Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

As mentioned way back at the beginning of the month, I was bustin' my butt to try and get a demo version of the Mayan Mystery ready for everyone to try out by the 14th. Well, after many trials and tribulations with this project, it is finally ready to play!

Yeah sure, it's a beta version, so it's not 100% perfect. What it IS though, is four of the six levels in the game, complete with tons of enemies and freakish bosses!

You can get yourself a copy of the game on the Adventure Apes website, but if you're feeling lazy, you can download it directly here. When it's extracted, the file should be about 5mb.

Okay, so now you know where to get the game, but you are probably curious what it looks like! It has been completely redesigned from the original PC version (this is essentially the version the was originally to me made into DSiWare), and is full of twists and turns...I made a little compilations to show the levels in the demo file, and here it is!

Feedback is always welcome, so if you have any suggestions or comments, make yourself known!:)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

New Look Website Up!

Whew! Well, that was kind of hectic, but things seem straightened out form this end now. After uploading all the contents to the hosting site, it quickly became apparent that almost NO images would load. Stupid me for trying to get things done before heading to work this morning. So if anyone went to the website between about 7am and 7pm PST today, I apologize for the weird patchwork of working and non-working images/links/content! It turns out that the majority of the "/" symbols in my directory call-ups were actually "\", so nothing was being called up. Embarassing.

Anyways, that is all sorted out, and now everything should be working smoothly (if you're using Firefox). If you are using Explorer and notice any funky glitches, PLEASE let me know! Better yet, if you happen to know html and know how to optimize what I've slapped together, I'd be forever grateful for any help!! :)

So, without any further ado, I present to you, the brand spanking new Adventure Apes website!

If you check it out, be sure to let me know what you think. I'll be adding/updating/improving things on a regular basis, so any feedback would be awesome. Thanks!

Monday, February 6, 2012

A super sneak peek at the game!

Take a look at is the Level 5 boss of the Mayan Mystery in hot pursuit of Mitch! Magmatoro is 50% magma, 50% toro, and 100% raging inferno! In other words, he's one bad dude.

There are a bunch more screenshots at the Adventure Apes' facebook page, so make sure you check it out. Like it, if you dare :) Everything is just getting started up, and more content will be coming soon, quite possibly some new videos of the game in action....keep your eyes peeled!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Progress Updates...

LOTS of items have been crossed off the list since Christmas, and it's a really good feeling to see how things are starting to take shape!

The biggest piece of the puzzle (that being the video game itself) has all the levels in place, and the enemies and bosses are all there waiting, except the dreaded final boss. There is still a lot of fine-tuning to do with the game, so I've not updated the downloadable file, but am confident that something resembling a playtest version will be made available on the website before Valentine's Day, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Several functions won't be available in the playtest version, such as the "T for Tips" system, but it won't by any means make the game unbeatable, just more difficult. I am also planning on adding some cutscenes and things of that nature to help tell the Adventure Apes story, rather than plunging the player straight into the action without knowing which way is up. Anyhow, the game is very, VERY close!

Another big update (and what I've been spending the last week and a half on) is the Adventure Apes website. The current one looks really cool with the big logo taking the top 75% of the page, but it is almost completely lacking in functionality. All the good stuff is crammed down at the bottom, and really doesn't display anything other than a few lines of text at any one time. The web hosting company I'm using provides free templates, so I looked through them, but decided in the end to try and come up with something that fits what I want exactly. The only trick is that I've got to take bits and pieces of code and patch them together...time consuming when you don't know anything about html !:P It is coming along though. My concept is to have something that is really clear and easy to navigate, and clean in a visual sense. Just to make it unique and more personal looking, I'm making all the images/buttons etc etc. It's a frustrating undertaking, but in the end, I thik it will really tie everything related to the Adventure Apes together, having a common scheme (being somewhat cartoony looking). Here are a couple screen captures of what I've got so far, enjoy!