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (RESULTS)
Post by: Riaise on 16 Feb 2017, 21:47
Congratulations to Selmiak, Emont and Creamy! :-D

Using the poll seems to work better, too. Especially as everyone can see the result once the poll has been closed. (nod)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (RESULTS)
Post by: Cassiebsg on 16 Feb 2017, 21:58
Oh... congrats on the win! :) Great game.

Uhm... think I sometimes have a dirty mind... :-[ (laugh)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (RESULTS)
Post by: Mandle on 16 Feb 2017, 22:46
Uhm... think I sometimes have a dirty mind... :-[ (laugh)

Referring to the shape of the poll I'm assuming? (laugh)
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (RESULTS)
Post by: Twirlly on 16 Feb 2017, 23:34
Okay you bunch of preschoolers lol. I like the poll(not pole) as well.

It reminds me of how voting used to be with the site that had all the previous mags entries listed and you simply clicked to select a winner for the current month. Can someone tell me when and why that ended? I'm curious as I have spurts of absence from the AGS website, but definitely noticed that change upon return.
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (RESULTS)
Post by: Stupot on 17 Feb 2017, 02:13
@Riaise - To be fair I pretty much always post the results pretty shortly after the deadline closes.

@Twirlly - We stopped using the MAGS site because of an incident that highlighted the fact that non-forum members could vote and I wanted to keep it members only. Using the forum poll kind of bridges that gap; I still can't see who is voting (which would be ideal, personslly) but at least they have to be signed up members.
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (RESULTS)
Post by: Twirlly on 17 Feb 2017, 05:08
Makes sense
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (RESULTS)
Post by: Riaise on 17 Feb 2017, 14:18
@Riaise - To be fair I pretty much always post the results pretty shortly after the deadline closes.

Oh, I didn't mean it in that sense, you do a great job with running the MAGS. :) I wasn't sure if the poll would show the result after it was closed, or if it would still be hidden and you would post it as usual. I just meant that it was nice to be able to see the result visually (Cassie and Mandle are clearly enjoying it :P). Sorry about that, I should have worded it better.
Title: Re: MAGS January - "Transformation" (RESULTS)
Post by: Creamy on 18 Feb 2017, 22:28
*Step in late*
Yay! Thanks to our voters  :-D
As blackudder would put it, we'll try to come up with a cunning theme that's cunning.