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Submitted by garry, posted on October 10, 2004

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We have been working on Facewound for about 12 months now. Our idea was to utilize 3D hardware ina 2D game - which I think we have done.

The engine is a simple 2D tilemap engine - with 'props' that can either be solid, in the foreground or in the background. It also features lens flares, lens glows, parallax props, realistic water, rotating props, additive blending props, particle spawners, elevators and doors. You can add any of these things to a map in the editor. The engine itself is based around triggers - basically any entity can trigger another entity. So you can have a door open when you kill an enemy, then the door opening could trigger another enemy spawning etc.

Most of the advanced features resolve around using pixel shaders. We use the pixel shaders to create effects such as fully reflective water, huge explosion shockwaves, bullettime bullet trails(yes, like the matrix), water drops on the screen (when it's raining) and a fire heat shimmer effect.

Each map can have it's own post-processing pixel shader too. This is usully used to give the water a unique colour or a unique reflection size - or to just make the screen darker/brighter. It can also be used to add some weird effects (as seen in the shader tutorial here).

We're hoping to have the game finished within the next few months - after which we will be releasing an SDK for people to make their own games using the engine.

We have quickly thrown together a pixel shader example movie - which is shown here :

The official Facewound site is

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sam izzo

October 31, 2004, 07:48 PM

Wow! This looks really cool! I've been thinking for a while now that there's all this really great, fast hardware out there but all people want to do with it is make 3D games. It's getting a bit boring.. where's the innovation? So I was thinking that you could use the same hardware to do 2D platformers but with some really cool effects. It looks like you've done exactly that! Well done! Can't wait to see the playable demo!


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