C.W.I.S

A survival game where you shoot down missiles
Game Jam Entry

Role: Developer

Team Size: 1

Jam Theme: Climbing

Engine: Unity (C#)

Platforms: WebGl, PC, Mac, Linux

Dev Time: 3 Days


Summary

C.W.I.S is a tatical survival game where you fend off endless waves of missiles heading right for you. How do you stop these missiles? with a C.W.I.S ofcourse! Your ship has two of these, one at the bow and another at the stern. While these can shoot missiles out of the sky with ease, they have limited ammo and can easily overheat. As you play you can shoot supply crates to get ammo and rank up your weapons over time when they make successful kills.


Post Mortem

This jam was a nice one, though the theme made it a bit harder to work with. Climbing meant a lot of games would involving going up and down, so I went for an alternative idea using ranking up as the main idea for the game. The development process went reasonably after I got the main mechanics working. A full break down of my throughs will be in a video at the top of this page.

I picked up a few new skills such as:

  • Online leaderboards (via php/MySQL)
  • Game Minimap Implementation

This was a rated game jam and I finished around the middle of the pack. Doing well in some categories and worse in others. The worst being theme adherance, which I can see why lots didn’t see it, but I wanted to make something that was more abstract with climbing through the ranks being my interpretation. I was still happy with how the game turned out and it got played a fair bit which was nice.


Continuation

After the jam I took a break from the project but came back to it several times as I likes the core concept of the game. I started the first remake around when I was looking for work and in my first job which was in game QA testing. After gaining my first programming role I ditched the project to focus on picking up new skills from work and trying them out instead.

However I decided to come back to the project again in 2022 to release the game as a proper small game. I’ve even gone out of my comfort zone to make a development log of the progress made at the same time. The series can be seen to the here and the new game pages can be viewed below.


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