Concepting the construction site
With Construction Site Chaos my team had the job to make an educative but playful experience for construction site workers. I started the creative process by arranging multiple interviews with local construction site workers, to get a better understanding of their environment and what kind of games they like to play. It turned out that only the younger workers are really into (arcade) games, so we decided to focus on that target group when having a brainstorm session with the team later on. I pitched an idea of an endless faller to the team, which became Construction Site Chaos later on. It already featured the scanning of real-life gear to gain more points in the game. My original one pager can be found below.
Managing the team
In order for the idea to work out, we needed people working on the game itself, but also on the physical installation where the game will be showcased in as well as a mobile app that accompanies the game. I had the leading role in this and needed to make sure the communication between all departments went right and deadlines were made. Next to that, I did some art for the game myself and created the “Fatty” character, who was designed to be one of the side characters in the game.
Modeling and designing
I ended up modeling and animating the “Fatty” character for the game, as well as tweaking some of the games design values to make sure we hit the right difficulty curve with Construction Site Chaos: easy to learn, hard to master and highly addictive. The key in the core loop of the game was of course to let players scan their gear and then get back to the game to be able to score more points. Getting a fair benefit for players who had their gear in the game was also one of my design responsibilities.
Project lead: Daniël Wewerinke
Management: Anika Boelhouwer, Daniël Wewerinke, Lindy Damen
Programming: Marco Rothering
Character design: Lindy Damen, Daniël Wewerinke
Environment design: Anika Boelhouwer, Rosana Herrera, Max Klostermann
GUI & app design: Alejandra Victoria, Galina Petrova, Zachary Ruan
Installation building: Rafael Bressan, Anika Boelhouwer, Galina Petrova, Alejandra Victoria
Soundtrack & intro: Max Klostermann
Instruction video: Rafael Bressan, Anika Boelhouwer
Advertising (print): Alejandra Victoria
Advertising (trailer): Daniël Wewerinke