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Safe Zone – our game made at Global Jam 2019

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I and my 2 other friends decided to participate in the Global Game Jam this year. And here is our game – Safe Zone.

The title explains what home means to us. After dealing with all the ‘bad things’ out there, we just want to go home because it’s the only place we truly feel safe and comfortable. Unfortunately, we just can’t stay at home forever; we got to get out and work (find something to eat) to survive. And that’s the background of our game.

Here is the time line.

  • Friday night: we simply discussed and came up with a good pitch, then set up a project repo. We returned home at 10 everyone went to sleep. Unlike many other teams who instantly started working on their project, we decided to jsut chill and not to stress it.
  • Saturday: We worked remotely for the first half of the day, and in person for the other half. The collaboration went pretty well (no merge conflicts!). We managed to get all the mechanics done and had the first playable version 0.1 by 6 pm. We mostly hung out with other teams for the rest of the day and each went home by 11 pm.
  • Sunday: We met up and continued to improve the game. We animated characters, added music, reworked the map, implemented a new AI. At 5 pm we demo-ed with the 4th build – version 0.4.

This is the first game for 2 of our friends and the second 3D game for me (my side projects I’ve worked on so far are all 2D). We scoped the project quite well this time, which allowed us to finish without having too much stress. Personally, I was also able to explore some Unity’s features I had never used before such as Character Controller, Cinemachine’s extensions and Navigation. They are amazing. We easily won the “Game using AI” prize.

Considering that each of us still had 6-8 hours to sleep each day I think I will call it a success!


Goodie Assembly is released on Play Store!

Goodie Assembly is a relaxed puzzle game. Slices appear randomly from 8 directions and move toward the center. Player gets coins and points for completing delicious food.

The game is done within 1 month from prototyping to polishing. This is the first game I personally published on a store. To me it’s more about learning how to make a game than making any money. In fact, I learned a great deal about the game industry as I did lots of research on the way. Making games, especially good ones, is slow and demanding, and surviving as an indie dev is even more difficult. That said, I’m really enjoying the craft and not planning to stop anytime soon. Just have to stick to what we love, right?

Anyway, hope you like the game and Merry Christmas!