all roads lead from home (mac version) is my first ever ludum dare entry. ludum dare is a forty-eight-hour game design competition: all code and assets in the game need to be created during those forty-eight hours.
the theme of this ludum dare is “roads.” most of the other games in progress seem to be about cars; mine is about those banana-yellow roads in zelda II: the adventure of link. in that game, link is completely safe as long as he stays on the paths that dot hyrule’s countryside. the instant he steps off the road, however, monstrous shadows crawl out of the wilderness and being to roam the map. if one of them catches link, he’ll have to fight.
it gives the impression that the world has teeth, and that it will bite you if you stray too far from civilization. the game follows link’s quest to prove his courage: as the story unfolds, link will be asked to step further and further from hyrule’s safe roads.
i attempted to cross that theme – of monsters waiting just out of sight to pounce upon anyone who strays from the path (a kind of child’s moral play) – with one of those mouse dexterity games that ask you to follow a track without touching the sides. here, though, there are times when you are forced to leave the path.
nearly all of the game except the audio was done yesterday: i set the entirety of today aside for sound effects and music. the source file’s included, so you can peek inside if you have a copy of game maker. i tried to be as object-efficient as possible, which means some actions are hidden inside unlikely objects, for the sake of having as few actors in the game as possible.
(TRIVIA: the ship that appears in this game is a caravel redunda!)
while working on the opening and closing screens of the game last night, i listened to dan and patrick’s new podcast. eegra is essentially a running critique of videogames journalism, and i enjoyed the opportunity to listen in on what is essentially a conversation between the two of them. patrick also plays an excerpt from heartcode, which is one of the most breathtaking chip albums in recent memory.