Korrode is the largest game that I’ve released yet! There are 32 levels in total and quite a few months of work went into this game. I first started work on this project back in January of 2011 so it is amazing to finally get to release it.
One of the main reasons I love to make games is so that people can play and enjoy them, and it isn’t until I get the players in the door that I feel the most satisfied.
I created everything for this game myself except for the base textures. Those were taken by my good friend Jeremy P. Bushnell from decaying industrial sites around the cities of New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. I absolutely love the look of rust and rotting paint and metal, so getting to use his amazing photographs was quite a treat for me!
The music sound track features 9 different loops. All of which were constructed from various samples of clangs, bangs, and machinery. It is some of the most fun I’ve had composing a soundtrack in a long while.
I’d also like to thank Justin Wong of Mochi Media for sponsoring Korrode, I really appreciate it!
Korrodeis a brand new game that I have just finished. You get to play the part of entropy as a racing rust spot zipping around corroding metal bolts. It’s a level based racer that combines aspects of puzzle and time trial agility games.
My initial seed of an idea for the game was about crossing a 2d Katamari Damacy with Flow. The game has also drawn heavy comparisons to the excellent game Osmos but I had never heard of that game before beta test players started pointing that out. I wanted to explore the fun level design that would occur in a game where the level topology is constantly changing based on your scale.
I’ve worked on Korrode on and off since January of this year. It is the largest game in both scope and time commitment that I’ve developed yet. I was very inspired by some entropy-themed texture photos a good friend of mine (Jeremy P. Bushnell) took from his travels around Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York. He gave me permission to use these photos as the base for a lot of the photo manipulation work I did to create both the UI and the levels for the game.
I also had the pleasure of recording the game’s soundtrack which was a refreshing break from coding. I was able to create 9 unique music loops using the sounds of factories, metal clanging, machines, and other industrial ephemera to build the rhythm tracks. I then composed some simple melodies to go over them. The trailer features a longer version of one of the songs from the game.
The game uses a pretty cool technology from the Playtomic analytic service I use that allows me to embed player replays in the actual highscore data for a level. This means that when a player finishes playing a level their new best time is automatically submitted to the global leaderboards for that level. Then when players view the leaderboards they can actually watch the replays from anyone’s run in the score charts. It’s a great way to encourage competition and allow the players to race each other’s replay “ghosts” after they finish watching the replays. It also provides a built in walk through of sorts if player’s are just curious how other people solved a level in the quickest time.
I’m pretty excited about this game and I really can’t wait to see the replays that top players will generate. I’ve already learned a bunch about the levels I designed by watching the beta testers solve them! The sponsorship process can take awhile though so I have to be patient. I’ve got plenty of other projects to keep me occupied anyway!