Hey there loyal Appspy readers!
It was quite a question this week right? It can be hard to answer just what kind of game you wish to make when no boundaries are set on the question. Jastootie, Darkscience, and Taekon all dreamed big to create a magnum opus, and they all agreed on no IAPs and a higher price point to accommodate it.
While their pitches lacked specifics, they obviously see the strength and potential of the iOS platform and would be interested in creating significant gaming experiences for it.
To be honest, I went the completely opposite path. One thing I enjoy is to look at a classic game or a modern game with simple mechanics and then to think of how to use what they did as a launching point. I love the platformer genre, and one thing I find highly enjoyable in both 2D and 3D platformers is the wall jump. For years I pondered a game based around the wall jump, and then browsing game news sites one day, I discovered that someone had made a browser game that is exactly that.
Escape was made for Ludum Dare in 72 hours by Ian Brock, Josh Schonstal, and Guerin McMurry. I discovered it on Kongregate, but there is also an iOS version. It’s based around one action with one button that provides variance based on how long you press it. It’s a highly addictive highscore game.
But what would it be like if like Audiosurf, it created a wall jump obstacle course based on your own music library? What if you could swipe between parallel wall jump arenas or the obstacles and backdrops constantly changed? How would things change if it was a 3D game and the camera shifted perspectives to reveal different challenges?
There’s a lot that can be accomplished with such a concept, but there is the danger of adding in too much and obscuring what made such a game enjoyable in the first place.
Well I hope you enjoyed my concept. If you would like to have a further crack at this week’s question, feel free to use the comments. The question and answer segment is going on hiatus as of now, but the App Wrap Up will return shortly and there will still be plenty of great news and reviews to enjoy here at Appspy.com.
Stay tuned, and happy apping all!