Samurai Siege is a Unity-based, iOS and Android strategy title where players build a base and army to wage war across a single-player campaign or against online opponents.
I worked as a senior level design consultant and was responsible for creating many of the single-player mission nodes, polishing existing nodes, and creating and balancing bespoke units with Space Ape's in-house tools and scripting system.
After my main contract ended I was also rehired to do some smaller additions for holiday expansions.
Fable: The Journey is a Unreal-based and Kinect-orientated first-person foray into the world of Fable for Xbox 360. It's a much more directed experience focused on tight, scripted level design across both combat and horse-riding sections.
I worked as an Unreal Mission Scripter, which makes me sound like an other-worldly agent, and was responsible for creating the gameplay of various sections, across all the gameplay types offered, as well as providing polish and bug fixes as the project reached its deadline.
A "visceral" hack and slash title ostensibly set in Celtic Mythology. Created in Unreal with the remains of an abandoned game and a shoestring budget for XBLA.
My responsibility was implementing the creative director's vision of combat, including player abilities, player equipment and progression, enemy designs, game balancing, boss encounters, character state machines, artificial intelligence, animation planning, animation trees, combo systems, etc. Because this was a tiny (overworked) team with a core of about eight people I also helped with challenge arena and multiplayer design, level design, level scripting, cutscene implementation, encounter balancing and some limited coding.
Viking: Battle For Asgard is a spiritual successor to Spartan: Total Warrior for Xbox 360 and PS3, but with an open-world and focus on large-scale battles with hundreds of units clashing at once. It was creating using an in-house engine and tools.
I worked as a Level Designer and Scripter and was responsible for populating the environment, creating scripted battle moments, providing good level flow, choreographing large scale battles, and generally creating the living breathing world of Viking. My largest task was the complex hierarchical quest system that structured the three islands.
MetritronHF is an arena shooter with dozens of levels, enemies, perhaps too many particle effects, and frequent boss encounters. If you like spinning around in a circle shooting abstract shapes in their supposed-face then this is the game for you.
This is an upgraded version of the MolyJam 2013 Metritron with numerous upgrades including an actual level structure, bigger play area, analogue movement, tens of new enemy types, mouse controls, support for all resolutions, high-score tables, mini-bosses, proper bosses, etc. It was originally created as an ill-fated XBLIG project but was eventually released for the Ludum Dare: October Challenge.
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The world is randomly generated as progress is made up the tower. The player and enemies all benefit from statistics that can be rewarded or removed either permanently or temporarily by drinking potions. Potion effects are randomised each game. Graphically it is very inspired by Kid Icarus.
Everything was created within the week using Unity and Photoshop. Music is by Joe "Professorlamp" Reynolds.
Last Word is a puzzle-platformer where your character can interact with the world by 'speaking' with various symbols. More are obtained as you progress allowing you to solve puzzles, find more about the world, and its secrets.
Last Word does stick to the theme, but as the idea rolled around my skull it did become slightly more distant to playing around with the speaking mechanic. Since the Mini-Ludum Dare contests are a little looser I didn't mind deviating slightly.
Everything was created within 48-hours using Unity, Photoshop and sfxr. Music is by Spiff Tune.
An Eleventh Hour Superpower is a trope where the main character gets their best ability moments before the end of the story.
In First Hour Superpower you instead get your best ability at the start but must choose one of the four available: a double jump, air dash, ground pound and water invincibility. Exploring the whole game world will take multiple attempts with different powers, but all of them can complete the game and have their moment to shine.
Everything was created within 48-hours using Unity, Photoshop, sfxr and Abundant.
The theme for this Game Jam was to take the first game you remember making and remake it with the skills you have since acquired. If you ignore messing around with game listings or modifying other games you arrive at my Fireworks game - where you were a flying character dangerously near a fireworks display.
