A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

About

LitestD was created for the Video Game Development Club (VGDC) at UC Irvine. Our team was a spin off (known as a wild card in the club) from the Light in the Dark team. We set out to create a resource management game and ended up with a resource management game with tower defense mechanics. The player places tiles on the map to increase population and ward off alien attacks. 

  • Housing increases population capacity. The citizens must be assigned to other buildings for them to function properly. 
  • Farms are used to increase the population. If there are enough people working on the farms the population will grow, else the population will decline.
  • Generators are used to increase the build speed. Workers must be assigned to the generators for them to function properly.
  • Turrets and Barriers are used to ward off the alien attacks.

What we learned

It's very important to keep the scope of the game small at the beginning. We made sure to have a limited amount of resources. This allowed us to stay focused on getting a game up and running by the end of the quarter. Once we had the basic mechanics implemented we could then start working on other ideas we had.

  • Keep a small scope
Aaron Buckles

When creating the tutorial system, it was essential to really think of how it was to be used in practice. Was it just an arrow that points at what the player should do? Does it only activate at the start of a turn?  These where questions that I should have answered before programming. I wasted a lot of time re-programming the tutorial system to suit our needs. 

  • Don't jump straight into programming
  • Write your ideas down on paper before programming them
    • Drawing diagrams and concepts can really get your mind working

Credits

  • Jack Sun - Programmer / Team Lead
  • Aaron Buckles (https://buck1e5.itch.io/) - Programmer
  • Elizabeth Chen - Writer
  • Steven - Programmer
  • VGDC Art Strike & Audio Strike

Install instructions

For Windows
  1. Unzip the downloaded folder
  2. Open the unzipped folder
  3. Run LitestD.exe

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Linux.zip 36 MB
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MacOS.zip 36 MB
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Windows.zip 36 MB

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