Build 'n Bump

Inspired by the classic DOS game Jump 'n Bump, Build 'n Bump is a multiplayer-only, 2D head-stomping brawler where you build your own levels right before you play on them! It features...

Development

This was a port/remake of the game I originally released on the Xbox Live marketplace in 2012. Build 'n Bump has gone through many iterations, however, to get to this stage. In 2013, I rewrote the game engine from scratch in HTML and JavaScript in order to host an online web version (which has since been taken down). After discovering the NW.js framework, I then decided to beef up the JavaScript version with new graphics, features, robots, etc. and release it as a desktop game.

Since the game was based on web languages, I was able to use the socket.io library to faciliate online network play. Unfortunately, I didn't have the resources to host my own dedicated server/lobby, so players have to know how to directly connect to each other (aka port forwarding). It's not ideal, but online play was never meant to be a selling feature. I just wanted to see if I could do it!

This also marked my first foray into Steam. At the time of its release, Build 'n Bump had to first be approved through the Steam Greenlight voting process. I used the Greenworks library courtesy of the great folks at Greenheart Games to implement Steam achievements. Like the original, the music came from Kevin MacLeod with sound effects made using DrPetter's SFXR program.

Reception

Featured on GamesKeys' list of HandPicked Casual Games.

Screenshots

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