Fennic Fox: Gunslinger’s Shooting Gallery Prototype

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In 2014 I worked on an unfinished Flash game for Stencyl Jam #14 called Fennec Fox: Gunslinger. It was a dialed back idea of a bigger platformer game where an old timey cartoon character traipsed through different environments. I scaled back the idea even further to make a simple shooting gallery prototype. The basic game is functional but the bonus levels were buggy. Here’s some art from both games.

Title Screens

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Gameplay

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Fennec Fox

His arm was handled separately to allow for switching out weapons

His arm was handled separately to allow for switching out weapons

I liked the idea of a punching mechanic but getting it to work proved problematic

I liked the idea of a punching mechanic but getting it to work proved problematic

Targets

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Backgrounds

I experimented with different rendering styles for the backgrounds. First I tried drawing them in the same program as the characters but that looked too flat. Then I tried painting them with a soft airbrush. Eventually I settled on something somewhere between the two – solid shapes molded with shadow, texture, and gradients. This is also where trouble started as you can see I made the backgrounds many screens wide. I’d sketched them that big originally figuring I could just crop where needed. I think I was just afraid a smaller level would make it look like a spammy flash ad instead of a game. Click for full images.

 

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Baddies and Other Character Animations

Stencyl handles animations by designating milliseconds for each frame. I figured the sprites should use as few frames as possible to keep the motions snappy.

I liked the walk cycle I came up with for the monkey. I also had him holding guns with his feet

I liked the walk cycle I came up with for the monkey. I also had him holding guns with his feet

One of various characters that could shoot

One of various characters that could shoot

A punching enemy for variety. As with the player character, getting the attack to connect proved tricky

A punching enemy for variety. As with the player character, getting the attack to connect proved tricky

This guy would drop TNT if you got too close. A code thing you could endlessly tweak

This guy would drop TNT if you got too close. A code thing you could endlessly tweak

I wanted to populate the streets with civilians and such but I just didn't allot myself enough time

I wanted to populate the streets with civilians and such but I just didn’t allot myself enough time

I like the design of this little mouse Señorita

I like the design of this little mouse Señorita