Current and future stuff

January 18, 2010

This is still in development, for the pleasure of the 3 Lander fans on earth !

Here’s a new video with currently implemented stuff :

As you can guess, there’s actually 2 game modes ( Landing and Racing ). I think I had to add a timer for each of these modes, along with an “all of fame” screen of some sort, as a bare minimum.

That said, I am thinking for a long time about procedurally generated content and a next step would be to generate terrains then landing pad placements for the Landing mode, and gates placement for the racing mode.

I also implemented a tractor beam, which opens a variety of new small game modes. I’m thinking about a “tidy up your bedroom” mode in which the goal would be to pick objects scattered around the terrain and drop them into a box.

These tiny game modes on open terrains are fun but for how long ?
Once you master the ship handling, the fun factor is decreasing drastically.

When the guys at Psygnosis designed Lander, they choose that most of the gameplay takes place inside underground bases. Which is clearly much more hard and thus interesting.

This is why I began working on a 3D dungeon generator :

All these ideas are great but what about those who want to try it now ?

There’s still nothing to download !

I will try my best to release ASAP a downloadable alpha version.

I should have done this before, but, well, it’s never too late to follow the “release early, release often” rule, huh ?


Past and current stuff

March 15, 2009

Hopper is using Ogre as its graphics engine, ode for physics, OpenAL for sounds and SQlite as a database.

At the start of the project I wrote a framework using Ogre and integrating the other components. As I am doing something like extreme programming ( as far as I understood it ), everything was more or less refactored when needed. With a working version after any modification.

This is what I am doing these days : heavy refactoring and moderate additions.

I modified the Input Management, and implemented the input configuration : now joysticks, mouse, or keys can be used to control the ship !

hopper_input_configuration1

hopper_input_configuration2

Preparing for other stuff like video configuration inside the game instead of keeping the Ogre default way to do this ( a dialog box appearing each time the game is started ), I made my own configuration file management class.

Also, I rewrote my own GUI instead of using a hacked mini-GUI wrote by someone else.

So next, I will have to integrate these things into the project.