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Monday, September 24, 2001
 
Anatomy of a Mac Shareware Title
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iDevGames.com has published yet another "postmortem," a post-release examination of a software title or project from the perspective of the actual team members. In this postmortem the developers comment on the experience of developing the game, the actual process they followed in creating the code and artwork and their feelings on how successful they were in creating the game they had envisioned.


In this installment the game in the spotlight is Bakudanjin, an acknowledged "Bomberman" clone. While the team (known collectively as Dream Dawn planned on a three-month development cycle, the game actually took over two years to finish -- a common occurrence in the world of software development, especially for those who must develop in their spare time. Here's an excerpt from the postmortem:

From the beginning, we had our sights set on our desired features and their estimated development time. Though Bakudanjin ended up taking almost two years to complete, this was mostly because of school and other interruptions. Looking back on the work we put into the project, I think we could have realistically finished in under six months if we had been able to devote more time to development. Our focus on design saved us several times from feature creep. We did add a few extra game modes and game play devices along the way, but we quickly discarded many ideas that seemed too difficult or time consuming.
Budding shareware authors or those interested in the programming process might find the rest of the postmortem an interesting read; the team lists the software tools they used to create the game and adds their assessment of what went "right" and "wrong" with the development of the game itself, with the intent of guiding potential game developers down the correct path.

Bakudanjin "Postmortem" at iDevGames.com


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