Here are some Work In Progress screenshots of the first game I’ve had a crack at making. NAUGHTY BRICKS! (they are bricks and they are naughty, but not in a sexy way, unless you’re into that kind of thing). Having no idea how to actually make a game and having to learn it all from scratch, I took the sage advice for countless game development forums and decided to start simple, and start SMALL. I settled on making a BreakOut clone in Unity.
Unity seemed like a good way to ease myself into it, without having to get my head around C++ or be shackled by the limitations of a system like GameMaker. A Breakout clone also felt like a good place to start as it was simple enough to tackle in a short time, but I could also imagine building on it and injecting a bit more fun and variety into the mechanics when I was a bit more comfortable with it all.
So that’s where Naughty Bricks came from. It started as a poor-man’s BreakOut, and then after adding a whole bunch of powerups and extra mechanics I realised I liked it better as a puzzle game with authored levels, so now it’s a poor-man’s Cut the Rope!
It’s very strongly influenced by Cut the Rope, a game which I’ve had a lot of fun with, with a similar level structure and progression ramp, but replacing the cool and innovative rope physics with the very old and stale bouncing ball physics. I’m not trying to innovate with this, I’m just trying to get it finished and in a enjoyable state. In retrospect I wish I had been a bit more adventurous, but then perhaps I wouldn’t actually have been able to get it finished. I’m full of ideas, even a few good ones, so I’ll save them up for Game #2.
I’m nearing the end of development now, a few weeks to go I imagine to finish up all the levels, extra art and check for bugs, then I’ll have to figure out how to market the thing. It’ll be available for IOS and Android when it’s done, and my mum thinks it’s good enough to charge money for it, so stay tuned to watch me make my riches in the “impossible to fail, easy money” mobile game market! It will also be hilariously funny (and possibly educational) to watch me fail miserably and announce in a months time that I’ve had zero sales. Either way, there will be a game number 2, I’ve had way too much fun making Naughty Bricks and I’m not stopping now.
PS: If anybody happens to read this and can give me any advice or feedback, I’m all ears. I’m seriously figuring out everything as I go, so I expect to make mistakes a plenty in this first fumbling attempt at game development.