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Crescent 2D Revamped
Update 5 | Dec 1st, 2019
Hey everyone, welcome back to update 5 for Crescent 2D! Alex and I managed to implement a majority of our objectives this week.
These objectives being the completion of level 2, implementation of projectile enemies, a game title screen, enemy health
drops, and a playable demo. We also learned a lot from our midstone showcase and will be improving our tutorial level
immensely in the coming weeks!
I will briefly go over the projectile enemy functionality. The projectile enemies moves and attack purely based on
randomization. They follow the player with a slight offset in position; the enemies are never overlapping with the
player, they keep at a certain distance and attack when intended.
I go more in-depth with all of these mechanics in my YouTube video.
Personally, I learned a lot about how people play our game. During our prototype showcase, I discovered that
our tutorial level could use a lot more work. The tutorial was not practical enough in many instances;
Crescent’s tutorial revolves around showing and not actually doing what is being shown. We had the
controls up on the screen during the tutorial level and realized that a lot of people had already
forgotten about them by the time they reach level 1.
The biggest mishap would definitely be the lack of examples of how to use Crescent in the
tutorial level. It left many wondering what Crescent’s purpose was in the game to begin
Update 4 for Crescent Revamped consists of user interface implementation. We have managed to create a variety of user interfaces
ranging from a player's health bar, enemy health bars, death interface, and even introduced a monologue panel while we were
So to briefly talk about the code, all the user interfaces use what is called a Canvas and contain interface materials
ranging from buttons, text, and images. The health bars work by taking an image and converting it to a filled type.
Through that we are able to calculate the image’s fill amount and provide a functional health interface. If you
prefer a more in-depth explanation of how the health interfaces and monologue system works, I provide such
information in the video linked below.
Last week we prepared our very first playtesting sessions for Crescent. Personally, I wanted to know if the
tutorial level was easy to find and if the controls were reliable. Through two play test sessions Alex
and I have come to the conclusion that the tutorial level was fairly difficult to find without the
assistance of user interface.
On top of this, I noticed that the button detection when it came to interacting with certain objects
or levels was really inconsistent; it would take multiple button presses to trigger these events
at times. Hopefully with this recent patch the tutorial level is easier to find. However, we do
plan on fixing the inconsistency when it comes to button pressing for interactions, along with
implementing level 2 & 3, and publicly releasing a download to play the game. This will inline
with my goal of becoming a gameplay programmer or graphics programming specialist.
Welcome to the third update of Crescent revamped. This week, Alex and I managed to fulfill a lot of tasks that were expected
in last week’s update. This week’s patch includes a tutorial level, parry projectile system, a variety of power ups, camera
shake functionality, and a jump-dash mechanic that was in the previous prototype!
Let’s begin by talking about how the parry system works with projectiles. We created an empty game object inside the
player, called it sword and attached a box collider to the empty game object. The script then checks when the
collider on the sword and the collider on the projectile are colliding. To do this, we use a method called
OnTriggerEnter2D and set all the projectiles to have a specific tag to ensure the player is truly hitting
a projectile. The crescent power up allows the player to manually control crescent and its light. We did
this by using boolean variables. So if we had a variable called player_movement that was set to false
then the player would not be able to move. Immediately after this, we set another boolean variable to
true which allows crescent to move instead. We did this in hopes that the player uses crescent’s
light and movement to find clues hidden in the dark.
In the next update, we hope to finally implement some form of user interface, finish off building level 2,
begin working on level 3 and 4, and begin adding in additional enemies or player attack combos. On top of
this, we are planning on getting some feedback from play testers and releasing a playable demo to the
public. Pushing out these future updates will correspond with my goal of becoming a gameplay
programmer or graphics programming specialist.
Hey everyone, welcome to the second update of Crescent revamped. This week, we finished building level one, implemented
enemy AI functionality, enemy AI animations, player attack animations, and level selection.
To speak more upon the implementation of enemy AI, we used a couple float variables such as distance, height, and range.
Distance allowed us to determine how far or close the enemy was to the player by subtracting their positions along the
x-axis. The range variable works together with the distance variable to determine when the enemy should begin
following the player. For example, if the range variable was set to 25 & -25 and the distance went below that
value, then the enemy would begin following the player. The reasoning behind the positive and negative number
is based on left and right directions; the enemy would begin following the left side if the distance went
below 25, while if the distance went below -25 the enemy would begin following the player on the right
side. As for the height variable, we subtract the player’s position along the y-axis with the enemy’s
position along the y-axis. We use this to determine if the player goes beyond the enemy’s height. If
the player goes beyond the enemy’s height, then the enemy begins to jump to catch up to the player.
