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by Gridlock
Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:40
Forum: Unofficial Keen Games
Topic: The Alphamatic (Version 2 In Development + Marooned Over Mars Expansion)
Replies: 75
Views: 52433

Re: The Alphamatic (Version 2 In Development + Marooned Over Mars Expansion)

Thats a really cool idea! I'd be really interested to learn how you got that to work. And with switches that change their destinations, that opens up a new new world of possibilities for level design! I can't actually take full credit for the idea. To the best of my knowledge, the first person to u...
by Gridlock
Sun Feb 21, 2021 3:24
Forum: Unofficial Keen Games
Topic: The Alphamatic (Version 2 In Development + Marooned Over Mars Expansion)
Replies: 75
Views: 52433

Re: The Alphamatic (Version 2 In Development + Marooned Over Mars Expansion)

Man, the update sounds sweet. Hopefully it's still coming, one day ;) Appreciate the interest. I've had periods of productivity followed by long gaps of not working on it. Just today I found the motivation to mostly finish revising and polishing one of the new levels, the first in the expansion. I ...
by Gridlock
Wed Feb 03, 2021 16:41
Forum: Unofficial Keen Games
Topic: Foray in the Forest (development thread)
Replies: 78
Views: 31012

Re: Foray in the Forest (development thread)

It is a bit tricky. I suppose color variations, as you said, are one thing you could try. Changing the entire shade is good for differentiation, but I don't think that it would look good given the bright environmental art style. I guess you could try changing an individual color, adding some ditheri...
by Gridlock
Fri Jan 29, 2021 17:17
Forum: Unofficial Keen Games
Topic: Foray in the Forest (development thread)
Replies: 78
Views: 31012

Re: Foray in the Forest (development thread)

These screenshots are gorgeous. I particularly love the first picture with the stone tileset; great use of color and contrast, great three-dimensionality in the tileset, great organic details with the vines... just awesome. I also love in one of the later screenshots how that stone tileset transitio...
by Gridlock
Thu Jan 28, 2021 0:47
Forum: Other Keen Stuff
Topic: Keen GBC MIDIs
Replies: 5
Views: 304

Re: Keen GBC MIDIs

I think it'd be really cool to see transcriptions of more Keen GBC songs, but it's a lot of work, right? Do you really just have to use your ear to try and replicate it? If so, I guess that must take a really well trained ear. Not a huge fan of the game, although I did beat it when I was a kid. Howe...
by Gridlock
Mon Dec 28, 2020 19:00
Forum: Other Keen Stuff
Topic: Galaxy graphical style
Replies: 12
Views: 626

Re: Galaxy graphical style

The only other thing to think about is whether any aspect of the technique is patented. Of course this is highly unlikely in the case of Keen Galaxy which is of course a 2D engine. It's extremely improbable anything about their 2.5D is patentable as it can easily be replicated with generic 2D engin...
by Gridlock
Mon Dec 28, 2020 18:15
Forum: Other Keen Stuff
Topic: Galaxy graphical style
Replies: 12
Views: 626

Re: Galaxy graphical style

I'm hardly an expert on this subject, but for what it's worth, I did take a college course a few years back on intellectual property law (at least in the U.S.). Mainly the two types of IP law you want to be aware of are copyright and trademark. Copyright protects specific expressions of work, such a...
by Gridlock
Mon Dec 14, 2020 19:05
Forum: Unofficial Keen Games
Topic: The Alphamatic (Version 2 In Development + Marooned Over Mars Expansion)
Replies: 75
Views: 52433

Re: The Alphamatic (Version 2 In Development + Marooned Over Mars Expansion)

If you're doing an update, is there any chance that something could be done to equalize the music volume please? Some tracks (like Antigravitational Hub) are way more quiet than they deserve to be (I remember the first time I played this, in a level that had that song I just sat with the status men...
by Gridlock
Sat Oct 24, 2020 16:27
Forum: Other Keen Stuff
Topic: InsaLevs 5: Keen 5 insane minimalism competition/collection
Replies: 11
Views: 1389

Re: InsaLevs 5: Keen 5 insane minimalism competition/collection

I think if you're going to do Galaxy, you need to take a different approach. There have been interesting ideas in the past, like that patchwork Keen 6 level that was made of pieces from different people (though that still had poor participation if I recall). Stuff like: "Make a level no bigger than ...
by Gridlock
Fri Oct 16, 2020 15:18
Forum: Release Forum
Topic: Buried in Oblivion
Replies: 67
Views: 42643

Re: Buried in Oblivion

I've said it before, but I still consider these levels pretty awful. I made these in middle school back when my ambition exceeded my design skill. I found it a little strange to see them even included in this pack. I don't even remember the context very well of this specific situation. I don't remem...
by Gridlock
Sat Oct 10, 2020 18:10
Forum: Unofficial Keen Games
Topic: The Alphamatic (Version 2 In Development + Marooned Over Mars Expansion)
Replies: 75
Views: 52433

Re: The Alphamatic (Version 2 In Development + Marooned Over Mars Expansion)

Another update. Thanks to K1n9_Duk3, a few of the game's larger bugs, like the QED fuse not always breaking, should get fixed in the new version. Furthermore, I've been able to add an additional level to the expansion. So, it'll now be 4 new levels instead of 3. There's actually now 25 level slots b...
by Gridlock
Mon Sep 21, 2020 16:34
Forum: Official Keen Games
Topic: Microsoft is acquiring Bethesda parent company ZeniMax
Replies: 10
Views: 1698

Re: Microsoft is acquiring Bethesda parent company ZeniMax

My jaw dropped this morning when I saw the headline this morning. That's such a massive acquisition. But yeah, I'm wondering what this means for Keen, if anything. My impression is that Microsoft's current strategy is being more consumer friendly and not as litigious when it comes to cracking down o...
by Gridlock
Tue Sep 08, 2020 15:22
Forum: Unofficial Keen Games
Topic: 2.5D Keen
Replies: 376
Views: 146672

Re: 2.5D Keen

Neat! I feel bad that I almost forgot about this project, and yet it also doesn't like all that long ago that you were posting about it. It was very impressive. I'll have to give it a try again. I also just want to say that the support I received on this forum has had a hugely positive impact on my ...
by Gridlock
Sun Aug 30, 2020 20:14
Forum: Unofficial Keen Games
Topic: The Alphamatic (Version 2 In Development + Marooned Over Mars Expansion)
Replies: 75
Views: 52433

Re: The Alphamatic (Version 2 In Development + Marooned Over Mars Expansion)

I've been in a Keenish mood lately and have been working on the Marooned Over Mars expansion. It's not dead! In fact, I've now finished rough versions of all three extra levels. So, I thought I'd share some pics: https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1Yb1l8jEn1iafEBQBt588LnJoFJrTuhU8 https://dr...
by Gridlock
Sun Aug 16, 2020 17:27
Forum: Official Keen Games
Topic: Keen Dreams somehow makes it to Nintendo Switch
Replies: 76
Views: 35947

Re: Keen Dreams somehow makes it to Nintendo Switch

I won't be supporting this, but... I'm really curious what the promise of new levels entails, if it's true. Makes me wonder how they're actually creating the new content, like if they're using TED5 or community tools like Abiathar. I assume it's 12 new levels because the original game had 12 levels,...