Announcing a beta of my first Cross-Platform side scroller game for both Mac and Windows, Shooter!

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Hi people,

I have been working a few months on a new game. It is a side scroller where you pick items, defend yourself against enemies, level up your character, spend points, shoot rockets and missiles, and much more!

Currently, the game is available for both Mac and Windows, I will only post the link for Mac here as this is AppleVis.

Please note: As of right now, the app is not signed, and may be buggy, as it is still in early beta.

That said, here is the link.

http://masonasons.me/softs/ShooterCDMac.zip

Here is a readme.

Keys
left/right arrows: Move left and right
Up arrow: Jump
Space: Shoot
Number row: Select weapons
Tab: Cycle inventory
A: Check ammo
S: Open player upgrades menu.
H: Check health
I: Open inventory menu.
K: Check kills
L: Check level and XP
P: Check points.
T: Check time played.
X: Check coordinates
Escape: Quit and save.

Descriptions of some items
Blades
These blades are placed at intervals throughout the map. They make a woosh sound, and if you get under them when they swing, you get hit.
Projectiles (Level 15+)
These are signified by a humming or whining noise. Don't get hit by them, as they do lots of damage!
Mines
These buggers cause chaos. If you spawn one and an enemy steps on it, it will hurt anything within a ten tile radius, including you.
Time bombs
When spawned, you have a small amount of time to get out of the way before it explodes and causes massive waves of damage!

Have fun!

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Submitted by maxi on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

could i get the link for windows?

Submitted by Maranatà on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Hi, thank you so much for this game! But will you also make it available for iphone?

Submitted by Chris on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

I don't know about an iOS version for several reasons. First, the Mac app isn't signed, so he's not paying for an Apple developer account. Second, I don't know if Python code can be ported to iOS. Third, the review process might stop him. Even though Apple makes accessibility features for their products, they pitch a fit when you submit an app that doesn't meet their guidelines. An app with no visual content definitely violates their guidelines.

Submitted by Mason Armstrong on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Hi folks,

I've just released a new version of this game, sporting a main menu and some bug fixes. Post 1 still contains the valid link.

Submitted by Remy on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

I don't think Applevis would mind you putting a windows link in the main body of your topic. I did see it below, but not everyone willo read that far. I'll check it out.

Submitted by Mason Armstrong on Thursday, April 25, 2019

Hi guys,

I've just posted version 0.45, fixing a few bugs and expanding the map slightly. Links are in post 1. Enjoy!

Submitted by Erick on Thursday, April 25, 2019

Hi for the missile things, I think you should add a machine gun of some sort. Why did you also remove the sniper? That could of been a great weapon. Needs more guns if it is going to be a shooter, not just a knife or a bat, and not just 1 type of gun. Gotta have loads.

Submitted by Mason Armstrong on Thursday, April 25, 2019

In reply to by Erick

Hi,

No weapons have been removed. I had unintentionally introduced a bug in version 0.44 or thereabouts which caused the enemies to remove the weapon items from the map before you had a chance to get them. I have fixed it in the newest release.

Submitted by Mason Armstrong on Friday, April 26, 2019

The sniper is spawned somewhere on the map when you first start the game. You will have to remove all files from ~/.shooter in order to restart the game.

Submitted by Erick on Friday, April 26, 2019

How do I remove it?

Submitted by Chris Douglas on Friday, April 26, 2019

How do I put ammo in the gun once I run out?

Submitted by Mason Armstrong on Friday, April 26, 2019

@18, all versions are in sync, yes. Mac and windows are always current with each other.

Submitted by garnit on Friday, April 26, 2019

Thank you for this amazing game. My girlfriend and I just discovered it a few minutes ago, and it is very addicting. I also think I will check out more games on the Mac after this. This is my first time playing one.

Submitted by Erick on Friday, April 26, 2019

Honestly I can say this game is great, however I think the enemies need a variety of death noises. For example, you’re just killing the same enemy over and over, whether you’re not realizing it. I really think you need to put a lot more work in this game, this could have some real potential.

Submitted by Igna Triay on Friday, April 26, 2019

If you need help sound design wise for your game, i'm in. Just let me know Great game, and thanks for making a mac version as well

Submitted by David Standen on Friday, April 26, 2019

Thank you so much for making this game for both Windows and Mac. I take my hat off to any developer who does this. We certainly need more accessible games for the Mac. I haven't had a chance to play this yet but will do so today.

