ACHERON

Nominated for the Dutch Game Awards in the category 'Best Student Art'.

Player-introduction
Player-introduction

Players are gradually introduced to the mechanics, hence they only work with one orb at the start.

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Unlocking the second orb
Unlocking the second orb

The second orb is unlocked by solving a puzzle.

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Problem Solving
Problem Solving

The puzzles in the game require players to think on how to solve them.

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Fireflies
Fireflies

Fireflies show which switch, opens which gate.

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Player-start Whitebox
Player-start Whitebox
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Puzzle Whitebox
Puzzle Whitebox

A puzzle which can be solved using a single orb

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Puzzle Whitebox
Puzzle Whitebox

A puzzle which can only be solved using both orbs

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Players jumps
Players jumps

Triggers are used to allow the character to jump off bigger heights.

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Sketch
Sketch

These sketches were used to later implement in Unreal 4 using BSP brushes.

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PROJECT DETAILS

 

Project Name: Acheron

Type: Team Project

Team Size: 12

Duration: 14 days

Genre: 2.5D Side-Scrolling Platformer

Role: Level Designer, System Designer

Engine: Unreal 4

Year: 2015

 

In Acheron players take control of two seperate orbs who are the guiding light for a girl in need in the dark world around her. The orbs are controlled simultaneously using both sticks and bumpers on a controller. Players cannot directly control the girl herself, but are to guide her using one of the orbs and complete challenges in the meantime. The game sets up for puzzles that make her journey a challenge.

 

COMPETENCIES

 

    - Mechanic Design

    - Guiding Players

    - Puzzle Design

    - Level Design

    - Introducing Mechanics

 

RESPONSIBILITIES & THOUGHT PROCESS

 

During the early stages I took on the role of developing the mechanics and systems, together with two other designers on the team and refined the concept to the state where it became playable. I worked closely with programmers and artists to get the look and feel we as designers wanted for the game. 

 

As soon as the concept was completed I took on the role of level designer. I started working on sketches to develop an interesting level for the game. After coming up with several sketches, it became clear that the level would not allow for players to gradually be introduced to the mechanics, as the game featured a rather unconventional control system. I reworked the design so it would be able to introduce players to the game and blocked out the level in Unreal 4 to start prototyping. Several adjustments were made to make the game flow more naturally and better oversight. 

 

When the whitebox was ready, it was sent off to art treatment, which set-dressed the level after which it was returned. In this stage I playtested the level and worked closely with artists to maintain gameplay with as little concessions in art as possible.