Walk a mile in my big, red clown shoes.
Well, last night I decided to dress up as the character in my indie Unity3D game, Sparky the Road Clown. I managed to make one small child cry and fulfilled a number of requests for hugs and people who’d like to honk my nose. Here’s the original character concept art that Chris Magee sketched and colored and a slightly disturbing picture of a clown, with me underneath that makeup and wig.
I plan on doing it again at some point, hopefully with a little yellow hat, the full costume (which I believe my wonderful wife is going to sew for me) and the rest of it. You can’t see ‘em in the picture, but I do, indeed, have big red clown shoes on.
In game related news, the game is coming along well, and I’m ready for people to start checking it out…
It’s been a little over a year since I started thinking about turning this silly little name in my head, Sparky the Road Clown, into a game. Lately, I’ve been working hard on the game and I think I’ve gotten it to a place where I’m ready to let people start playing it outside my little circles. It’s on Facebook and it’s housed within the shiny new dimeRocker Arcade platform, so you’ll have to allow it access your information, just like all Facebook games. If you just thought to yourself, “clowns freak me out, but apps on Facebook having my info freaks me out even more!” then don’t worry, we’ll have it in some other permutations later on. dimeRocker Arcade isn’t 100% of what I wanted in my game, but it’s pretty darn close. I’ll elaborate on dR Arcade more in a later post, but the short version is that I’ve been REALLY happy with the features they offer, ease of integration and communications with their guys.
I’m still planning to have the facebook version ready for 1.0 and the iPhone version in the app store by Thanksgiving. I’d love for you to give it a spin and give me some feedback, but don’t think what you see there is the end — it’s just the beginning. We’ve got a TON of ideas that we’ve yet to implement in the game, but I feel like it’s important to get it out there and start gaining some traction.
In any case, if you’re still reading and you’d like to play Sparky the Road Clown then just click on that link. Do bear in mind that it’s still a beta and there are still some issues to work out. All that said, though, I’d love for people to give it a shot.