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Which is your favourite MAGS game of October?

Paper Planes by Creamy
Desmond: The 'Thing' from Another World by Slasher

Voting closes: 15 Nov 2019, 11:06

Author Topic: MAGS October "Kids" (VOTING)  (Read 2420 times)

MAGS October "Kids" (VOTING)
« on: 01 Oct 2019, 04:36 »
Thanks for the entries for MAGS October.
Here they are for your voting pleasure.
Vote using the poll above.

Paper Planes
by Creamy
Desmond: The Thing from Another World
by Slasher

Topic: Kids
Chosen by cat, Marcin K and CaptainD
Deadline: October 31st

Make a game where children play an important role.
  • The player character can be a kid but doesn't have to be.
  • The game can be made for children or for adults.
  • It can be funny and lighthearted or dark and depressing, even horror is fine!




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 "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, conceptualise 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.
« Last Edit: 01 Nov 2019, 11:08 by Stupot »

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #1 on: 01 Oct 2019, 09:55 »
Oh... love the theme already!  :-D
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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #2 on: 01 Oct 2019, 14:11 »
Great, now the theme to the Pippi Longstocking movie is stuck in my head.

Since the turnout for last month was so low, I will consider making a game after all. Maybe I'll give another try at making a game based on 80s kid horror movies...

Okay, fine. So it was actually a song by The Black Ingvars. Which I have no clue the lyrics of due to not knowing Swedish...

Edit: Would it be okay to use the framing device I considered for May as long as everything else about the story is new?
« Last Edit: 01 Oct 2019, 14:45 by VampireWombat »

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #3 on: 02 Oct 2019, 07:19 »
Been having an awesome fun time today drawing out the street map of a certain little fictional town in Maine for my project: Being Pennywise.
« Last Edit: 02 Oct 2019, 07:58 by Mandle »

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #4 on: 02 Oct 2019, 10:54 »
I like kids... Couldn't eat more than 1 though  (laugh)

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #5 on: 02 Oct 2019, 11:39 »
I like kids... Couldn't eat more than 1 though  (laugh)

You'll float two!

Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #6 on: 02 Oct 2019, 13:42 »
Vampire Wombat - I can probably translate it for you if you tell me what song it is.

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #7 on: 02 Oct 2019, 14:00 »
So, the plan is to split up the game to have 3 different main stories in a different style. Due to watching Mom's Got a Date With a Vampire and My Mom's A Werewolf yesterday, the first story is going to be My Best Friend's A Werewolf.

Mandle - Ooo, an eldritch abomination simulator? Sounds fun.

heltenjon - Här Kommer Pippi Långstrump seems to be the full title. By Black Ingvars.
« Last Edit: 02 Oct 2019, 14:11 by VampireWombat »

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #8 on: 02 Oct 2019, 14:27 »
Maybe a possibility is a hero rescuing kids.  Oh the possibilities with this theme!

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #9 on: 02 Oct 2019, 16:55 »
Mandle - Ooo, an eldritch abomination simulator? Sounds fun.

Beep Beep, Vampy!!!

Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #10 on: 02 Oct 2019, 22:19 »
Here is the translation, VW:

Have you seen my monkey,
My beautiful cute little monkey
Have you seen Mr Nilson
Yes that is really his name
Have you seen my villa
My Villa Villekullevilla
Do you do you want to know
Why the villa is called that?
It’s because there lives Pippi Long Stockings,
Tjolahopp tjolahej tjolahoppsan-sa (basically nonsense words a la tralala)
There lives Pippi Long Stockings
Yes, there I actually live
It is not bad
I have (a) monkey, (a) horse and (a) villa
A bag full of money
Is also good to have
Come now, all friends
Everyone I know
Now we will have fun
Tjolahej etc.
Here comes Pippi Long Stockings
Tjolahopp etc.
Here comes Pippi Long Stockings
Here I really/actually come

(Pippi is the girl with red hair in the middle of the graphics presenting the theme in this thread.)

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #11 on: 02 Oct 2019, 22:51 »
I now have a basic idea for all but one of the stories. I'm leaning towards something sci fi, perhaps with an alien.

heltenjon: Thanks. They definitely don't sound as good in English. Which probably explains why the lyrics from the American movie are what's in my head.

