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Kentucky Fried Pixels: Spinning out of Control with Fidget Pong

Kentucky Fried Pixels: Spinning out of Control with Fidget Pong

My name is Veronica Rivera and I am a Designer and Developer for Rise & Shine Games Studio. For the Second Annual Kentucky Fried Pixels Game Jam we had a blast creating a game called “Fidget Pong.” It is a 2 player game that is spinning out of control. We were inspired by the viral sensation of Fidget Spinners and wanted to make a simple but iconic game. Taking the classic game of pong with the new Fidget Spinner device.

On the team for this project is Anthony Quisenberry and Roberto Rivera. Anthony is a developer on our team behind a lot of the logic behind the game. Roberto is a local Graphic Designer and Illustrator that was behind the 3D modelling and a lot of the visual style. My role on this project has been mainly on art direction, development, and user experience. We started out with the 2-day jam to get a prototype started and have been finessing the game ever since. Recently, I volunteered with Louisville Makes Game’s Youth Program where I gave a presentation on the Game Art & Design process. I put the game on the screen for the kids in the program to try out. The game received a lot of positive feedback as well as areas of improvement.

We used the Unity platform to develop the game. VoxelShop to create the 3D models. Adobe Photoshop to design the logo and the Title Screens. The biggest challenge for us was that this was the first game our team has created with Unity, so there was a learning curve. However, sometimes a game jam is an awesome place to try out new techniques and dedicate time to complete a project. I am amazed at how versatile the program is and am looking forward to creating more projects with Unity in the future.

So please support local game developers by purchasing the Kentucky Fried Pixels 2 Bundle at KentuckyFriedPixels.com from Itch.io. Follow Louisville Makes Games on Twitter for more updates on local game development in our community.

 

Veronica Rivera is a Graphic Designer and Front-End Developer living in Louisville, KY. She has been a part of the Louisville Makes Games community for over a year and loves making games that are fun and colorful. She graduated in Fall 2011 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Western Kentucky University. She works full time as a Graphic/Web Designer for Jefferson County Public Schools and is a Designer and Developer for Rise & Shine Games. Drunken Boss Fight, PolyMorphic, Flip Flap, Cali Bunga, and Guppi are among the games she has helped to create. Favorite games are the Sims, Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Tamagotchi, Tales of Phantasia, and Chrono Trigger. You can follow her on social media @justvcreative and Rise & Shine Games @riseshinegames.

Odd bug with Unity animator state machine & new character concepts

Odd bug with Unity animator state machine & new character concepts

Kick Bot Dev Log June 26th 2017
-Alex Bezuska

When playing around with new artwork we noticed that the jump animation was only actually playing for one frame, it turned out to be a tricky issue to solve but Eric was able to get that working.  Our animation for the player uses the Unity animator state machine and for some reason, making the jump state the default state fixes it. No idea why.

Unity animator state machine for Kick Bot DX
Unity animator state machine for Kick Bot DX

Eric also worked on some tweaks to the high score screen working like it used to, including setting the “New best” to purple, and hiding the level score when game over screen shows.

I worked on some sketches but I was generally dried up creatively on the character designs, I am only really happy with the astronaut character:

Kick Bot DX character concept art sketches
Kick Bot DX character concept art sketches

Kick Bot DX is being created for the Kentucky Fried Pixels (KFP) game jam which ends July 9th, we will be releasing a pay-what-you-want bundle of games on August 17th!
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Who is Alex?

Alex Bezuska is the cofounder/ artist for Two Scoop Games and Director at Louisville Makes Games! Alex is obsessively passionate about making games and building the local game development community. He is also an avid lover of ice cream.

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Two Scoop Games cooks up a new version of Kick Bot for Kentucky Fried Pixels

Two Scoop Games cooks up a new version of Kick Bot for Kentucky Fried Pixels

For the second year in a row my game studio, Two Scoop Games, is proudly participating in the Kentucky Fried Pixels (KFP) game jam! For those unfamiliar, a game jam is an event for people who make games or want to make games to stretch their skills and creative muscles to produce a game based on a theme within a given timeframe. KFP fits that description, but has a couple of fun and interesting quirks. It is based out of our game dev home, Louisville, KY and it is actually two jams in one; a 48 hour in-person event to kick the game jam off, followed by 30 days to polish and prepare your project for inclusion in the KFP bundle. Bundles of games have been around for a while, one you might have heard of is the Humble Indie Bundle, the concept is multiple game creators selling their games together with a pay-what-you-want price tag on a digital distribution channel, in our case Itch.io. This is a great opportunity for a team or individual to earn their first dollar for doing something they love — creating games!

The jam started Friday, June 9 and we already had a plan of what we were going to work on — so we jumped right in after an awesome keynote full of jam tips by Kyle Pulver.
Our project for the weekend was rebuilding one of the first games Eric and I created together back in 2013; Kick Bot! Kick Bot is our most successful game from a sheer number of weekly active users standpoint, it fluctuates between 25k and 40k. That number is partially due to being featured on the Chrome Web Store homepage along with our other game, Scurry. There have also been quite a few YouTube videos made of people struggling through the game! So this new version will be released as an update and gift for all the Chromebook users we currently have.

Kick Bot, a game by Two Scoop Games on display at CodePaLOUsa, Louisville Kentucky June 2017
Kick Bot, a game by Two Scoop Games on display at CodePaLOUsa, Louisville Kentucky June 2017

In Kick Bot, you play as a robot painstakingly engineered for one thing and one thing only – wall jumping! In this brutal endless climber you must test your reflexes and jump from wall to wall avoiding hazards and proving your skill.

We set out with a goal to rebuild the game in Unity so that cross-platform release will be possible for desktop, Chrome Web Store, iOS, and Android. Throughout the course of the weekend things went surprisingly smoothly, because we had an amazing resource available — the Louisville Makes Games community! Many teams in our community have Unity experience and expertise, and we took full advantage of our close proximity to ask lots of questions and learn as much as we could. The community aspect of game jams has always been just as important as the learning for me, and with a community that is humble, helpful, and hoping you succeed, the positive impact can’t be denied.

The process of ‘porting’ our game to Unity went very well. Eric focused on the core gameplay and mechanics and translated all of the math to make the game move and feel just like the original. I focused on converting and cleaning up artwork, creating a new logo, and learning the feature-packed Unity particle system.

kick bot game by two scoop games small explosion

As with all of our game jams, we end Sunday night at 7pm and do presentations of each team and their game. I was proud to show what we were able to complete, it looked like the original game plus more, so we named it “Kick Bot DX”.

Eric Lathrop and Alex bezuska of Two Scoop Games showing their creation Kick Bot DX at the Kentucky Fried Pixels game Jam, Louisville Kentucky June 11th
Eric Lathrop and Alex Bezuska of Two Scoop Games showing their creation Kick Bot DX at the Kentucky Fried Pixels game Jam, Louisville Kentucky June 11th

The plan from here is to spend more time on it leading up to the July 9th end of Kentucky Fried Pixels and get it to a state where it is complete enough to launch on iOS and Android, and sold as part of the KFP bundle on itch.io of course!

Kick Bot DX by Two Scoop Games
Kick Bot DX by Two Scoop Games

The next big hurdle is a marketing plan. We want to give this new DX version to the players and fans on Chrome Web Store as a gift, then point them in the direction of the mobile apps, and start hinting at a sequel with even more features.

You can play the current version of Kick Bot here and buy the Kentucky Fried Pixels Bundle soon! Sign up for the Kentucky Fried Pixels email list to get updates when the bundle is available for purchase!