Whilst I’ve enjoyed a good streak of results from recent game jams, my first Global Game Jam didn’t go quite as planned, I felt like I was working against the Gameboy throughout the 42 hours of development time available to me, as I hadn’t done any real Gameboy development work since Ludum Dare 34 in mid December, I was going to have a rough ride of sorts in any case. Quite how rough was a bit shocking to me.
Bugs occurring at stupid hours in the morning greatly affected the amount of sleep I got in during the weekend and by Sunday morning , whilst I was determined to have something finished, there really wasn’t much of a game there, although to be fair, a clicker game isn’t much of a game anyways.
There was a lot of coding going on though, for little reward, after some issues, particularly with remembering how multi-banking worked, Waifu Clicker is a clicker game, with randomnly generated characters, password system, some sound effects, difficulty curve and sadly, not much else.
After submitting a working initial build to the Jam site with 2 hours to go I attempted to bung the in-game shop in there but, more issues with decrementing my heart score (an unsigned 8-bit array) after the first pass and general exhaustion left me collapsed at my laptop.
Whilst it’s far from my best work, it proved to be a handy reminder for me to be prepared for game jam events and my preparations this time around were minimal to say the least.