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #12 on: 03 Oct 2019, 00:57 »
Wait, was Pippi Longstockings dubbed into English from German? I never realized when I was a kid I guess.

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #13 on: 03 Oct 2019, 06:43 »
I have an idea or two brewing  (roll)

I feel a musical coming on  (laugh)

VampireWombat: Sci fi? Alien?  Hope we don't clash  (laugh)

If I can spare a few days I may be able to enter this month...   (nod)
« Last Edit: 03 Oct 2019, 06:50 by Slasher »

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #14 on: 03 Oct 2019, 11:40 »
Actually, Pippi is Swedish, so more likely it was dubbed from Swedish to English.  ;)
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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #15 on: 03 Oct 2019, 13:41 »
The American movie was my first exposure to Pippi Longstocking, since it came out when I was a kid. So no dubbing was required. Then at some later point I saw the tv series/movies made from the series. And a few weeks ago I watched the first episode of the animated series...

Slasher - Alien: The musical? Inspired by the diner scene from Spaceballs, perhaps?
And it's doubtful our ideas would clash unless yours are influenced by Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Goosebumps, The 90s Outer Limits, Spaced Invaders, Super 8, etc.

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #16 on: 03 Oct 2019, 14:05 »
Actually, Pippi is Swedish, so more likely it was dubbed from Swedish to English.  ;)

Well, obviously "heltenjon - Här Kommer Pippi Långstrump" printed clearly above is Swedish!

What kind of an idiot would mistake that for German?

What?

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #17 on: 04 Oct 2019, 08:44 »
Mandle: Someone who does not know Swedish or German  (laugh)

Anyhow, my entry is underway and it includes my granddaughter  (laugh)

"It was a hot summers evening and the stars were very bright.
So bright that nobody noticed streaks of light flying across the night sky.
Peter and Cathy are out playing as they often are, oblivious to what was just about to occur.".

DESMOND



« Last Edit: 04 Oct 2019, 08:49 by Slasher »

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #18 on: 04 Oct 2019, 14:21 »
To make sure I don't run out of time again, I'm going to be making the game with dummy graphics before importing any of my own. So I will start programming today.

Slasher - The alien is named Desmond? And it sings and dances? I'm now imagining a mix of aliens from Chewy: Escape From F5, Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure with E.T. and the chestburster from Spaceballs.

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #19 on: 04 Oct 2019, 14:47 »
Slasher - The alien is named Desmond? And it sings and dances? I'm now imagining a mix of aliens from Chewy: Escape From F5, Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure with E.T. and the chestburster from Spaceballs.

Argh!!! Reference level has passed 8999!!! I canna hold her, Colonel!!! I'm disolving... DIIISSOOOLLVVIIING!!!

Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #20 on: 05 Oct 2019, 02:58 »
I think I may do this entry. I have a sort of story sketch thing, but only time will tell if I can develop it into a game.

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #21 on: 05 Oct 2019, 14:41 »
I'm happy that so many people find the topic inspiring. Looking forward to playing all those games  :)

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #22 on: 05 Oct 2019, 15:21 »
I'm happy that so many people find the topic inspiring. Looking forward to playing all those games  :)

Great topic! Kind of a shame that the goal of my game is to terrify and then eat children, but when the topic coincides with October AND the release of the second IT movie...

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #23 on: 05 Oct 2019, 16:53 »
Terrorizing is like tenderizing meat for demons/eldritch abominations.

Maybe I should make the third story Lovecraftian...

Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #24 on: 06 Oct 2019, 12:26 »
I have a feel-good concept for a kid's game :-D

Quote from: eri0o
I have a sort of story sketch thing

Can we see it? Mine started with a sketch too:
Spoiler: ShowHide
« Last Edit: 06 Oct 2019, 12:31 by Creamy »
 

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #25 on: 07 Oct 2019, 10:02 »
Hope you can join us Creamy (nod)

I'm not going the philosophical or literature way... Mines just a plain,  good old fashioned story of kids and a plant called Desmond  (laugh)
« Last Edit: 07 Oct 2019, 13:44 by Slasher »

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #26 on: 07 Oct 2019, 14:47 »
Ah, so Slasher's going The Little Shop of Horrors route? At least that still works with being a musical. Though I suppose to fit the theme, it'll be closer to the Little Shop cartoon series. I had completely forgotten that existed until today.

