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I’ve started work on Tass Approved GAMES, the portal side of this site. So far, I have 1 game up for you… a personal favorite… This Is The Only Level by jmtb02. I’ll make sure to keep everyone up to date as I continue to add more games to the site (I’ve got about 70 picked out so far). As I’ve mentioned, I’m open to suggestions on future games to add. I’m also open to suggestions and constructive criticism for the page layouts. So please post comments telling me what you like, what you don’t, and why.
To go along with the games, I’ve added a walkthrough section to the site. I’ll try to add a walkthrough for every game… even if I didn’t make it.
Thanks and enjoy TITOL! A small fairy has told me to be on the lookout for a sequel in the coming weeks. PLAY THIS IS THE ONLY LEVEL NOW.
Last March, I was fortunate enough to meet the entire Hero Interactive studio… Jared, Eric, and Steph. Cards were played, fun was had by all. Since then, I’ve done what I can to assist them on their games; my usual stuff… feedback, testing, walkthroughs. They seem to value my input and listen to my suggestions, which is always nice.
Today I was given the opportunity to test their long awaited BTTD. I’m not going to spoil anything or give much away… you’ll get to play it yourselves soon enough. But, what I really noticed was that I had very little to critique. It’s obvious right from the start how much work went into the game. Granted, they were able to learn from all the feedback from Pirate Defense… but actually doing it and doing it well is a feat worth praising.
What I will say is that the game is VERY hard. Like… VERY hard. At least for me. The easy levels are exactly that… easy. The medium levels aren’t hard either. But the difficulty jump on the hard levels is BAM. I spent a few hours messing around on a bunch of different hard levels, and beat exactly 1… imo, the easiest one (only hard until you figure out that specific level’s trick, something none of the other levels have). I’m hoping Jared will take some pity on me tomorrow and explain what I’m doing wrong to fail so miserably.
One note in my defense (read: an excuse)… I don’t juggle. If you watch my videos, you’ll notice every single TD video I have is no-juggle. The only times I’ve ever juggled is for The 100 on DTD and the 4-entrance spawn speed thing for DTD Pro, both of which were badge reqs that were 100% impossible to do without juggling. I will try something 100 times to try and do it without juggling (DTD Pro Scenario 23) before attempting it with juggling. I can juggle; I just abhor the micromanagement aspect of it… not to mention that I feel like I’m cheating every time I juggle.
So I don’t know how many vids you’ll be seeing from me on BTTD. I’d love to do them; I know Jared will feature them in-game and they’ll get a ton of views… I just don’t want to cop out and make juggling vids. Maybe he’ll appreciate my failures and accept my vids on easier levels… then take vids that other people make of the hardest levels with juggling and add those as well. It just really does feel like failure on my part, and that is not something I accept easily.
Most of you are now asking yourself, “Who is John Cooney?” John is more commonly known as Jmtb02 (John MounTain Bike 2002 *snicker*), and he is the Head of Game Development for Armor Games. Basically, he gets paid to go to an office and make flash games as well as oversee the progress of the rest of the in-house team. Now, why is he a machine? Since 2002, John has pumped out over 50 games. Think about that… FIFTY different games. Granted, there are a solid number of sequels, so you’re really talking 30-35 original concepts. But that is still an insane number of ideas that have not only manifested in his mind… but actually been worked on through to completion and release. So I tip my cap to this crazy machine of a developer. He also happens to be a really cool dude… just don’t IM him randomly with nothing to say, he doesn’t like that (really, we ALL dislike it… but again, topic for another day).
Also, a slightly disappointing development took place this week. John released his newest game, I Hate Traffic, to much fanfare and rejoicing. The disappointment is that I had been talking to him for a few weeks about the progress on the game… but apparently there was some miscommunication between us that led to him releasing it without giving me an opportunity to test it, give feedback, and get a walkthrough prepped. In the scope of things, no biggie, but it was a bit disappointing in that the game wound up being released with a memory leak in it that I spotted within 5 minutes of playing. John found it quickly after I described what I thought was causing it, and it was promptly fixed… but I’m sure everyone would have rather caught it before it was public.
In more Armor Games news… I’m REALLY looking forward to getting my hands on Joey’s upcoming puzzle platformer (or phuzzle, I forget which). I can just picture Joey sitting in his chair, lollipop stick embedded in his keyboard, cackling at my inevitable frustration from his devious creations.
So, over the years, I’ve had an idea or two for a game. I’m not a developer. I also do not consider myself a good writer. Oh yeah, I really don’t enjoy level design that much. Because of this, I haven’t put much thought into taking any idea of mine and going forward with it. Until recently.
I was talking with Krayz, a good kid who I’ve become friendly with through Kongregate and FFR, about random game designs, and I happened to mention 1 concept 2-3 times… and he kinda went with it, saying that he could program it up. Which then put me on the spot to actually work on the hard parts… like plot and puzzles.
Since then, I’ve written the 1st half of the game, and have a good idea how it’ll play out. It won’t be very long, and it won’t be that hard. But it’ll be a little unique, and hopefully quite funny. The protagonist is a bit like Cyclops… he shoots lasers out of his eyes. You’ll have to wait a bit for more details than that. I’ll also mention that deep down, it’s a point and click adventure, and my mind hopes that it resembles Zeebarf’s games in terms of gameplay (it sure as hell won’t match in graphics though, sorry Krayz).
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