Red Sky


At last Saturday’s Klik of the Month, I started making a game about interior decorating. It ended up being too complex to finish in two hours, so in the last half hour I worked on something else in Unity. Then yesterday, at the regular Cambridge meetup I decided to polish it up a little – I’ve expanded the level, added some background music and given it a name:

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Downloads:
Windows (6.3MB) | OSX Universal (10.6MB) | Unity Source (11.2MB)

I’m starting to get quite comfortable working in Unity! Hopefully soon I’ll be ready to try making something a little more ambitious with it.

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  1. HybridMind on May 19th, 2010

    Good to see this polished up a bit. Glad you kept the red atmosphere and red html background color. It adds so much tension for me to not be able to see the ground. Like exploring inside a gas giant thick with atmosphere. So much more horrifying to slip and fall into the clouds.

    Managed to make it all the way to the bottom of your structure. Not sure if there was something else but had a good time navigating this level.

    I did find a bug with your respawn code that sometimes it can place you in a wall–but not too often.

  2. Chris on May 19th, 2010

    It seems like you’re doing a lot of work in Unity lately. Just curious, how does it compare to Flash? I’m pretty happy with Flixel, but it’s always good to get a sense of what is out there.

  3. Jonah on May 19th, 2010

    Fun stuff. (Good you restrained yourself from making the obvious recursion gag.)

    HybridMind: if you made it to the bottom, you’ve seen about 40% of the structure.

  4. increpare on May 19th, 2010

    Cool. Interesting seeing how the optical stuff compares with feign ( http://www.thegamescollective.org/index.php/topic,46.0.html ).

  5. Paul on May 19th, 2010

    Pretty cool use of colour.

    However, and I don’t know whether this was a design choice or a consequence or playing it online with Unity, but the elephant in the room problem was the horrible non-analog look. That is moving the mouse left and right wouldn’t rotate the view except at obscenely large increments.

    And I understand you’re probably not going to flesh this out further, but some sort of impetus or goal to keep going, like, I don’t know, text on the floors, would help a lot.

  6. Olympi on May 19th, 2010

    Nice work, i love how you brake the rules of “how 3D should be done”, Feign is great too for this, thanks Increpare.

    (a jump key on CTRL would be great for the non qwerty keyboard ;)

  7. Terry on May 19th, 2010

    Thanks!

    @Chris: I’d recommend giving Unity a try, at least – I’m enjoying it quite a lot! There’s still a lot of basic stuff I don’t know how to do with it yet, but it’s by far the best 3D game making tool I’ve ever used. (I did look into doing some basic 3D stuff in flash using papervision last year, but I wasn’t really able to get very far with it. Same with OpenGL.)

    Flash is still my first choice for anything in 2D, though. (Apparently it is possible to do 2D stuff in Unity, but it doesn’t seem to be worth the hassle.)

  8. agj on May 20th, 2010

    Oh, yes. Very nice. Loved the ‘ending’. I first wondered what the hell that thing was, maybe some sort of vehicle, until I was able to recognize the general shape of it.

  9. Shasharala on May 20th, 2010

    Nice! I loved the ending bit and how the 3d dynamics of the game kept me guessing of how to go on up till the very end.

  10. Ian Snyder on May 20th, 2010

    I love this, it reminds me a lot of a game I played as a kid (but can’t remember the name of…)

    The terrain fading into the distance is gorgeous. I wish more 3d games would try to work with untextured surfaces.

  11. snowyowl on May 20th, 2010

    I hate Unity Web Player on Google Chrome.
    Back to the game; it breaks almost every rule in the game design book, and yet it’s compelling enough that I actually got vertigo at one point (specifically, climbing a floating staircase with massive gaps in it right over a crater that I’d been crawling around in minutes earlier). Wow.

  12. Terry on May 20th, 2010

    Thanks guys :)

    (There’s something I really love about these angular single colour polygon environments)

  13. Berbank on May 21st, 2010

    Very stylish. Lovely work. Hope to see you next Tuesday.

