This weekend I went to the STL Game Jam at Webster University. I had never been to a Game Jam so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. I really wanted to make a game with Unity, since I’m just starting to use it on my own projects and I really need to learn it forwards and backwards. Luckily I found a team that was planning on using it and they even got a great theme from the random theme generator used at the Game Jam. Our theme was:
A game where you battle family members but you’re the clumsiest person ever.
We quickly got to work on brainstorming and decided that we would make a game where you play a red headed step child who could only control his arm by swinging it like a pendulum. Within a few hours we had a very basic project in Unity and art and music were in production. I was really impressed by everyone on the team. They were all sharp, focused, and passionate about game development. Most of the them were still in college, some had recently graduated, and I was the old man on the team having been out of college for nearly a decade. I learned that this is a great place to scout out talent if I ever need to hire somebody in the future!
Over the next couple days we crammed in a hilarious game that had two fully functional levels, with some great art and sound. I am proud of what we accomplished in such a short time. Here’s a video of the game in action:
You can play the game here.