Crafty HTML5 Game Framework - Color Matching Game

Last night I started exploring open source  HTML5 game frameworks. I was initially drawn to cocos2d-javascript due to my experience with cocos2d, but it requires server side code. It looks fairly robust and I would look into using it for commercial games, but I wanted to explore client side libraries for quick prototypes and game jams.

I ended up spending some time today with Crafty. The documentation is lacking and not all of the functionality is there that I would want for building a commercial title, but it seems like a good library for small games. I look forward to see it grow.

Here is a simple color matching game I built with it:

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The rules are simple:

  • Click on the square that matches the color in the center
  • Match all the squares to move to the next level
  • You get one mistake
  • If you make two mistakes the board resets
  • On the third reset the board reverts back one level

If there is any interest I will write up a tutorial.

Unity: Day 1.5

It's been a week since my last session with Unity. Work on a Four Hats update and the yet unnamed TBDOP project has been stealing all of my time.

I logged on to Twitter this morning and learned that Unity has a sale on the basic iPhone & Android add-ons for the amazing price of ZERO dollars. I could not resist so I upgraded my license for free, downloaded a sample project, and loaded my first Unity project onto the iPad. In total I only spent an hour with Unity before getting back to TBDOP but having the mobile publishing kits will draw me back soon.

The sale runs through April 8th, so make sure you grab it while you can.

Unity: Day 1

(This is Day 1 but part two in a series of posts that started here.)

Today was my first day with Unity. I downloaded the 1GB installer here. I choose to activate the free version of the software rather than the 30 day trial of the Pro version because I want to save that opportunity for when I have a clue.

When the software launched for the first time it had a demo project loaded. I played around with the interface for awhile, tested out the demo, and tried to get a feel for the IDE. The IDE is very visual. I didn't know what I was getting into so this was a bit of a shock. I kept looking for a way to switch over to a code view. It may be there, but I haven't stumbled across it yet.

Knowing that randomly clicking around wasn't going to get me very far, I decided to start looking for a good tutorial to follow. I decided to go with the 2d Gameplay Tutorial available on the Unity3d site:

2D Gameplay Tutorial

The first thing I did was run the sample code provided by the tutorial. The physics felt very buggy. Knocking a box over would occasionally cause it to fly around on the screen wildly until it found it's original resting position again. It is just a sample project, but this did not give me the warm and fuzzies.

The tutorial mostly covers how to wire things together using the interface. The process of loading new assets into Unity is not covered in this tutorial. I was slightly disappointed that this wasn't a ground up tutorial. Wiring a bunch of existing components together is fine for gaining comfort in the interface, but it didn't leave me comfortable with building something from scratch.

When I wrapped up the tutorial I had a better feel for the UI and a basic understanding of how to attach scripts. It was a decent tutorial, but it wasn't what I was looking for. I want a HELLO WORLD!


In the next session I will be looking into building something from an empty project. If I can't find any materials that cover this in detail, then I will write up a tutorial.

Let's All Just Get Along - A Cocos2d Dev Explores Unity

I have been building things using cocos2d for awhile now and I have grown comfortable with it. I can prototype games fairly quickly and I am familiar with what it can and can't do out of the box. I am going to continue to develop games using cocos2d, but it is time to explore something new.

Starting next Monday I am going to dive head first into Unity and see what I can build in a week. I am not sure if I will be building one game or many small prototypes, but I will post an update of the experience once per day.

If you know of any good Unity resources, please share them with me in the comments!