Making Games

In my free time, I enjoy building small games as an excuse to explore narrative and technical development. In the past these were board-games, but as I got more comfortable with programming, I moved to video-games.

Game-jamming

06/2019 – Stompy vs The Monolith

An asymmetrical game, where one side (MONOLITH) plays a city builder/strategy game trying to stay safe, while the other side (STOMPY) plays a Beat ’em up trying to destroy the city and eat its citizens.

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(Click image or HERE to play)

The good: I am very happy with the graphical aspect, and the original game design of asymmetrical keyboard vs mouse game.

The not so good: The gameplay feels unfinished, as some components had to be excluded because of the lack of time (progression & ability levels). The graphical UI is pretty but not well-designed usability-wise, particularly the ability buttons.

Team: Pierre-Antoine Cinquin (sound, monster animations, testing), and myself (design, implementation, visuals).

Developed in 5 days for the weekly jam 102, under the theme “One Big Boss”

05/2019 – Space Pirate: Tactics

A semi-tactical card game. Your objective is to destroy or board an enemy space pirate ship, while they attempt to do the same. Each side chooses the action to perform and both actions are solved simultaneously.

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(Click image or HERE to play)

The good: I always wanted to do a digital card game, and I am particularly happy with the dynamism of the scene. We prototyped the game in paper first, which gave us a solid base for the mechanics.

The not so good: The game was too ambitious for a 2-day jam, and it required several post-deadline patches to improve the readability. The final result is still confusing regarding the rules (cards, win/lose conditions), and needs an iteration. The narrative component also needs some work.

Team: Thibault Laine (design, narrative implementation), Damien Clergeaud (design), Pierre-Antoine Cinquin (music), and myself (design, gameplay implementation, visuals).

Developed in 3 days for the minijam 28 under the theme “pirates” yet “no water”The game got very high rankings (top 10%), with 1st place overall.

05/2019 – BloedBad

Retro Metroidvania where Health is used to pay for weapons and to open doors (in order to make future runs easier).

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(Click image or HERE to play)

The good: it feels like the most polished 3-day gamejam we have done so far. Art, level design and sound feel quite polished.

The not so good: The controls are not smooth enough, and there is some quirkiness with the jump/attack/camera mechanics. The enemy progression needs tuning.

Team: Pierre-Antoine Cinquin (art), Anna Loeff (art), Thibault Laine (design, implementation, level design), Erwan Normand (implementation, sound), and myself (design, art, implementation).

Developed in 3 days for the LudumDare 44 under the theme “your life is currency”We are very happy with the amount and quality of feedback (top 5-20%).

04/2019 – Ghost & Whiskey

Single level shooter, where the spirit of an angry outlaw is brought back thanks to the accidental spill of whiskey on his burial ground. Now, he needs to move forward (mostly right) shooting other ghosts and drinking some more.

d27V0L.png(Click image or HERE to play)

The good, the not so good: it is a solid work for a solo project and I am rather happy of the results. Given the amount spent on main mechanics, art and animation, the resulting game is rather short.

Developed in 3 days for the MiniJam 25 under the theme “spirits”. It received positive feedback (7th/50 in gameplay, 11th/50 overall).

03/2019 – Matt’s Opportunity

A simple space simulation game where your objective is to wake up Mars Opportunity Rover, and that requires to send Matt Damon (or another actor that looks like him) to Mars.

The good: The physic implementation of rocket/gravitational dynamics was very fun. I am particularly pleased with the trajectory prediction.

The not so good: the UI is quite bad, and the gameplay is short. I would like to do a second iteration to polish these issues.

Team: Solo project. That said, I got lots of ideas and feedback from Thibault Laine.

Developed in 2 days for the Mini Jam 24 under the theme “Space”The game got positive reviews, particularly for the gameplay (9/60).

02/2019 – We want to believe (demo)

A short interactive fiction concept based on X-files. You make simple decisions in order to advance the story.

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(Click image or HERE to play)

Team: Pierre-Antoine Cinquin (design and storytelling), Maelle Le Montagner (3D models and textures), Anna Loeff (text redaction and correction), and myself (design and implementation). Thanks to Amazon Amy, which was used for the text-to-speech.

The good: It was the first time working with Maelle Le Montagner, and thanks to her the game assets are beautiful. The narration and illumination work very well together. We used a bottom-up approach, from a text description into a game, and we tried to use this to create an accessible experience.

The not so good: Even when the game-jam was 2 weeks long, I was super busy so the implementation is rough. We created support for accessibility profiles, yet they are not exposed to the submitted version. In general, deploying the game was a nightmare because of the incompatibility between compute shaders and WebGL.

