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Is there any video somewhere of the actual game the handmade hero series builds up to? I would want to know the goal before jumping in

The game is still actively in development. It isn't just a clone of some other game, it's a new game and the actual design of the game is another part of the project that's evolving as the engine is built.

To be honest, I think this is the primary weakness of Handmade Hero. Casey is plainly a more talented programmer than designer, and his missteps in the latter domain felt to me more like wasted time than valuable experience. This is why I stopped watching somewhere between episode 200 and 300.

Backtracking, experimenting, and changing your mind is part of the game development process. No game ever ends up being exactly what the designers imagined at the start.

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