Engine: Unity 3D
Input: Oculus Rift DK1, Xbox 360 Controller
My Role: Lead Designer / Game designer
Lephidor Lumix is a horror game which makes use of the Oculus Rift. The player is dropped into a mine and has to find his way out, using a flashlight and flares to light the way. However, strange creatures dwell in the mine and are considered very dangerous, especially because they are attracted to light. Thus, the player has to be careful with his light sources, because light can bring the player to safety, but it can also lead to his death.
Working with the Oculus Rift
It was very interesting to design for the Oculus Rift. Around the time of this project, not much was known on the topic of designing for VR. Therefore, I researched topics such as interface design, motion-sickness and psychological consequences of using the Oculus Rift.
As the main designer on the team, it was also my task to create the level design . Our team didn't have many artists and we had some serious time constraints, so I decided to design with modular level blocks to easily create a maze of corridors and chambers. Different objects would be placed throughout the level to act as reference points for the player; the player should feel lost, but he shouldn't be frustrated. I also designed the monsters paths and events through the level.
As lead designer, it was my task to oversee the other designers and keep the game design in line with what was discussed in the early development stages. However, because the other designers were only available at the start of development, we settled for a core design in the first 2 weeks and I was left in charge to document the core gameplay and expand on it. Eventually, I designed the A.I. for the monsters and the menu's, and I tweaked and balanced the already established gameplay.
Credits: Team Alpackaas
Bart Aansorgh, Cas Haagen, Yorick van de Haar, Josse de Kievith, Nicholas Lamb, Nick Remie, Stef den Ridder, Jan Zhang, Bernt Luijten (music)
Lephidor Lumix has been made possible by NHTV, Breda University of Applied Sciences