On a recent podcast, I sat down with Forrest Dowling from Molasses Flood about the Flame in the Flood. The game is another title that has gone through the entire crowd-funding cycle of kickstarter to early access to release. On the cast I asked Forrest if he would like to make another game using Early Access, and he was the first developer I spoke to who said no.
Talking to him about it, he made some really good points and for today’s post, I’m effectively going to write the counterpoint to my own previous talk on the benefits of Early Access.
This week on the cast, I spoke with CEO and lead designer at Molasses Flood Forrest Dowling on the development of the Flame in the Flood and his thoughts on several modern game industry trends.
The Roguelike and lite genres are in full force these days, as we are seeing all kinds of games combining and retrofitting designs to give it that rogue feel. Today’s game — Dungelot Shattered Realms, manages to combine rogue-like elements with one classic game that I’m sure no one saw coming; in doing so, is a good example of a game greater than the sum of its parts.
My recent post on short and long-term progression got a mention on the Game Developers Radio podcast and they discussed the topic of progression further. During the cast, they made a good point about using mechanics or gameplay as a form of progression and that gives us another discussion on game design to talk about.