Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Simple Story of Galaxy Cat

Tentative title Galaxy Cat is coming along, and a good amount of progress has been made this week. I've settled on a tileset for the first 'world' of the game and changed the sprites to have black outlines. This took a bit of time, and I had to change some origin settings that created a few problems, but the game looks a lot better now than it did before. Currently I am taking a break from designing levels to polish up this first 'world' of levels. Here's a screenshot of the first level of the game:


first level of the game
I can change how the bottom of the platform that the player stands on looks if I want. The idea is to make it look like a piece of land that has broken off into this weird shape. With that said, last week I said I would explain the basic story of the game, so lets get started with that.


the galaxy cat?
Last week I showed this picture. This is the cosmic being called the 'Galaxy Cat' that watches over the universe and maintains order. But one day while the GC was taking a nap (which can last centuries) a massive meteor ripped through one of the solar systems under its care, causing the connections between worlds to break apart. The portals between the worlds are powered by cosmic energy that scattered when the meteor tore through. After waking up and seeing the damage to the solar system, the GC created the 'Cosmic Kitten' (the player character) out of stardust and gave it life using the same energy that powers the portals. Here is a sprite of the CK...


the Cosmic Kitten
...and here is a sprite of the portal energy:


portal energy
The color of the portal energy is the same color as the CK's eyes and whiskers. Because they are made of the same stuff, the CK can collect that energy and use it to reactivate the portals. The object of the game is to collect all of the energy in each level, get to the reactivated portal, and warp to the next area. 

The Galaxy Cat created the Cosmic Kitten to restart the broken portals because the GC is too large to interact directly with the worlds below. They created the Cosmic Kitten out of stardust so that if they break apart they can be reformed instantly. In this game, no matter how many times you die, you are recreated at the same area so you can try again and again.

That's the basic story of the game. As I create more levels and design the look of each world I'll flesh out the relationship between the Galaxy Cat and the Cosmic Kitten. I might even figure out proper names for each of them. This story is greatly inspired by Katamari Damacy, but I imagine the Galaxy Cat takes their job more seriously than the King of All Cosmos. Though maybe not. They are a cat after all. While developing the concept of this story, I wasn't thinking of Katamari Damacy, but it is clear that I was influenced by it so I thought I'd better acknowledge the similarities.

Anyway, that's the story. A kitten in space putting the worlds back together. Thanks for reading.

-Joe

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