  14. Boss on May 22nd, 2010

    Very cool. The mouse sensitivity is really high though, it’s not a problem when you get used to it, but I think most 3D game mouse users are used to making big movements with their right hand. Does unity support control for that?

  15. ortoslon on May 24th, 2010
  16. Terry on May 24th, 2010

    My sidebar/game categorisation system is a little arbitrary, but after a few day’s distance from this project I really feel quite happy with it. I think I’m going to “upgrade” it to a “minor game” :)

  17. Nathanel on June 4th, 2010

    This game is excellent.

    Although I got stuck near the beginning, mostly because of disorientation, I find this game rather easy. And it struck me, that one way of measuring game’s quality is to check proper balance of ‘freshness’ (for lack of a better word) and difficulty. This freshness is some exotic game mechanic, or very strange concept, or artistic vision, generally, something that first makes us curious and draws us to the game, but also what repels us from playing it longer. Difficulty may make us angry at the beginning, but also stimulates and moderates our progress, giving us the satisfaction of beating the difficulty. Terry you hit the ideal spot of equilibrium between ‘freshness’ and difficulty. Again. :)

    I find it annoying that there is no ‘invert mouse’ option anywhere in Unity 3d games, but oh well.

  18. rockist on June 20th, 2010

    Sweet jesus that left me anxious

  19. mhm on June 23rd, 2010

    i have a qustion, whats the point of the game, just explore?

  20. Art on August 7th, 2010

    When I play most of the games I get so addicted to the music that by the time i reach the end it’s hard to turn it off

  21. Feryl on August 12th, 2010

    The music is by Brother Android. You can download his albums here: http://brotherandroid.110mb.com/

    The game itself is decent. A proper ending might have been better if it had been done right, but it’s O.K. that it forces the player to stop and think about what it truly is.

  22. Matthew on August 14th, 2010

    I keep getting stuck in the walls!

  23. Terry on August 14th, 2010

    Sorry about that, the respawning is totally broken, sadly. The problem is really simple too; I used ints instead of doubles, so it kinda snaps to a grid when it respawns, which is sometimes inside a wall.

  24. Miquéias on September 11th, 2010

    What a nice game!
    The much red made me feel dizzy, and see how my life is colorful!

  25. Chemical.Rascal on October 21st, 2010

    A very interesting little thing you’ve done here, Terry. It kind of occurred to me as I was playing through that it seemed to be a bit of a commentary on how arbitrary, as gamers, our rules regarding thinking about games are – for example, what we can walk on, what we know is a wall, what we know is open space. Kinda made me realise that, indeed, so are the rules of society, in a way.

    Very nice.

  26. AceKid on November 4th, 2010

    Fascinating. In a game so graphically minimal, every detail of the level’s design has to count. I especially enjoyed small quirks, like the staircase with smaller and smaller stairs. The “end” was fun too. Very space-like in it’s otherworldly atmosphere, I felt very alone in my exploration, which left me feeling a touch sad. A very simple game, but one with an nebulous meaning, which makes it react to the player emotionally. *thumbs up*

  27. CactusPants on December 14th, 2010

    Great game! I don’t think I could contribute anything that hasn’t already been said though.

    Small minor issue though, with the respawn code it seems to be triggered when the jump button is pressed, for example: when I reached the top I jumped down to a lower level and while still holding the jump button I jumped in circles for a little while then jumped off the edge, I then respawned back on top of the level rather than where I jumped off. The jump sound also doesn’t trigger with each jump.

    I don’t know if that is intentional or a known bug, but if you didn’t know, you know now!

    But aside from that, awesome game! It’s not really that common to find FPS type games dedicated to platforming.

  28. Alex A on January 7th, 2011

    Really interesting ending. Someone on Kongregate said they should open a ‘philosophy’ genre for their games, and yours would be in it.

    This whole game is a strangely disconcerting experience.

    (Question: why does the ‘input’ section before you start have various bits saying ‘Fire’? Are there any weapons?)

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