Pinktards - A game in development

Pinktards is an online multiplayer 2D real-time platform shooter. It's basically Team17's "Worms" (http://www.giantbomb.com/worms/62-133/), except it's in real-time.

Who is developing the game?

We are two duders. Josh and me. We are making the game using C# (XNA). Josh is focused mainly on the programming. I do some programming, but I'm not as experienced, and I handle the graphics/sound/music. We both design the game as we go along.

What does the game look like?

Here's what the game looks like at the moment. It's pretty barebones at the moment.

Below: Mockups made in Photoshop.

Feedback

Let me know if you have any thoughts. It would be nice if there were any graphical artists who would be willing to help me create some graphics for the game.

18 Comments
19 Comments
Posted by Mordi

Pinktards is an online multiplayer 2D real-time platform shooter. It's basically Team17's "Worms" (http://www.giantbomb.com/worms/62-133/), except it's in real-time.

Who is developing the game?

We are two duders. Josh and me. We are making the game using C# (XNA). Josh is focused mainly on the programming. I do some programming, but I'm not as experienced, and I handle the graphics/sound/music. We both design the game as we go along.

What does the game look like?

Here's what the game looks like at the moment. It's pretty barebones at the moment.

Below: Mockups made in Photoshop.

Feedback

Let me know if you have any thoughts. It would be nice if there were any graphical artists who would be willing to help me create some graphics for the game.

Posted by MordeaniisChaos

Welp, it's cool that you're doing it, but you should at least come up with an original look to it, instead of just lifting the look of Worms. A little originality goes a long way.

Posted by Ramone

Pinktards? That's possibly one of the worst names I've ever heard

Posted by Little_Socrates

@MordeaniisChaos said:

Welp, it's cool that you're doing it, but you should at least come up with an original look to it, instead of just lifting the look of Worms. A little originality goes a long way.

I agree, if it just looks AND plays like Worms, I have no real incentive to play it. A new aesthetic might be enough to put it over the edge, though. Real-time vs. turn-based is not enough to sway my hand considering I don't really like Worms that much.

Posted by Tylea002

I'm gonna say the comments are valid, the originality ones - but I'm also gonna say that this isn't just worms, this is worms in goddamn real time. If you can make that, and make that viable, and not get sued aping their style, then fair play to you. It's a core mechanical change which I think sounds pretty cool - and if it's good, I don't see how being similar to Worms is a problem. It's not calling itself original, so why should it need to be? It's being very honest about what it's setting out to do, and that is: real. time. worms.

Posted by SeriouslyNow

You'll get sued if you don't change the look of that game.

Posted by Hizang

Man Worms is pretty good, I should go and play some.

Posted by Kiemoe

I understand the appeal, I'd be interested in playing that game. Are you looking for a graphic artist to redesign the worm style, or just for animation, environments, weapons, etc?

Posted by jjnen

@Mordi: So this is basically Liero (which is a Worms clone itself). I think you should get rid of the worms and replace them for example with different food items. They could also vary in specs (hamburgers are slower but tougher, hot dogs jump higher etc.). Cool, funny, inventive weapons could also be a thing that would at least interest me.

You probably have already thought about different game modes (DM, TDM, CTF), but try to get there also something what hasn't been already seen everywhere like tag.

Posted by Mordi

@Kiemoe said:

I understand the appeal, I'd be interested in playing that game. Are you looking for a graphic artist to redesign the worm style, or just for animation, environments, weapons, etc?

What I had in mind was someone who could design whatever needs designing. Weapons, UI-elements, environmental graphics. Obviously it would require the person to be able to mimic the style I've created, even though I'd be open to suggestions. Basically, I don't think it helps the game that I am the only one doing graphics for it.

Posted by Mordi

@Rappelsiini said:

@Mordi: So this is basically Liero (which is a Worms clone itself). I think you should get rid of the worms and replace them for example with different food items. They could also vary in specs (hamburgers are slower but tougher, hot dogs jump higher etc.). Cool, funny, inventive weapons could also be a thing that would at least interest me.

You probably have already thought about different game modes (DM, TDM, CTF), but try to get there also something what hasn't been already seen everywhere like tag.

That's a neat idea, actually. If done well it would be really cool.

Posted by shinigami420

So you made a bad worms clone?

Posted by Bollard
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Posted by coaxmetal

@SeriouslyNow said:

You'll get sued if you don't change the look of that game.

If it's free they probably won't.

Posted by I_smell

You made a bad Worms clone.

Posted by SeriouslyNow

@Riboflavin said:

@SeriouslyNow said:

You'll get sued if you don't change the look of that game.

If it's free they probably won't.

That's not true. If Team 17 or any of their partners/publishers think this infringes on the Worms brand then they will quash this and considering it's using assets from the game or art styled assets that may have well been directly from the game it's more likely that Team 17 could be upset.

Edited by Mordi

@SeriouslyNow said:

@Riboflavin said:

@SeriouslyNow said:

You'll get sued if you don't change the look of that game.

If it's free they probably won't.

That's not true. If Team 17 or any of their partners/publishers think this infringes on the Worms brand then they will quash this and considering it's using assets from the game or art styled assets that may have well been directly from the game it's more likely that Team 17 could be upset.

All the art has been made by myself. Nothing has been ripped directly from anywhere. The only thing directly taken from the Worms series is the likeness of the characters. Otherwise, it has similarities - but many games has these. Anyway, the game will definitely be free.

Posted by Scooper

Make your own style. Also that name is horrible.

Posted by SeriouslyNow

@Mordi said:

@SeriouslyNow said:

@Riboflavin said:

@SeriouslyNow said:

You'll get sued if you don't change the look of that game.

If it's free they probably won't.

That's not true. If Team 17 or any of their partners/publishers think this infringes on the Worms brand then they will quash this and considering it's using assets from the game or art styled assets that may have well been directly from the game it's more likely that Team 17 could be upset.

All the art has been made by myself. Nothing has been ripped directly from anywhere. The only thing directly taken from the Worms series is the likeness of the characters. Otherwise, it has similarities - but many games has these. Anyway, the game will definitely be free.

The art has been made by you but the designs are directly taken from the Worms games. You'd better contact Team 17 to make them aware of your game and ask if them if anything needs to be changed as far as they're concerned, because free or not, it definitely infringes their copyright.