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Tartarus

PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 9:54 am
by nesis
Link to the latest build of the game
http://llnesisll.blogspot.com.au/p/unit ... s-var.html

Controls
Move mouse left + right to flick your fishy tail and swim (or if you're beached, flop forwards).
Move the mouse faster to move faster.
WASD to control turning.
To turn in tight circles, move the mouse gently and use WASD.
R to reset if you get stuck.

Info
You are the fish, being fished. You are trying to survive in a deep ocean, where vision is limited and food is scarce, hardly distinguishable from bat, and often attracting bigger fish. Every time you eat, you'll be risking your life. What dangers lurk unseen, unknown in the darkness, laying in wait?



Features added so far
- movement using the mouse and WASD
- automatic control change when jumping in / out of water
- teleport trigger (pink box) that takes you to a teleport point (yellow sphere)... not in use yet, but will be used for loading the game from a safe menu screen
- bait that lures you in if you swim too close... you need to fight your fishy instincts (see food, eat food) by trying to swim away before you get caught (will hopefully be applying this mechanism to some enemies, both to lure you and have them get lured)
- leviathan that swims around and can knocks you about... and to be honest, it made me jump the first time I tested it out, be warned XD
- some underwater-y sound effects

To be added
- more interesting level geometry (so you can swim fast through tight passages to escape from bigger fish, or have things jump out at you from camouflage places)
- more sound effects
- more big scary fish with basic jump-scare AI ;)
- stuff above water to make you really really want to stay below water
- simple fear / hunger system (to define when game over should occur)
- much larger + better-designed area to swim in and explore



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Original post

You will be the fish, being fished. You will be trying to survive in a deep ocean, where vision is limited and food is scarce, hardly distinguishable from bait, and often attracting bigger fish. Every time you eat, you'll be risking your life. What dangers lurk undetected, laying in wait?

This is intended to be a simple but scary game, putting you in the mindset of a small fish in a big ocean. The biggest part of this will be creating the ambience.

To swim, you will flick your tail (mouse) left and right. The faster you flick, the faster you swim.

Me and my buddy are gonna have fun making some freaky creatures >:D Camouflage, eerie deep sea noises, and other creepy stuff.

I've already got a prototype of the first person fish working, I'll upload it when I get home.

Re: Tartarus

PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 1:00 pm
by this
This sounds interesting.
I'm very interested on how the movement turns out! I love it when I finally get to move a game character with something other than WASD/arrows/click-to-move.

Re: Tartarus

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 2:01 am
by Trideka
Very interesting controls. Sounds fun!

My game takes place in the deep of the ocean too. Getting it too look right for the ambience is a bit tricky. You want it to look dark... but still watery and not space like.

Good luck!

Re: Tartarus

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 3:06 am
by nesis
Hmm, I'm having trouble uploading that demo the way I usually do. It's down to the latest version of unity creating the web player code differently to 3.4, which I'm used to uploading. I'll poke at it again tonight.

Thanks for the encouragement guys :D I've got some ideas for getting the mood right, but I'd be lying if I said it won't need a lot of careful tweaking.

Re: Tartarus

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 11:25 am
by nesis
Demo's up! Turns out I missed a close quote for a javascript string when trying to initialise the web player, lol.

http://llnesisll.blogspot.com.au/p/unit ... s-var.html

Re: Tartarus

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 1:13 pm
by this
it's really cool, but why does everything bend at the middle of the viewport?
like this:
http://i.imgur.com/KNFM8a9.png

Re: Tartarus

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 3:32 pm
by Trideka
Yeah the bendiness is a bit disorienting. What is the intended effect?

I really like the caustics.

Re: Tartarus

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 5:33 pm
by nesis
Thanks for the feedback :D

I'm actually carefully aligning the views of two cameras, one per eye on the fish. They line up approximately where a fish's eyes would see, and overlap down the middle of the screen. Due to the cameras not having spherical aberration, the join is a sharp angle rather than being smoothly aligned. My intention is for the experience to be a little disorienting at first, but something you'll get used to, helping you get in mind of a fish :P I'll try out the fishlens image effect and see how that goes... I'd really like the player to feel challenged to know how far they are from things, so they're kept on their toes and really only navigate by aiming straight at things and darting forward, rather than strafing / circling easily.

If you want to do something similar, the caustics were pretty simple to make: two projectors aimed downwards, covering huge areas, rotating constantly at different rates (rates that don't divide evenly into each other work best to avoid short-term pattern repetition), facing slightly different angles, with different-sized versions of the same water caustic texture on them (simple greyscale, with a tint applied).

I've uploaded a new version making use of the fisheye imageeffect. I've also tested out the Shuriken particle system a bit more, and I've left it puffing out black dust when you touch the ground instead of something appropriately tinted.

Re: Tartarus

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 6:58 pm
by Trideka
Ahah, very clever with the cameras. I was definitely a bit disoriented. But I feel less disoriented with the fish eye lens. So as for psychological effect it's less so, but for ease it's more so. That's a tough decision. =p

I was going to do something quite similar with caustics but given my game takes place at the bottom of the ocean, there really aren't any due to so little light. Very pretty though.

Really digging the getting into a fishes brain idea. It probably should be a bit disorienting.

Re: Tartarus

PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 1:40 am
by LionelJitro
That example is so awesome.

I'm not used to using my mouse for anything but precision. Even after spending a couple of minutes playing I was still wagging it on the side of the screen I wanted to go =) .

The wagging input is really nice. I love the distortion of the view as well. It already feels unique.

I'm really looking to what you are going to make.