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Codo - The Elbow of Fate (20. July 2023)

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This game was mostly made in 2020 when I had a lot of time on my hands. Then I suddenly stopped having lots of time on my hands and the project got put on hold. It is a top down shooter about saving a rock star who was abducted by aliens. The main character is a wrestler with a gun. You can punch and shoot and have to fight your way through a horde of aliens. The levels are kept rather open, the basic idea being that you have to search and collect some diamonds in each level to progress.

I developed this project in C using SDL2. Development-wise a lot more effort went into the game’s engine and the whole backend details than the game itself. But I’d learned a lot about compiling native stuff for the web via Emscripten and even got to contribute a tiny thing to the Emscripten project in the process, which was nice. Additional details include a custom, compressed format for the game’s levels and a system to smoothly and automatically switch from keyboard+mouse to gamepad controls.

You can play the game either directly in the browser or download a compiled version for Windows or Linux. I don’t plan on open sourcing this, because its mostly uncommented C11 code. If you ask nicely I might reconsider, but don’t say I didn’t warn you ;P