Take your ship and start to fight!

A massive energy blast of unknown origin tore the structure of the universe apart and created a path to another dimension. This hole released a powerful darkness and corrupted everyone and everything. Now the remaining beings fight each other, attracted by this mysterious force, to acquire it or to get consumed by it - and you are one of them.

Project One is a vertically scrolling boss-only shoot'em up with colorful and distinct graphics.

The game was still under development and is focused on unique and challenging boss-fights with different mechanics and patterns. Every boss provides a new experience for the player and forces him to the limits of his skills.

On your journey to the source of darkness you can unlock new weapons and upgrades, find companions, collect mysterious fragments and more. Try to get the best score as possible or play with a friend on the same computer and fight your way to the final boss.

The development is currently frozen.

  • unique boss fights with different mechanics and challenges
  • intense battles with hundreds of bullets and devastating attacks
  • classic run for each area with enemy groups and altered game rules
  • local coop mode to play together or alone with two ships
  • casual mode for inexperienced players
  • playable with mouse and keyboard, only keyboard or gamepad/joystick

Project One v0.8.8 (2013-07-29)
Version: 0.8.8 (2013-07-29)

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0 comments by MausGames on Jul 29th, 2013


This update was focused on technical improvements. Improved performance, reduced memory consumption, new libraries, but also improved difficulty settings, status menu, online highscore (with the help of Game Jolt), some trophies, and other stuff.

Especially the performance-increase was quite significant (+50-65%) after I fixed some of the major mistakes I made. Some basic OpenGL development Tips:

  • never use glCopyTex[Sub]Image to write into a texture (only for compatibility), use framebuffer objects, even after re-drawing the scene the framebuffer is still 3-4 times faster
  • never implement a particle system without instancing
  • never use glGet-functions in your main loop, try to cache the values, those functions block, because they need to execute all remaining OpenGL-commands in the queue to provide the requested value as accurate as possible
  • check your texture formats, if you don't need an alpha channel use GL_RGB instead of GL_RGBA (or something similar), it saves a lot of memory
  • texture lookups are the most expensive operation in a shader, try to use them as few as possible
  • gDEBugger and GPU PerfStudio are amazing tools to analyze, debug and improve computer graphics applications

Performance improvement in Project One (mid-tier test system):
140 fps -> 230 fps idle, 80 fps -> 210 fps under heavy pressure

Boss 03-02 Tiger MK-2 Status Menu

This will be the last update for now. I got some side projects and much pressure at work.

v0.8.8 (2013-07-29)

  • General
    • Implemented Boss 03-02 Tiger MK-2
    • Reduced video memory consumption (around -20%)
    • Increased the performance (+50% (!) faster overall rendering, lesser impact of special effects)
    • Updated SDL 1.2 to SDL 2.0 (better overall performance, stability and compatibility)
  • Gameplay
    • Adapted casual difficulty (got some feedback, that it is still to hard for some players, of course I want the game to be hard, but not on the lowest difficulty)
    • Reduced number of difficulty levels from 5 to 3
    • Trophies are now visible and achievable without Game Jolt account
    • Scoring
      • Added online highscores with the Game Jolt API
      • Score multiplier is only reducible in Darkmode/Darkness now
  • Menu
    • Implemented the status menu
    • Added some statistic values
    • Added game overview with game progress and average scores (Single Fight, Classic Run and upcoming Boss Rush)
    • Added online highscore table displays
    • Moved Game Jolt login and trophies to the status menu
    • Added selected equipment on/near the player tabs
    • Added basic Classic Run menu structure
    • Improved the world map
    • Renamed Unique difficulty to Hardcore
  • Graphics
    • Improved the post processing effects
    • Added option to make player bullets transparent for better overview
  • Music and Sound
    • Added option to toggle environment sound
  • Bugfixes
    • Hotfixed in v0.8.7: Removed a critical performance bug
    • Removed wrong equipment drops from bosses on Classic Run
    • Configuration will not be saved anymore if game crashes on new video settings
    • Fixed a couple of minor bugs, maybe added new ones, dunno
Project One v0.8.8 (2013-07-29)
Version: 0.8.8 (2013-07-29)

Thank you
- Martin

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Backdraft_3.5 Feb 28 2013, 2:55am says:

Hi MausGames You Should Add Other Things

TODO Things

Save Files Should Added
Add Multiplayer From Main Menu (Remove Coop Mode)
Add Boss Rush Mode From Multiplayer Mode
Weapon Texts And Weapon Preview Even Weapon Status
Add Boss's Health Stats On Select Mission Menu

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MausGames Creator
MausGames Mar 1 2013, 5:48am replied:

Hi Backdraft_3.5 and thank you again.

The game had a multi-save-system, but I removed it, because it felt somehow unnecessary. I can add it back later, if it's really an issue.

Multiplayer or Coop is not implemented yet, but every boss or special mode (eg. Boss Rush) will be playable together or against each other (at least local).

Unlocked weapons have a short tooltip with information if you hover over their menu entry, but locked weapons shall remain hidden until collected trough progress.

The boss health preview will be available on the next update.

Best regards
- Martin

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Backdraft_3.5 Mar 5 2013, 3:19am replied:

Please Remove Planned Updates I Dont Want This Planned Updates

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MausGames Creator
MausGames Mar 5 2013, 1:32pm replied:

Hi Backdraft_3.5, if you mean the update notes on the personal HP, this is just a vague list. It's not certain that these things will be done.
- Martin

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Backdraft_3.5 Mar 5 2013, 8:16pm replied:

Please Remove User-Created Contents

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Backdraft_3.5 Jan 30 2013, 8:13am says:

You Should Add New Updates

1.Options To Upgrade Your Ship And Weapon
2.Add Cash Panel (I Forget To Add This!)
3.Boss's Name Should Be Displayed

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MausGames Creator
MausGames Jan 30 2013, 1:18pm replied:

Hi Backdraft_3.5 and thank you for your feedback.
The upgrade/progress system is not yet implemented but will be added in a future update and the idea with the boss name sounds great!
I will also look into the two bugs you mentioned.
- Martin

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Backdraft_3.5 Jan 30 2013, 8:37pm replied:

You Should Fix Game Crushes

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Backdraft_3.5 Jan 30 2013, 11:27pm replied:

Add Options To Save Game Data (Displayed Here)

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Backdraft_3.5 Jan 30 2013, 8:21am replied:

A New Updates Later Next

1.Remove Mission Failed Screen After Quit Mission
2.Laser Beam Take Only 1 Damage When Touch Them

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