However, the game that I'm really excited about making at the moment is "Sand Lab". This game will involve a very interesting way to play with tiny particles that fall down and behave generally like sand or liquid or gas or fire or any other similar material. This has been done before, but what hasn't been done is to use one of these types of sand as a currency. The currency sand, say gold, will be a reference point and the value of any other sand type is calculated using the amount of gold currently in the bank. The bank is a bank of sand (or a sandbank if you will) that simply contains an amount for every sand type. There won't be much gold, say 1000 pixels worth, so it is very valuable when compared to sand types like water or sand, which probably make up most of the bank's contents.
|Sodium reacting with hydrochloric acid to form hydrogen and salt.|
|The bunsen burner!|
On the left, you can see what happens when you super heat wood so that it reacts with the oxygen in the air to form carbon dioxide and smoke. Understand that not all the elements are real. Oil is not an element and neither are wood, leaves, sand and air for that matter.
At the moment, I'm trying to advance the game play from a tutorial-like form of play to the user owning several factories which can be switched to by pressing the arrow keys or something similar. In each factory, users will hope to achieve a factory set-up where inputs give the reactants, the reactants react to produce more valuable sand types and then they fall out of the bottom (or possibly float out of the top) of the window. Each factory will eventually have a indication of profit per hour or minute. When the player closes the program and plays the game later, the profit will be extrapolated over time so that they earn without having to play the game. All they have to do is to make sure they always have enough money to supply the factories.
So here it is, my next game creation adventure. I hope you enjoyed this post, be sure to check back later for more. At the moment, the game is only available for Mac OS X and can be found at my website lukebarnard.co.uk.
Thanks for reading!