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« on: January 12, 2018, 06:29:48 am »


A 3D platformer in the world of pastries.


LINKS
Devlog #1 : Introduction.
Devlog #2 : Levels structure, boundaries and tools.
Devlog #3 : On rails camera.
Devlog #4 : Checkpoint, completion rules, level stats and autosaves.
Devlog #5 : Level design.
Devlog #6 : Main characters.
Devlog #7 : Animations, textures and particles.
Devlog #8 : Misc.
Devlog #9 : Characters topology.


Hello! After 4 months of work, it's time for us to start a devlog for our new project!

STORY

You play Choconoa, the prince of the chocolate world, and you must grab back the sugar stolen by the princess of the candy world.

GAMEPLAY

The 4 gameplay pillars are:

  • You need to collect basic ingredients (chocolate, flour, eggs and milk) and recipes, and thanks to the magic of your wooden spoon, you can create a catapult.
  • The bonus collectible is a chef's hat wich allow you to bounce and be invincible for a limited time.
  • Next are the sliders which allow you to access different areas and grab extra collectibles.
  • Last is the chantilly on the floor which makes you go faster.




FEATURES

  • LINEAR LEVEL DESIGN - SEQUENTIAL ORDER
  • SINGLE PLAYER AND LOCAL MULTI UP TO 4 PLAYERS SPLITSCREEN
  • COLORFUL STYLIZED ENVIRONMENTS
  • KID-FRIENDLY
  • PASTRY THEME

WHAT'S DONE

  • PROTOTYPE
  • BASIC MENU AND HUD
  • CORE GAMEPLAY
  • HERO BASIC ANIMATION SET
  • SOME ENVIRONMENT PLACEHOLDERS
  • SOME SOUNDS AND FX PLACEHOLDERS

TODO

  • LEVELS
  • CHARACTERS MODELS
  • ANIMATIONS
  • ART
  • SOUNDS AND MUSICS
  • TEST

TOOLS

  • UNREAL ENGINE 4
  • ZBRUSH
  • BLENDER
  • GIMP

TARGET PLATFORMS

  • WINDOWS, MAC AND LINUX
  • NINTENDO SWITCH

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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2018, 07:51:38 pm »

That spoon catapult looks like an interesting and cool game mechanic. Overall nice looking game.
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2018, 03:30:50 pm »

Last week we made a draft design document to visualize the global structure of the game.


Because the levels are linear with a lot of verticality and the camera free, we are trying to find a good solution for the boundaries. Of course it will be heavily filled with environments deco but we want don't want to spend a lot of time making sure there are no holes! And we don't want invisible walls which are not obvious. So I tried with a depth-faded (using depth fade for the intersection between the wall and the other objects, and a camera depth fade) magic wall like this:



Now the chantilly path automatically conform to the ground:



As much as possible we try to save time by creating tools like this:


 
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2018, 11:46:46 am »

Most of the levels use "on rails camera" with alternative paths. So we did the code for that.



The path is the red curve:




The player will automatically follows the closest path relative to his world location:



Another feature we implemented is a jump boost at the end of the sliders. If you jump slightly before the end (before the player jumps automatically), you jump higher. This features is an extra layer of challenge.



We worked on a lot of code fixes and features to keep the levels flow interesting and dynamic. We still have some minor adjustments to make on those systems but most of the work is done.
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2018, 12:52:23 am »

A quick summary of last week additions: (It's all about code - we didn't work on art and layout yet)

- added a checkpoint system
- added completion rules
- added levelstats
- fixing autosaves code
- plenty of bug fixes




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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2018, 12:56:53 am »

This looks great and a brilliant idea. You say we, how big is the team?
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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2018, 01:48:27 am »

Thanks! We are 4 right now and we will hopefully grow a little bit soon. I'm the only one working full time on the game so we will try to fix this asap.
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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2018, 04:16:55 am »

This week we analyse our level design practices in a very practical way. Also we make sure the flow is consistent and intuitive. The challenge here is to create organic levels (non grid-based levels), and make sure that the distances are correct etc..

On this picture below, you can see how we balance the safe zone and the threat zone, how we place the rewards, how we force you to learn the basics before progressing further etc..



This gif gives you an idea of the flow and how we make it as smooth as possible for the player.



Grayboxing the levels requires to remove all deco, foliage etc..
Using a simple color code is very useful. The red is the threat, the blue and yellow are used for navigation..
In this step, we are blocking all the collisions. that way when we will assemble the art and details all together, the collisions will remain unchanged.

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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2018, 02:58:36 am »

Main characters concept art and rough in-game setup.

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« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2018, 01:26:03 pm »

This week we're working on animations, textures and particles.









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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2018, 01:33:54 am »

  • Worked on holes with landscape visibility masks, vertex offset and dithering for smooth transitions.







  • Also added a tiny chef playing around in the world.





  • Added confettis for checkpoint.



  • We also worked on improving our materials (layers, parameters, reusability, optimisation).

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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2018, 08:58:57 am »

Your 3D models really need improvement. I'll explain. The first thing that I saw that looked weird was that the two chef models you posted have no eyelids. It seriously creeps me out to look at them. You should try to make them look more human, even if you are going for a stylized or more cartoonish approach. Check out models for other 3D platformers and see if you can learn through observation. I would suggest looking at Rare's games, since they're similar to what you're going for here.
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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2018, 09:21:02 am »

I have the same feeling. But they are still in early stage so it's normal. We don't want to detail too much all the assets since we need to keep working on the global picture. Then we will refine it until it looks good. Details last.
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« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2018, 12:39:26 am »

I didn't plan to work on it last week but I took the time to improve the characters topology, textures and animations.



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