Making a Game: Looking for Ingredients and Cooking Breakfast

Part of the mundane every day life is cooking breakfast and well eating.

So in my game, in the kitchen level you can open all the drawers, cabinets and fridge and scavenge for all sorts of ingredients that you then can cook in a “Cooking Mama” style.

Today I have my art hat on… and I still draw my assets in Flash, even though it was recently announced that support for Flash will soon be gone forever… 😦

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Making a Game: More puzzles…

I’ve been focusing on adding as many puzzles and interactions in the game the past few weeks, and I’ve also added new rooms. So the evolution of the puzzles is from the mundane to the surreal. So you have a normal closet, where you need to rearrange the clothes according to it’s gradient color. Okay, this is a bit difficult. This idea came from ferdonkers … Continue reading Making a Game: More puzzles…

Making a Game: Other Games about Depression and Mental Health

Another Day   Link: Fractured Minds Winner of the BAFTA Young Game Designers competition, made by 18 year old, Emily Mitchell. “Fractured Minds is an immersive puzzle game that uncovers the daily struggles of people living with anxiety or any mental health issue. It is designed to give the player a genuine insight into the experiences of those quietly living with mental illness – … Continue reading Making a Game: Other Games about Depression and Mental Health

Making a Video Game: MVP

Okay, I realize that I only have a little more than a month to finish the game… o.O

So it’s time to be realistic and de-scope.

The MVP according to my lecturer is:

  • 3 rooms (yes, I originally, ambitiously planned on 12), so there is a beginning, middle and end.
  • there should be an evolution of the puzzles
  • integrate sound and music ASAP

So for the rooms, it’s going to be Bedroom, which I’ve already done, Bathroom, Kitchen and Foyer (yes, I added one).

Between each room is a door that can be unlocked based on a happiness-sadness meter, based on kmarushige‘s suggestion on HitRecord.

As for your game, my gut says to have a “happiness/depression” meter as the scoreboard. As the player moves through a typical day, they are presented with choices that will either shift them towards happiness or depression. These choices could be actions, mental choices/interpretations or interactions, including being receptive to help from others.

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And the evolution of puzzles and interactions will be from the mundane to the surreal. You start of with normal day to day interactions like waking up, putting a smile on your face, making food, then it shifts to the surreal.

The surreal, like when a shadow of yourself appears from the closet (I call her anti-character, like Anti-Helena from “Mirror Mask”), and she starts following you around and these whispers of “you’re worthless and no one likes you” plays, but you can fight her, you can win, but you can also lose.



Also note to self: I need to buy more IRL Post-Its.

The foyer represents the ultimate (yes, ultimate) door that is standing between you and the outside world.

And thanks to the lovely people at HitRecord, I have a lovely background music for the game.

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Competitive Analysis: “Windosill” and “Feed the Head”

Best part of doing a Masters degree in video games? Research is playing games… What can you do with a head? Apparently a lot. You mess about with the head, removing its nose, its eyes, opening up the head… Quite surreal and a little Dali-like. Totally my thing. Each room in Windosill is self-contained, but the objective is always the same, find the cube and … Continue reading Competitive Analysis: “Windosill” and “Feed the Head”

Puzzles, puzzles, puzzles

And going down the TV Tropes rabbit hole… Please forgive me if I use some of these… Links: Continue reading Puzzles, puzzles, puzzles

Write about what you know… What about making video games?

“What can you learn about a person through a screen? What can you learn about a creator through their work?” – Boen Wang As someone who had tried so many times to write, short stories, poems, novels, one of the first things that people tell me is “write about what you know”, the second thing is “show not tell”. But what about making video games? … Continue reading Write about what you know… What about making video games?

Challenge 2: The Computer…

It’s a rabbit hole that makes you lose track of time, kind of like sleep, except you don’t get rested, just more tired, even though you didn’t really do anything.


Work in Progress with some references. The wallpaper and icon are Illustration contributions from HitRecord answering the question “What depression feels like to you?”.

How should a computer in a game look like? Also how deep into this rabbit hole should I allow the game and the player to go into? And how meta should it be?

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Making a Game Part 4: Production onwards…

Ahhhh~ With only 2 months of dev time, production needs to be really tight. But it can be difficult as I am not the type to have entire GDDs written out before actually coding anything. I’m a strong believer that GDDs can only do so much, but you actually need to play the game to tell if it will work. That means coding, rapid coding … Continue reading Making a Game Part 4: Production onwards…

Making a Game Part 1 Iteration 12: Putting it all Together

First some gifs… (Note: Art is only first pass and subject to change) “Some days are good, while some days are bad, and you don’t really know why…” The product is a game that explores the topic of depression, with aims to promote mental health awareness. It will be a point-and-click puzzle game that simulates the everyday life of someone living with depression, where even … Continue reading Making a Game Part 1 Iteration 12: Putting it all Together