2. Semester / 3D - Grundlagen im medialen Raum
Goldminer is a 2-player arcade game that we developed in two and a half weeks.
The goal was to create a visually appealing game which also convinces through its gaming experience.
For the graphical appearance of the game we settled to a low-poly look. All graphics were created and animated in Cinema4D. Thus, we achieved a homogeneous overall appearance. The in Cinema4D modelled 3D-Bodies and their realistic shadow give the players the illusion that they move through a 3-dimensional space, despite playing a game which only represents a 2-dimensional projection. Furthermore, we simulate a sunset by overlapping multiple images with, over time, changing opacity, which were rendered with different lighting. To make the game world more dynamic, the clouds in the background of the game world move to the right during the game.
For player input, we designed two controllers that have four buttons. Two arrow keys for moving the character left and right and an A- and B-button for interacting with the objects of the game world. Use the A-button to break down the boulders in the mine, pick up items, steal blocks from the enemy’s tower and to adjust the cannon’s angle. The B-button is used to adjust the strength of the cannon shot. Inside the controller there is a MakeyMakey which processes the input of the player. The controller was designed with Tinkercad, a free, browser-based CAD software from Autodesk. Subsequently, the controller was 3d-printed with white filament. The buttons, with engraved letters and arrows, were printed with red filament. All in all, there were four iterations of controller prototypes until we found our final design.