Tiny Chao Garden... for PC!

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Tiny Chao Garden... for PC!

Post by Domobot » Sat Oct 22, 2016 3:48 am

Hello all! For the past two months or so, I've been working on a clone of the Tiny Chao Garden. It's far from finished, but I thought I'd drop what I have so far here.
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This video is a month old, but much hasn't changed in terms of using the garden- mostly in that time I've been working on saving and loading. You can demo it here. Some notes:
  • As there aren't any minigames yet, you can give yourself 10000 rings by clicking the big ring on the sidebar.
  • Chao can't be renamed in-game yet, but you can change it either by exporting the Chao's .ini file, changing it manually, and bringing it back in, or changing chao0.ini directly in the game's files. 7 characters, per the norm.
  • Chao will occasionally freak out by the pool. Pet it to set it straight.
  • Press M to change the music!
  • I made a post about it a while back, but I really, really need the sound effects. If anybody has experience ripping sounds from GBA games, gimme a hand!
Plans for the future:
  • One of the most important things I want to implement is full compatibility with Chao from the PC releases of SA and SA2. This is partly done, but I'm waiting on permission from Fusion to use his format. He apparently hasn't been here in a couple of months, and there doesn't seem to be a way to contact him, so if someone who knows him could get his attention, I'd really appreciate it.
  • Minigames! They'll be a priority once all the basic garden stuff is finalized. My only problem is figuring out what to include, or if I should make something new.
  • This is way in the future, but once this is a 1:1 clone of TCG, I'm gonna set out and make an enhanced version. An expanded garden and multiple Chao are definitely on the list for that!
Let me know what you guys think!

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Re: Tiny Chao Garden... for PC!

Post by Canpaw » Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:45 am

Super sorry for necroposting, but Fusion has all of his contact information in his signature.
Also, this seems super interesting, and compatability with Sonic Adventure 1/2 would certainly require a lot of modding!
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Re: Tiny Chao Garden... for PC!

Post by Rufflikerex » Fri Nov 11, 2016 2:37 pm

Damn... I like this project!
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Re: Tiny Chao Garden... for PC!

Post by Domobot » Sat Nov 12, 2016 8:12 pm

Canpaw wrote:Super sorry for necroposting, but Fusion has all of his contact information in his signature.
Also, this seems super interesting, and compatability with Sonic Adventure 1/2 would certainly require a lot of modding!
His Twitter, YT, and DA all seem inactive, and his Steam is private. I could try adding him as a friend, I guess...

And thanks. By compatibility I mean just using the .chao format, though, the Chao Editor would still be required. On the pipedream-y side, however, if VisualboyAdvance can connect to Dolphin, it might not be impossible for me to do the same. All things considered, it probably wouldn't be worth it, because how many people would bother emulating the games for the Chao gardens when PC versions are available?
Rufflikerex wrote:Damn... I like this project!
Great to hear!

As far as progress goes, I've kind of slowed down. Mainly I'm stuck on minigames... I've got a simple treasure hunt game together, although it has no graphics currently. Otherwise I'm not sure what to make. What I'd like to do is have something that makes use of a Chao's stats, but I have no ideas! Also, I've put some work into implementing hats, so that's just a matter of getting them drawn up.

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Re: Tiny Chao Garden... for PC!

Post by ChaoGardenBuster » Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:34 pm

Wow nicely done! I planned to make a tiny chao garden once, a long time ago. But it's currently on hold. It seems you've made a lot more progress than I have so good luck! If there is any possible way, I would like to join you in making this tiny chao garden. Perhaps we can merge our ideas and make one big awesome tiny chao garden! I've been struggling making one by myself.

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Post by Pratzelwurm » Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:34 am

Really cool! I've never owned any Sonic Advance games, so I haven't played Tiny Chao Garden, but if this PC emulator works out then it would be cool to try~
Beep beep, all aboard the idiot wagon.

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Post by The Thunder » Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:24 pm

How about those Jewel Chao Eggs?
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Re: Tiny Chao Garden... for PC!

Post by ChrisOfChaos » Sun Jan 22, 2017 3:45 am

Wow that's cool. Unless you've got a DS, GBA, or an emulator there's no way to access the Tiny Chao Garden, so it would be really nice to have a PC version of it. Hope your project goes well.

