Holiday Jam!!!

I know it’s been FAR too long since I’ve blogged something (almost eight months, sheesh), but I wanted to throw out an update that I’ll be completing a game for this year’s Holiday Game Jam.  While there’s no title, I’ve been craving a typing game as a new project and this is my chance to get it all out of my system.

The player plays as Santa attempting to deliver his gifts when he’s suddenly set upon by aliens who never get gifts and are cross because of it.  They must pilot their sleigh through the air, continuing to drop presents into the chimneys of good boys and girls everywhere whilst he spreads holiday cheer those who wish to stop him.

TL;DR

  • Type holiday themed words and phrases to throw presents into expectant children’s houses

house

  • Lock onto enemies by typing the word above their headalien
  • Rapid fire Christmas joy and spirit by typing the letters that appear above their head until they leave with Christmas spirit in their hearts

alien-locked

 

There’s more but I wouldn’t want to spoil the whole thing at once, suffice to say there’s plans for easily more work than I can hope to get done before the 22nd.  Lots of open source art asset usage, sweet typing action, and holiday cheer to be found.

For those interested in the technical details, I’m currently developing the game in HTML5 and Javascript whilst using ImpactJS to simplify the whole process.  Trello is being used to track tasks and you can keep an eye on my progress here and when everything is done I should have a time-lapse video of my work that I can post as well.