Into The Clouds

Made in approximately one hour for One Hour Game Jam with the theme “Clouds”.

Retrospective

One Hour Game Jam

I’ve been aware of One Hour Game Jam for a few years, but only recently have I felt the confidence to try it.

Despite it actually taking me 1 hour and 15 minutes to design, build and publish, I’m happy with the result. I published the Windows build on Itch in time for the Twitch stream. I then spent a few minutes post-stream tidying up the descriptions and shipping a WebGL build.

Every decision you make during One Hour has a measurable impact. Hit play too many times for example…you’re eating precious time. The editor crashed? Well that mistake cost you a few more minutes. In my case, the worst slowdown was a prefab instancing bug which took 10-15 minutes to figure out and resolve.

The challenge has helped me to gain a sense of both where I’m at and what I’m actually capable of given a short time limit. Another positive outcome is that I feel ready to take on jams that happen over a weekend like LudemDare. Pretty much anything on offer at the game jam databases now feels within reach.

About The Game

The theme was “clouds”.

Given that development time is so limited, you really have to go with one of the first things that comes to mind. For me, it was a childhood memory. I would hang on climbing frame rails, look up into the sky and fear falling into it.

So in the game you’re hanging on a rail and coins are spawning along it. Move left/right to collect the coins before they disappear. If you don’t, you’ll fall in.