The First Prototype

Posted by Toumaz on February 19, 2009
Development, History

Thanks to a prolonged exposure of The Seal Hunter and a three month Internet outage, I finally got bored enough to actually open up Dev-C++ (a (very bad) C++ IDE, for those who don’t know already) to see if I actually would manage to make anything more graphical than a console application that asked the user for their age. As it were, the only library I had available to me was one called Allegro – so I made the only logical decision to create a simple pong clone. I’m glad you aren’t able to see the code in that one; it’s downright terrible. But then again, so is Seal Hunter’s. ;)Anyhow, soon as I felt a bit more comfortable I simply ripped the main ice climber graphic from The Seal Hunter, and actually managed to have him walk around on the ice without it looking all too terrible. (Well, there were no real animations, so it actually looked really terrible.)

Many improvements later

...and the version today.

The first SH prototype

The first prototype...

Have a look at the two screenshots to the right for a side-by-side comparison that proves, mainly, how far things have progressed since this first prototype and how utterly utterly bad said prototype was.

…Yeahhh. The first screenshot is from the oldest version of SH I still have, and its executable weighs in at a stunning 64 KB – and even then, it took me 237 builds to get that far! Things were really quite experimental back then, and looking back, I had some really weird ideas in mind before deciding on the ‘simpler’ remake with multiplayer support. The more observant readers might notice that in the first picture there’s an actual crosshair that could be used to actually shoot in any which direction you wanted; including to the right of the actual player. Needless to say, this idea was dropped rather swiftly – to put it bluntly it kind of ruined the original concept, and very thoroughly at that. There’s no animations at all, and the blood is very crude looking. What is interesting to notice is that there was a limit to how far a bullet could travel in this version – after reaching that limit, it’d simply shred into the ice and cause a bit of snow and ice to spray from its point of impact.

As for the second second screenshot, I’ll just let that be a teaser for the time being. There’s still a rather long way to go before actually discussing the version I’ve got today. Oh, and in case you were wondering: there’s no set date when a possible beta phase will be reached, or when the game itself will actually be finished. As mentioned earlier, Real Life ™ and procrastination goes a long way in slowing these things down.

Until next time, adios!

4 Comments to The First Prototype

Gurra
Friday, February 20, 2009

First of all I want to say that the first screenshot didnt lack potential, it was a real seal onslaught without restrictions. And for all of you who have played left 4 dead you know how fun endless onslaught can be ;) =D.

But the beatuy is as you say the second screenie, I must say it looks AWESOME! I particullary like the “first blood” touch =) perhaps there is a narrator calling it out hm?

As I said before Keep up the good work it looks awesome.

Tomas Olander
Friday, February 20, 2009

There might be a rather famous sound effect to go with that announcement, yes. Just maybe. ;)

Smitaah
Monday, February 23, 2009

Awsome! finaly waves of millions of seals!

Froogfoob
Tuesday, April 7, 2009

This is good so far but you need to keep the purchasing system but improve it (like instead of it automatically buying weapons you choose) and if you make online then please make it possible to add friends and stuff! Moer weapons plz!!!

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