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Re: Tiny Chao Garden... for PC!

Post by Sonicjan » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:31 pm

What if you make a minigame based on Chao Adventure 1+2 from the Dreamcast's VMU? That would be awesome! :chaohappy: :darkhappy: :herosurprise:

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Re: Tiny Chao Garden... for PC!

Post by Neo » Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:35 am

Wow, looks amazing :chaohappy:

I was considering making a Chao Garden at one point, I even got a few sprites drawn up for it for it. However, I didn't know where to start :thinking:
I'd love to help this game progress. If you need help, feel free to contact me, be it by PM or on this thread.



=EDIT=

If I'm not mistaken, the icon for the game is GameMaker Studio's, so, you must've made it on GameMaker, right(unless you decided for some odd reason to put GameMaker Studio's icon as the Garden's icon)? I have some experience in GameMaker Studio(you can see a project of mine here(It's on hold currently. Also note that the sound quality isn't the best; my computer isn't exactly the fastest) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEpb1NxyEnY), and I'd love to help in adding in new features and polishing some existing ones in this program.

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Re: Tiny Chao Garden... for PC!

Post by Jacklack3 » Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:29 pm

Awesome! :chaohappy: Would be cool to see Chao Races, also have you tried going the The Sound Resource and getting the sounds from Sonic Advance 2? You might get the sound effects you need.

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Re: Tiny Chao Garden... for PC!

Post by Domobot » Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:47 pm

Hello all! Sorry for the inactivity. Admittedly I haven't worked on this like... at all, in months. Kinda ran out of steam, but I'm feeling the itch to work on it again. Gonna see if I can get something rolling.
Sonicjan wrote:What if you make a minigame based on Chao Adventure 1+2 from the Dreamcast's VMU? That would be awesome! :chaohappy: :darkhappy: :herosurprise:
I've considered it. I actually need to see what they're like in person first, though. I have a Dreamcast sitting in the basement somewhere...
Jacklack3 wrote:Awesome! :chaohappy: Would be cool to see Chao Races, also have you tried going the The Sound Resource and getting the sounds from Sonic Advance 2? You might get the sound effects you need.
I'm not sure how I'd do races in 2D. I have tried that site, yes, but none of their Sonic Advance rips include TCG sounds.
Neo wrote:Wow, looks amazing :chaohappy:

I was considering making a Chao Garden at one point, I even got a few sprites drawn up for it for it. However, I didn't know where to start :thinking:
I'd love to help this game progress. If you need help, feel free to contact me, be it by PM or on this thread.



=EDIT=

If I'm not mistaken, the icon for the game is GameMaker Studio's, so, you must've made it on GameMaker, right(unless you decided for some odd reason to put GameMaker Studio's icon as the Garden's icon)? I have some experience in GameMaker Studio(you can see a project of mine here(It's on hold currently. Also note that the sound quality isn't the best; my computer isn't exactly the fastest) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEpb1NxyEnY), and I'd love to help in adding in new features and polishing some existing ones in this program.
ChaoGardenBuster wrote:Wow nicely done! I planned to make a tiny chao garden once, a long time ago. But it's currently on hold. It seems you've made a lot more progress than I have so good luck! If there is any possible way, I would like to join you in making this tiny chao garden. Perhaps we can merge our ideas and make one big awesome tiny chao garden! I've been struggling making one by myself.
Well hey, I'd love some help and ideas are always appreciated! And yes, it's in GMS.

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Post by ChaoGardenBuster » Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:41 pm

Cool! Let me know where I can contact you. My Steam IGN is still my username here and the same for discord.

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Post by Neo » Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:37 am

Yay :chaohappy:

Let me know if I can contact you if you want some assistance, my steam name is Neocraftz1553, my Discord ID(the little "#" that follows the username) is 4216(The username is the same as my steam name).

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Re: Tiny Chao Garden... for PC!

Post by Domobot » Mon May 01, 2017 4:35 am

I still haven't gotten around to working on things. I was thinking of maybe just starting from scratch, not worrying about making it exactly like TCG... It's a bit limiting.

I was considering something like this.
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Post by Domobot » Mon May 01, 2017 7:48 pm

Looking for some input- how would you guys feel if everything was hand-drawn? I feel like it'd be a lot easier for me than spritework.