In the coming weeks, we plan on implementing user interface, more level creations, additional
enemies, player attacks or combos, and camera effects. Releasing these new updates will
correspond with my goal of becoming a gameplay programmer or graphics programming
Hello everyone, I will be starting off this new school semester with a revamp of Crescent 2D! I would like to announce
that I am partnering up with my friend Alexander Dispenza, who previously worked on one of his own projects called Light
Leads The Way. These first few weeks have consisted of coming up with ways to make game creation a lot more
efficient, while also figuring out ways of merging the two projects together. However, this particular
update will be more focused on the revamping stages, so I will be explaining our use for tilemaps,
and the way we changed up the camera’s functionality.
So far, the mechanics or features we have to showcase are the tilemaps and camera. Tilemaps allow us to create
levels or maps a lot more efficiently. Instead of manually placing block by block, we can smoothly paint our
levels! As for the camera, I programmed the camera to follow the player, rather than placing the camera
inside of the character to simulate a similar motion. This allows us to include camera effects such
as shaking or bouncing. If I had tried creating a shaking or bouncing motion with the previous
camera, the character would shake or bounce along with it; displaying a visual bug or glitch.
After this initial post, we plan on creating multiple levels using tilemaps, adding enemy AI, player
attacks, and additional character animations. Pushing these new updates out will coincide with my
goal of becoming a gameplay programmer or graphics programming specialist.
Welcome back to the prototype showcasing of Crescent! In the attached video I display all the mechanics I've worked
on during my second college semester put into a short little demo with 3 levels.
Throughout my series, I created a total of 10 game mechanics. These mechanics include my sprint mechanic, jump-dash
mechanic, camera manipulation mechanic, crouch mechanic, puzzle mechanic, AI mechanic, projectile mechanic,
health & status mechanic, checkpoint mechanic, and a powerup mechanic.
Moving forward, I plan on adding audio, a datastore system to save data, create additional stages or polish
current stages, integrate an experience bar, and expand on my current mechanics. This will inline with
be wanting to become a graphics programming
Welcome everyone to the tenth and final mechanic showcase! In this update I will be talking about my powerup mechanic.
So far, I’ve created two types of collectible powerups: the jump power increase power up, and the healthkit power
up. Both power ups are somewhat self explanatory, the jump increase power up increases the player’s jump power
for a set amount of time, while the healthkit power up gives the play an additional 100 health. This mechanic
functions by using a triggered collider to detect whether or not the player is touching the powerups. If the
player is touching the power up then it will all depend on the tag of the power up. Depending on the tag,
it will provide different functionality.
With all the mechanics I’ve created combined, that comes to a total of ten game mechanics. Here is a list
of what I have created: sprint mechanic, dash-jump mechanic, camera zooming mechanic, crouch mechanic,
puzzle mechanic, enemy mobility mechanic, projectile mechanic, health/status mechanic, checkpoint
mechanic, and power up mechanic. My plans after this final mechanic update is to post a playable
demo that hopefully contains a few new mechanics. This will inline with be wanting to become
a gameplay programming specialist.
This playable demo will likely be released in about a week or so, stay tuned!
Hello world, it’s currently getting close to the end of the school year for us students! Today, I’ll be showcasing my
checkpoint mechanic. The idea is fairly easy to understand, once the player dies it spawns them in a designated area.
How I accomplished this was by creating a vector3 variable equivalent to the checkpoint’s position and checking to
see if the player collided with the checkpoint. If the player collides with the checkpoint, and the player were to
die, then their position would be set to the vector3 variable and be respawned at the checkpoint.
As of now, I have programmed nine game mechanics and plan on completing my tenth mechanic fairly soon.
Here are the current game mechanics right now: sprint mechanic, dash-jump mechanic, camera zooming
mechanic, crouch mechanic, puzzle mechanic, enemy mobility mechanic, projectile mechanic,
health/status mechanic, and now a checkpoint mechanic. After this, I will be working on
a powerup mechanic. Creating these mechanics will push me towards my goal of becoming
a gameplay programming specialist.
