Island Hopping is a 3d retro-arcade style platformer originally developed by one of our team members for the Ludum Dare 48-hour competition. The objective is simple: don't hit the water. The player will attempt to navigate through an ever faster path of island that vary in size, shape, and point value. When they inevitably hit the water, your distance and score (among other statistics) are sent to a high score leaderboard.

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11 comments by Praetor57 on Jun 23rd, 2010

Aaaaaand we're back!

The reaction to the 1.2 release was awesome, thanks to everyone who tried it! Here are some stats from the online leaderboard:

  • Just over 1800 hours of total playtime (that's over 75 DAYS).
  • 370,000 recorded runs.
  • 28,569,847,450 total points earned
  • Nearly 2000 unique usernames (and lots of runs by "Anonymous")

So school is over and we can finally get back to work on a new version. This will be a complete rewrite, so it should be a lot more flexible and have a lot fewer little glitches and issues now that we're no longer working off the original (very disorderly) 48 hour code.

We'll be using a custom engine that's been an on and off project for a number of months, and though I won't bore you with the details, it should be a lot easier to work with and allow for a lot more cool stuff.

We've been going over the feedback and comments and we're considering everything; some possible features (it's a bit early to tell exactly how this will all fit together, and this is just off the top of my head) include:

  • New gametypes
  • New islands
  • Better UI and menu (we're using a GUI library this time, so expect actual mouse control for the menu)
  • Better leaderboard integration (we've noticed and deleted a few glitched/cheated scores... there will be better verification to prevent illegitimate scores)
  • Fine-tuned physics and mechanics
  • Changes to the art style (we want to keep system reqs minimal, but some changes would be nice)
  • Support for other OS's (Linux is likely and OSX is possible)
  • A map editor (this is a big maybe, but as the programmer, this is the most exciting feature for me...)

It shouldn't take more than a couple of weeks to get a new release out (after all, the game was originally created in <48 hours), and we'll be posting updates pretty regularly during the development, so stay tuned.

We've also got a couple of other projects that we'll be working on over the summer, so keep a look out for those as well.

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Island Hopping Version 1.2: No-Installer Edition

Island Hopping Version 1.2: No-Installer Edition

May 17, 2010 Full Version 1 comment

Version 1.2 of Island Hopping introduces a number of bug fixes, adjustments, and new features over the original Ludum Dare release (original version still...

Island Hopping Version 1.2: Installer Edition

Island Hopping Version 1.2: Installer Edition

May 17, 2010 Full Version 2 comments

Version 1.2 of Island Hopping introduces a number of bug fixes, adjustments, and new features over the original Ludum Dare release (original version still...

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elvijsjak
elvijsjak Aug 3 2012, 7:46am says:

imen support sorry for bad English

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elvijsjak
elvijsjak Aug 3 2012, 7:45am says:

I have one idea:
Multiplayer suport

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Holdini
Holdini Jun 14 2012, 8:37pm says:

YES!!! I finally beat DaFox's highscore of 50 million with 52 million!

Picture for proof: Imgur.com

I really love this game, I hope its updated at some point.

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woodygfx
woodygfx Jun 5 2011, 3:06pm says:

Its almost a full year since it no updates on it.

I only found out about this a few days ago,and since then ive been playing it like a maniac.
I dont know what makes it so addictive,but I start a game after another.

Every time I'm saying to myself "this will be the last game...last time for now"...2 hours later im still playing.

I really hope this will get "back up",and some improvements added to it...maybe multiplayer ?

Anyway...good job on this.
Really awesome game.

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CzarAurelian Creator
CzarAurelian Jun 19 2011, 9:01pm replied:

We've sadly gotten busy with too many other projects and life things. A newer version is "under development" but it is on the backburner for now. We all do hope to come back to IH eventually though, we also find it addictive :)

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dave_5430
dave_5430 May 11 2011, 3:57pm says:

heh, 'shouldn't take long to get an update' '...took less than 48 hours...'

Nearly 1 year later...?

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oWn4g3
oWn4g3 Mar 27 2011, 8:23pm says:

Hey, would be awesome to get a status update on this little addicting sucker :P

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duartel
duartel Mar 22 2011, 2:41pm says:

Do like but doesn't have skills :z

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mollemannen
mollemannen Jun 21 2010, 12:08am says:

really addicting. only problem is that if you die while on a negative value the scoreboards flip its **** and displays 400 billion points~. is there any way to edit the local scoreboard?

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Praetor57 Creator
Praetor57 Jun 22 2010, 7:02am replied:

I thought I fixed that one... guess not though, the local scoreboard files are under "[wherever you installed it]/media/local_scores/" there's a folder for each difficulty and a text file for each scoring category in those. Editing the files strangely may cause problems, so be careful to keep the exact same formatting.

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