In 1981, Konami introduced the worlds first side scrolling shooter video game, called Scramble. This game took many quarters from me as it was a regular stop walking home from school to play. It had forced scrolling from right to left with a fighter jet infiltrating harsh terrain and enemy bases. In 1987, the company Irem produced R-Type - a side scroller with heavy graphics that was like Scramble on Steroids. The fighter crafts had different weapon capabilities that could be upgraded. Originally, the "R" series of spacecrafts stood for "Ray," like ray gun. RayType Alpha represents a time in between Scramble and R-Type, with RayType Alpha representing the first alpha version of the series. In my game, each letter becomes a chamber in the enemy's giant spacecraft environment. The spaceship must fly through each chamber, shooting down turrets and projectiles, while collecting powerups dispersed on specific locations of only certain letters. Like StepWyze, This is also an actual game (proof of concept only) that is unfinished, but I will post a link as soon as I have enough playable elements coded in. This font is heavily packed, maximizing the GameComp-required 48 grid spaces. 12.02.14 Game Uploaded!
Published: 22nd November, 2014
Last edited: 21st November, 2014
Created: 13th November, 2014
So this was made into an actual game. The font was sketched out a while ago, but after the GameComp started, I thought it would adapt well to transforming into one of those infinite jumper games popular on mobile devices. Instead I let it become a right to left scroller with the player jumping through words that actually say something. It's somewhat meta in that the player has to navigate the platform and make sense of the words at the same time. Simple to play. Try not to stumble over your words as you go about your business and time flies by. Just like in real life.
The game is just a proof of concept and not at all near completed. I'll probably just post what I have to show it in motion.
11.26.14 This is a clone