Crescent 2D Platformer (Health & Status UI Mechanic)
Update 8 | April 14th, 2019
Hello, this is the eighth game mechanic I’ve created throughout my journey. This mechanic is more associated with the
graphical user interface side of things, so I call it the health/status mechanic. The health/status mechanic is a user
interface that allows the user to keep track of health and status of the character. If a scenario were to ever occur
of the player being low on health, then this mechanic will inform them. This mechanic functions by taking the
player’s health and changing the status of the player depending on how much health they have. The health bar
works by creating a float variable then inside that variable are the size of the health bar’s along the
x-axis then dividing it by the player’s health. The health bar is then rescaled along the x-axis by
taking the player’s health and multiplying it by the float variable, this allows it to be scaled
So far the game mechanics implemented are the sprint mechanic, dash-jump mechanic, camera zooming mechanic,
crouch mechanic, puzzle mechanic, enemy mobility mechanic, projectile mechanic, and now the health/status
mechanic. My ninth mechanic will be a checkpoint mechanic, allowing the player to respawn where they left
off. This will push me towards my goal of becoming a gameplay programming specialist.
Moving forward, I will will be programming my next game mechanic.
This should be finished by next week!
Hey everybody! This marks game mechanic number 7. For this mechanic specifically I crafted a projectile mechanic that allows me
to shoot projectiles at any form of enemies I have implemented in my game. The process was fairly simple, I created a gameObject
that is attached to the player of where the projectile should spawn, the code then takes that information and proceeds to spawn
in a prefab of the projectile using a function in Unity called instantiate. Once that’s done, it applies a constant force
allowing the projectile to move straight forward and being destroyed on impact or destroyed after a set amount of time.
I currently have a sprint mechanic, dash-jump mechanic, camera zooming mechanic, crouch mechanic, puzzle mechanic, enemy
mobility mechanic, and a projectile mechanic implemented into my capstone. My next goal will be to work on a
health/status mechanic that will be of significant use to the player. This will inline with be wanting to
become a gameplay programming specialist.
My next task from here will be completing my eighth game mechanic. I plan on finishing this immediately after
my seventh mechanic has been published.
Hello everyone, this is part 6 of my game mechanic showcase. For my sixth mechanic I decided to program an enemy mobility
or AI mechanic. Essentially the code functions by allowing the enemy to move left and right, checking if the player has
collided with the triggered collider attached to the enemy, damaging the player, and the possibility of jumping to
throw the player off. The overall movement was coded by just applying constant force on the x and y axis, if the
player collided with the trigger attached to the enemy then the enemy is inclined to jump towards the player to
throw them off. The damage portion was more dependant on checking to see if the player collided with the enemy,
if so it randomizes how much damage it should do to the player.
As of now, I have programmed six game mechanics and plan on reaching ten fairly soon. Here are the current
game mechanics right now: sprint mechanic, dash-jump mechanic, camera zooming mechanic, crouch mechanic,
puzzle mechanic, and now a enemy mobility mechanic. After this, I will be working on a projectile
mechanic and a health/status mechanic. The creation of all of these mechanics will push me
towards my goal of becoming a gameplay programming specialist.
My responsibility moving forward will be programming my next game mechanic. This should
be finished within the same week!
Welcome to part 5 of my capstone mechanics presentation. Part 5 involves me talking about my puzzle mechanic and how it can
play a big role in my game. The approach I tried to take with my puzzle mechanic was to use other mechanics I’ve created
throughout this journey such as the camera zooming mechanic to gather clues for the puzzle. In this scenario, after the
clue is found it is up to the player to decipher the code. Once the code has been deciphered, the player is prompt with
a user interface in which the user is required to input the correct digits to proceed to the next level. To talk a
little bit on how the code works, I have a script attached to the user interface that checks to see if the digits
the player types matches with the initial code I have set up in the script.
Currently, I have programmed a sprint mechanic, a dash-jump mechanic, a camera zooming mechanic, crouch
mechanic, and a puzzle mechanic. The next thing I’ll be working on is an enemy AI mechanic. This will
push me towards my goal of becoming a gameplay programming specialist.
My responsibility moving forward will be coding my sixth game mechanic for my capstone. This should
be around shortly after my fifth game mechanic is published.
Sorry for the delay on updates everyone! This additional entry makes part 4 and today I'll be showcasing my crouch mechanic.
The crouch mechanic is required to be used in various parts of the game and revolves around swiftly moving from one end to
another, I took a lot inspiration from a game called Splatoon. Surprisingly enough, this didn't require any difficult
procedures to accomplish this, more so utilizing animations, and colliders. In regards to how the crouch mechanic
works, I simply made it so that whenever the CTRL key on the keyboard is pressed, the player's collider is swapped
out with a smaller one and the animation is set to the crouch animation I created. This makes it look and
feel like the player is swimming smoothly underneath fences.