I'm considering subjecting myself to reading a Goosebumps book, but I'm not sure if I'm willing to go that far.

Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #27 on: 08 Oct 2019, 02:39 »
Ooh. Goosebumps! I used to love the old goosebumps choose-your-own-adventures. How about remaking one of those stories in AGS with visuals. Perhaps not for this MAGS but for a future project.

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #28 on: 08 Oct 2019, 09:50 »
Goosebumps is good  (nod)

Meanwhile our game Desmond by Lexie (7 1/2) and I is almost finished....

And VampireWombat: You are on the right track  (laugh)

Our backgrounds were chosen by Lexie..
« Last Edit: 08 Oct 2019, 13:09 by Slasher »

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #29 on: 08 Oct 2019, 14:59 »
I've never read any Goosebumps choose your own adventure books. I was a little past the target age when Goosebumps books originally came out, so they weren't even on my radar. So I've actually only read maybe 2 of them. But I have like 10 of them I got off of Ebay sometime this decade. But none are in the Give Yourself Goosebumps line. Perhaps one day I'll get some and attempt making a game based on one. Who knows...

One story in my game is vaguely choose your own adventure. I'm considering the 3rd story to be an adaptation of a Lovecraft story, but not sure which one since Dreams in the Witch House is the one I'm most familiar with and there is the long game being made by rongel.

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #30 on: 09 Oct 2019, 04:15 »
« Last Edit: 09 Oct 2019, 06:59 by Slasher »

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #31 on: 09 Oct 2019, 17:00 »
Looking awesome, Slasher!

I spent the day completing my walkcycle for the kids, coming up with 72 names of both male and female genders for them, figuring out how to have them walk around the map properly, feeling very creepy searching online for portraits of children for the characters' stats GUIs, and figuring out how to make floating GUIs that don't go off the screen when the characters get close to the edge.

Yes, the GUIs... They float... We all float down here... And when you're down here with us...

YOU'LL FLOAT TOO!!!

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #32 on: 09 Oct 2019, 18:00 »
I found out that there are some games adapted from some Goosebumps inspired choose your own adventure books. So I watched part of a let's play of one of them last night. I think maybe I'll try making My Best Friend Is A Werewolf into such a game.

feeling very creepy searching online for portraits of children for the characters' stats GUIs
I assume that at least helped with putting you in the right mood?
I would have just used This Person Doesn't Exist. Then agian, I guess it would take quite awhile to get 72 kids...

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #33 on: 10 Oct 2019, 14:51 »
I would have just used This Person Doesn't Exist.

Yeah, I think I'm gonna dump all my stock photos and go with something like that, or more cartoony. Using real photos gives me a bad feeling.

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #34 on: 10 Oct 2019, 19:59 »
Not to mention that you don't have the "permission" to use their faces.
But if you like I can try and get you some 72 kid faces that are not real photos.
There are those who believe that life here began out there...

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #35 on: 11 Oct 2019, 00:12 »
Not to mention that you don't have the "permission" to use their faces.
But if you like I can try and get you some 72 kid faces that are not real photos.

I don't have "permission" to make the game in the first place.  (laugh) Thanks for the offer! I'll let you know.

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #36 on: 11 Oct 2019, 05:03 »
Hiya

Quote
Mandle:I don't have "permission" to make the game in the first place.

When has anything stopped you?  (laugh)

Just a few more voices to add to my game, yes Desmond is a talkie (literally)...and then the game will be good to go..

"It was a hot summers evening and the stars were very bright.
So bright that nobody noticed streaks of light flying across the night sky.
Peter and Cathy are out playing as they often are, oblivious to what was just about to occur.".

Updated scene



Hope a few games are ready by the end date  (nod)....

« Last Edit: 13 Oct 2019, 04:41 by Slasher »

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #37 on: 11 Oct 2019, 15:41 »
Worst case scenario, I should have one story finished by the deadline. I have less done than I had planned, but I do plan to work harder next week.

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #38 on: 12 Oct 2019, 08:03 »
Worst case scenario, I should have one story finished by the deadline. I have less done than I had planned, but I do plan to work harder next week.
The whole Goosebumps  'Choose your own adventure' is a great idea.... Maybe a bit too much for a MAG in a month... However, you could make a few alternative endings by choice decisions....

