I’ve been working on posts this week all around trying to develop a video game myself, using free software called GameMaker 8. (See my first post and my second post). I finally sat down, away from the computer, and began to draft out what my game might look like. I came up with a name – Running Late – and a story concept – a student is late for school – and a platform idea – a maze.
Here is what I have so far for my game design:
Name of the Game: Running Late
Object of the Game:
You are a student who has missed the morning bus and you are now running late for school. You must run your way through the neighborhood, collecting points along the way in order to earn a “Late Pass” for the principal. You must earn at least 100 points by collecting such items as pencils, a good report card and bus passes. But look out for the bad dog on the loose – he wants to take away points from you and he will chase you down. And avoid the temptation of the candy bar. That will cost you points, too.
How To Move Your Player:
Mouse Cursor: indicates direction.
Left Mouse Click: moves you forward one grid
Right Mouse Click: allows you to jump three grids, but randomly
Items on the Board
The Good Stuff
Pick up the Pencil: 10 points
Catch the Bus: 10 points
Get a good Report Card: 20 points
The Bad Stuff
Suffer a dog bite: lose 10 points
Eat a candy bar: lose 10 points
How You Win the Game:
Make your way to school with 100 points and get your butt to class. You’re late!
Now, I begin the journey to actually make the game. Stay tuned for future reflections! And hopefully, a chance to turn any game I make over to you as a player for feedback.
Peace (in the maze),