we have uploaded a very early pre-alpha version of MOK so you can play it in your browser. It does not have all the features planned and still feels a bit “clunky” but we think it can give you a good first impression on how it will look like in the final version.
It would be awesome if you could let us know your first impression after you played it. Even if you just played it for a few seconds or minutes, all input is very welcome!
Out of all the game ideas that 42BYTES (Y-Byte mainly) has, it is hard to pick which one to pursue first. We decided for DIGGER because we both love the concept and saw a lot of potential in trying out new programs. And of course we find, it’s great to play! 🙂
Now as DIGGER is sort of our baby, obviously we don’t want to stuff it up. That’s why we decided to bring out a mini game first to test the waters.
And although this game started out purely as a crash test dummy, we came to love it!
It’s designed entirely in pencil and it’s about a cute little alien called MOK who is picking up his alien friends to attend a party.
The player is responsible to navigate the alien ship through different worlds (spiky field of thorns, moving bubbles etc) and tries to land beside his friends who excitedly jump up and down and then join him in his little ship.
The whole game design is in black and white pencil except for the “fire” coming out of the rocket jets and the ship can only be navigated upwards and to the sides.
The goal is to get to the alien friend as fast as possible. The less time it takes the player, the more points he gets in the end. Those points will be reduced if the landings were more than ungraceful or if the ship bumps into obstacles.
The navigation part is tricky because the rocket fuel keeps the ship moving; if you navigate to the right and release the button, the ship will continue to the right for some time depending on how long you pushed the button in the first place. Brakes are non-existent (much to the delight of X-Byte, the speed lover).
It was a nice change from the usual routine of spending the whole game dev process at the computer. Actually sitting down and doodling around is quite relaxing (especially for those nerdy eyes). We had way too much fun trying to come up with new characters – there will be lots more to meet in the final version of the game.
We hope we will be able to release this “crash test dummy” soon. It’s our pioneer game to test the different app stores and their hurdles. You can only read so much about it, at some stage you just have to take the plunge and we got a bit defensive of DIGGER. To be honest, the same is starting to happen with MOK, we’re sure the game developers out there agree. 😉
But that is what this is all about, and we know we will fall or stumble at some stage, as long as we get started and seek out new life and new civila… no, wait, that’s from somewhere else…