My fourteenth game is complete! Raise the Sun is my twelfth and final1 #onegameamonth game. The theme this month was “Solar,” and so I decided to graft that theme onto a game concept that I’ve been wanting to make for a long time. I think the theme fits the game really well.
I actually tried to make this game a little over a year ago, before I started One Game a Month, but it was just a little too ambitious for me at the time. I couldn’t get the physics worked out, so I scrapped it. At that time, Richard was working on his first #onegameamonth game, Flagstone.2 He talked me into joining the challenge, and here we are one year later. It’s great to be able to end with a game which is not only pretty fun, but is also a salient reminder of how much my skills have been improved by #onegameamonth.
Raise the Sun is about Helios, the personification of the sun in Greek mythology. The music for this game was written by Richard. He listened to a bunch of ancient Greek music and mimicked the style quite well. The art for this game is all based on ancient Greek “red figure” pottery.
I am hoping this game will run well on your computer, but I’m not sure it will. Physics can be really hard on a computer’s processor, especially when it’s in running in the browser. Browsers are known memory hogs even before you start hitting them with intense mathematics, so I can’t make any guarantees about how well the game will run for you. I get nervous about that sort of thing, so I’ve provided a lot of options in the game for reducing the computational workload. In all likelihood, I’m worrying about nothing—just don’t leave twenty tabs open for months at a time like I do, and there’s a good chance it’ll run smoothly.
I enjoyed making this one, and even though racing against the clock was (as always) a terrible source of stress and I’m glad to be done making it, I find that I don’t get tired of playing this one. I hope you enjoy playing it as much as I do!
1. Right? This is enough, isn’t it? I don’t have to keep going. I can quit any time I want!
2. You should totally go play that, by the way. Open Raise the Sun in one tab, then listen to the music while you play Flagstone in another tab. See how long it takes you to go mad.