Epilepsy Simulator 2014

After staving off sleep for the past couple days, me and my friend Tom finished (well, sort of) our entry for the Warwick Game Design society’s two-week challenge, which had a theme of ‘reflect’. I showed a screenshot of it in my last post, but it’s come very far since then. It’s now got a name, Epilepsy Simulator 2014, which is only half a joke, because it will probably give you epilepsy (disclaimer: if you have epilepsy and play it, please don’t sue, we’re too nice to go to jail). So without further waffling, here’s a short video!

The basic premise of the game is: you have a laser gun. Black spheres drop down and try to kill you by touching you. Stave off said spheres using the laser gun. The laser will reflect off the walls, and when a sphere crashes into the wall, it has a chance of activating a strobe light on that tile of the wall (this is where the epilepsy starts). The lights get all colourful sometimes, and the more lights going, the easier it is to see the enemy spheres. The laser was ripped straight from one of my old projects, and was one of the easier bits to add.

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It looks so pretty when everything’s lit up like this.

Tom (the other guy who was making this with me. Lives in the same flat as me. Cool guy.) had never used Unity before, so a lot of the programming for this project was me showing him how to do stuff with Unity, but he’s learning very quickly, much quicker than I did in the beginning. He also made the textures for the walls, which are about three times better than what I would’ve come up with, so have a gold star, Tom!

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Dem textures, yo.

The next competition, which started yesterday has a theme of ‘Spooky’, which we’re currently in the process of thinking up ideas for. We didn’t win this first competition (sadface), but this game was so fun to make (because it’s completely bonkers), so here’s to another two weeks of game design. You can download it from the downloads page on IndieDB, my Dropbox, or the Warwick Game Design games page. Also, the music isn’t ours (it’s Savant – Snake Eyes), but we’ll change it if we ever do anything with this project that isn’t purely for fun.

-Daniel

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28/04/13 Update

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I’ve done a bit more work on the game today. Mostly, I have been watching some more tutorials to help my understanding of a few concepts, and I have applied what I have learned about making models in Blender to improve the current gem models. The shapes and textures of these models are a lot more aesthetically pleasing than before, such as more defined edges (I worked out how to reduce the smoothing at the edges). The light reflecting of the gems is better, too.

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The new emerald model on the left. Notice how the edges are more defined than before, making the gem look more clean-cut. The light reflection makes more sense and the colour is much nicer, too.

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The new ruby, on the left, is much better than the old one, as it’s a bit more realistic (except for the fact it’s not transparent, although this is intended because I want my game to have a cartoon-y feel to it eventually).

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Again, with sapphire. The gems are also noticeably larger than before, and I think they look better this way.

I’ve also made preparations for some new gems, like amethyst (the layman’s term is ‘purple gem’) and diamond. Both will be worth a lot (eg. diamonds worth 10 gems). I’ve tweaked the value of each gem, so now rubies are worth 1 and so on. This is so I can add more low-value gems, which I like the look of, without ruining the balance of the game. The first new gem I’ve added is the topaz, a yellow gem.

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This topaz is quite an attractive gem, and I hope that the upcoming diamonds and amethysts will also look great. This is worth 3 gems, whereas the amethyst will be worth 5 and the diamond a whopping 10 gems. Furthermore, the collision spheres of these gems should fit better than the old ones so they shouldn’t look like they are floating in mid-air anymore.

I also had a go at creating trees, as the current levels are lacking in interesting features, and they are really basic, but I’ll have another go in the future at trees and hopefully they will turn out a bit better. Hey, it’s better than my attempt at grass, which I won’t show you out of embarrassment.

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Now that I have a bit more experience with Blender, I will try to make proper textures for the portal next, and perhaps some scenery. I will also start to populate the whole level with gems, and have a set number in each level, rather than the random arrangement I have now. In the GUI, I will also have a number for the total gems in each level, to show you if you’ve collected them all yet, and a little gem icon next to the gem count to make it look pretty. Thanks for reading, and please download the newer version for testing here.

-Daniel