Advanced Techniques Demo
Since his return to Game-Maker, Alan Caudel has been back at the sketchpad. Advanced Techniques Demo is a sort of culmination of his early late-era experiments with high-level systemic hackery.
The game bundles together nine earlier concept tests (five Man Game episodes, Draw, Metals Torm, Roll the Dice, and Mine Maker) with a selection interface. Select a concept, and the game introduces the associated game with a generic splash screen and a set of contextual instructions. Some of the games (e.g., Rooftop are a little more polished than in their standalone versions, making Advanced Techniques Demo the more definitive presentation.
The package is, in effect, a sequel to RSD's Tutor; a showcase of potential exploits that a skilled user could employ in a modern-day Game-Maker game. Although Advanced Techniques Demo does not in itself offer guidance or explanation of the new techniques, its menu system and interstitials do suggest the purpose of each demonstration:
- Digging Mines: Mine Maker
- A Minecraft tribute, using monster buffering to affect background blocks
- Stealth: Sneaky
- A Man Game spin-off, using clear character blocks to hide in shadows
- Grappling Hook: Rooftop
- Man Game spin-off, using move buffering, character extension, and momentum to simulate a grapple
- Time Travel: Timecode
- Man Game spin-off, making strategic use of Game-Maker's Save and Load ability
- Dynamic Lighting: Lighting
- Man Game spin-off, using monster birthing and death states to simulate torchlight
- Draw: Draw
- Use monster birthing to draw and erase persistent lines
- Dual-Gravity: Metals Torm
- A game using momentum to simulate gravity shifting, as in VVVVVV or Metal Storm
- RPG + Platformer: Man Game RPG
- Using move buffering and monster chains to simulate active time RPG battles
- Rolling Dice: Roll the Dice
- Using counters and other variables to simulate random outcomes to a prompt
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- Use arrow keys to select demonstration.
- Follow prompts for individual controls.
- At the end of each demonstration, complete the segment or find the exit to return to the menu.
By Alan Caudel
Caudel has released the game in a tentative state, for publication on this Wiki.
Caudel released the game to the Archive as soon as he reached a comfortable place with the game. Future development is uncertain.
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