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Just a Button

08-07-2009, 09:25 AM
#1
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: France
Posts: 92
Just a Button

Edit (28-08-2009) - The game is available for free, get it on the App Store!

Hi guys!
This week I'm participating to the Experimental Gameplay Project.
The theme of this month is Bare Minimum.

The rules of Experimental Gameplay Project are pretty simple:
  1. Each game must be made in less than seven days,
  2. Each game must be made by exactly one person,

  3. Each game must be based around a common theme i.e. “gravity”, “vegetation”, “swarms”, etc.

I already work on it a little, it'll be a little iPhone game that I will try to release before september.

I'm a developer so having bare minimum visuals will be easy
But as you can guess this isn't enough so I'll try to find the bare minimum gameplay to have fun with a game.

The idea behind Just a Button is that pushing a button is the minimal action needed to do something in 95% of video games, so why not trying to make a game where this action is the only one available?
This game explore gameplay variations around this thought. Quickly the multiplayer aspect was added to the project because hell yeah, playing games is even better with friends around!

I will try to keep more information coming in the next few days.


Who am I?
I'm Mathieu, I work at Frogames.
It'll be my second iPhone game (I don't count prototypes), at Frogames we already released Penguins Invasion 2 months ago. For those interested you can check out our two MAC/PC games : Penguins Arena (available on Steam) and MiniOne Racing.


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Edit (14-08-2009) - Last video of the game:

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Last edited by Mathieu; 08-28-2009 at 01:50 PM.
08-07-2009, 11:42 AM
#2
Sounds interesting... I'll keep my eye on here for awhile.

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08-07-2009, 03:26 PM
#3
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: France
Posts: 92
Here's a quick mockup of the game.


All game modes are variations of this simple idea.
If possible I'll try to make it playable with more than 4 players, that would be fun to try.

Frogames.com - Games for Mac, PC and... iOS!
TITUS - Politics is not a game available for iPhone & iPad
touch.gg - Bookmark iOS Apps & track Price Drops.

Last edited by Mathieu; 08-07-2009 at 03:28 PM. Reason: typos
08-08-2009, 01:44 PM
#4
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: France
Posts: 92
I'm using Unity3d. I'm pretty sure many of you already know this game engine.



I already have 2 simple game modes.

Classic
There is only 1 button on the screen at the same time. When a player push his button another one appears for the other player.

Mirror
Buttons appear for every players simultaneously. The buttons pop at random times.

Frogames.com - Games for Mac, PC and... iOS!
TITUS - Politics is not a game available for iPhone & iPad
touch.gg - Bookmark iOS Apps & track Price Drops.
08-08-2009, 03:09 PM
#5
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 659
i might do this but it'll probably take me 7 days just to come up with an idea
08-09-2009, 04:24 PM
#6
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: France
Posts: 92
Here the first prototype in video.


Youtube link | Pop Up


Yeah, developer art...

Frogames.com - Games for Mac, PC and... iOS!
TITUS - Politics is not a game available for iPhone & iPad
touch.gg - Bookmark iOS Apps & track Price Drops.
08-09-2009, 05:32 PM
#7
Probably the uglies game using Unity

Haha, JK. I hope you win

7/26/10-- Matt Garza throws first no-hitter in Rays history!
Quote:
Originally Posted by RyoHazuki View Post
It may strike you as disrespectful to ask questions, that's ok, it strikes me as stupid not to.
08-10-2009, 02:27 AM
#8
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: France
Posts: 92
Hehe, you're right it's one of the ugliest game made with Unity!

Frogames.com - Games for Mac, PC and... iOS!
TITUS - Politics is not a game available for iPhone & iPad
touch.gg - Bookmark iOS Apps & track Price Drops.
08-10-2009, 06:21 PM
#9
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: France
Posts: 92
Another night of work, another video.

Youtube link | Pop Up

New menu, new visual style, new animations, less bugs, more love.

Frogames.com - Games for Mac, PC and... iOS!
TITUS - Politics is not a game available for iPhone & iPad
touch.gg - Bookmark iOS Apps & track Price Drops.
08-10-2009, 06:44 PM
#10
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 537
Haha. The buttons look like hats. Any chances of this showing up for free on the app store?