I’ve currently programmed a sprint mechanic, a dash-jump mechanic, a camera zooming mechanic, and now a crouch
mechanic. Moving forward, I’ll be working on the puzzle mechanic, enemy AI, and improving anything else I’ve
created as of yet. This will inline with be wanting to become a gameplay programming specialist.
My next task from here will be completing my fifth game mechanic. I plan on finishing this immediately after
my fourth mechanic is published.
What’s up everybody, this entry will make part 3 for my game mechanic series. This week I’ll be showcasing
my camera zooming mechanic. The concept is that the player will have the ability to zoom in and out of the
game in order to complete the set-out puzzle mechanics placed inside of Crescent. To summarize how I’m
getting the camera to do this, I’m essentially just scaling the orthographic size by however long the
player is holding down the Q or E key on their keyboard causing it to either zoom in or out. The
camera also offsets a bit upwards so you can see what’s above you, this done by setting the
camera’s x, y, z coordinates to wherever the camera is currently placed in-game and adding
or subtracting a value of 2.25 to the y-axis depending if the player is zooming in or out.
As of yet, I’ve programmed a sprint mechanic, a dash-jump mechanic, and now a camera
zooming mechanic. Moving forward, I’ll be working on a crouching and puzzle mechanic,
and improving anything else I’ve created along the way. This will inline with be
wanting to become a gameplay programming specialist.
My next task from here will be completing my fourth game mechanic. I plan on
finishing this during the fourth week since posting my first game mechanic.
Hello everyone, welcome to my second game mechanic showcase. This week I’ve created a jump-dash mechanic!
The concept of my jump-dash mechanic is to reach a far distance and high placed platform efficiently,
this goal was accomplished using vectors. Whenever the player hits the F key on their keyboard, the
code creates a new vector and takes the player’s x and y coordinates, so the player isn’t offset
somewhere random in the game. I then add or subtract an additional 10 units to the x coordinate
depending on where the player is moving and if the player is jumping, creating a jump-dash.
So far, I’ve programmed the sprint mechanic, and now the dash-jump mechanic. Moving forward,
I’ll be working on a camera mechanic, and improving anything else I’ve created along the way.
This will inline with be wanting to become a gameplay programming specialist.
My next task from here will be completing my third game mechanic. I plan on
finishing this during the third week since posting my first game mechanic.
Hey everyone, I’m ready to showcase the first of my many game mechanics I’ve worked on this college semester.
The first mechanic I’m showcasing here is a sprint mechanic, a very simple mechanic to start things off. However,
I guarantee the mechanics will get more complex from here on out. The concept of the sprint mechanic is that
whenever the player holds the shift key on their keyboard, the character in-game will accelerate at a faster
speed than usual. I also included a release method so whenever the player releases the shift key, the
character reverts to regular speed. The overall purpose of the sprint mechanic is to maneuver around
the map at a faster pace, this can be helpful if a map is gigantic.
So far, I’ve only programmed the sprint mechanic. Moving forward, I’ll be working on a jump-dash mechanic,
camera mechanic, and improving my sprint mechanic or animations if needed. This will inline with be wanting
to become a gameplay programming specialist.
My next task will be completing my second game mechanic. I plan on finishing this next week
since posting this sprint mechanic.
Hey everyone, I recently attended the Global Game Jam 2019 and it was a blast! Our team came
out with a platformer called Familiar Relief. The concept is that the game starts off very difficult
and progressively gets easier, we did this to correspond with the theme: “What does home mean to
you?”. Our mindset was that whenever someone goes home, they gain a sense of relief, so we tried
implementing that into the game. To do this, not only did we make the game challenging towards
the beginning, but the art style also changes from simplistic to detailed illustrations;
once the game is complete from start to finish you gain a sense of relief,
just like going home.
We also implemented quite a few mechanics that made the game difficult to complete.
These range from falling blocks to spikes. The falling blocks look just like normal
blocks, but once a player touches the block, the block immediately falls and takes
the player with it too (we are just subtracting from the block’s y-axis for it to
fall like it does [we also use the game engine’s implemented physics to give the
block cool rotation effects]). The spikes get triggered once the player collides
with the spike’s collider, this causes the player to instantly die and restart
from the start of a specific level.