Falconet - Demo Now Available

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We've been working on a new game called Falconet. It's a 16-bit retro style twin-stick-shooter.

Access the alpha build demo here:

Here's the teaser trailer:

I'll post some development updates in this discussion, but you can also join us on Discord: https://discord.gg/tVm5T9Yrhw

We are working hard to get the alpha build demo ready for everyone to try out. Cheers!


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  • Hi all,

    Based on some initial feedback we received, we decided to create a video that shares our goal and vision for Falconet.

    We hope it will help you see the potential that Falconet has.

  • Well done on getting to an alpha build! The teaser trailer looks great!
    I watched a bit of the playthrough last night and it looks like it has potential.

    I think one of the main problems is that at the moment the game doesn't actually need you to switch guns - and it seems like that is the main focus of your game. I would rather focus on adding senarios to make the player want/have to change guns.
    A good small game that I think does this is Tormentor x Punisher https://youtube.com/watch?v=hRAtQWqwV48. They only have 2 standard guns: a normal gun that has range and then a shotgun that also acts as a reload. They also have a variety of enemies/bosses that make the games progression interesting even though it's one room with 2 guns.

    Focusing on a small area or single screen allows you to maybe get the enemies, pacing, guns and feedback feeling good. I think you have a lot of content already but I think maybe the content can be scoped down to focus on the core of the game.
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    Sorry I had to leave the meetup early last night, so I don't know if this stuff was covered.

    I think a lot of folks here would be questioning what your goals with the game are -- not in terms of game design (your video only covers that), but in terms of what you're hoping to get out of the game's development. The way you talk about the game makes it sound as if you're aiming for a commercial release? (in which case I think you'd be fighting a very uphill battle)

    I'd suggest not putting all of your effort into your (first?) game, and rather making lots of smaller games (like ~1-2 weeks of dev each) to put on itch. Then, after you've made many games like that, you can have a look at your page views, downloads and comments (and whether players are paying you even when it's a pay-what-you-want model!) to inform you of whether putting all of the effort into a commercial release is smart.

    If you're doing this as a hobby and are free from the burden of commercial aspirations, then of course do whatever you enjoy! :D
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  • A big thanks for all the feedback we received thus far, especially during the meetups. For those who haven't seen yet, we released an update to the alpha build. So hear over to itch to try it out and let us know what you think! https://irukasoftware.itch.io/falconet
  • Based on some feedback, we have been experimenting with shadows for moving entities.

    This first image shows how it is currently without shadows. We tried shadow techniques used in the 16-bit era, including mesh, circular and shaped shadows. These particular entities are flying, so their shadows will be more detached. The Falconet and other enemies closer to ground will have only a single pixel worth of shadow.

    We think the mesh is okay, but not great, circular looks bad, and the shaped is the best. What do you guys think?

  • So you've chosen to have the light more overhead on the scene than actually 45 degrees? Because that's the only reason "1 pixel" of shadow makes sense. But I don't think 1 pixel of shadow on the protagonist is good enough. The planes look like they're on the ground and the ship looks like it has no shadow.

    I think it's okay to consider using transparency for shadows. Also shadows should be consistent across the game - so you have shadows on your background buildings, it makes no sense if look shaded while the rest looks dithered or solid black.

    It also would make no sense if you shoot at planes with VERY different shadows to yourself - that would imply that they're on a different vertical plane from you but somehow shooting at them directly still makes contact.
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