Author Topic: Escape the room? Playtesting and adjustments  (Read 2308 times)

Glenjamin

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Escape the room? Playtesting and adjustments
« on: 18 Dec 2017, 23:18 »
(man oh man do I hope this idea wasn't done before)
A new Point-and-click thriller game


It's just another fun "escape the room" game, right?

The player wakes up in a room and they need to solve puzzle to get out. The formula's there. 

But something's amiss. Puzzle elements start to get more and more abstract.

You keep escaping room after room after room for what? There's just more rooms! It's like you're not even escaping at all.

There's more at play than just four walls...





Goals:
  • Combine hand drawn and pixel art visuals fluidly
  • Experiment with various art styles
  • Test experimental mechanics/story elements
  • Make a serious project with good atmosphere and story
  • Engage the player with few, basic mechanics.

Progress:
  • Story: 100%
  • Visuals:80%
  • Programming/Puzzle design: 96%



« Last Edit: 02 Jul 2018, 22:50 by Glenjamin »

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Re: Escape the room?
« Reply #1 on: 19 Dec 2017, 06:18 »
Like a reoccurring nightmare (laugh)

Sounds fun (nod)

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Re: Escape the room?
« Reply #2 on: 19 Dec 2017, 10:24 »
hmmm, innovative gameplay/story that breaks out of the box, sounds interesting :D

Re: Escape the room?
« Reply #3 on: 19 Dec 2017, 10:36 »
Fascinating! Good luck with this man.

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Re: Escape the room?
« Reply #4 on: 19 Dec 2017, 11:40 »
Speaking as someone who's not especially interested in traditional escape the room games, I have to admit that this one looks very interesting.

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Re: Escape the room?
« Reply #5 on: 19 Dec 2017, 12:45 »
I love escape the room games. I'll be keeping an eta out for this one.

Glenjamin

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Re: Escape the room?
« Reply #6 on: 20 Dec 2017, 23:39 »
Glad to see you guys are interested!

If you guys are into analyzing story elements and little details I think you'll have a good time with this one.

There's monsters too, but I'm trying to keep them subtle as not to overshadow everything else.

Here's a sneak peek:

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Re: Escape the room?
« Reply #7 on: 29 Dec 2017, 10:46 »
Having each room be a different art style is a lot of fun. I think I'll have enough tricks up my sleeve to keep things interesting.



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Re: Escape the room? New Rooms!
« Reply #8 on: 31 Dec 2017, 20:10 »
Here's some W.I.P's of rooms in the game. Expect a trailer soon!

All outdoor locations are rooms but not all rooms are outdoor locations:



Making the SFX is the best part of this room:


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Re: Escape the room? New Rooms!
« Reply #9 on: 11 Jan 2018, 20:17 »
This game really makes me realize how important character designs and background layouts are to game design. The size of the player character alone can change how the entire game functions.

Here's a new screengrab:




Re: Escape the room? New Rooms!
« Reply #10 on: 11 Jan 2018, 22:07 »
Nice work! Those are some trippy flying things!

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Re: Escape the room? New Rooms!
« Reply #11 on: 11 Jan 2018, 22:38 »
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Nice work! Those are some trippy flying things!

Thanks! They're actually my take on dragons/griffins.

Basically it's theorized that griffins are the culmination of early human's natural predators: Eagles, Snakes, and Big cats.

The same goes for dragons, a theory on why they appear in almost every culture around the world is our ancient predators are embedded into human conscience.

I didn't like the way they already looked, so I took the most notable pieces of each predator and made it my own.

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New Rooms +Animations
« Reply #12 on: 24 Jan 2018, 16:39 »
Just a quick update with some rooms and some animations!

This came out better than I expected, still no clue on how to animate it (laugh)


Anyone down for a swim?


The following gifs are completely unrelated, It's not an action game. ;)



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Re: Escape the room? Animations!
« Reply #13 on: 24 Jan 2018, 17:01 »
Hey these are awesome! I love the surface lighting!
The animations are really well made (nod)
Keep up!

Re: Escape the room? Animations!
« Reply #14 on: 24 Jan 2018, 19:48 »
Those flying beasts sure look creepy! Nicely animated too.

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Title screen and more animations
« Reply #15 on: 15 Feb 2018, 20:12 »
We've got a title screen!



Drawing the different griffons is a good way to unwind


This is not a river rapids simulator either


The main problem i'm finding when designing this game is the pacing. Making sure there's enough rooms between story elements means having to work on rooms that are mundane, not exactly my specialty.

I was losing focus but I'm back on the horse. I think the design/rooms are set. Now all that's left to do is make them!

It should be done within the next few weeks.

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Re: Escape the room? Title screen and Animations!
« Reply #16 on: 09 Mar 2018, 17:59 »



Welcome to the last pre-launch update!

Escape the room's story is now 100% complete, and the room layouts are finished. All that's left to do is implement the rest.

Now onto the rooms/animations:

 
Animal walk cycles are probably my favorite. This little monkey goes on quite the in-game journey.



"If you find what you're drawing uninteresting, it's your job as an artist to MAKE it interesting" - My smelly art professor

The more traditional room escape levels aren't quite as boring to draw as I originally pinned them for.



This might not be the FINAL version of this particular background.



I'm getting the hang of run/walk animations. Soon enough I'll be able to breathe more life into them, but for now this does the job.



The first room in the game:


Until next time!


« Last Edit: 09 Mar 2018, 19:57 by Glenjamin »

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Final adjustments and playtesting
« Reply #17 on: 02 Jul 2018, 22:50 »
Escape the room is in the final stage of development: Playtesting.

ETR took as much extra time as needed. Hopefully you'll agree it was worth the wait.

Copies have been sent to playtesters, and we anticipate to have the game out by the 6th the LATEST. (For real this time)



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