“Path Of Slime” is the second mobile game that I develop for Android and the first one on App Store. I’m not a game developer by any means, I just love crafting games like this one, and I do it alongside my full-time job. In this blog post I will refer to my previous game “Balls n Bricks”, if you have to, you can check it out.
Prototyping a game is the key! Having basic game mechanics in a couple of hours is awesome. For my games, I use the Godot engine. It’s really easy to use, unlike Unity it’s lightweight, it has great support for 2D, and so on. After the prototype, it’s important that I set myself a plan, with features for the release version, and after that, I try to stick to it as much as I can. The reason being is you can always expand your game, add new features, but I had too many never-ending projects in my past, that this is a new rule that I try to follow.
My first game was very basic, almost completely black and white block with just a couple of icons. This time I took a different path, by exploring pixel-art design a bit deeper. That’s how I discovered two great tools that I will use from now on in every pixel-art project.
The first one is Lospec Pallet List. This is a website where users can share pallets with little image previews, and others can like and comment. It’s a great community of really talented artists and I love it.
The next one is Aseprite. This is by far the best pixel-art editor currently on the market. You can create animations, sprite sheets, tilemaps, and everything in between.
And drawing your assets is dead simple:
- You try
- You suck
- Try again
- Still suck but, it’s a bit better
- Back to step 3.
Sound design is something that I need to put more work on. For this project, I just scraped a bunch of free sound clips from the internet and put them in Audacity, and call it a day.
I self-published both of my games, that’s why they have just a few hundred downloads. Marketing is something that you have to put a lot of money and/or time into. And since is just my hobby, I don’t have much of either of these things.
If you want to try Path Of Slime, you can download it from here