So, this week I had the great pleasure of being a part of the Game Mixer 2016 game jam here in Brazil! The Goethe Institut organized an amazing event where we got to talk face-to-face with german developers from the industry and work with them in a project.
My group ended up working in a PvP dialogue based game called “Pick Your Poison” where you play as a classy spy who is trying to poison your opponent by ordering food and being polite.
There was a lot of ideas that would make this project a really cool long term project, and I got to work with an amazing writer who was responsible for shaping up this universe in a really collaborative way, a sound designer who helped lot with the overall feel and direction for the art of this project, a hardcore programmer who added so much of our ideas in such little time, and a producer who not only also helped with the game design as well, but she made this whole project be an amazing and exciting experience from beginning to end. There’s still a lot of stuff we had to cut down due to time constraints for the digital version, but overall, it was a really satisfying project that made everyone work in a different angle and really pushed me out of that comfort zone.
I was responsible for the whole art in the project (sans background – stock photo because of time yadda yadda). There was a lot of trial and error – one of which involved me wasting a whole hour trying to vector this artstyle to get more of a Invisible Inc feel. Going back to 2D felt really satisfying, and is something I’ve been trying to work more since the event, so I can push to a better level overall.
You can try out the project here ( https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2968383/PickYourPoison-v0101.zip ), although it requires 2 players. Gameplay is also a little bit glitch and needs some more feedback, so we might get a more polished demo if the time allows us. Controls for P1 are Q to order a drink, W to order a food, A to pass your turn (so you don’t start eating the food), and hold shift before ordering a food or drink to poison it. Same thing applies for P2, except you use the I, O, L and Right shift, respectively. Build also required admin permission on my local pc otherwise it crashed, so we’ll look into that too.
This was an overwhelmingly great experience, and I thank everyone who was a part of it for the great talks, feedback and having a good time.
Until next time!