Depot Games: Balls
Project Status: Completed
Links: Web Site, Download music
Developers: Bruce Perry
Ports: DOS, Linux, Windows
Source Code: Not Available
Author's Description: Balls is a puzzle game. Place a few tiles judiciously in the level, and then activate the level and watch the balls find their way into the holes - or not. There aren't many levels, but this game is worth the download if only for the music and sound effects.
Balls is my entry into the third Ludum Dare 48-Hour Competition. As the competition's name suggests, I wrote this in 48 hours flat. With the exception of some approved libraries (such as Allegro and DUMB), the rules also restricted me to doing everything myself within these 48 hours. I didn't rip any art or code from anywhere, not even my older projects. I ripped some samples from other module files for the music - then I found out that this wasn't acceptable, so I redid all the samples myself. I was allowed to sample the MIDI on my computer, thank goodness!
If you like the music in this game, please download the separate version linked above rather than ripping it from the datafile provided with the game. The version in the datafile has some instruments set to use MIDI where available. DUMB will never do this, but Impulse Tracker will, as I found out after the competition when it was too late. Oops.
As stated in the song message, the music will play wrong with Winamp's default plug-in and with ModPlug Player/Tracker. Use Impulse Tracker (DOS program) or DUMB (portable, Winamp 2.x and XMMS plug-ins available) to play it.
Overall Rating: 8.0
A game developer at heart, I have been writing games with Allegro since 1999, and I have unfinished projects aplenty to show for it. I care very much about the quality of my games and what people think of them, so please do leave opinions on this site or send comments to me. I graduated from Cambridge University UK in Computer Science in June 2004. I did Geology in my first year there, which was fun. I took French A-level at school, and as of summer 2003 I am learning Japanese by self-study (while trying not to forget my French). I used to study art, and I still try my hand at it from time to time. I play the piano and compose music. As of August 2004 I am working as a Mini-Games Developer for a very nice company in Cambridge. (View Profile)