This post is migrated here from my 2011 blog

I may have mentioned I’m developing my first flash game which will be released on Kongregate (or similar game portals), since this is the first one I wanted something small and simple that would take about a month to develop and polish including actually learning Flash and ActionScript…

When I started working, I took the simplest candidate idea I had, and under the principle of K.I.S.S. (Keep It Stupidly Simple) I overran all my limits.

Started with something small and simple, but I didn’t like the way it looked and played, so I thought I’ll try to give its look’n’feel a makeover. I restarted coding from scratch (and that turned out to be a very good idea since my initial noob code was horrible), and I redesigned how the game looks, but I went too far with the design, and mind you I’m no artist…

A few days later I realized how much artistic trouble I got myself into, I sent an S.O.S. to my friends looking for a brave Photoshopist, and no one stepped forward! (now if this was a movie, 300 brave men would step forward, fully clothed hopefully)

Here is how the old design looked:

First Defense test

And here is the new one:

First Defense new look

The new water is animated using a perlin noise + displacement filter, very bad for performance and violently impacts the fps even on my 3 core desktop..! tried to optimize using 3 different methods and still came out with nothing.

So yeah, I’m in trouble.. but I’ll try the only thing I have: my best

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02 April 2011