Rockets rise from bottom of the screen, explode into a bullet pattern, and you have to dodge it while catching the extinguished firework. The game lasts 3 minutes, collecting fireworks advances time an extra 5 seconds and it gets rather difficult rather fast.
Everything was created within 48-hours using Unity and Photoshop. The original was in C++/SDL.
In Shumping the players avatar can walk on land and water, and jump upwards on both. However on water it is also possible to jump downwards into a negative jump arc, and the player can also use the buoyancy of water to create bigger jumps. The game also has two "worlds" and in the second the avatar can jump higher and does not collide with the surface of water.
Combining these mechanics creates for some rather different, if short-lived, platforming scenarios.
Everything was created within the 48 hours using Unity, Photoshop and sfxr.
Doppelgunner revolves around its central mechanic of the Doppelgun. This weapon allows you to shoot clones of yourself that can be controlled individually afterwards in split-screen, solving puzzles and traversing platforming segments across Portal-style chambers.
Everything was created within five days using Unity and Photoshop.
"We've got tons of graphs and data coming in, and looking at that is the most inspirational thing I have seen as a game designer, ever."
This was my game for Molyjam 2013 based on an out of context quote by Peter Molyneux. My take on this quote was to create a fairly traditional Robotron-inspired arena shooter, track a whole bunch of metric data (mostly obscure), and display a variety of statistics and graphs behind the action.
Everything was created within the 48 hours using C#, XNA, Photoshop and sxfr. I conceed this is perhaps not a great Molyjam game, as it didn't really plug into the whimsical and over-reaching themes of the source material, however it's kind of fun.
For the theme of Minimalism I decided to make a platformer that was a single screen but, as you progress, the walls shift creating new obstacles. Minimalismism came in at third place overall (4th on theme, 5th on fun) and I wrote a brief post-mortem. My tools of choice were: C#, XNA, Photoshop, sfxr and pxtone.
Everything was created within 48-hours using C#, XNA, Photoshop, sfxr and pxtone.
A Hero Siege map is similar to Aeon of Strife (MOBA, ARTS, Hero Arena, etc.) except instead of 5v5 it's 10 players against a stronger computer controlled force, the creep waves ramp up in difficulty and there are periodic bosses as you push towards the base.
Unique to THS is the ability to add computer controlled allies that will sensibly push, defend, heal and buy items allowing it to be played with any number of human players. It also focuses more on strategy than grinding money for stat boosters and snowballing out of control, creep waves randomly generate mini-bosses with extra health and auras to keep things dynamic, and heroes have some unique scripted abilities.
Skill maps were fairly popular in Team Fortress Classic and this particular series of maps was made for concussion grenades, which allowed a whole range of extra movement options due to the rather unique properties of the explosion.
A problem these maps face is they use up a lot of the map space and quickly eat up into resources you would like to use for detail. As such they tend to end up kind of flat looking for the most part.
"This is the most hateful thing I've ever played."
Brick Force is a bad clone of Breakout for The RR Cassette 50 One Screen Remake Mini Competition, where the objective was to remake a retro title in a flawed way parodying compilations like the original Cassette 50.
Brick Force is a rather terrible rendition of Breakout for many reasons, but mostly the fact that if any of your multi-balls exit the screen it's game over - making it basically impossible.
3D Horror Maze started as a 3D Monster Maze clone for The RR Cassette 50 One Screen Remake Mini Competition, however the game massively deviated from this premise as it developed.
Instead I ended up remaking 3D Monster Maze as if it was a horror game Let's Play on Youtube. Complete with stylised static, an ending links screen, and even web-cam support so you can see yourself pretending to be scared.
Music by Johan Brodd.
Saga Candy HD Remix is a very small and purposely rather bad game made for the Candy Jam. The Candy Jam was made in opposition to the trademarking of common words.
It's fundamentally Bejewelled, or Candy Crush Saga if you like, except instead of objects being arranged neatly on a grid they are physics objects. That's literally it. It had a scoring system but I removed it.