Would love to see this as a full length game..

I hope you manage to put something together....

He who dares ;)
« Last Edit: 12 Oct 2019, 11:16 by Slasher »

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #39 on: 12 Oct 2019, 14:32 »
The whole Goosebumps  'Choose your own adventure' is a great idea.... Maybe a bit too much for a MAG in a month... However, you could make a few alternative endings by choice decisions....

Would love to see this as a full length game..

I hope you manage to put something together....

He who dares ;)
In some ways it's easier than a normal adventure game, in other ways it's more difficult. The Lets Play I watched of the game version of Choose Your Own Nightmare: Night of the Werewolf only gives 2 choices at a time. So I'll be doing the same. There's plenty time to do it. I just have to find my groove.

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #40 on: 13 Oct 2019, 19:06 »
Another Choose your own adventure is Alluris


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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #41 on: 15 Oct 2019, 17:52 »
Mario is missing Luigi since he walked out on him...
« Last Edit: 15 Oct 2019, 17:57 by Slasher »

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #42 on: 16 Oct 2019, 08:31 »
I think the real trick in doing a good "Choose Your Own Adventure" book or game is to be sure to be fair and consistent.

I always hate it when the "safe" choice gets you killed, or when the story totally shifts to different genres depending on your choices.

The old book "By Balloon To The Sahara" did the latter and it still annoys me... How does the choice to hide from nomad bandits (or not) result in the story being all about rescuing a princess (or suddenly battling aliens?!)

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #43 on: 16 Oct 2019, 13:57 »
Now I want to do completely off the rails tangents...

Thanks. Now I know what to do with the 2nd story.
« Last Edit: 16 Oct 2019, 14:03 by VampireWombat »

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #44 on: 20 Oct 2019, 11:58 »
Has anyone else got anything to show or tell about their entry?

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #45 on: 20 Oct 2019, 13:27 »
Has anyone else got anything to show or tell about their entry?

I think mine is shelved... I just started to get too creeped out by what I was making.

At first, the idea of playing the villain from a horror movie sounded fun, but then, around the time I started importing kids' photos for the character profiles I started to have a bad feeling.

Even though I decided to switch to cartoony portraits for the kids I started worrying about the kinds of people who might find the game and, ahem, enjoy playing the role of the stalker and killer of children a bit too much.

So, if I ever do anything with it, I will switch the role of the player to the kids fighting against Pennywise, which would be a lot more work than I will have time for this month.

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #46 on: 20 Oct 2019, 14:51 »
Has anyone else got anything to show or tell about their entry?
Not really. I tried to work on some sprites on my Kindle yesterday, but it only further proved that all of my drawing skills are with a mouse. I have watched enough stuff this last week to cobble together most of the My Best Friend Is A Werewolf segment at least. I will probably re-watch The Willies today or tomorrow to help with tying things together.

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« Reply #47 on: 20 Oct 2019, 20:44 »
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So, if I ever do anything with it, I will switch the role of the player to the kids fighting against Pennywise, which would be a lot more work than I will have time for this month.
Doesn't it make you redo the whole game?

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Has anyone else got anything to show or tell about their entry?
Mine is playable but unfinished. I won't be home next week-end so I'll probably post it this wednesday.
 

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« Reply #48 on: 20 Oct 2019, 23:28 »
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So, if I ever do anything with it, I will switch the role of the player to the kids fighting against Pennywise, which would be a lot more work than I will have time for this month.
Doesn't it make you redo the whole game?

Not really. Most of the assets I created like the town map, the animations and GUIs, could still be used.

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #49 on: 21 Oct 2019, 06:09 »
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Not really. Most of the assets I created like the town map, the animations and GUIs, could still be used.
Well, I think if it's a game about kids, but aimed at an adult audience then go with your original idea and give a right scare horror... But of it's aimed at a kids audience then you need to tone it down and adjust to kids... Kids like the occasional scare, if it's handled right...

Go with your gut instinct  (laugh)



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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #50 on: 22 Oct 2019, 16:08 »
I might be back in with a new entry:

Throw Some Crud On It

Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #51 on: 25 Oct 2019, 22:18 »
Here's my entry:



DOWNLOAD

It's based on Crimson Wizard's source code for Last & Furious but it's not a racing game.
 
