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After Anna wakes up from her dream in the middle of the night (in the night background of her apartment that you just finished) she hears someone in her apartment. She will push the bookshelf in front of the door and climb out the window.
Outside, she finds herself on the fire escape of her building. She lives on the third floor of a four story apartment building. Each level of the fire escape has one window. There are ladders leading between each floor. The top floor and bottom floor have retractable ladders for security.Gameplay:
Just so you understand what's going on: Anna will climb up to the fourth floor, but she'll find the ladder is not extended up to the roof. The mechanism that cranks the ladder up is missing the handle.
Unable to proceed, she'll try going to the ground floor. So she'll climb down to the third, and then second floor. There, she'll find that the ladder is broken. Cranking the lowering mechanism does nothing. However, she can take the handle out of this mechanism.
She can then go back to the fourth floor and put the handle from the second floor into the mechanism and crank up the ladder. The mechanism pulls up a rope that loops over a pulley mounted on the roof. The rope pulls the collapsable ladder up to it's full extended position.
Anna then climbs up to the roof. As soon as she arrives, she hears a crash. The person in her apartment has broken through the bookshelf and is in her room. He climbs out the window and begins climbing up to the roof.
Anna can check the roof-access door, but it's locked. The window, however, is broken. She takes a piece of glass and uses it to cut the rope holding the ladder up. If she does this before the man reaches the roof she's safe, if not, game over.
Once she's cut down the ladder, the roof access door will burst open to reveal Bennet the cop inside. He rescues her, etc.The description
The building is relatively clean. She's a doctor, so she's not living in the same kind of squalor as Ed. However, this is the fire escape, and who cleans a fire escape?
On the roof is a pulley mounted on some kind of metal structure used to support the ladder when it is pulled up. The ladder only pulls up to the lip of the roof. The rope that leads down connected to the top of the ladder should go straight down for ease of programming.
Also, there is a roof-access door. The small window on the door is broken. A piece of glass is removable.
The window on the fourth floor is borded up. Anna will say that the room is under renovations. There is a collapsible ladder up to the roof, and a solid ladder down to the third floor. Don't worry about making the ladder collapsible. Just draw the ladder, and I'll probably just cut it into three pieces and make them kind of slide or fold down onto each other. The rope from the top of the collapsible ladder should go straight up (as vertical as possible) for programming ease
There is a small mechanism next to the ladder. Initially, there is no handle connected to turn it, but when it's connected, it can be used to pull up the rope to lift the ladder.
The third floor contains the open window to Anna's apartment. It should be pretty dark inside, but maybe we can make out some shapes. There is a solid ladder on each side, one going up, one going down. If you'd like, maybe Anna has some flower boxes out there or something to pretty up the place.
The second floor has a window as well, but it is shut and there are bars over the window. It should be dark inside, no one is home. There is a stationary ladder leading up to the third floor on one side.
The other side has another mechanism with a crank (that anna will later remove) But the rope from this one is hanging over the edge loosely. The ladder that it would normally connect to is bent and broken off slightly below the fire escape. There is no way to get down to the ground.
There should be a significantly threatening drop from the second floor to the street below so that Anna wouldn't risk it. Other than that, whatever you want to go down there is cool! No need to make it too detailed, the camera will likely only pan down there for a second or so. You can make it engulfed in darkness. No need for too much work down there!Layers:
Since there's so many things Anna can go behind, it would be helpful to have many layers. The bars and rail on each landing of the fire escape should have its own layer. The floor of each fire escape should have it's own layer as well since anna could go under/behind it while climbing the ladders. Thanks!
That's it! Does that all make sense? Definitely ask any questions if something is unclear!