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Sep 13 2020

Pew pew pew, part 8

Starting to refactor systems. Split out the enemy wave manager into a ship builder class (build and configure enemies based on type), spawn position solver, and a waveManager (that decides WHEN to spawn WHAT ship). Turns out I need to put more effort in the last part, while the two former worked pretty well.

Did a new enemy type as well. A re-make of the shotgun turret from pewpew5 (that never made it into the game).

It is supposed to be a bullet hell after all =D

Sep 08 2020

Pewpewpew, part 7

Finally got some time for this old prototype again!

Added one more enemy (you can glimpse him in the gif), strolling around and planting mines to hinder your movement!

Turns out that having enemy bullets (and mines) be solid color really messed up your sense of depth. And that is super important in this game! So I changed it to simple lit. Sense of depth is improved, but it looks really ugly now! I need an artist to fix this… =(

Feb 29 2020

Pew pew pew, part 6

Started on a strategy for spawning enemies today. I don't want you to die becaues they appear from behind our out of your vision, so focus is ahead! Trying to find a good min/max distance forward and curving outward. Wanted to keep it wider to the sides and narrow it down a bit in height to allow for an easier feel when looking around you.

First try:

So many Trumps

Second try is to distribute the enemies more evenly. Try to find large patches of empty spots and avoid where it is already cramped.

More even distribution, no overlaps

This turned out quite well. I can tell you that it feels a bit intimidating watching all those Trump heads stare at you in VR X-D

I also made a new enemy type:

LASER EYES

And here is a very short video of todays progress. Let me tell you that without too much time put into this one, it is already FUN AS HECK!

Jan 18 2020

Pew pew pew. Part 5

Really quick dev today. Added a fourth shiptype that bursts out a ton of bullets. I have a good initial setup now! Time to start on spawning them in sequence.

Jan 07 2020

Pew pew pew. Part 4

Some more progress, this little VR prototype is going in the right direction indeed!

I needed a way to distinguish the different enemy types, so I just pasted different Trump faces on the cube. Consider it placeholder graphics (even if it is kind of funny) =D

Jan 03 2020

Pew pew pepw. Part3

The controls did not “feel” right. Has been working on improving them for a couple of evenings now. Great improvement even if there are still some work to be done.

Dec 09 2019

Pew pew pew. Part 2

Replaced the player ship with free model from asset store since the cube looked too horrible, even for me. Replaced player bullets with laser beams.

In this gif it's hard to distinguish bullets from enemies…

Nov 26 2019

Space shooter prototype in VR, part 1

Got an Oculus Quest a few months back. Love the device, but I'm not overly enthusiastic about the games you can buy. Not to mention that they are very expensive!

So I started writing a small game of my own. A little space shooter/bullet hell with fast, arcade-like gameplay inspired by games like Geometry Wars.

This is the very first progress. Only an hour into the project… good progress for such rapid prototyping. Lots left to do (obviously).