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Post by Onsokumaru » Thu May 04, 2017 5:56 am

Domobot wrote:Looking for some input- how would you guys feel if everything was hand-drawn? I feel like it'd be a lot easier for me than spritework.

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Id enjoy Handdrawn art it would be interesting. real shame Ubisoft dont want to provide the source code for the UbuArt engine. You can Also use Waifu2X to upress and denoise your art.

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Post by josedanielsteller » Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:08 am

It's been a while, but have you made any progress during this time?? I'm tired of using an emulator running Sonic Pinball Party just to enjoy the Tiny Chao Garden.

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Post by Itachi Uchiha » Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:04 am

Cool! I am currently also working on a Chao Race for PC (made with Game Maker).
It should be finished in a few months. :darkhappy:
If you have Chao, you would like to use in those Races, write me their Stats and Appearence.
Then i will give you a download Link for this Game (for free). :darkcool:

Its a Remake that contains Beginner Race, Juwel Race, Challenge Race, Hero Race and Dark Race.
Challenge Race also has 4 new extra Levels. That means totally 16.
The Opponents have the same stats as in the real Game.
However: I can easily change that, and make them harder!
So when you write your Chao`s Stats you should also write if you want the normal or harder version.

After you have written your Chaos Appeareance and Stats and which difficulty you like, i will put your Chao into my Game.
A few days later i will send you a Download Link for the Game (for free).

I am also planning to make entirely new Opponents. However this will still take some months.
So if you want the version with entirely new Opponents, you have to write this.
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Re: Tiny Chao Garden... for PC!

Post by Domobot » Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:14 pm

josedanielsteller wrote:It's been a while, but have you made any progress during this time?? I'm tired of using an emulator running Sonic Pinball Party just to enjoy the Tiny Chao Garden.
I'm afraid I haven't. I felt like with all the other nice-looking fan projects out there, maybe what I was working on wasn't really necessary... I dunno, who thinks it'd be worth it for me to press on?

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Post by Sonicjan » Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:52 pm

Domobot wrote:Looking for some input- how would you guys feel if everything was hand-drawn? I feel like it'd be a lot easier for me than spritework.

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A handdrawn Chao game? That would be fantastic! Especially when it looks like the drawings you showed us (a bit more polished of course)! With handdrawings, it could also be easier to make different Chao Evolutions possible (like Dark-fly and so on). I personally would love it and it would be unique, so your work is not unnecessery! As long as you keep up the good work, it CAN't be unnecessery! :chaohappy: :herosway:

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Post by Chao Professor » Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:15 pm

The concept sounds amazing. I'm with you all the way if you decide to take the project up again! :herosway:
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I'm with you guys!!

Post by josedanielsteller » Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:22 pm

Domobot wrote:
josedanielsteller wrote:It's been a while, but have you made any progress during this time?? I'm tired of using an emulator running Sonic Pinball Party just to enjoy the Tiny Chao Garden.
I'm afraid I haven't. I felt like with all the other nice-looking fan projects out there, maybe what I was working on wasn't really necessary... I dunno, who thinks it'd be worth it for me to press on?
Me!! :chaohappy:
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Post by epcthunderfist987 » Fri May 04, 2018 8:17 pm

So, is this still in progress? Is it done? or is it cancelled? Please don't let it be cancelled. :herocry:
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Post by Domobot » Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:14 am

I'm back on it, and things are looking better than ever!
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I decided to go back to the earlier style- it's a bit easier on me. The past two weeks or so has been a whirlwind of cleaning up intricate spiderwebs of code from that old build and things are running a whole lot cleaner under the hood. There's now a central inventory for fruit, eggs, toys, and games, which will be handy to organize the 4 tiny gardens you'll (eventually) be able to manage. I've got some ideas on tackling minigames, which I hope to get on soon.

Another thing that should become a reality at some point is portability, which the Tiny Chao Garden has always been about. This would be restricted to Android platforms, for reasons. Considering the Play Store's lax management, I could probably sneak the game on there... otherwise it's simple enough to install directly from a PC.

As an extra note, I'm still, as before, in great need of the TCG sound effects. I tried recording them myself but the quality isn't there. If anybody has the know-how (or knows somebody that has the know-how) for digging into a GBA game's sound data, please let me know!

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