The story of ‘Doctor Roboturtle’

The story of 'Doctor Roboturtle'
‘Doctor Roboturtle’ refers to this little robot I like to draw: The drawing on the left was my first full drawing of the robot. When I re-created the robot (and the pet turtle) as pixel art, I simplified the design a bit. The name originally came from back when I used to tell everybody that ...

October game evaluation – One Game a Month

October game evaluation - One Game a Month
I’ve completed my October game, Apartment of Death: Escape of the Nice Robot – which is game #2 for my attempt at the One Game a Month challenge, and it has been a great learning experience for me. You can play the game below and then read on to find out about the process I ...

Interview with Josh Schmidt of N64 Gaming

Interview with Josh Schmidt of N64 Gaming
I recently interviewed Josh Schmidt of N64 Gaming, a web site for retro gaming, indie game development, and breaking into the game industry. N64 Gaming is a new site, having been created last Labor Day weekend, and it already has a strong online presence, with a five episode per week podcast and an established audience of ...

I Love Weird Indie Games review – Robot Fortune Teller

I Love Weird Indie Games review - Robot Fortune Teller
My first game, Robot Fortune Teller, has been reviewed by Alex Bezuska of I Love Weird Indie Games, a new review site focusing on weird indie games. It has the tagline ‘On a personal quest for the weirdest indie games out there,’ and I’m honored that a game of mine is weird enough to be included. Read the ...

Game dev podcast – tips and advice on starting out

I recently appeared as a guest on N64 Gaming, a retro gaming and game dev podcast, where host Josh Schmidt and I talked about getting started with a viable project, creating pixel art, creating one game a month, and promoting your game dev site. Listen to N64 Gaming Podcast Episode 17 on the N64 Gaming web site, ...

Apartment of Death: Escape of the Nice Robot 2

Apartment of Death: Escape of the Nice Robot
This is Apartment of Death: Escape of the Nice Robot, my game of the month for October. This is a simple adventure game in which you are a robot who is trying to find a turtle and escape a deadly apartment. Your browser does not support iframes. Some small updates might follow, especially if I’m ...

HTML5 adventure game progress update 1

HTML5 adventure game progress update
I’m making an HTML5 adventure game for October as the second game in my One Game A Month challenge. So far, I’ve gotten most of the game working. I still need to add the story puzzles, touch controls, and sound effects to complete the functioning prototype. If I have time after that, I’ll add more puzzles ...

RSS feed changed to excerpts

I’ve changed the RSS feed to excerpts only, which means that subscribers will still be alerted when there’s a new post but will need to click to read the entire post. There were reasons I made the switch, but I’m still not sure if I want to keep it. RSS subscribers, how do you feel about the ...

30 excellent resources to help hobbyists make 8 bit sprites for retro games 5

30 excellent resources to help hobbyists make 8 bit sprites for retro games
Retro games make excellent early projects for aspiring and hobbyist game developers, in part because 8 bit graphics are fairly easy to produce. However, even making 8 bit sprites and tiles can be very intimidating at first. Read on to discover 30 excellent resources to help you make 8 bit sprites for your retro game. ...

One Game a Month – September 1

One Game a Month - September
I had recently decided to take on One Game A Month. I began in September, and finished my first “One Game a Month” in late September. The optional theme this month was “The Fair,” which I chose to follow. Here is the game: Your browser does not support iframes. I made this game over about ...