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Photon Cycles, a luminous lightbikes game

Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:15 am
by Master Jademus Sreg
Photon Cycles, a luminous lightbikes game, is all about driving around your ridiculous looking vehicle, while excreting lethal hazards from your rear, with the intention to cause your enemies to wreck into stuff. That is pretty much all there is to it.

I decided to make the map because I am a fan of this micro-genre or whatever it is; it is fun and competitive, has simple mechanics, and is intellectually stimulating in the nuanced and clever tactics and strategy players can employ. The entelechy of the game is what makes it interesting, in the same way lego blocks and cellular automata and DNA are interesting. I figured I could make something small and neat, like TronCraft Rebirth, only this version won't give people hand cramps from right clicking so damn much.

Special thanks to Sixen and Motive for their feedback, Mexa for publishing in the EU region for me and those brave few who helped test it on Battlenet.

This map is available in NA and EU regions.

Features
  • Mouse-controlled camera and turning
  • Victory types available in 5 tangy flavors
  • Supports up to 12 players
  • Custom Layout for a minimal UI
  • Leavers are removed, start points adjusted
  • More than 100 entirely pointless death messages
  • Dead players spectate the remainder of the round
  • Turbo boost; smash into walls faster than ever

Controls
  • Move mouse to turn
  • Left-click to boost

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNO0lQaBGhw

Re: Photon Cycles, a luminous lightbikes game

Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:29 am
by IskatuMesk
Reminds me of Tron. Good work bro. Need more disco-ey music though.

Re: Photon Cycles, a luminous lightbikes game

Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:31 am
by Master Jademus Sreg
Thanks. I'm accepting donations of music; the music featured in the video isn't mine to use, but I'd really like to get some appropriately-themed music in the map.

Re: Photon Cycles, a luminous lightbikes game

Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 12:59 pm
by IskatuMesk
Well, are you looking for copyright-free music or just anything that fits?

Re: Photon Cycles, a luminous lightbikes game

Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:49 pm
by Master Jademus Sreg
More the former, something I can use permitted by the artist. I could give a shit less about legality, but respecting other people's intellectual property is important to me as a matter of respect.

Re: Photon Cycles, a luminous lightbikes game

Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 2:54 pm
by IskatuMesk
Oh.

Well, if any of the music I made and posted in that thread in the workshop fits for you go ahead and use that. Otherwise I don't know.

Re: Photon Cycles, a luminous lightbikes game

Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 3:18 pm
by Master Jademus Sreg
I'll check it out, thanks. Got a link to any in particular you think would be appropriate?

Re: Photon Cycles, a luminous lightbikes game

Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 4:19 pm
by IskatuMesk
Not really. That would be more up to you I think. Most of my stuff is orchestral and battle/energetic tracks were most difficult to make.

One of the days I might take a look at fruityloops and see if it has improved since 10 years ago when I first tried it...

Re: Photon Cycles, a luminous lightbikes game

Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:38 pm
by Master Jademus Sreg
I listened to the tracks in Group A, but none really fit the map's aesthetic.

I'm hesitant to say FL studio has improved; it's more accurate to say they added more stuff.

Re: Photon Cycles, a luminous lightbikes game

Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:15 am
by IskatuMesk
As I figured. Oh well.

Re: Photon Cycles, a luminous lightbikes game

Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:17 am
by johnnythewolf
Tried it and liked it!

As for the music, how about this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpmSOCikIkg

Noticed the irony of the title?

It's from the now obsolete V4 build of the Streets of Rage Remake. You can download it there:

http://www.doulifee.com/StreetofRage/

Re: Photon Cycles, a luminous lightbikes game

Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:35 am
by Master Jademus Sreg
Awesome find johnny.

Re: Photon Cycles, a luminous lightbikes game

Posted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:53 am
by Master Jademus Sreg
Minor update: Endurance and Slayer victory modes added.

Re: Photon Cycles, a luminous lightbikes game

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:25 am
by Master Jademus Sreg
Here's a screenshot that hints at what will be in the next major update in a few weeks.

Re: Photon Cycles, a luminous lightbikes game

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 6:03 pm
by Mucky
We need to play this next FFS.