Submitted by Mason Armstrong on Friday, April 26, 2019

@23, thank you.

@24, thanks for the kind words. Will definitely continue to do so.

Submitted by Mason Armstrong on Saturday, April 27, 2019

I just released Shooter 0.46, adding an auto update checker and fixing bugs.

Submitted by Jesse Anderson on Saturday, April 27, 2019

I will definitely try the Windows version when I get home. It sounds like fun. I have a couple of questions. Will the game updater be able to update the game itself, or will the user need to go to the website every time to download the newest version. I'd love to see the game be able to simply update itself. Second question, would you mind if I did a short video on the game, and posted the links to the Mac and PC version in the description? I'd label it as Early Access to let people know it's not finished quite yet. Thanks.

Submitted by Mason Armstrong on Saturday, April 27, 2019

Hi,

Of course, feel free to do videos on this game.

Also: The updater will auto-download the update zip, but it does not yet have the ability to update the game itself, still working out how that would work. May need to look into some kind of bootstrapper.

Submitted by Hunter on Saturday, April 27, 2019

This Game is very good. But I think its better to use the complete arrow keys. Left, right, up and down to move. And J for jump. And I miss the Option to pause the game.

Submitted by roman on Sunday, April 28, 2019

Hey Mason! I really enjoying this game so far. but How can I get the new version of this game?
it is a free game? or if you are making a paid game, how much it cost?

Submitted by Mason Armstrong on Sunday, April 28, 2019

The link will always remain up to date in post 1. :)

Submitted by Mason Armstrong on Sunday, April 28, 2019

Small shooter update has been released, fixing a few bugs and adding SAPI voice selection. I tried to get this to work on Mac, but it broke so it's disabled for now on that platform.

Submitted by roman on Sunday, April 28, 2019

Wow! that is great. I would like to have the windos new version's link pleas

Submitted by Ornella on Sunday, April 28, 2019

I play on windows. A suggestion is to have different voices for the enemies like male and female instead of one set voice because it all sounds the same. Some of the weapons are really good too. Good job.

Submitted by nohansa nuh on Monday, April 29, 2019

hy, whent I using with NVDA theres no speech out put.

Submitted by Mason Armstrong on Tuesday, April 30, 2019

@34, done for the new version. @35, NVDA output works on this end. @36, the grabbers will move all either items or enemies to your square.

Submitted by nikos daley on Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Ok thanks for explaining. I have an idea, that every few levels more enemies spawn at once that way there is always a challenge to set points just right. also, how does one get points exactly, it seems random.

Submitted by Chris Douglas on Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Hi. Just figured I'd let you know that when I tried to play the game as soon as I entered the game on my Mac, the game crashes and just straight kicks me out. I did try redownloading it. Hopefully the next update will save this issue. Thanks, and this game is great.

Submitted by Hunter on Wednesday, May 1, 2019

How I can upgrade the options, if I open the upgrade Menu?

Submitted by nikos daley on Wednesday, May 1, 2019

On a mac, where is the saved file located so I can import?

Submitted by Mason Armstrong on Wednesday, May 1, 2019

In order to import your save, you must click the import your save option in the main menu. As for it crashing straight away on mac, I'll need your error log. It is in ~/.shooter

Submitted by Chris Douglas on Wednesday, May 1, 2019

When I tried searching for that path, my Mac couldn't find any path by that name. Is it possible that if I just wait for the next update to come out that it would work again since it would be a whole new version of the game.

Submitted by Mason Armstrong on Wednesday, May 1, 2019

That's doubtful, as without an error to fix, nothing will be fixed at all.

Submitted by Chris Douglas on Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Sorry, to clarify that’s what I meant like I figure if the new version comes out I should be able to plaY it as there would have never been a crash in the first place

Submitted by Mason Armstrong on Wednesday, May 1, 2019

In an effort to help me diagnose bugs, A small shooter update has just been posted, fixing a few bugs and allowing easier access to your error log. Links in first post as usual.

Submitted by Chris Douglas on Wednesday, May 1, 2019

hey, I have my error log now so how do I get you the info from that?

Submitted by Erick on Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Hi, when ever I try to download the new version, it switches back to .48 instead of .49. When ever I open it again after I update it, it still prompts me to download the update, .49. Now when ever I dismiss the error message and play the game, it crashes. Please, fix it. Thanks.