LipSync in The Lost Adventures

A lot I invested in creating dialogues because it is one of the greatest gameplay features in Point and Click adventures alongside puzzles.

My characters lacked believable mouth movement and that bugged me. So after I found the right software to do this, I added lipsync to my point and click adventure engine. But I needed to invest a great deal in tooling to be able to support a quick pipeline of voice recording files to in game voice acting.

I have lip-syncing for over quite a few months, but I finally made it stable in the last weeks.

I recently started adding some youtube videos recording the progress of the game and ‘LipSync’ is the first episode…. Here it is :

 

 

Added a funny dialog to ‘The Lost Adventures’

As the Lost Adventures is a very lengthy project (1yrs & and a few months now). I decided to make a special dialog, just for fun.

Everybody that codes nowadays have heard of a site called Stack overflow

Off course it’s bad practice to use this site too much, but it’s sometimes convenient to use when you are stuck with a problem. Especially when the error message are confusing and totally meaningless.



I made this after I had frustratingly looked at an error in my game and luckily stackoverflow helped me fix that.

The Search for the holy Pixel Editor

During the making of my Adventure “The Lost Adventures” I downloaded some character sprites from the internet first and used some assets from archived projects.

I edited these with Gimp, my normal workhorse for doing stuff. But they looked horrible, and It looked really like developer art, and it took too much of my time.


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Gimp is good at graphics manipulation but not specifically doing well at the pixel level.

 

A good pixel art tool is all about zooming in out, you have to do this as often as you can.

It’s important that you can get direct feedback if your pixel you just painted looks good on the sprite as it will appear in your game this way.

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An ideal device to zoom in and out quickly is pinching and zooming pixel editor. Tablet has a few drawbacks too, like selecting portions of your sprite and moving them.

 

I have tried lots free and non free.

Lets list some of them here (ranked from best to worst, off course after writing this post, some apps can be improved in the meantime):

 

Non Free

Pixaki : (cons:resize canvas and magic wand are missing – pros:dropbox export, iCloud import, great pinching and zooming)

Pixels: (cons:awkward interface – pros:animation support and support for dropbox)

EDGE Touch : cons (only iPhone, but looks ok on iPad, no dropbox or iCloud support – pros : intuitive interface, layers)

PixArtist: (cons:no cloud support, not in european store – pros: great pinching and zooming)

Pixure:(cons:dropbox,iCloud?,selecting an action is a two way process – pros:watch app, iPhone and iPad support)

Pixel Dude:(cons:selecting colors is problematic – pros:dropbox support, iPhone and iPad support)

Sprite Something: (cons:non-intuitive editor,dropbox support is troublesome – pros:animation editor, iPhone and iPad support)

 

 

Free

Dottable

Make Pixel Art

Bitdraw

Repin Pixel Art Studio

 

Desktop Apps

AseSprite

Gimp

Pixen

Piskel

WIP : Savegames screen

Making save games is one of the most critical parts of an adventure game. I had a simple ‘save the game when you exit the room’ procedure before I created this. This was sufficient for a while, but I needed more flexibility. The player will bIMG_2001e able to save the game at any time anyway. I have created a draft interface for making save-games. It will definitely be more polished in the future, but I wanted to get this thing coded. I need this badly for testing all the rooms, because it’s more convenient to load certain states by specially prepped save-games. As you can see it shows a small thumbnail scaled down but still pixelated when you click what I call a save-slot. A descriptive date will be shown on the thumbnail so the player knows exactly when he saved it. Players can add a title when they want to. This is not in the game right now. but these features will be in it. As you can see, I can play tic-tac-toe with this screen. So it’s now a game within a game!