Attack of the Giant Mutant Lizard
Control a giant mutant lizard to eat people, stomp cars, and throw things with your mutant tail which has claws for some reason. Spend points on upgrades and new abilities and try to survive an increasingly deadly hail of bullets.
You can find an early playable demo at GameJolt.
In case anyone's interested in testing the Android version (decent phone recommended -- 4.1 and up required), here is a thing you may want to click on. I'm interested in seeing what devices have an acceptable frame rate as well as any other problems that pop up.
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It's been a while since the last time I posted an update for this game, so I thought I should take some time to talk about what I've been doing since then before people start to assume I simply quit or went into a coma or something.
I made a new level about 8 months ago that I haven't really said anything about yet. It's a small beach/boardwalk area.
Here's a screenshot:
And since I have a beach, I also needed to add elephant seals (It would be crazy not to!).
During the summer I took a break from developing this for a few weeks. Instead, I
got addicted to playing Dwarf Fortress (again) spent a couple days developing my new website, medicatedgames.com, where people can maybe post comments, get updates, and report bugs. I also formed my own LLC, which I hope was a good idea because it kind of feels like I made a big mistake for some reason.
Back to the game though -- I added the ability to select story mode or free-play mode when starting the game. Story mode lets you restart from checkpoints. I've been working on a couple achievements for the Steam version, and now the game records your high score and some other stats for story and free-play modes. I was also working on adding a new monster for free-play mode, but I'll save that for a future article.
Another thing that's different now is the way the character accelerates when running, and the pose used for jumping forward. Previously, if you got a couple speed upgrades, the character would move at full speed as soon as you pressed the button.
Lastly, I updated the demo
, but so far I only have the Windows version ready (the Linux version got horribly screwed up and I didn't even test the Mac version yet). [EDIT: I fixed the problem that caused the error on Linux and Mac. But, seeing what the error was, I'm now baffled about how the game ever worked in the first place.] I upgraded the project to a newer version of Unity from version 4.6, so you can expect to see some new bugs.
This time the demo isn't just that one little demo scene. It has the first part of the story mode (don't get too excited, it's not that great). If you've played the Android version, you may have already seen it.
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It's been about 3 years since I started working on this game, and it's come a long way, but has a long way to go yet.
The main idea behind it is that you control a monster with claws at the end of its tail to grab and throw things. The animation for this is driven by inverse kinematics (IK) so it looks all fancy. I started with the intention of making the game for Android phones but it works just as well with a mouse and keyboard.
So far, all the modelling, animation, textures (except for some default UI stuff), and programming was done by me, except for some plugins that I couldn't or didn't want to do, and some sections of code taken from various forums or tutorials and whatnot.
Some of the plugins that I used (the ones I can think of, anyway) are:
- Final IK by RootMotion -- This is what controls the movement of the creature's tail and spine, and I'm quite pleased with how well it works.
- Simply A* by BFGames -- Used for the police vehicles to navigate. The regular traffic just follows predefined paths.
- Spawner - Free by Garth de Wet -- I'm actually not sure if I'm still using this one. I was using it, but I made a heavily modified version to work better for my purposes and I'm not sure if anything from the original package is still used, but I think the guy still deserves credit.
- CN Joystick by Cyrill Nadezhdin -- I'm using a modified version of this, which I changed to make it work better with my other custom input stuff. But a lot of the original code is still there.