Demetrios is a remake! (51% funded!)
Well, it seems we're doing great! Demetrios is now half funded, in just two days! :)
With this update, I wanted to show you the work done on this remake!
When I've started to work on Demetrios in 1999, my only programming knowledge was BASIC (I used it on my old Amstrad CPC computer!)
So, when I got my first PC with a copy of Visual BASIC 4.0, this felt natural for me to use it to program the game!
Visual BASIC was very simple to use, and suitable to make a first person adventure game (it had windows and buttons, a way to display pictures...)
But it had many limitations : I couldn't use any transparency at all! So doing animations was a struggle, and animating a character on screen would have been impossible. So, no third person adventure!
Now, with Game Maker Studio, I use PNG transparency all the time, and it makes everything so much smoother and easier to program!
Obviously, considering the technologic gap in 15 years, everything has been recreated from scratch.
When I first started this remake, I wondered whether to transform Demetrios into a third person adventure game, or keep it first person.
But after playing it again, I realized it worked great as a first person adventure - and maybe even better this way!
One big advantage of first person is there's no idle time. You don't have to wait for your character to move in order to talk or act, and moving to another location is instant!
So, even though this game should be "only" 8 to 12 hours long, it would require much more time to complete if this was a third person game, due to these idle times!
Although, when working on Demetrios, I was a bit frustrated by this, because I wanted to do something closer to the Broken Sword series I loved so much.
This is pretty clear in the game : even though it's first person, it almost feels like a third person game instead, as the game relies so much on the characters and their expressions!
Visual BASIC also had a big issue : when moving to another screen, it would cut the music. So despite trying many things to find a workaround, there was no way for me to include a background music!
Fortunately, with this remake I've been able to fix that, and this gives a whole new dimension to the game!
...This article is a bit long, so this will be continued tomorrow! :)
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