3.C.2.C: Contemporary Game Assignment

Question Mark Box by Jared Cherup

Section 1

Game: 1010!

User Interface:

   White interface

1010! Menu White by whalesofthesky

1010! White by whalesofthesky

Black Interface

1010! Menu Black by whalesofthesky

1010! Black by whalesofthesky

Menu Items:

The menu screen includes your high score, the play button, an icon that shows other high scores, an icon which allows you to post straight to Facebook about your score, and an icon that takes you to the app store. In addition to the icons, the menu screen also has the option to change the whole screen to black along with other settings and options for other social media posting.

The Game:

The objective of 1010! is to place the block shapes in order to get 10 blocks across or 10 blocks down. When the blocks are cleared, the player gets points. There are no levels to the game, so player’s goal is to continue playing the game for as long as possible in order to beat their last high score.

The main challenge to this game is to be able to continue putting blocks down. The only block shapes that the player may use are the three provided below.

Options by whalesofthesky

Once the player has used up all three, a new set of shapes is provided. Therefore, if the player cannot set any of the block shapes down, the game is done and they have to start over.

Game Over by whalesofthesky

The game is played by dragging block shapes to the “board” so that they fill in a 10 block row or column. Each row that is cleared gives the player 10 points.

Clear! by whalesofthesky

I find this game interesting because I enjoy placing each shape down and strategizing how to clear the most rows at one time. The game is challenging enough that it keeps me engaged but it doesn’t discourage me from continuing to play the game. I also like how simple the game is. It’s easy to play and an easy game to pass the time.


 

Section 2

Game: After Sunset 2

The goal of the game is to stay alive as you shoot from the top of a building platform at zombies that are trying to get to you. This survival horror game mainly focuses on the mechanics of all around movement, which is confined to the top of the roof, and the ability to shoot at any pinpointed target. The player moves their character around by the arrow keys or “wasd” on the keyboard. By moving the mouse around and clicking, the player is able to aim and shoot at any of the approaching zombies. Constitutive and intuitive rules are basically the same for this game. To stay alive and shoot as many zombies as possible to get more points. The player is given a total of three lives. A touch from a zombie will destroy half a life while a full on attack will take away a whole life. Players are also given the chance to get more points by shooting diamonds that appear or question mark boxes that float from the sky. These give both points and special weapons. For the player, the main challenge is not letting any of the zombies get to their character and staying alive. The player is stationed on top of a building, so the zombies are able to climb up to the top, which poses a risk of getting surrounded on a small platform. Some zombies in the game are faster than the others or have artifacts on them that make them explode when they are shot. After the level is over, the more points that are won, the bigger array of special weapons are available. This acts as a motivator to the player as a boost to continue playing in order to try out the new upgraded weapon. When playing the game, the player is also able to obtain special weapons (such as bombs) from shooting the question mark box. This destroys multiple zombies at a time when strategically thrown. Overall, After Sunset 2 is a simple and easy to play game that has a good balance between the challenge, rewards, and the player motivation. The challenge is enough to keep the player entertained with the motivation to get better weapons and a better score.

Section 3

Games with the genres of action, adventure, simulation, strategy, and puzzles can be found using a 2D environment. Whether it is top-down, a side view, or any other perspective a game can have, these genres utilize these environments in order to facilitate the game play through each environment’s features. Genres like shooters, role-play, sports, and survival horror usually utilize a 3D environment.

For action, adventure, and simulation, the 2D graphic style usually falls under cartoon. Games with the genres of strategy or puzzle will also utilize a cartoon style or simple geometric shapes which usually benefit the game play by creating an overall view of the game. This way, players can see a full view of what the game looks like in order to solve the objective.

Games that incorporate a 3D environment frequently have a more realistic graphic style. Compared to the graphic style of most 2D games, the realistic graphics can facilitate game play by creating a more realistic scenario, which can make the game more fun to play.

Both the 2D and 3D environments utilize the mechanics of left, right, up, down, and any other special move or attack. For both environments, this simplifies the game play because of how basic most of the moves are. When extra attacks or special actions are added through multiple actions, the game play will get more complicated, but the overall game play is still made easier through the simple mechanics.
2D and 3D environments usually use the player controls of arrow keys/D-pad, the ABXY buttons, and or a mouse for selecting certain options (like in a simulation). By having simple player controls, game play is simpler because of the limit on controls.


Section 4

GAME: The Legend of Starfy

“TheLegendaryStarfy logo” by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia

“The Legendary Starfy” is an adventure game where players play as Starfy, the Prince of Pufftop Kingdom. The game is rated E for everyone, so players who are able to read and operate a Nintendo DS can play this game. Starfy, the prince of Pufftop Kingdom, goes on an adventure to help Bunston, a resident of Bunnera Planet, whose ship went down in Pufftop Kingdom.

Players play as Starfy, the “hero of countless adventures,” as he defeats bosses in the sea, on the land, and in the sky as he and his companion, Moe, help Bunston collect pieces of his ship. The objectives as the player continues throughout the game are to collect pearls, defeat bosses, and help Bunston of the Planet Bunnera collect the pieces of his ship so he can go back to his planet and save his people.

Players who like a fun and kid friendly video game will enjoy “The Legend of Starfy” for its cartoon style and simple objectives. The game has eight different stages, each with four sub-stages, which offers players frequent places to save their spot. For each stage, there is a mini-boss which increases in difficulty as the player continues through the story and each stage builds up to the defeat of the ultimate boss. In addition, the scenery shifts between the sea, the land, the sky, and outer space.

