Demo release of Lenna's Inception version 2^-26 (pre-alpha7) built on 9th May 2013. You will need to know what to do with a JAR file to run this. Changes...
With the Prince kidnapped and the Chosen One defeated... terrible monsters have begun to plague the land. Play as Lenna, out-of-town adventurer, as she plunders monster-filled dungeons for divine artefacts to fix a world on the brink. And with novel procedural generation techniques, every play-through will give a fresh experience.
Lenna's Inception is a top-down puzzle-action-adventure game, similar to some of the Gameboy Zelda titles, but with procedurally-generated maps and puzzles, and a post-game sandbox. This might interest fans of other action-RPG games who want an experience that continues providing new locations and play-styles after completion, as well as anyone who enjoys playing retro-style indie games and RPGs.
The game will include only a series of dungeons while I work out the core gameplay mechanics. Further RPG elements, including an overworld and a story, will be added after the game goes into alpha.
This week I've been adding randomly-generated block-pushing (sokoban) puzzles to Lenna's Inception, based on a 2011 paper by Taylor & Parberry.
As far as I can tell, no other game developer has incorporated this kind of procedural puzzle into a game before, so I’ve open-sourced the library I wrote for this, Zosoko, to save other developers the time. The code is still a bit hairy in places, but it works well enough for Lenna's Inception at least.
Anyway you're probably more interested in the game than the code, so here's a short gameplay video showing off the new block puzzles. The rooms containing the puzzles are still a bit bare, but with the refactoring coming up soon, room decoration will get much better!
Latest tweets from @tccoxon
@mtrc Haha, slowly! 4 dungeons down, 4 more to go, and then I can get back to procedural generation. Working on any new projects lately?
May 21 2013, 6:20pm
@fractallambda coolness is low because i didnt play many entries. Results are for the jam (736 entries) so we're only top half. Not bad mind
May 21 2013, 4:11am
@MaxSpectra The hearts appear just before it uses its flying cuddle attack. :3
May 14 2013, 5:19pm
kitty <3 lenna T.co
May 14 2013, 3:48pm
@SolarLune Wow this looks amazing!
May 13 2013, 6:09pm
@MaxSpectra That graphical glitch changing Lenna's sprite color was because I made clothing an item, which your save file didn't have. Oops!
May 13 2013, 6:03pm