Friday, April 10, 2015

bananamania - breaking the rules

bananamania

Our latest game is here. After the success of FootChinko any other studio would have done a sequel, but we decided to produce bananamania, surrealism in its pure state.

Hopefully players like it. We don't know if it's a good game, as players have to decide on that. But one thing is for sure: it's a game that goes round and round in circles.

Its peculiarities start at the preload scene, as it lacks of the typical preload bar or a number measuring the loaded percentage. Progress is just a collection of unconnected dots that grow to conform a big pixel banana.

It's original! We've taken the risk of not producing a match 3 or the clone of a successful mobile game, which is exactly what publishers love and finance.

Opposite to the html5 casual games currently published, it doesn't target any kind of players. Everyone who is bored of playing clones of clones is welcomed to bananamania.

Its title is too long. Many publishers misspell the name when answering our emails.

The home scene is too elaborated and detailed, sometimes we think that we've invested more time on that scene than in the whole game.

No tutorial.

It lacks a story and its setting is unrelated to the game play.

The score text, which on any other game would be just readable and noticeable, gains prominence and spins, hurting even the game play itself by doing that.

3 of its 6 levels are hidden to the player, he/she doesn't even know that they exist! and a semitransparent and disabled arrow button leads nowhere.

Its high graphic weight doesn't correspond to its simple game play. Graphic assets and game play are quite unbalanced. The simplicity of the game mechanic rests value to the amount of work put on the pixel art, visual and audio effects instead of praising them (as a couple of publishers think).

The basis of the game mechanic is breaking the player's flow continuously. Opposite of what game design books recommend, bananamania is ridiculously difficult and keeps on offering frustration without any rewards to the player (as real life sometimes).

The player can't control the game characters, which is uncommon, just throw them bananas.

The player encounters hazards without previous warning.

And last but not least, maybe just one person in the world will be able to finish the game. So much effort on a single player in the era of the online masses, doesn't make any sense from a materialistic point of view.

Too many contradictions in your head? Don't go bananas and play bananamania. Here is the link:

bananamania

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Programmer internship at RavalMatic


RavalMatic is offering a game programming internship.

At our headquarters located in the center of Barcelona.


Requirements
  • Currently pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, mathematics, game programming or a similar field.
  • Understanding of data structures and algorithms.
  • Strong mathematics background (logic, linear algebra, geometry, statistics and probability).
  • A good sense of humor.

Please send us your résumé at enrique (at) ravalmatic.com.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Using Trello in game development


As game development technology evolves, so do work methodologies. One of the up and coming ways of organizing work, used by an ever increasing number of studios, is scrum.

Scrum is an agile development method that allows for quick iteration and offers great adaptability to suit the needs of the project or any sudden setbacks. It mainly focuses on ...

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Ура! Ура! Social Foot Chinko has been launched!


We are proud to announce that a social version of Foot Chinko has been released this week on Vk, the Russian equivalent of Facebook.

It's our first game with social features and we've developed it for a cool Russian company called ComonGames.

We've gathered valuable experiences with the server side of the game. Social Foot Chinko represents a technical quantum leap for us, considering that not very long ago, we were wasting our time with hopeless dress up games...

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Working on our first pixel art game


Right now we are involved on the production of an addictive mini game in pixel art.

Creating Foot Chinko took really long for our standards, almost 3 exhausting months. This time our goal is to develop a more agile game and why not? A bit crazier.

Hopefully we won't deceive our fans, this new title will contain high doses of humor and surrealism.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Stepping up performance with TexturePacker

Companies are always thriving in order to step up their performance, and every little bit helps. In fact, we are no different. Thus, we like to pick up proper tools, matching to our needs. And our last decision was to implement TexturePacker.



TexturePacker is a spritesheet building software. And the best at it, if you ask us. Why? May you ask. Well, there’s a lot say then. We’ve tested pretty much all other options, both browser based or native software, and we came to feel what makes it different.


First of all it’s fast. Ridiculously fast. It takes less than half a minute to just take all your sprites and convert them into a functional spritesheet. Moreover, it’s also easy. Default settings fit in most scenarios, which really helps with

Sunday, November 9, 2014

It's time to optimize the loading time of html5 games

Loading time is critical on mobile html5games. Some optimizations can be achieved by reducing the size and the quantity of the assets to be uploaded without giving up quality.


We'll describe some of the basic things that can be done to minimize loading time. They are quite standard, followed by most developers and include optimizations on these fronts:


Audio - Code - Graphics

Audio

Our game Foot Chinko contains more than 30 audio effects, that's a lot. We wrapped them in just 1 audio file with this open source application: