One of the side-projects I’ve been working on is a "useable phone", where you can call a phone interface and select its apps to toggle certain settings ON or OFF (such as Party Train) and call certain functions (such as the Save Menu) from within SMILE GAME BUILDER.
Development HistoryWhile development initially began more as an experiment for a unique icon-driven custom menu, I quickly realised how much it resembled a cellphone layout, with all its apps neatly laid out on-screen.
So I began redesigning the layout and interface to look more like a typical cellphone. And I began planning which features could be used as apps.
Although it’s still a work-in-progress, I will continue work on it over time. There are plenty of bugs and some of the routines don’t quite function as intended, so I still have a long way to go before a fully functioning phone custom menu.
Some app functions, such as the Equipment and Jukebox, may not be viable or achievable, so they might need removing or replacing.
Custom Menu Online Classes/Tutorials
At the end of July to the beginning of August, I’m going to start work on a series of courses or online classes dedicated to creating custom menus for SMILE GAME BUILDER, which will be available on the Gnome Treasure store.
During the course, you’ll learn how to create unique custom menus from start to finish, from a simple "settings menu" to something more complex like the phone custom menu.
I’m not sure of pricing or format yet, but that’ll develop over time, and I’ll make the announcements here and on Twitter.
Here is the first demo of Relationship Sim‘s "Select A Girl" custom menu, where you can see the girls’ relationship stats. It’s still a work-in-progress, but as game development continues, so too will this menu.
“Select A Girl” Custom Menu Video Demo #1
What Is "Relationship Sim"?
For those who don’t know already, Relationship Sim is a game I’m developing for SMILE GAME BUILDER.
It was originally inspired by Tutorial #16, which demonstrated how to create a basic relationship system. I decided to expand on that idea and build a full relationship system, where choices matter and affects relationships with other people.
However, game development on it halted in favour of other games and projects. Eventually, it came full circle and I decided to continue with this game first – and finish it – before moving onto other games and, possibly, other engines.
Mottzy’s latest video in his Mottzy Minutes YouTube series demonstrates the basic idea behind key inputs.
Handling Key Inputs Video
This is more an introductory video on key inputs, with plans for follow-up tutorials on key inputs and image placements for things like character or object menus.
As always, you can also check out Mottzy’s blog for updates on all of his projects and his for more tutorials.
I’ve been experimenting with a new Stats Log for SMILE GAME BUILDER. Here’s a screenshot. I’ll add more stats as time goes by.
Continuing with some Smile Game Builder furniture models, I decided to try a few more variations. The results turned out quite well. It’s good practice anyway.
As with previous table/chair models, I don’t know if or when these models will be released publicly yet, although I created them for Smile Game Builder.
Some more Smile Game Builder furniture assets: a small table and chairs. I also have a functional template for filling the bookcases modularly with books and objects, which are stackable.
They’re unavailable and may be game-exclusive, but I may release it as part of another models House Pack later. More details will follow later.
While experimenting with Smile Game Builder‘s graphics, I decided to try and beautify the windows. And this is the result.
I thought I’d share this, but I’m going to think of some proper themes!
There’s probably no need to do a tutorial on this, as it’s very easy, but I’ll write a blog tutorial later for reference.
I’ve been experimenting with some new texture techniques, so decided to try it out in a Smile Game Builder model. And this is the result.
It doesn’t look too bad. This is part of my "secret" model theme – and there IS a theme to the models I’ve shared. This is why there’s no tutorial until Sunday (back to the old schedule), plus I’ve been updating the blog – or trying to – on and off, and bringing it up-to-date.
Here are a few more Smile Game Builder models for my "secret" project, which I promise I’ll announce a bit later. These, and the models I post for awhile, ARE all part of that project.
I’m not happy with the texture though so might have to tweak it a little bit and start experimenting with some new texture techniques I learned. Most of the textures I use are created manually so it’s more challenging.