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I got you a birthday present - September 8th, 2008

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So, here’s the story. Five weeks ago I stumbled across an awesome game competition at TIGS, or “The Independent Gaming Source.” The task: take an existing game and “demake” it. That is, create a version of the game in a lower resolution/game system than the original, and don’t use any copyrighted characters.

I didn’t really think much about it for a week, and then suddenly it took over my life. I blame the fact that I was in France at the time, sipping strong coffee and taking in the energy of 20 or so other game developers. In any case, I’ve been working on it daily since then.

We made it in four weeks. I did all the art as ink drawings in my moleskine notebook. I’m currently lacking a scanner so I had to capture the art with a digital camera, adjust the levels to bring out the linework, and colour all the bits. Once I had all the component parts, I assembled the characters in Photoshop and got to work animating them.

In addition to all that, we had to get rid of the fuzzy character outlines, record all the lines of dialog, and code the entire thing (I take no credit for this; thanks Grundislav!). Additionally, the wonderful Mark Lovegrove was kind enough to compose an original in-game score. All in all I’m delighted with the outcome, and now the world has a confused Soviet knockoff of American McGee’s Alice.


Oh, and did I mention that today’s my birthday? Photobucket

11 Responses to “I got you a birthday present”

  1. Beorn Says:

    If I remember well, birthday presents don’t usually work that way…

    Thanks & happy birthday !

  2. Ivy Says:

    Thanks Beorn. :)

    Heh, what can I say? I’m not sure the internet dispenses cupcakes yet, so I figured this was the next best thing.

  3. Whimsical Says:

    Happy birthday! And thanks for the game..though you’ll spoil me if you keep pumping them out at this rate; I’m not even done with Nanobots yet!

  4. JohnGreenArt Says:

    Happy birthday!

  5. LindaS Says:

    Happy birthday!

  6. Ivy Says:


    Thanks everyone! I had a wonderful day. I got a Nintendo DS. And a cupcake. Geez, I sound like a 5-year-old. ;)

  7. tarwin Says:

    Happy Birthday … oh … and awesome freakin’ game. Kept me entertained for all 10 minutes of it! Thanks again for all the hard work!

  8. Ivy Says:

    You are most welcome. :)

  9. Maucovanisco Says:

    I know I’m late, but… Happe Birthday =D Just loved to play Spooks, and now it’s time to try this new one. I’m a big fan of Grundislav Games, and now, thanks to that tv program, fan of lively ivy too =D Congratulations. From a Brazilian fan =D

  10. Maucovanisco Says:

    And the best thing… I’ve just played American Mcgee’s Alice xD Can’t stop laughing here

  11. Ivy Says:

    Glad you liked it! I hadn’t played the game in about 7 years, myself. You can probably tell. ;)