Unlocking the World of Metroidvania Games: Solo Indie Developer Launches Open Source Toolkit for Godot
Polish solo indie game developer Tomasz Chabora has released Metroidvania System, a comprehensive open-source toolkit designed to streamline the process of creating metroidvania-style games using the Godot game engine.
The toolkit, which is available on Github, primarily focuses on 2D grid-based metroidvania games, featuring a powerful Map Editor that aids developers in crafting their game world by allowing for easy placement and customization of map cells.
These cells, which represent the game's world, can be seamlessly integrated into the game by associating scenes with rooms on the map, thereby facilitating smoother room transitions and providing a clearer overall view of the game's world.
One of the standout features of Metroidvania System is its innovative object ID sub-system. This functionality is essential for objects that require a persistent state, such as collectibles, switches, or breakable walls.
With the automated system in place, unique IDs are generated for each object within a scene, allowing developers to manage object persistence using just two methods with all optional arguments. This feature is versatile enough to be utilized in non-metroidvania games as well.
Metroidvania System boasts a wide array of features that are designed to enhance the game development process.
The Map Editor and Map Viewer offer developers a convenient way to visualize and navigate their game world, with customizable map visual properties stored in a unique MapTheme resource that can be altered at any time, even during runtime.
The toolkit also includes a player location tracker, scene change request functionality, and the ability to register and store persistent objects, among other features.
All of these functionalities combine to make Metroidvania System an invaluable resource for developers looking to create engaging metroidvania games using the Godot engine.
(And, for those wondering, the thumbnail image for this article came from Omega Strike by Woblyware. Learn more about that game here.)