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Garden Wars - on Steam Greenlight!

Hello,

Just like to introduce my new game made with UE4 - Garden Wars. It’s on Steam Greenlight at the moment so feel free to give it a vote if you have a moment! (or use this link if you have steam installed).

It’s a very basic version of a RTS, can be thought of as a much simplified version of Populous, but with plants. It’s targeted toward the crowd that may not have played much real-time strategy before, but testing has proven it’s still fun for seasoned gamers as well.

This started as an interim project to help me transition from UE3 to UE4 (and still is), but expanded a bit more than I expected.

It’s (currently) Blueprint-only… may end up converting to a code project for some final shipping features. It’s taken about 6 months full-time to produce on my own, and I expect a couple more months work to finish it off (I do expect to ship on mobile but trying for PC/Mac/Linux first if it can get greenlit).

Anyway, here’s the game details! I’m going to be posting a bunch of stuff about the game (and some UE4 tutorials) in the next couple of weeks so I’ll update this thread as I go.


Garden Wars!

Send in the GOAT to eat your pesky neighbor’s plants, or maybe some Rabbits? It’s gardener vs gardener and you must do everything in your power to dominate the garden with your plants!

But watch out because your rival has the same idea… Perhaps it is best to concentrate on clearing the ground for your own plants to spread? Or try boosting your bee population to make your fruit grow faster? The more plants you have, the more juice you have to spend on TOTAL GARDEN DOMINATION!
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Garden Wars* puts you in the shoes of the gardening god. Easy to learn, but the more you play, the more you realize you will need a good strategy to completely rid the garden of your formidable foe’s foliage.

Features:

  • Play multi-player or single-player vs A.I.
  • Several difficulty levels for all types of players
  • Hundreds of levels
  • Fun, clean graphics
  • See how you rank in the world and among your friends
  • Full set of achievements included
  • PC, Mac & Linux

https://youtube.com/watch?v=c9UVfVao4to

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You have my vote! Congrats on making it on your own, with this amount of polish!

Looks very nice and pretty polished for a one-man product! Congratz! Just voted “yes”. From the looks you should definitely publish it on mobile, too :wink:

Thanks guys!

This game has been well outside my comfort zone as far as art style goes. It’s been really interesting balancing the light RTS gameplay (and making the AI play well). Assuming it gets Greenlit then it’ll be interesting to see how the final push on multiplayer goes (it works at the moment but I have added a few features since I last checked, and I haven’t tested it over a proper, laggy network connection).

I made a new video where I describe the basics of the game (only briefly):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-KCfRa1Kxw

Wrote an article about the dynamic weather cycle: thread link

http://static1.squarespace.com/static/54eefdade4b036f64dcd67c1/t/576e1b72579fb313163e5cc1/1466833807164

Looks great! Up voted:)

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Quick little video describing what the bees do & why they’re important:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=GIxSfjQMw04

Greenlighted! Good luck and have fun for the rest! :slight_smile:

I didn’t even see your free blueprint nodes, I’m going to take a look at that, thank you very much :slight_smile:

Thanks Yun-Kun :slight_smile:

I wrote a new article on the method I used to render a screen mask, for the purposes of highlighting objects on screen (to help the player differentiate the clickable objects in certain situations): thread link

http://static1.squarespace.com/static/54eefdade4b036f64dcd67c1/t/5770956eebbd1a12c9f4322f/1466996111330

Third intro video, quickly explains the basics of getting your plants to spread and dominate the garden:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=Qot_EWRY5CE

Thank you for sharing your development process, it’s been great to read how you are tackling different areas. Also, good luck with you Greenlight campaign, fingers crossed for you!

Introduction videos complete!

Thanks Jess,

I finished the last intro video for the game - there are now 5 short (~2min) videos explaining the basics. Here is the playlist:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-KCfRa1Kxw

Wrote a new dev blog article describing how I used vertex shaders in this game to a) animate the plants and b) reduce draw calls from a potential ~2500 down to ~500 (for mobile reasons) - thread link

http://static1.squarespace.com/static/54eefdade4b036f64dcd67c1/t/577f16535016e1cada29fa71/1467946591566

http://static1.squarespace.com/static/54eefdade4b036f64dcd67c1/t/577f1827c534a5050618165f/1467947059775

Aaand another dev blog post, explaining what I did to get lots of plant shadows running on mobile with this game - thread link

http://static1.squarespace.com/static/54eefdade4b036f64dcd67c1/t/5788817be3df288bff01f7c4/1468563851093

Just pointing out this is now released on Steam (PC)!

Release thread