Game development, coding, old games and indie games

Month: April 2020

Devlog: Other Minds, April 2020

I wanted to start writing devlogs to be able to track how much progress I make; as I’ve said before, sometimes it feels like I’m making no progress at all but when I look back, I’m surprised by how much I’ve done. Well you can colour me surprised, because it turns out I only released an updated demo 15 days ago and I’ve done loads of cool stuff since then!

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“my very good game”: Making a Horrible Game for Game Breaker’s Toolkit Jam #2

This weekend I set out to make a really bad game for Game Breaker’s Toolkit Jam #2. Game Maker’s Toolkit Jam is a hugely popular Game Jam that has literally broken before from the amount of uploads it generated. Game Breaker’s Toolkit Jam is a parody of this, where instead of making awesome games with a theme, we set out to make something really awful. Annoying unskippable cutscenes, weird confusing level design, horrible sound design; anything goes here.

If you’re reading this before the 3rd May 2020, you can still join the jam and make your own really bad game! Join the jam on

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Commander Keen III: Keen Must Die!

Commander Keen 3: Keen Must Die! is the third and final installment in the Invasion of the Vorticons series. In this game, Keen has a snow day, so he has chance to head over to Vorticon VI and “face the horrors of suburban life”. Suburban horrors aside, he must battle his way through the Vorticon army to finally meet the mysterious Grand Intellect. In the previous game, we found out that the Grand Intellect is controlling the Vorticons using mind belts and they aren’t evil killing machines after all. The game once again includes a story section with some nice details about Vorticon life; they live similar to us humans, but with anti gravity cars and teleporters and whatnot. It also talks about the Vorticons favourite game; a game similar to Jacks, except they play it with giant balls and giant Jacks. We’ll see that this game of Jacks plays a part in the actual gameplay.

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Other Minds April Demo Update

I’ve recently published a new update for Other Minds up on Prior to this version, I was uploading the game “as is”, so you played through all the levels in order. I’ve decided to do something a little different this time and given the player a level select so they can choose from a selection of levels.

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There Is Nothing There / There Was Something Here

This post will cover both There Is Nothing Here and its sequel: There Was Something There. These are both by Adrian Dittrick and were recommended by him as I was a big fan of Prep School Horrors, and these games exist in the same universe. I’ve written about Prep School Horrors before and it’s a game I really enjoyed and played a good few times, so I was keen to check these out as well.

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Other Minds April Update: Full Changelog

I now have a test version of Other Minds out and am looking for people to play test and give me feedback (if they want to!). Note: this build has since been removed

Here I have a full list of changes since the last version.

The short version is:

  • 31 levels (previously 8)
  • 2 boss fights (previously 1)
  • Tons of bug fixes and minor improvements
  • Attract mode
  • Unlockable time trials
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Myth Bearer

Myth Bearer a low res RPG-style game developed by JC Bailey. It features a large open world with simple combat mechanics and it creatively turns travelling around into a puzzle.

You start out the game locked in a cell. You can get your character to walk around and inspect or interact with things. Inspect by hovering the mouse over things and a tool tip will appear, telling you a little bit more information. You can interact with things by clicking on them when you are stood next to them. The game starts out with a little puzzle to teach you how to inspect and interact; you can’t leave through the door since you’re locked in, so you must find another way out.

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Commander Keen II: The Earth Explodes

In this episode of Commander Keen, Keen boards the looming Vorticon Mothership, which is getting ready to blow up the Earth! The Earth does not actually explode, as the title indicates. Regardless of whether the Earth explodes or not, Commander Keen Episode II: The Earth Explodes is a pretty cool name for a game. Keen actually has a tough decision to make here – if the Earth explodes, then he doesn’t have to go to school in the morning. He does the right thing though and decides that he should save the Earth. In this game, Keen explores the Vortican Mothership and has to destroy all the Tantalus Rays, whatever they are.

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