Cuppa Team - Coming up with the Game Idea


Game Inspirations

Before starting any work on our game we all had a think about what 2D games we personally enjoyed and why. This way we could find out how similar (or disimilar) our tastes were and try to create a game that suited everybody. It also helped us to come up with unique ideas based around or inspired by games that we already liked to play.

Game: Little Inferno

About Game: Congratulations on your new Little Inferno Entertainment Fireplace! Throw your toys into your fire, and play with them as they burn. Stay warm in there. It's getting cold outside!
Burn flaming logs, screaming robots, credit cards, batteries, exploding fish, unstable nuclear devices, and tiny galaxies. An adventure that takes place almost entirely in front of a fireplace - about looking up up up out of the chimney, and the cold world just on the other side of the wall.

Why I like it: Narrative based, simple mechanics (anyone one can play and enjoy it), dark and rough art style, unexpected plot twist

Game: Broken Age

About Game: A family friendly, hand-animated, puzzle-filled adventure game with an all-star cast, including Elijah Wood, Jack Black and Masasa Moyo. Funded by a record breaking crowdfunding campaign and designed by industry legend Tim Schafer, Broken Age is a timeless coming-of-age story.

Why I like it: Narrative based, can switch from 2 different characters at any time (could be good for us with so many people,having two different perceptions of the same space), the hand animations are awesome!

Game: Gone Home

About Game: June 7th, 1995. 1:15 AM You arrive home after a year abroad. You expect your family to greet you, but the house is empty. Something's not right. Where is everyone? And what's happened here? Unravel the mystery for yourself in Gone Home, a story exploration game from The Fullbright Company.Gone

Why I like it: Dark and eerie, simple, focuses on atmosphere, narrative driven, keeps audience guessing.

Game: Undertale

About Game: Welcome to UNDERTALE. In this RPG, you control a human who falls underground into the world of monsters. Now you must find your way out... or stay trapped forever. ((Healthy Dog's Warning: Game contains imagery that may be harmful to players with photosensitive epilepsy or similar condition.))

Why I like it: Lots of fourth wall breaking. Easy gameplay, with choices you get what you play for. Story isn't necessary to know but if you liked Earthbound (and the style of it), you'll probably love this. Also comes with an awesome chiptune-esque OST :) (I also apologise for going on about this one ALOT on Facebook lol)

Game: Limbo

About Game: Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters LIMBO.

Why I like it: Darkly themed, with lovely background and silhouette characters. Lots of trial and errors, some gruesome deaths included. Interesting twist at the end too.

Game: Transistor

About Game: From the creators of Bastion, Transistor is a sci-fi themed action RPG that invites you to wield an extraordinary weapon of unknown origin as you fight through a stunning futuristic city. Transistor seamlessly integrates thoughtful strategic planning into a fast-paced action experience, melding responsive gameplay and rich atmospheric storytelling. During the course of the adventure, you will piece together the Transistor's mysteries as you pursue its former owners.

Why I like it: Gorgeous artwork, very smooth gameplay and easy to learn mechanics (kind of reminded me of Pool lol). Comes with a neat storyline, and beautiful soundtrack as well. Recommend you play Bastion if you liked this as well!

Game Genre and Narrative

After looking at games that we already enjoy playing we met up and brain stormed what our game could be about.

We eventually settled on the genre of space as we all quite enjoy the art style of the game and someone in our team is a strong 3D modellor so was partial to the idea of creating a 2.5D game, where the assets are still 3D models. This would allow us to create space ships that could tilt slightly in space, giving the illusion of a 3D game but within a 2D environment.

With the genre decided we moved onto narrative and found there was quite a divide in ideas, but after a lot of chatting we decided on the main narrative, here are our original notes:

  • Stick to an English theme - Gentlemen and Women
  • Space - Spaceship
  • Wormhole - Dark - Racy - Demons (like LOTR) - Don’t Starve - in wormhole - character the same

  • Why is a gentleman in space? - World War 1 Veteran? Shell shock? ‘bombed into space’? (we’re blasting off again) - Clone of best flyer? - Galactic war? Defective clone on a spaceship with other clones sent to fight galactic war - earth’s last hope - score is a way to see if clone is ‘good enough’.
  • How are the worm holes used? - Force the player to enter and exit Why? - Battling with what he did in the war - shell shock - narrative only, background turn into battle field, his plane is his war fighter jet, smoking like it’s been hit.
  • Training room - vr

  • Why is a gentleman in space? - wine and cheese - going to the moon to collect the best cheese in the galaxy - selfish - aliens keeping the cheese for themselves
  • How are the worm holes used? - battling with his own selfishness

  • Why is a gentleman in space?
  • How are the worm holes used?

The overall narrative

Set in the future, a mothership is based in space where an intergalactic war is upon us. Humans of Earth have sent out clones to protect our planet and this is the protagonist that you play as, a clone sent out to fight aliens for the protection of the human race. However, these clones are based on iconic people from human's history and the protagonist you play as is a defective clone. You realise this as you play the game and find strange wormholes appear in space; when you fly into them you are flung into a World War 1 era, flying a spitfire airplane and no longer in space. These moments show the defect clone remembering the most traumatic moments from man who he is cloned from. This wormhole is dark and eerie, reflecting the clones emotions with dealing with what 'he had done' back in the war, which could also show a deeper meaning by showing the possible effects of shell shock.

  • WASD - Movement
  • Mouse - Rotation for Aim
  • Left Click - Cannons
  • Right Click - Missiles

Mind Map

Wants / Needs list

We were conscious of how little time we had to develop this game and didn't want to get ahead of ourselves so we decided to add a table of wants and needs for our game.
3d menu screen -XCom - extra menu items (art bible, Training room)
2 different 3D models for each object (one hidden)
Animation at beginning to tell narrative
Assets - Asteroids, spaceships, aliens, backdrop, etc - Placeholder ones to begin with while sorting out gameplay
Text over gameplay to tell narrative (Check with Ewan if it would affect grade)
Gameplay Mechanic - maneuver ship, shoot aliens, gain points
Sound and particle effects
smoking spaceship when dead (smoke on screen as transition back to menu screen?)
Simple menu screen

one sheet, art bible, design doc (put into google drive folder)

maps, storyboard, scripts?

Shellshock Mechanic

Hand painted graphics - simplistic

Mood Board

Concept Art

After this we went away and started concepting the ideas so we could easily show others how we envisioned the game looking as well as giving us a better idea of how it would look.

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