game design, code, writing, art and music

How I make games in my own 3D game engine

My name is Kirill Poletaev (also known as KEYREAL) and I like to spend my spare time making games.

I originally started out making small Flash games on Newgrounds many years ago. Now I'm making much bigger indie games for PC. So far I've released 3 commercial titles on Steam and plan to release my 4th game Pilie Pals in October.

Pilie Pals is a puzzle game where the player controls a group of cute creatures that can stack and carry each other
Pilie Pals is a puzzle game where the player controls a group of cute creatures that can stack and carry each other

I do all the programming, art, writing, sound design and music by myself. I enjoy it, and this way I can switch between different kinds of tasks and not get bored of just doing one thing for a long period of time.

I've written my own custom 3D game engine using Haxe, C++ and OpenGL, which I've been using for 3 of my projects so far. If you'd like to know why, I've listed some of my reasons in this post. So far I'm pretty happy with my workflow and don't plan to change it.

The development of Pilie Pals

I've been working on my latest puzzle game Pilie Pals for about 6 months now, in the evenings after work and on the weekends. In this post I'll try to give a breakdown of my development process for this game.

Pilie Pals - World 5 Screenshots

Here are some new screenshots from the fifth world of my upcoming puzzle game Pilie Pals!

This is the last set of stages for the game, and took me the longest time to design. The puzzles combine all the elements the player has learned throughout the game, and have a higher number of Pilies to control.

World 5 - Dessert Haven
World 5 - Dessert Haven
Cakes, sweets and cookies
Cakes, sweets and cookies
The puzzles combine all the elements from earlier stages
The puzzles combine all the elements from earlier stages

Play the first 10 stages of the game for free, available now on itch.io or Game Jolt!

Pilie Pals - World 4 Screenshots

Here are some new screenshots from the fourth world of my upcoming puzzle game Pilie Pals!

The stages of this world take place on jungle islands, surrounded by weird looking temples. The puzzles are getting quite complicated!

World 4 - Star Temples
World 4 - Star Temples
Puzzles in the jungle
Puzzles in the jungle
Temples, statues and monkeys
Temples, statues and monkeys

Play the first 10 stages of the game for free, available now on itch.io or Game Jolt!

Pilie Pals - World 3 Gameplay

Here's a little bit of gameplay from World 3 of Pilie Pals, featuring one of the new puzzle elements - bombs.

Play the first 10 stages of the game for free, available now on itch.io or Game Jolt!