Construction management style mixed w/ survival horror idea

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Post » Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:32 pm

Just wanted to get someone (anyone's) thoughts on this game idea then I might go ahead with it.

I wanted to combine the god-like abilities, construction and stats from a rollercoaster tycoon type game with survival horror.

Basically you start off in a room, zombies are trying to push through a door, which is on a timer. Eventually they push through and take over the room.

The game plays on a map with rooms that become visible as soon as the player enters across into it.

You start with a key which unlocks the next long corridor, which the player can then move into by selecting the character and pointing at the room, simple enough so far.

The next corridor has doors that show the outlines of various rooms. Now zombies are attempting to break into the corridor, having taken over the first room. Points accumulate (or something of that nature) that allows the player to build various rooms. The character is waiting for you to build one or they will be killed by the zombies. When you have enough points, you build a new room but you can select any of the outlined rooms then the character can move into it. Also thought of incorporating an idea where you can destroy rooms that you don't need to give you a quick points boost and build other more advantageous rooms for the situation.

Along the way you come across other survivors with varying abilities i.e. a scientist guy 'ponders' and researches rooms so you can see what the outlined ones are going to be before you unlock them, and he also discovers hidden rooms if 'pondering' for long enough,. a musician guy that uses his guitar to slow down or distract the zombies, possibly a guy who just has a gun to take out zombies giving you more time but has to locate ammo quickly before rooms are lost.

The point of the game is to unlock the rooms against the clock, move characters to the right places so they can level up their abilities. They wait for you to build the rooms and tell them what to do.

If characters stay in or are trapped in a room by zombies then you see a 'CHARACTER WAS LOST' thing show up, as the room fades out and is 'lost', overtaken by zombies, such as in the very first room. So you don't need to escape with everyone but losing them can lose some abilities.

In the end the outcome of the game is a rating based on who was rescued, time remaining, achievements based on finding hidden things.

i also thought of designing the game where the first main character can complete it just by doing nothing other than walking through the level doing nothing special, but obviously you miss out on most things and get a wuss rating so you don't even pass the level - but it's still possible! : D

So what do you think? Anything to add? There was something kinda fun to me about a character stood calling the player a 'muthafcka' whilst waiting for you to build a room for him to move to so he isn't left to the invading zombie horde.
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Post » Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:01 am

There is something about your idea that reminds me of a demo I played some years ago on X360. You had to fortify a house and build traps. At the same time you were supposed to look for a guitar, and amplifier and a speaker so that you could rock to make the 50's zombies dance and explode. That would win the level for you. Can't remember the name of the game for the life of me though... googlegooglegoogle ... Dead Block! http://deadblock.com/videos

The idea you have is somewhat different which is good :) Maybe some fine tuning with character roles would make your concept a bit more unique. Maybe connecting micro-games to character action. For example, let's say that instead of a guitarist we have a guy with a flute (like in the story from Brothers Grimm if I remember right?). You must hit a series of keys/buttons in a rhythm to get the best performance. Just an idea :)
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Post » Fri Dec 04, 2015 1:17 pm

@taistelusopuli thanks for the response!

Dead Block looks good, obviously I was thinking of a 2D idea though that i can make in C2, won't be as in depth as this game. Hopefully I can translate those elements to 2D well enough.

I haven't 100% thought out character roles, I would make it and see which stats and abilities would make sense to improve over the course of the level, test out a few and see what happens. The musician guy was just a 'distraction' type ability so anything would do really, a flute would work.
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Post » Mon Dec 07, 2015 8:36 am

You are welcome @plinkie!

Yeah, I figured 2D was the direction you were going at. Good luck with drafting and planning! The idea is very good ;)
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