Monday 3rd February
At the start of the week, I developed the basic movement for the player character. I produced a toggle run mechanic, which allowed the player to have the option to switch between running and walking through the level. Below is a video capture of this mechanic.
The mechanic consisted of a basic running function set to different walk speeds.
After making the toggle run mechanic, I played the video game that I took inspiration from when designing the level layout for my project. This video game is called ‘The adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn’.
When playing the game, I started to brainstorm new additions to my levels. One of these ideas was to have a kitchen section on the first level where there are food pulley lifts. The idea was that if the player jumps on one of these lifts, the platform will move due to the weight of the character. The section will include multiple platforms to make it challenging for the player.
This would mean I would have to research physics, changing the weight of the character.
Tuesday 4th February
On Tuesday I developed a list of modular assets I needed to produce for my game. My original plan was to download asset packs from the internet. This would have made it easier for me to develop the rest of the game to my scheduled deadlines, but unfortunately, I now have to take extra time to produce assets. As well as this, I designed the first half of the first level which I hand drew.
I started the day by researching ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ 1972 film, to get more of an insight into how the film scenes were made. I found a documentary on the backstory of the film on Youtube and also the making of the film through the director’s storyboards.
Here are the links for both my findings:
After researching about my inspiration, I produced a white boxed section of my first level using Unreal Engine 4.
To end the day I decided to produce one of my main mechanics, which is the ladder system. When developing the ladder system I created two ways for the player to climb the ladder. The first option was to allow the player to climb the ladder once touching it. The second option was to enable input for the player to press to climb the ladder, this was by pressing ‘E’ on the keyboard.
Today, I produced an online survey to ask players opinions on platformer games. Unfortunately, I only received one response. This shows that I need to put more content into my surveys.
I started the day by finishing the first white boxed level. I have added the two sections from my hand-drawn sketch. These areas challenge the player to escape each room by avoiding platforms and balancing their way to the exit.
Next week I will be aiming to produce the core mechanics for the level, this includes a climbing system and a swimming mechanic. I will also be researching ‘How to spawn water and flowing water in a level’ and developing modular assets to use throughout the 1st and 2nd level.