Most games take years to create, which makes developing them seem overwhelming. This is why limited time game jams are so useful. They force people to take something out and practice their skills. Spelunky, Goat Simulator, and Super Hot started out as game jam projects. Well this cyberpunk mecha game Iron Guardian was made in just ten days and it looks amazing.
Made by Gypsy During the Game Creator game jam, the game focuses on exploration and puzzle solving over combat. In it, you play as a pilot fixing an abandoned mecha which you can then use to traverse the neon cyberpunk environment.
While the current game is only two to three hours long, the developer has plans to keep updating and developing it. The first thing the developer wants to address is adding more SFX, story, and puzzle design. Naturally, seeing big robots makes people want to blow things up, but the developer responded that the combat “will be more ‘The Last Guardian’-esque than straight-action combat.”
The developer has been very open on Twitter about how they managed to make such a compelling game in just ten days. First, they worked for 13 hours each day, but they say it “definitely felt like double that.” Second, they bought assets that would have been too convenient to create themselves, such as 3D models and animations. The concept, user interface, mechanics, and level design were created by the developer.
If you want to go into game development and you think this seems too out of reach, the developer said they only started into the hobby two years ago, without any coding knowledge, so go for it!
If you want to try the game for yourself, you can download it on itch.io now.
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