Blow

Use wind to guide your bubbles safely to the exit.  Journey though the magical canopy of the ‘Great Tree’ collecting ‘Flames’ with help from the Faeries.  Experience 70 handcrafted levels and infinite procedurally generated levels for endless variety.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy your stay in the gentle world of ‘Blow’.

Game Design David Flook
Programming David Flook
Graphics David Flook
Quality Assurance Jonathan Flook
Level Design Jonathan Flook
Music courtesy of SequoiaRecords.com
Piano Lullaby #2, Fly Away Lullaby, Sometimes,
Moonflight, Whispers, Ring Of Magic
Performed and composed by Gary Stadler
Garden Lullaby
Performed and composed by Gary Stadler and Stephannie
All songs copyright 1996-2002 Earth Vision Music

iFACTOR

When you have received the iFACTOR-Xbox360.ccgame file.

  1. From Windows Explorer, double-click the iFACTOR-Xbox360.ccgame file. A dialog box will appear.
  2. Click the Unpack button to begin the unpacking process.

Consider the following before unpacking.

  • You must have XNA Game Studio Express installed.
  • You must already have an active Xbox 360 console specified in the Options dialog box of XNA Game Studio Express, a valid XNA Creators Club membership, and XNA Game Launcher must be running on your active Xbox 360 console at the Connect to Computer screen.
iFACTOR is a game developed for Xbox360 using ‘XNA Game Studio Express‘.  This game was designed as a learning tool for both Visual C# Express and XNA.  I tried to pack as many fundamental game concepts into this project as I could to give myself a solid base for video game development as a whole.  Such concepts include;  multiple sprite management, ‘bullet’ tracking, collision detection, vector math, trigonometry, artificial intelligence, multiplayer game pad input, sound effects, streaming background music, saving and loading data, game state management, and overall game completeness .

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David Flook

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Blazing Birds

Blazing Birds is a game developed for Xbox360 using ‘XNA Game Studio Express‘.

Blazing Birds is a one-on-one, action, sports game modeled after the game of Badminton.  My goal is to capture the exciting, frenzied action of the sport without exceeding the natural limitations of human hand-eye coordination in the compact environment of a 2D video game.  Several unique features of Blazing Birds achieve this goal.

Control

The game’s control scheme is designed to allow players to optionally lock their finger positions in place.  While performing the various functions of the game, the players never need to lift or move their fingers from one button to another.  Additionally, there is no redundant button input.  Every shot in the game, including jump shots, can be performed using a single button press.

Artificial Intelligence

Blazing Birds features advanced artificial intelligence.  The AI is designed to allow a slow and subtle increase in difficulty while maintaining a realistic, human sense of inaccuracy.

Power Shots

Blazing Birds takes advantage of its video game environment with the addition of ‘Power Shots’.  These super shots are not only visually exciting but also difficult to return.  All seven power shots in the game are specifically crafted and balanced to offer new dynamics to the game play.

Game Modes

There are five game modes available.

  1. Arcade:  The single player, arcade experience.
  2. Quick Match:  Set up a custom match between two players.
  3. Tournament:   Round robin style tournament including three to twenty players.
  4. Rally Mode:  Practice your game with no scoring and no penalties.
  5. How To Play:  An interactive teaching and learning environment.

  Highscores:  Saved automatically and can be viewed or cleared at any time.

Matches can be set up with any combination of Human and AI players.

Tutorial

Knowing exactly how a game is played is extremely important.  The tutorial included in Blazing Birds is interactive on several levels.  A player is able to perform a variety of key exercises in real time using an AI player to help train their skills.  Both text prompts and audio narration are also included making the tutorial experience as interactive as possible.

Audio

For me as a developer, audio is just as important as graphics.  Blazing Birds includes a wide variety of top notch, hard hitting sound effects and a fully licensed background score.

Polish

Finally, an underlying goal of any project I do is completeness.  Blazing Birds was developed as a final product and therefore complete from start to finish.  The addition of dozens of small animations and transitions gives the game a very “smooth” and “fluid” appearance.

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David Flook

Game Design
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