In January of 2016 I challenged myself to make 1 new game every month, for a year; 12 months- 12 games. This is one of those games.
- Language: TypeScript
- Engine: Superpowers
- Platforms: Web
It was another really sad month for my #1GAM project. Work went from crazy busy last month, to absolutely insane this month. I’m still working 14h+ a day, but we have also started working weekends as well.
This hasn’t left much time for personal time, let alone energy for additional coding. However, I did actually put a bunch of time into a game, but wasn’t able to get it to a presentable state.
The game was to be a Western, with a mix of trading, shootouts and exploration. Something like a Old-West FTL.
I didn’t get too far with the concept though. I had the basics of exploration working (players explore an old-west map hidden looking for treasure and avoiding bandits), and a super, super, super basic point and shoot combat system. But I just didn’t get time to tie it all together, and make it a game.
However, it did give me a chance to check out some new technology.
To build the game, I decided to try out the Superpowers game engine (version 0.19). This is an Engine I have been following for sometime, and really wanted to give more than just a quick look. If you don’t know, Superpowers is kind of a spiritual-successor to the CraftStudio Engine. It puts a lot of emphasis on real-time collaboration, and web technologies. Scripting is done in TypeScript, and the engine can output to almost any platform imaginable.
Like always, I was working alone, so I didn’t get a chance to test out the real-time collaboration, but I did exercise most of the core 2D features.
I kept a list of feedback for the engine (note: shortly after finishing this project version 1.0 of Superpowers was released and likely addresses some of these issues):
- Adding sprites is very tedious
- Needs draw and drop and group drag and drop.
- Using the whole image should be the default.
- 2D draw order isn’t obvious.
- Respects z-order, but otherwise seems to render in order that they were added to the scene, rather than top to bottom (or something similar).
- Tab layout is too limited.
- I want to be able to have multiple windows visible at the same time.
- I want to have multiple projects visible at the same time (for cross referencing).
- Would be nice to have a 2D editor mode.
- All sprites map 1 pixel to in world unit.
- Camera is automatically ortho.
- Scene is automatically 2D.
- Could not get 1-to-1 pixel to world unit playing nice.
- Camera cannot zoom out so far.
- Orthographic scale is not intuitive way to define 2D camera.
- Annoying that when you leave window, mouse state is lost.
- Highlighting text in script editor.
- Moving position with transform widget in scene.
- Debug window can’t open maximized.
- Need maximized to use all debug panels.
- No live edit of running game.
- Would like to be able to tune properties while the game is running.
- TypeScript API Browser is really a bad way to discover interface.
- Search doesn’t actually take you to the entries.
- Itch.io is not a good forum for developer support.
- No search functionality.
Overall I would say my experience with the engine was… “so-so”. I’ll hopefully get a chance to try out version 1.0+ soon, and see what kind of improvements were made!