The replies for the bad choices are not implemented yet. I won't be able to return to the game before the end of the month.


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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #52 on: 26 Oct 2019, 17:35 »
Ah good, there is one complete game. Mine isn't as far as hoped. Headaches with photosensitivity and a freak snowstorm kind of threw things off for me this week. The second story will probably have to use an urban legend as a base like the first one so that I can focus on My Best Friend Is A Werewolf.

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #53 on: 27 Oct 2019, 04:23 »
Hi,

My entry is done and is being tested.

Unfortunately, my grandaughter has not been able to do all her lines so I had to do them.. I'm disappointed but none the less I have kept it the same and used another boy.... and the story remains as a kids sci-fi epic, with singing ;)

"It was a hot summers evening and the stars were very bright.
So bright that nobody noticed streaks of light flying across the night sky.
Peter and Jimmy are out playing, as they often are, oblivious to what was just about to occur.".

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #54 on: 27 Oct 2019, 13:54 »
Ladies and err....Gentleman

The 'Thing' from another world!



"It was a hot summers' evening and the stars were very bright.
So bright that nobody noticed streaks of light flying across the night sky.
Peter and Jimmy are out playing, as they often are, oblivious to what was just about to occur."

A sci-fi adventure begins for kids Peter and Jimmy when something out-of-this-world lands only feet away!
What is it? Why is it here? What does it want?

Find out in this Kid's sci-fi epic titled Desmond:The 'Thing' from another world!

Be aware... there is some singing  (laugh)

Music by Eric Matyas.

https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2376/

Resolved a couple of previous issues (30/10/19)...

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #55 on: 29 Oct 2019, 21:01 »
Since I can't make a worthwhile game, I'm not going to push myself to complete something mediocre again. So, I'm dropping out.
Good luck to anyone else still working on a game.

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #56 on: 30 Oct 2019, 03:09 »
Since I can't make a worthwhile game, I'm not going to push myself to complete something mediocre again. So, I'm dropping out.
Good luck to anyone else still working on a game.

Awww  :~(

Creamy: You will need to pull your finger out  (laugh)

I do hope others pull through with a knockout game  (nod)
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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #57 on: 30 Oct 2019, 14:56 »
Yeah, I'm out... Too busy making Jurassic Park Halloween Party for a bunch of kids...

Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #58 on: 30 Oct 2019, 15:27 »
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Since I can't make a worthwhile game, I'm not going to push myself to complete something mediocre again. So, I'm dropping out.
Maybe you just don't have the time to make a game on your own in one month. IMO, two of your MAGS games (Mystery Meat Mayhem and the Summoned) end when they should take off.

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Creamy: You will need to pull your finger out
Perhaps I wasn't clear. My game is done.

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Too busy making Jurassic Park Halloween Party for a bunch of kids...
You're living the theme then.
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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #59 on: 30 Oct 2019, 16:45 »
Maybe you just don't have the time to make a game on your own in one month. IMO, two of your MAGS games (Mystery Meat Mayhem and the Summoned) end when they should take off.
Yes, that's why I decided to move on from MAGS for the most part. Something always happens where I can't make a decent game. And most attempts working with someone else didn't go so well...
But working on them has been good practice.

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #60 on: 31 Oct 2019, 08:44 »
Creamy: Your Download link fails...

VampireWombat: It could be that you aim to do too much and that is where the trouble may start....  Even if you only made 2 rooms and put in quite a bit of game content with a good story line and with a few puzzles that would still be classed as a game.  You can do it if you keep within a frame of possibility and within the time limit  (nod)
I may also enter next MAG and I'm always up to lending a helping hand with others' game...
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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #61 on: 31 Oct 2019, 18:02 »
I think I'm just better off working on games without the restraints of MAGS. Like making the Massimo and Twitch Christmas Adventure game that I failed to make last year.

Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #62 on: 31 Oct 2019, 19:52 »
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Your Download link fails...
It should work now.
 

Re: MAGS October "Kids" (OPEN)
« Reply #63 on: 01 Nov 2019, 11:04 »
Thanks for the entries for MAGS October.
Here they are for your voting pleasure.
Vote using the poll above.

