Friday, November 7, 2014

"DualBall" released

This is just to inform, that "DualBall" flash version was released yesterday to Newgrounds (click picture to access the game). Judgment process has already been passed, and users have rated the game to 2.88 stars (out of 5) currently.



But it is a bit different story if this was worth all the effort.

For some reason, this game has several setbacks during the development process (HDD failure, migrating from Linux environment to Windows, some lack of motivation, lost asset library, etc.). Anyways, we were able to finish and publish this game.

We started developing this game somewhere in the beginning of August. I had an obsession to try how two objects could be controlled by turns using just one mouse button (or touch on mobile device). Even if I have not yet released any mobile games, I have spent lot of time thinking the UI for them. Anyways, when you are planning a game for mobile devices, you should keep in mind that controls should be as simple as possible. There is no keyboard attached in most of the touch screen devices, so in most case it is wise to limit input according to that.

So from this kind of a starting point we launched the development of "DualBall". :) Original idea was to make both flash and Android version using Stencyl, but at some point Android version was dropped out from the plans.

In practice game is working well on my tablet, but my current plans does not include buying the Stencyl license. I have already acquired the license for Construct 2, and it should be enough at this point. But if it turns out that there are tens of thousands of players for this game in Newgrounds, then I might consider the mobile version. :) 

-Jussi

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