J.K. Riki

Weekend Panda

3 GameDev Lessons from Panda and Penguin’s Puzzle Adventure

Our next game Panda and Penguin’s Puzzle Adventure is set for a July 2018 release. Today I want to talk about a few big lessons I learned from the project that I will try to keep in mind going forward with future game development. Lessons like these help a ton as we are gaining more and more experience with each new game. #1. Don’t do “Reward Art” At the end…
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New Game Coming!

Our next game is officially announced! It’s called Panda and Penguin’s Puzzle Adventure, and you can read all the details at WeekendPanda.com. I’ll also talk a little about it for today’s blog post. In PnP’s Puzzle Adventure, formally codenamed “Pandas and Penguins,” you draw lines and platforms so that gravity brings the two friends back together again in each level. Some levels, like the one in the example gif above,…
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The Hard Parts of GameDev: Failed Design

Today I am going to share a lament, for I am feeling disappointed. (There is a lesson to learn here, though, and so a silver lining glistens on the cloud hovering over me.) As I mentioned in a previous post, our second Weekend Panda game is a big departure from our first (The Death of Mr. Fishy). It has a completely different audience in mind. Unfortunately yesterday I presented an…
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It’s our First Game Release!

I am on Twitter, both as myself at JK_Riki and our game studio Weekend Panda at WeekendPanda. There’s also Instagram, Facebook, the Weekend Panda site, Twitch, and smaller spots like Deviant Art and random forums. So chances are good you probably heard that we released our first Mobile game a little while ago! But egads, somehow I missed posting it here on my own blog! Sorry about that. Here, officially,…
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Art and some Art-Stream Video Links

Today I’m sharing a bunch of things that came from efforts since last Monday! From adorable NES characters to links to live art streams you may have missed, here you’ll find the fruits of last week’s labor. I would also add that I’m still enjoying my new job working full time with my wife on Indie Game Development, though I must admit it’s harder work than I’ve done in years.…
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Live Art Stream(s) on Twitch

As work begins on Weekend Panda’s second game, I thought I would stream some of the art-creation-process on Twitch since I’ll be sitting here doing the art anyway! You can come by and check it out if you’d like. The first one will be tomorrow, April 3rd at 5PM EST but if all goes well I’ll do it again in the coming days/weeks. I’m guessing I’ll stream for about an…
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Game and Art Thoughts: Hollow Knight

Today’s post falls into that category of “I want to talk about something, so here it is.” I try to keep the blog filled with useful stuff to you the reader, and maybe this will be useful to someone other than me, but if not forgive me for taking a week to ramble about some things related to games and art. Specifically we’re going to talk about Hollow Knight. Hollow…
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The Death of Mr. Fishy – Game and Launch Details!

Our first official game release will be The Death of Mr. Fishy, launching on Android and Apple mobile devices next month! I’m excited to share a bunch of the details with you. The game is a choose-your-own-adventure style experience where you have a pet goldfish named Mr. Fishy. It’s got a dark-humor streak to it, as the title may suggest. In the game you will get pop-ups on regular intervals…
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The Downside to Eclectic Creativity

Creativity is, in many ways, about endless possibility. Limitations can help guide your process, but at its core the early stages of Creativity require you to lower the castle drawbridge and invite any and all ideas into your courtyard. As a result, you can come up with a ton of amazing ideas, even if those ideas have almost nothing to do with one another. Last week I talked about Weekend…
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Closer and Closer to Game Launch!

The game development studio my wife and I started this year “Weekend Panda” (which now has an About Us page!) is getting closer and closer to releasing our first game. I thought I’d take a minute to talk about it today, to let you know what’s on the horizon! The game is called “The Death of Mr. Fishy” and it’s a full-version of the little prototype we made last year…
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