Developed sparingly over 2 weeks under the theme “tv shows”, for the TV Game Jam 19, 01/02/2019 to 15/02/2019. The submission got surprisingly positive reception (top 10-40%) for the degree of competition.

12/2018 – Schadenfreude

A very French game with a German name. It explores the price of laughter. Strongly inspired by Yann Frisch’s “Le Syndrome de Cassandre”. Developed with Unity3D.

(Click image or HERE to play)

Team: Damien Clergeaud (design, implementation, and sound), Thibault Laine (design, implementation) and myself (art, design, and implementation).

The good: the team focused on iterative forward design, and it was the most productive game-jam so far. We managed to use half-a-day for internal jamming of possible ideas. By the end of the second day, we had all the full working game, giving a complete day for polishing.

The not so good: the final art works well, but ideally it would have a full visual upgrade. The gameplay is too restrictive, reducing replayability.

Developed in 3 days under the theme “sacrifices must be made”, for the LudumDare 43, 01/12/2018 to 04/12/2018. The game received mixed reviews (top 15-35%) but positive comments, given its cryptic style.

07/2018 – Cattuccino Express

A new-retro coffee making game. Developed with Unity3D.

(Click image or HERE to play)

Team: Pierre-Antoine Cinquin (design and sound), Leo Cousin (concept and art) and myself (design and implementation).

The good: it was a good excuse to explore 2D fluid dynamics and post-processing shaders. The ambiance is great, thanks to the music (by Pierre-Antoine Cinquin) and art (by Leo Cousin).

The not so good: We started with a completely different idea and changed direction mid-jam, so we had very little time to polish the game. The final result is aesthetically pleasing but the gameplay is badly tunned.

Developed in 7 days for the Coffee Jam 1821/07/2018 to 28/07/2018.

03/2018 – Quality Assurance 

A meta-game, where you fix the bugs in order to move forward. Developed with Unity3D and MagicaVoxel.

(Click image or HERE to play)

Team: Pierre-Antoine Cinquin (design, sound, art, and testing), and myself (art, design, and implementation).

The good: the development was very enjoyable and the reception was great. As with other cases, the game started with an idea and progressively mutated (from a visual text-adventure to a zachtronics/resident evil-like game).

The not so good: This game-jam took place while I was moving to Germany, and the development process was full of challenges (A post-mortem can be found here PART IPART II). The final result is far from perfect, and both the implementation and the art could be improved.

Developed in 14 days under the theme “meta-games”, for the Meta-GameJam’18, 17/03/2018 to 31/03/2018. The game received very positive reviews (top 5-30%), and ranked 5th out of 113 submissions in uniqueness and quality of metaness.

11/2017 – XKCD’s Antique factory

An XKCD-inspired game, where you balance growing antiques (by waiting) and enjoying your family. Developed with Unity3D.

(Click image or HERE to play)

The good: It was my first solo game-jam, and I enjoyed the process. Playing with the timelapse effect was fun.

The not so good: being alone, I had no time to create my own art, let alone creating animations, so the final visuals are sloppy (except for the day/night shader).

Developed in 3 days (plus some bug-fixing post deadline) under the theme “do an XKCD inspired game”, for the XKCD game jam ’17, 17/11/2017 to 20/112017. The game received positive reviews (top 5-20%), as players particularly enjoyed the timelapse effect.

12/2016-04/2017 – GodShip

A Metroidvania game that gets harder the more violent you are. Developed using the fantasy 8-bit console PICO-8.

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(Click the image or HERE to play)

Team: Thibault Laine (design and implementation), Damien Clergeaud (design and implementation), Pierre-Antoine Cinquin (level design, sound, and testing) and myself (art, design, and implementation).

Initially conceived for the Ludum Dare 41, but slowly developed over 4 months given the challenge of implementing physics systems from scratch.

12/2016 – “Oh Dear, where are my keys?”

You are a grandma with Alzheimer’s, trying to leave your home. As you move, the world changes behind your back. Developed using Unity3D, drawn and animated by hand.

(Click the image or HERE to reach the download site)

Development team: Thibault LaineDamien Clergeaud, Jérémy Laviole and Benoit Coulais.

Art team: Pierre-Antoine Cinquin (sound), Julie Gerardi (color) Léa Pillette (color, animation), and myself (illustration).

Developed in 3 days under the theme “One room”, for the Ludum Dare 37,  09/12/2016 to 11/12/2016.

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