Paper Planes
by Creamy
Desmond: The Thing from Another World
by Slasher

Please let me know if I've missed anything.

And check out November's topic, "cloud".

Re: MAGS October "Kids" (VOTING)
« Reply #64 on: 03 Nov 2019, 00:50 »
I just voted. Some thoughts:

Paper Planes
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I really like the graphic and creativity behind this dream-like world. What a great idea! I flew the airplane around for a while till I felt that I didn't see any goal or gameplay and then quite the game. I think the strength is the environment


Desmond
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More of a traditional puzzle-solver. I only was able to identify two puzzles and they seemed to have been solved by hit and miss. I do understand the constraints of the deadline though! This one got my vote because it had more gameplay to it


Good job on both entries!

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (VOTING)
« Reply #65 on: 03 Nov 2019, 07:02 »
I have to agree with Shadow1000.

I think Paper Planes shows a great concept but very little content. I also spent, on several occasions, about 18 minutes trying to find the goal and unless I am missing the point I felt there was nothing to be achieved.  Creamy could, with time, turn this game into something really unique.


Re: MAGS October "Kids" (VOTING)
« Reply #66 on: 03 Nov 2019, 09:24 »
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I think Paper Planes shows a great concept but very little content. I also spent, on several occasions, about 18 minutes trying to find the goal and unless I am missing the point I felt there was nothing to be achieved. 
Then I'll provide more guidance in the next version:
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Try to approach the leaking fountain pens


I've finished Slasher's game.

Nice dialogs. I like when it's getting musical (even if I'd rather have the music match the melodies).
The graphics are average. They aren't neat or well animated but do the job.
The puzzles are the weak point for me. Ultimately they're a matter of trial and error, which tends to annoy me. But they weren't that difficult either.
All in all an OK game, especially considering that you're busy with Maelstrom Obscura.

And my vote goes to:
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the ballot box

 
« Last Edit: 03 Nov 2019, 09:26 by Creamy »
 

Re: MAGS October "Kids" (VOTING)
« Reply #67 on: 03 Nov 2019, 14:43 »
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I think Paper Planes shows a great concept but very little content. I also spent, on several occasions, about 18 minutes trying to find the goal and unless I am missing the point I felt there was nothing to be achieved. 
Then I'll provide more guidance in the next version:
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Try to approach the leaking fountain pens

I downloaded again and tried that.
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I collided with one and there was a little bounce
What do I do next?

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (VOTING)
« Reply #68 on: 03 Nov 2019, 15:13 »
I managed to get "Curious" written on my paper plane but couldn't figure out how that affected anything.

Re: MAGS October "Kids" (VOTING)
« Reply #69 on: 03 Nov 2019, 15:15 »
I managed to get "Curious" written on my paper plane but couldn't figure out how that affected anything.

Same...

Re: MAGS October "Kids" (VOTING)
« Reply #70 on: 03 Nov 2019, 17:09 »
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Once your paper plane is written, you need to :
- find the correct picture that matches the word on your plane
- land on it (spacebar).

Rinse and repeat.
 

Re: MAGS October "Kids" (VOTING)
« Reply #71 on: 03 Nov 2019, 19:04 »
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Once your paper plane is written, you need to :
- find the correct picture that matches the word on your plane
- land on it (spacebar).

Rinse and repeat.


What an absolutely ingenious idea!
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my understanding is that the plane is going through the different phases and challenges of childhood that shapes people as adults
. Honestly, this game really stands out in the thinking behind it and the polish.

There is a balance when creating a game between not disclosing too much of the gameplay so it's not just a walkthrough, and giving away enough so players get stuck. Unfortunately, it seems that so far the players who tried this one, myself included, ended up being clued out until it was pretty much a giveaway. I wonder if some tweaking to the instructions would make a big difference. Or, you can just tell the player from the get-go what the idea was and allow him/her to explore and discover as I did. Personally, I had a really good experience once I got the idea even though it was basically given away.

