"How I Took Over the World" screenshot

How I Took Over the World

A platform defense game involving a mad scientist and his death ray.


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Overall: 3.2
Fun: 3.1
Production: 3.4
Innovation: 3.1

Respondents: 15


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"How I Took Over the World" screenshot
Tee 2012/05/13 09:29
Final entry of "How I Took Over the World". A few things were left unfinished but it is mostly playable.
Tee 2012/05/12 23:42
A preview of the death ray control room
Tee 2012/05/11 00:24

Diary Entries

Did someone say Death Ray?

As usual, I'm very worried that I won't have time to finish this. Too much work, too little time.

However, I think this turned out pretty cool for a few hours of work from a non-artist programmer, so I thought I'd share it. I doubt I'll have time to animate this, unfortunately. Just pretend that sparks are coming out of the energy core and the death ray is getting charged. :)

PS: I didn't say hi yet, so hello everyone! Nice to be here once again and I'm looking forward to see your games. :)


The end of another Pyweek

Well, and so another Pyweek ends.

As expected, earlier today I was desperate thinking that I wouldn't be able to deliver anything. I did have a lot of things ready, but two hours before deadline I still had zero gameplay. I had to rush a lot of code in in these last two hours and, in the end, I think it didn't turn out so bad. Gameplay still feels sloppy, but at least it gives the player a taste of what I was aiming for, which is enough to make me satisfied.

I think I was a little ambitious this time -- the original plan was significantly larger. At one point I had to cut off actually firing the death ray, which made me sad. Next time I should try something smaller. Smaller projects usually work better.

Go ahead and give it a play. I enjoy reading constructive feedback, so let me know what you think. I should write a postmortem in the future. Looking forward to playing your games.


How I Took Over the World: Postmortem

While I think my game turned out nice (even though unfinished), this wasn't a good Pyweek for me for the following reasons:

1. I haven't really followed other posts. Part of the fun of Pyweek is to see how other people are doing and comment on their work. I barely had time to work on my game, so didn't have a lot of time to do that either. (In the past I would procrastinate my Pyweek game to see what others are doing. I should start doing that again. :))

2. I was hoping I could play the games and write comments about them, but suddenly unexpected priorities appeared and I ended up not playing them at all (at least they didn't happen during Pyweek). I will when I have some more time, but not being able to rate them made me really frustrated this Pyweek. I know I haven't done that either in the previous one, but I don't want this to become a trend. Unfortunately, life is busy and this is hard to avoid.

3. I think I got too used to Pyweek. I felt that I needed to complete my game just for the sake of completing. I'm not sure why, but in this Pyweek I lacked the drive and inspiration I had in previous Pyweeks. At some point all I wanted was to just get over with it. I think that might have shown that a little in my game: in most of my games there is some part of it that's a little experimental, a piece of my personality, even if people don't notice. I guess a side-view TD where you build rooms and carry turrets around is a little different (I have played side-view TDs -- Plants vs Zombies being a famous example -- but not where you build rooms and carry turrets, and I think that changes the dynamics of the game). However, for some reason I can't quite explain, I wasn't very excited about it. I guess I could say that the experimentality of this game is more on the surface rather than ingrained in the core.

My goal next Pyweek is to find a way to regain this drive. I'll try to remember to do something more experimental, even if it doesn't work so well. I also intend to reduce my scope to make something completely finished. Sending something unfinished is unfortunately starting to become a routine and I should consider that as good as a DNF for me.

Still, I'm glad that some people enjoyed my game. However, for the reasons I mentioned above, I don't intend to continue working on this game even if I had time. (I would rather finish my previous game paeranoia, for example, but I don't think I have time for that either.)

Anyway, about the game itself. As I wrote in another post, my original plan was more ambitious than what I submitted.

I wanted to make a Death Ray simulator. The idea was that you would go from planet to planet to threaten and destroy them. I had this idea to make an X-COM-like game in the sense that it's a double genre game (sim and tbs). I wanted to make a sim and defense game in a similar vein: you would have the sim part where you would travel to different planets and use resources to upgrade your ship, and you would have a defense part during the ray charging which would be a more developed version of what I submitted, and there would be interactions between both parts.

Obviously, I didn't have time to do all that. I guess I knew that from the beginning, but part of me was hoping I would be able to make both parts superficially. When I realized that wasn't possible, I decided to stick with the defense part, since it was more playable and I had already drawn that part.

However, as I explained before, I feel like it lacked a little personality from me. Although this game had more work put on than many of my previously submitted games, it ended up unfinished and I definitely don't feel as satisfied as I felt in my previous Pyweeks. I have been doing Pyweeks for a long time, so I guess a feeling of routine is natural, but I would really like regain that sense of satisfaction and completeness next time. Maybe then I will produce something people really enjoy.

On the plus side, I think some of the graphics turned out nice -- particularly the death ray and the research lab animation (for the work of someone inexperienced in art, of course). I also think I'm getting better at execution.

Well, feel free to comment. If any of the Pyweek veterans out there had the same feeling of routine, or if you have any interesting opinion about any of this, I'd definitely like to hear from you.

Thanks to Richard for hosting this Pyweek and to those who made an effort to write verbose comments. Congratulations to the winners! See you all next Pyweek (hopefully more excited and better inspired :))!