Yesterday morning I did the seemingly impossible – I finished one of those games I mentioned earlier! In fact, it was largely because of the “Odds and Ends” posts I made a little while back, that I was reminded of how close I was to completion on some of those projects. It made it harder to justify leaving them alone.
I added a bit more content to about-face, polished some issues around the edges, added some extra sound and tweaked the levels, and now it’s live on Newgrounds!
And there it will stay for a while. I guess it’s sort of an unofficial limited-time exclusivity for Newgrounds, because I like the site…well, a flash game can never be truly exclusive, even when site-locked…but the point is I like uploading stuff there first, okay? It also gives me time to gather user-feedback and adjust the game accordingly before I put it in other places. After all, it’s easier to make 10 small changes in one place than 10 small changes in 10 places.
My plans for the game are extremely small, as it was a game I made for fun (and anyway I don’t have faith in how much traffic a flash game can pull these days). I’ll make some changes to the game as needed, and then move on. It’s not my most ambitious project, and as my previous posts have indicated, I have a couple other things that I’d like to continue working on!
Thankfully, people have largely enjoyed the game for what it is, and it’s sitting around 3.5+ stars at the moment which is about as much as I could ask for. It feels really nice to put a smaller game out to the public and be getting more user feedback, and I’m glad I decided to finish this game before continuing on other projects.
I definitely learned some things through development/release of this small game, which might be worth writing up in a bite-sized post-mortem.
I could also talk about the message/theme of the game, but really, the whole point is minimalism, so it would be more fitting to let the game speak for itself on that matter.