Babby’s first dress up game

 

I found a dress up game maker tutorial video on YouTube so I decided to make an account at CloudNovel and give their dress up game maker a spin.

A quick info about CloudNovel:

As the name implies, it’s a visual novel engine on the cloud. You can develop your own visual novels on a browser without the need to download software. It seems they added a dress up game engine feature too.

Anyway…

I made some quick assets while following the tutorial.

And here’s my first attempt of building my dress up game:

I kinda messed up my first attempt so I deleted this build to start over and this time I made more assets.

Making assets for this was more fun than I imagined.

You can play it here.

This post is also lowkey an interest check for a dress up game in my style.

To sum it up:

Pros:

  • Almost idiot-proof to use. I can’t stress this enough.
  • WYSIWYG interface. I can compare it to making something on Powerpoint.
  • Really good platform to make something quick and distribute.
  • Convenient, no need to install a program or learn coding.
  • There’s a library of resources on the site you can use for you game and that adds an extra layer of convenience.
  • My game looked nice on mobile view.

Cons:

  • There’s a huge limitation of not having a colour slider, so you’ll have to make separate variations of the same asset. That may become a problem over time and might get confusing to assign stuff.
  • There doesn’t seem to be a way to export images once you’re done. Good ol’ screenshot it is.
  • The site seems to be wonky in displaying the game at 600px on a desktop screen as it looks overstretched. I tried shrinking the game at 400x, it just became more overstretched.
  • I increased the game’s size at 800px and the buttons were off screen. I suspect the button positioning is hardcoded on the original 600px resolution.
  • This is more of a browser nitpick but do not turn off pop up dialogues, you’ll be locked out of the editor unless you put it back on.

Free version limitations:

  • You can’t host your own images. Everything has to be hotlinked from a third part host.
  • The game stays hosted on their site unless you pay a one-time $5 fee to download an offline version or subscribe to their premium plans to have more downloads.
  • You must pay another $5 fee or have a premium plan to redownload your game should you need an updated offline version.

I’ll follow up this review with another post after I study the Advanced dress up game tutorial!

 

2 months ago