Well done


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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (VOTING)
« Reply #72 on: 03 Nov 2019, 20:28 »
@Creamy: Lovely idea. Though I didn't understand what to do without reading the spoilers, either.
On the title screen, I thought the explanation meant that the feature of landing needs to be written (i.e. it is not in the game, yet)
Maybe you could change the text to "Where it matches" or "Where appropriate"

@Slasher:
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Is there a hint for the number puzzle somewhere or do I have to try all combinations?

Re: MAGS October "Kids" (VOTING)
« Reply #73 on: 03 Nov 2019, 22:44 »
Thanks Shadow and Cat  :)

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Unfortunately, it seems that so far the players who tried this one, myself included, ended up being clued out until it was pretty much a giveaway. I wonder if some tweaking to the instructions would make a big difference.
Feedback when you press the spacebar should help hopefully.
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A crossed out drop of ink when the plane is blank. Different lines of dialog when the wrong picture is chosen.


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On the title screen, I thought the explanation meant that the feature of landing needs to be written (i.e. it is not in the game, yet)
Maybe you could change the text to "Where it matches" or "Where appropriate"
I hadn't thought of that. "Where appropriate" sounds good.
 

Re: MAGS October "Kids" (VOTING)
« Reply #74 on: 03 Nov 2019, 22:58 »
Thanks Shadow and Cat  :)

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Unfortunately, it seems that so far the players who tried this one, myself included, ended up being clued out until it was pretty much a giveaway. I wonder if some tweaking to the instructions would make a big difference.
Feedback when you press the spacebar should help hopefully.
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A crossed out drop of ink when the plane is blank. Different lines of dialog when the wrong picture is chosen.

I don't think I made myself clear.

Once the general idea was explained, I was able to figure it out from the feedback and so on. But until then, I just flew around an airplane till I felt there was no game here and gave up. I think this was the consensus of the other players as well.

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (VOTING)
« Reply #75 on: 04 Nov 2019, 03:50 »
Sometimes what we know we think others do to... This is not always the case....

But some kind of hint at the beginning would at least give a direction...

Cat... It's an old type of puzzle... keep trying the numbers... One will put you through  (laugh)


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« Reply #76 on: 04 Nov 2019, 20:00 »
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A crossed out drop of ink when the plane is blank. Different lines of dialog when the wrong picture is chosen.

Is this what happens or just an idea how to improve it? Because in the version I downloaded neither happens.
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Btw, what is the green cube supposed to be? Why do I have to colour the plane green before I can write on it?

Re: MAGS October "Kids" (VOTING)
« Reply #77 on: 04 Nov 2019, 21:17 »
It's how I intend to improve the game when the MAGS competition is over. But I'll try to think of other clues.

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The cube is just there for fun. You don't have to use it. Its color can be changed by pressing the spacebar.


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« Reply #78 on: 05 Nov 2019, 09:45 »
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The cube is just there for fun. You don't have to use it. Its color can be changed by pressing the spacebar.

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Ah, I didn't realise that. It felt a bit out of place, tbh. Maybe a paint bucket or big color splash would fit more nicely in the concept.


@Slasher
I finished the game.
The singing and rapping was fun, I wasn't expecting that. The sound quality of the recordings was rather bad, though. Maybe you should get a new microphone (probably even a 15€ headset will do). The recipe and garbage puzzle were okay, but I hated the phone puzzle.


Two very different games this month, both fitting the topic very well!

I voted for
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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (VOTING)
« Reply #79 on: 08 Nov 2019, 14:37 »
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Cat:  I finished the game.
The singing and rapping was fun, I wasn't expecting that. The sound quality of the recordings was rather bad, though. Maybe you should get a new microphone (probably even a 15€ headset will do). The recipe and garbage puzzle were okay, but I hated the phone puzzle.
This game was made with my granddaughter and so not too difficult. I only have laptop built-in mic so the quality was not high. The game was put together fairly quickly. Finding the 4 numbered telephone from 4 numbers is not exactly that bad and I have seen it quite a few times... What did you expect?

While Creamy's entry was a good concept it was unfulfilling until he explained more about it by having to give further info... without it who actually completed it?

Re: MAGS October "Kids" (VOTING)
« Reply #80 on: Yesterday at 14:37 »
Last call for votes. Two days to go.

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Re: MAGS October "Kids" (VOTING)
« Reply #81 on: Today at 05:03 »
Shame there are only 2 games this month so thanks to Creamy's entry ;)