Overall, “The Legendary Starfy” is a simple game that offers fun entertainment and challenges for everyone.

GAME: Kirby Super Star Ultra

Amiibo: Kirby by niXerKG

“Kirby Superstar Ultra” offers any player the chance to be the super tough pink puff himself as they travel throughout each story adventure, defeating bosses, making new friends, finding treasure, and exploring the evils that reside throughout the galaxy. The game offers nine main stories, each with their own story lines, and four mini games. The main stories are Spring Breeze, Dina Blade, The Great Cave Offensive, Milky Way Wishes, Metaknight Ultra, Revenge of Metaknight, and Revenge of the King, The Arena, and Helper to Hero. The mini games include Samurai Kirby, Kirby Card Swipe, Kirby of the Draw, and Snack Tracks. Each of these mini games have simple objectives and goals. Aesthetics of “Kirby Superstar Ultra” are a 2D cartoon look with cute mini-monsters and characters to play.

Players get to experience several different adventures throughout the different worlds of Kirby. As the players Games like Spring Breeze, Revenge of the Kind, and Dina Blade focus in worlds that include nature aesthetics while games like The Great Cave Offensive focus underground. Games like Milky Way Wishes and the Metaknight games focus in the sky. Each main story game offers the genres of adventure, platforms, and linear storylines. In each world, Kirby works towards saving the world which ultimately ends with meeting the main antagonist of each story.

The game is rated E for everyone, and has simple goals and objectives that are appropriate for most children. The main goal for each main story game is to defeat the main boss and save the world that the story takes place in. Because of the different story lines, objectives fluctuate according to the storyline of the game. Some of the main story games have objectives like collecting treasure boxes while others are to collect the different powers and power boosts available. Main story games like The Arena and Helper to Hero have the main objectives of staying alive rather than having an overall storyline.

As a whole, “Kirby Superstar Ultra” offers hours of entertainment through mini games and several different adventure stories.

GAME: Mario Kart

Nintendo Wii by Phossil .

Mario Kart offers players the chance to virtually race the CPU and of course, their friends. Rated E for everyone, Mario Kart has several different worlds that players can challenge themselves and their friends to racing. The main objective is to win each race, unlock new racing zones, and bragging rights over the friends you challenged to Mario Kart. The racing locations go from simple, like Moo Moo Meadows, to difficult, like Rainbow Road. Players can choose between a wide array of Nintendo Characters such as Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, and Princess Peach. The character choices also include villains of Nintendo storylines like King Boo and Bowser. Overall aesthetics of the game are a 3D cartoon look.

Mario Kart is offered on the Wii and Nintendo DS. For the Wii gaming platform, players can choose between steering like driving an actual race car to using the Wii remote along with a nun chuck. For the DS, players rely on the arrow keys for steering. Depending on the platform and the steering mechanism, the playability changes according to what the player themselves prefer and find the easiest.

All in all, the game offers entertainment through self-achievement and the achievement over others.


Section 5

Game Idea: Herding Cats

CCL Character by whalesofthesky

General Flavor of the Game:

“Herding Cats” is like “Pac-Man” but with a singular view of the character instead of a wholesome view of the board. The character that the player controls is a chibi-anime character who’s main objective is to collect the cats around the city. The game’s concept is based on the stereotypical idea of what a crazy cat lady is and what herding cats is like.

The Role of the Player

The player’s role is to collect a certain amount of cats to meet the quota in a maze setting. This would define the game play as simple in terms of controls but somewhat complex according to getting the cats to follow the character and avoiding the dogs.

The Main Character:

The player plays as a key character with short blue hair. The character can be identified by the cat sweater, leggings, boots, and the many cats that may be following her.

The Nature of the Game:

The nature of “Herding Cats” is the act of collecting objects (cats) throughout a maze setting in order to meet a set quota for each level. This concept becomes more complicated by adding two ways the player can lose the cats they have “collected” so far. One challenge is avoiding the dogs that roam the city. If the player encounters a dog, the cats that they have collected will scatter. The second challenge is the cat-nip meter. The player gets the cats to follow them through the cat-nip they collect from the maze. If this cat-nip runs out, the cats will stop following the player. Players would be able to avoid these situations by going another direction when the dog-radar activates and by collecting cat-nip whenever it is available. The player would then be able to limit the encounters with dogs and keep the cats following them.

The Genre:

“Herding Cats” falls under the genre of 2D maze adventure game. The game’s aesthetics are in a 2D cartoon style, the game’s setting takes place in a city-scape maze, and the adventure is the story of how the character the player plays searches for companionship through the cats they collect.

Why Play the Game:

The main reason players would want to play the game would be for entertainment. If the player likes cats and maze-like games, they would also be likely to want to and enjoy playing this game. “Herding Cats” mainly targets the audience of girls of any age.

Setting and Place of the Game

The setting of “Herding Cats” is a maze which takes place in the city. The maze’s walls consist of fences, dumpsters, and city walls. Cats will most likely be found behind dumpsters, on fences, and between city walls.

Levels and Victory Conditions:

“Herding Cats” will be broken into multiple levels. Though the place will stay the same, the victory condition will continue to get more difficult along with the challenges as the levels go on. The victory condition for each level will most likely be meeting the quota of collected cats before the dogs get them too many times.

The Story:

The main story for “Herding Cats” is a crazy cat lady searching for companionship through adopting the cats of the city.

 

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