Developers log...

   
    May 22, 2018 - Just when you think you're done...

About a month ago I was convinced I was more or less done. Well, after taking another good look at my game, new and better ideas popped up... so, now I've updated/polished a few of the games (added extra backgrounds, made new and more realistic effects, gave Beeatrice (the bee that does all the hard work) animated wings, improved gameloops, saved memory usage, gave Bee't the Bear a new look etc.), and am currently working on one final addition, a boss for Bee vs Mites (MegaMite!). And then... I'm done... really (yeah right). When MegaMite is done, I will upload a new demo.

Have a nice day (or night),
Danny.

   
    April 28, 2018 - Bee Aware!

Ahem... ok, changed background for Bee vs Mites, added 7 new backgrounds for Bee Fast, and added a ghost to Bee Amazed (couldn't help myself :)
Now I'm done. Seriously.

Have a nice day,
Danny.

   
    April 21, 2018 - Bee Aware!

Quizzes are done, tweaks are done... damn! I've finished Bee Aware!

Later,
Danny.

   
    April 2, 2018 - Bee Aware! and Steam

Uploaded the first build for testing to Steam, and all seems to be working well, including the achievements. What remains is writing two more quizzes, some little tweaks and some testing, and then I'm ready to publish to Steam!

Bye now,
Danny.

   
    March 24, 2018 - Progress so far

All coding is done! All graphics are done! Yippee!

Finished the first two quizzes this week, both about bees, and I'm quite satisfied with the contents. Writing code is much easier than writing coherent quizzes though!
Anyway, three more to go, Mother Earth, The Universe and Bee Aware! (the latter will be a silly quiz about the game).

Greetz,
Danny.

   
    March 20, 2018 - Fix

Due to some technical changes I had to change (enlarge) the save file. If and when you decide to buy the full version on Steam, and you installed the demo (v 0.99) on or prior to march 20, 2018, you might experience issues with your save file. If so, you can contact me at info@dannyvanderkolk.nl and I will fix it for you.

You can also choose to delete the save file and restart the updated demo (v 0.99.01, which you will have to download again):

[drive letter]:\Users\[your username]\AppData\Local\Bee Aware\Bee Aware.sav

If you only have v 0.99.01, you won't have to do anything.

My sincere apologies for any inconvenience,
Danny.

   
    March 10, 2018 - Developers story

Hi there,

Two years ago I started learning Java. My idea was to return to the world of ICT (I used to work as a programmer, back in the early days of the internet, and was self-employed for a few years, developing software and websites), but I soon ditched the course I was following (boring, and way too theoretical) and started developing a game (Bee Aware!). My idea was to create a diverse, fun and slightly educational game for all ages about bees and the fact that they are endangered (which in turn will have serious consequences for humanity).

Anyway, I started with Java Swing, but felt limited after working with that for a few weeks, so I switched to JavaFX and had to rewrite what I had done so far. Now, Java may not be the first choice of many when it comes to game developing, however, I've grown to love JavaFX and can tell you it's excellent for 2D game development. To make a long story short, after many nights of figuring out JavaFX, and after many sighs from my wife and kids, Bee Aware! is now finished, and the demo is available.

The past week I was busy creating the achievements (67 of them) for the Steam platform, and putting together a demo for various indie sites. For the Steam build I only still need to implement cloud saving, and some stuff on the store page needs to be updated, and then the build and store will be complete (Steam doesn't make it easy though, there's a jungle of documents and api commands out there, and their interface is somewhat chaotic, but I'll get there).

I then still have to write part of the quizzes, but I'll save that for when all the technical stuff is done. Within a month or so I hope to publish Bee Aware! on Steam.

Greetings from the Netherlands,
Danny.

   
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