Themed Trainwreck Thursdays #2: Electric Boogaloo

Healy's picture
Thu, May 20 2010 04:00 PM
05/20/2010 - 18:00
05/20/2010 - 20:00

So last Themed Trainwreck Thursday was actually on the third Thursday of the month, instead of the second, like it said it was. What gives? Anyway...

This Thursday's theme is "Inspired by Pokemon." What does that mean? Well, we asked some self-proclaimed "Poke Experts" and here's what they have to say:

"Above all, Pokemon's most famous feature is different creatures that can be catch-able, trainable, and/or trade-able. They may have more-or-less distinct abilities and strengths and weaknesses that make it fairly simple to decide which distinct situations they would best be suited for. Of course, this theme can be interpreted in many ways. For example Tanaka's Friendly Adventurely abstracts the creatures into friends you must meet in order to see them and their different descriptions at a party. You can make a game based on this theme that is as abstract or not abstract, surreal or not surreal, as you like."

If you would like to participate in this month's Themed Trainwreck Thursday, grab the game-making tool of your choice and tune in from 7-9 PM EST on Thursday, May 20th! Be sure to hop on our IRC channel while the game-making is going on for more fun and good times!

Remember to submit your games HERE when you're done!

Games made for Themed Trainwreck Thursdays #2: Electric Boogaloo

NameCreatedsort iconByScreenshotComments
Monster March05/20/2010 - 22:46MechanicalPenMonsterMarch.png1
Not Pokemon05/20/2010 - 22:19lunarcrisisscreenshot.png0
Relay05/20/2010 - 19:44jspowellrelay.png2
Battlemons05/20/2010 - 18:23sylviescreenshot100.png1
Animon, the game of looking and adventure!05/20/2010 - 18:22Healyanimon_screenshot.png0
Roshambon Box05/20/2010 - 18:21SpriteRoshamshot.png3
100 Names05/20/2010 - 18:20increparewhite_square.png2
The Pokey Little Pixels05/20/2010 - 18:13cardboardcomputerpokey-little-pixels-screengrab.png4
PIKACHU SURFING05/20/2010 - 18:08atuun16a.PNG3
Rock, Poke, Scissors05/20/2010 - 18:07madamlunaPicture 13.png2
Power Up?05/20/2010 - 18:04TheCubepowerupquestionmark.PNG1
PocketMasters05/20/2010 - 18:01PerrinPocketMastersSS.png1
HAVE SEX WITH A POKEMON05/20/2010 - 17:52dessgeegapokethem.png5
PIKACHU05/20/2010 - 17:51dessgeegapikachu.png3
MONSTER PARTY05/20/2010 - 17:50dessgeegapartymon.png4
Nitty Gritty05/20/2010 - 06:51Lscreenshot104.png5


daphaknee's picture

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TheCube's picture

Do you know how long this

Do you know how long this picture has tormented me? I didn't understand what Pikachu had to do with Frank Zappa...

But I still don't know what Pikachu has to do with the Smurfs. My life always gets weirder around here.

PurpleChair's picture

I can't not make a game

I can't not make a game about Pokémon, but I'll be doing it four hours early.

Healy's picture

I hope you guys realize the

I hope you guys realize the theme is "Inspired by Pokemon," instead of just "Pokemon Fan Game"!

I mean I guess you could make the latter, but I'm hoping at least some dudes do something with the former.

TheCube's picture

Good example of a Pokemon

Good example of a Pokemon inspired game is Pixelships.

Essentially a horizontal shooter that involves collecting about 160 different ships, evolving them to better forms...Action Pokemon In Space, right? Great game.

I was convinced for a while that you could make almost any game better by adding collection and evolution mechanics. Street Fighter + Pokemon? Rad! Mario + Pokemon? Sweet! Dragon Quest + Pokemon? Oh, wait...

I will be making a game for this, but I will also be doing it early. Perhaps I will see you PurpleChair?

Danni's picture

Wow, that game is actually

Wow, that game is actually pretty neat. Thanks for the linkage.

TheCube's picture

No problemo. I played that

No problemo. I played that game for hooouuuurrrs back in the day. I even had a "spacey music" playlist to go with it.

daphaknee's picture

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zum's picture

definitely going to make a

definitely going to make a game about gathering shorts because they're comfy and nice

Seriously, though, I think this theme has a lot of potential! Lots of directions you could go with it.

TheCube's picture

Just stumbled across another

Just stumbled across another one, Monster Racers. Dino Run + Pokemon?

Too bad it's, uh, not free.

I'm telling you, though, every genre can be made better with collect-em-all mechanics. IT'S A FACT. Even Earth Defense Force Twenty-Whatever did it! And Borderlands is essentially Fallout 3 + Pokemon. Well, and Diablo, but w/e.

zum's picture

Oh! This is kind of

Oh! This is kind of last-minute now, but had you meant for this event's time (and Knytt of the Month's!) to be 8 pm EST/EDT? Klik of the Month is usually 7 pm (and I know the event editor sometimes does some really weird stuff where it offsets the hour more than you tell it to!)

Healy's picture

No, I actually noticed this

No, I actually noticed this before you did and tried to change the time, but it kept going back to 8-10. I should probably have alerted SpindleyQ to this, actually.

sergiocornaga's picture

I think I've had this

I think I've had this problem, it may be to do with daylight saving. Try setting it to 9-11 (or one hour ahead of whatever your local time is), or 7-9.

Healy's picture

Argh! I just tried that, and

Argh! I just tried that, and now it says the event goes on for a full day!

Edit: Okay, got it to work now. Thanks!

Danni's picture

Did mine early because I'm

Did mine early because I'm going to be busy tonight. Also a bit short because I wanted to get it over with. BEHOLD!

snapman's picture

Maybe not

I was thinking about making a game for this where you are a young man whose 10th birthday marked the day he would get his first video game, and then he would embark on a journey of collecting video games in a world where everybody seems to talk about nothing but video games, walking through town after town with video game centers and video game players league, beating the town champion and getting badges, before eventually using his unique skill at video games to save the world from a dark and evil force.

But then I realized that would have been bobs game and I immediately didn't spend the next several years obsessively making that game and never releasing it.

thesycophant's picture

Man, I really hope there are

Man, I really hope there are more Themed Trainwreck Thursdays. I unfortunately missed the last 2, but my schedule's changed and would make TTTs SUPER TOP PRIORITY.

So, yeah.

Might be kind of cool if they were more than a week or so away from the regular KOTM?

Danni's picture

My bad. I guess I'll get off

My bad. I guess I'll get off on an early start this July to make up for it. After all, I've got a lot of free time now that it's summer.

snapman's picture

I missed a lot of recent

I missed a lot of recent events, since I was busy making things that weren't games. Really looking forward to the next KOTM or Themedwreck with voice chat. Any ideas on theme?