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 PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION

  • Project Incubation

  • Brand Development

  • Graphic / UI Design

  • Game / UX Design 

  • Playtesting & Research

  • Concept Art

  • Storyboarding

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 Objective

 

Target Audience

 
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Students

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Educators

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Game Players

 

PLATFORM
Desktop App

REQUIREMENTS

  • Utilizes physics engine

  • Player must be walking

  • Must be human scaled

  • No spaceships or vehicles

  • Useable as a teaching tool

  • Finished within 8 weeks

 

Research

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Worked with subject matter specialist to until the entire development team was proficient in the fundamental principles of special relativity.

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Researched previous simulations of the effects of special relativity. Above: online version of Ute Kraus, Marc Borchers: Fast lichtschnell durch die Stadt.

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Created paper prototypes, and eventually digital prototypes to test game play mechanics, as well as what players can handle in terms of motion sickness.

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 We immediately encountered a problem after our first play test, a short card game. Most people were either intimidated or turned off by the prospect of playing a game about science and, in two extreme cases, refused to play.

 
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 Game Design

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Based on feedback, the proceeding digital prototypes stripped away the old aesthetics in favor of a more whimsical style. The game play was then streamlined, requiring little previous knowledge of physics to engage. The objective of the game also became deceptively easy to further focus the player’s attention to the changes happening around them due to relativity.

 
 

 
 

Art Direction

In addition to the gameplay, the art direction was also completely refocused. The themes changed from "science" and "relativity" to "whimsy" and "magic". The idea was to invite players to experience the effects, and then educate them once they started asking questions.

 
 

 

3D Assets

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User Interface Design

 
 

 Final Product

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