Hypochondria is a precision platformer where you control a group of 20 white blood cells. The game will be composed of many short levels that must be completed as quickly as possible and with enough white cells left alive to kill the bacteria/virus at the end of the level! The player controls the "main cell" who is in charge of the group. All other cells blindly follow his actions. But you have the limited ability to "draw" them towards you if they start going astray or if you need to navigate through a tight spot/dodge something etc. The player is rated at the end of each level based on time and number of remaining cells.
I've set up a blog if you would like to follow the progress a bit more closely :)
Ok so this is my first progress update for Hypochondria. I'll try and do this more often, but I may forget. So I apologise in advance if it's ages before I post another one of these ;-)
Right, so the main things I have been working on lately were a first stab at shaders and changing the design of the levels to have more curvy terrain. Something had been bugging me for a while about the look and feel of the levels, and only after talking about it with a friend did I realise that it was the flat, almost tile-based look I had. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with tile-based games but seeing as this game is set inside a living person, I thought the fact that all the surfaces are flat or at 90 degree angles didn't suit the theme of the game very well. I thought a more curvy and organic look would be nicer and in my opinion it is :-)
In terms of shaders I've added a few things. Some simple lighting and textured/shaded polygons. Also, Bloooooooom
As you can see in the picture above, the lighting just consists of some points lights that light up everything in the scene behind them and some glowy stomach acid (this is the stomach section of the game... super realistic right? ;-)) At some point I'd like to have a stab at some dynamic shadows, but I've had enough of shaders for the moment so I'll leave that for another time.
So I'm back to working on gameplay mechanics at the moment for the second section/organ in the game (the lungs). So I'll hopefully have another update coming soon about that.
Take it easy,
P.S: The above pictures aren't what the final game will look like. I still have to work on the assets and polish.
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Feb 27 2014, 4:26pm
Feb 23 2014, 2:10pm
my game went up by 2% on greenlight...guess they must have greenlit another batch of games then ;)
Feb 6 2014, 12:13pm
*sigh* finally got my zooming functionality to fully work now. Dunno why but took ages to get to work properly.
Jan 30 2014, 12:58pm
Jan 29 2014, 1:31pm
#programming gotta love that feeling when you've been struggling to get something to work and then you succeed :D
Jan 29 2014, 12:51pm
@Joniviv I'll take the blue one
Jan 28 2014, 5:34pm
@Joniviv thanks :D
Jan 11 2014, 8:44am