My Work

BabyBot

BabyBot is an interactive comic book prototype, a joint effort of comic artist and animator Jennifer Reuter and game developer Rohan Malone. The bulk of the work on this project took place over a three day period in October of 2018, the goal was to develop a proof of concept and see what we could come up with somewhere between our disciplines, an interactive, or at least reactive comic book of sorts.

What we came up with is an excerpt from a larger narrative, presented in a form that resembles a digital comic and is reactive to the reader's input.

The prototype has come out quite well and we have a lot of ideas on where to take the concept in the future, including more interactivity and single page puzzle elements.

You can find the first version of the prototype over on Itch.io here.

My role and responsibilities on this project included:

Technical director-

Designing and building the overall systems.

Building editor tools to make the system more user-friendly

Writer-

This was the first project I have worked on where I have worked as the lead writer, with help from my collaborator and editor Jennifer Reuter I have written the dialogue and overall narrative for not just the prototype but a full narrative in the case we take the project to full production.

SwoleNut

Got what it takes to become a world class body builder? 

In SwoleNut you take on the role of a weedy little walnut with great aspirations of becoming a swole body builder!

Work out and buff up your little nut body, compete in amateur body building contests and work your way up through the weight classes until you are the best around!

   

SwoleNut is an incremental clicker game for mobile platforms using the free to play model, SwoleNut is set to be released in Mid 2019 on the Google play store and will be my first commercial release.

Check back for more information after release!

Graveyard Shift

Unbalanced Beta version for android can be found here.

Graveyard Shift is a spooky themed tower defence game for mobile devices,
made as a student project with a core team that consisted of four designers and two programmers over a two month period.

On this project I worked a co-lead programmer alongside Jaris Rener, due to the scope and nature of the project we decided to focus on building the game in a way that would allow the designers access to tools such as a level editor and enemy and tower database which they could use for rapid balancing and level construction.

My primary duties for the project include:

  • A data based pathfinding system for the enemies to improve efficiency on mobile hardware.
  • Enemy AI that derives from a single base class, including 6 unique enemy types and behaviours.
    Some of which include unique pathing behaviours, stat buffs and regeneration, and special powers such as disarming traps.
  • A wave management system that allows the designers to easily build up waves of enemies for individual paths within a level and a run time manages all enemies within the current wave and overall level.
  • Implementing animator systems and states for all enemies and towers that have a rotation.

As well as general programming tasks, UI work and minor design work.

Example of a unique enemy type, the spiders ignore the path and find their own way

The game has a cartoonish but charming feel to it and has a total of 9 levels at the time of writing.

The game is still under development and is currently under rapid change due to balancing and various mechanical bugs, treat the release as a pre-beta release or an early access release, expect some instabilities and many changes to come.

Cap'n Cat

Cap'n Cat is a casual mobile game designed for simple input and gameplay, about a cat who explores the sea in a leaky submarine!
It has a bright, colourful and charming aesthetic and a fun and playful setting and theme.

Our primary goal of Cap'n Cat was to create a game that is simple to play that doesn't have much commitment in terms of game play, is visually appealing, and allow for a broad appeal to a number of different demographics.

My primary role on the project was that of a programmer, however, I contributed many of the design aspects that made it into the end product.

Primary responsibilities included

  • Flexible pathing input system
  • basic AI systems.
  • Agent and environmental spawn factories.
  • graphics and audio asset implementation.

For more info on the development of CC you can have a peek at my blog.