I did more more work today.
Screenshots are here. I'm running with "Puzzle Album" as the themed groups of puzzles for now. Still plenty of time to change the name if anybody has a better idea.
I'm slowly learning how to better use the GIMP to generate stuff that looks like art. But like Homer Simpson's Star Wipe, I'm dangerously prone to using the same trick over and over again.
My progress on Switch has been tracked by sticking index cards into a cork board, and slowly migrating them off to the left hand side as each task gets completed. I'm pleased to say that I've got a big stack of completed cards on the left hand side. Woohoo! I've still got a few major pieces that aren't done, including "freestyle" play. That shouldn't really be hard to incorporate, it's just creating an interface and setting up the structures based on user input instead of pre-canned data.
And then there's testing and iterating on the art - the game's not nearly as pretty as I'd like it to be. Then again, I'm not an artist, so it'll never be super fancy.
At some point, I want to have a version that I can call "feature complete". I'm not sure if that's going to be this weekend - if it is, it'll almost certainly be a rushed job, so perhaps it's just as well to take my time.
And it's probably a good thing to remind myself that the content - the actual puzzles - need attention that they've not been getting as I've been working on the machinery involved in playing the puzzles. If I get to a point where downloads are a possibility, I'd like to be able to let the puzzles stand on their own merits and not have to say "Oh, trust me, it'll be better in the next version". We'll see.
I was talking with Mom a while ago about the project at work, and she made some comment like "but it's just about done, right?". My response was "the word 'done' means nothing to me anymore". I guess Samurai Jack is "done". Nobody's working on it anymore, which seems like the best definition of the term.
I bring this up because I'm unsure when Switch is going to be done. Soon, I hope. I've got other things I'd like to do.