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Postmortems / Mr Pig's Great Escape Post-mortem
« on: May 24, 2013, 08:06:30 am »
Thanks to the Stencyl community for letting my first game have a part in the 2013 jam and congrats to the winners! First published flash game, first go at pixel art.

It was great fun, and I learned so much through the process. It's been a while since the winners were announced, but I thought I would share some of my experiences in this process.

Late last year I started playing with Stencyl in my spare time and after a few months I felt comfortable enough to start making my own character for a basic run and jump platformer game. I never had made pixel art before, so that took some doing. After 3 versions of my main character I was pretty happy with my first prototype and posted a video of it online. I had my main character, I used tile sets from Stencyl Forge to make one prototype level, and I made a time lapse of my pixel art process for an enemy actor

After that I took a month off from working on it at all, until I just happened to see the post for the 2013 Stencyl Jam. I thought this was perfect, I had a framework built and had an idea of where to go, but it was still barebones enough to qualify. I made the decision to go for it and participate. I started making all of my own tile sets, backgrounds, animations, and level designs. I worked on it in my spare time, and the majority of the work was done in the last week before the deadline. I actually took a week off of work mostly to work on the game. I posted some videos online of my progress along the way, and they met with a fairly positive response. I knew it wasn't perfect, but I was pretty happy with my first build for my first game. I tried to publish to the Stencyl arcade first, but encountered my first problem, I didn't optimize the game properly and the file size was to big to publish - 18.8mb. I freaked a little at first since I was really close to the deadline, but then I was able to create an account on Newgrounds and upload there, barely made it - there limit is 20mb.

I wasn't expecting much, but so far I have been very happy with the game's response. I realized after about a week that Newgrounds is using my game's thumbnail for the Stencyl Jam 2013 section under related stuff, which I thought was awesome. So when I went to play Quantum Corps I scrolled down and saw my little pig under related stuff, pretty cool.

There's still a lot of bugs to fix and improvements I would like to make. I have so many questions going forward, as in game optimization and how does one go about seeking sponsorship for a game? I had a great time and learned a lot, so thanks for letting me participate!

Stencyl Jam 12 / Mr Pig's Great Escape
« on: April 28, 2013, 12:45:33 pm »
Help Mr. Pig escape the farm and get to his goal of freedom! Run and jump through over 15 levels of increasing difficulty. My first go with pixel art and making a game.

Link to the game on Newgrounds:

Some video's of the game in progress:

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