A Simple Input Manager for Keyboard, Gamepad, and Touch

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a simple input manager to handle directional input via the keyboard, a gamepad, or on-screen touch controls. Though this tutorial only covers directional movement, it can easily be extended to add extra functionality, such as a jump button. As always, if you get stuck on … Read moreA Simple Input Manager for Keyboard, Gamepad, and Touch

The Making of Mouse Dreams Part 4: A Tale of Two Mechanics

In this dev blog, I like to tell little stories about the development process rather than focus on the progress of my game. I hope this gives readers a peek inside the world of making a game. ​In the course of making a video game, features come and go. In this article, I discuss two … Read moreThe Making of Mouse Dreams Part 4: A Tale of Two Mechanics

Designing a Mouse Dreams Level Timelapse

Here is a timelapse video I made of building a level in my game Mouse Dreams. It’s sped up (otherwise it would be very long and boring), and this level was already designed on paper before I started building it in the Unity editor. You can see how the layout was tweaked and improved as … Read moreDesigning a Mouse Dreams Level Timelapse

The Making of Mouse Dreams Part 3: A Whole Game’s Art for $100

Since I work on my games as an amateur, I don’t have a budget. I work on the assumption that I will probably not make back any of the money I spend on my games, so I consider all costs carefully.​My game, Mouse Dreams, has more graphics and animation than anything I had done before, … Read moreThe Making of Mouse Dreams Part 3: A Whole Game’s Art for $100

The Making of Mouse Dreams Part 2 – In One Level

In this article, I examine Mouse Dreams’ evolution of by following a single level from its initial design through to the final game. 1: Sketch That sketch is from the very first time I sat down to create what became the final design for Mouse Dreams (if you don’t count the discarded game from whose ashes … Read moreThe Making of Mouse Dreams Part 2 – In One Level

The Making of Mouse Dreams: Part 1 – Getting Game Ideas

The article details how I went from wanting to make a game – but with no idea – through to finding and developing an idea through the process of development and prototyping. After finding myself with the time to make a new game (my third), I lacked one thing: an idea. I had prototyped a few … Read moreThe Making of Mouse Dreams: Part 1 – Getting Game Ideas