Monkey Vs Robot
Proposal for the pygame 8 week project. Project manager, Shandy Brown (sjbrown)
Monkey Vs Robot is a Nintendo-style platformer. If you've played Super Mario
World 1, 2, or 3, then you get the idea. The main focus of this project
is exploration, and alternate solutions to problems. In each level, there will
be a straight-forward route with some puzzles and obstacles, and there will also
be one or more alternate routes or "shortcut rooms" that allow the character
to bypass areas, or lead the way to a hidden powerup.
The environment will be as ridiculous as an italian plumber fighting bird-headed
turtles. Though the title is Monkey vs Robot, that will not be the limitation.
The aim is to be stupid, ridiculous, and kind of satirical. Input on the
environment will be welcome from all contributors, all far-fetched and wacky
ideas will be put into the pot.
The first level will be in the jungle, but that is just to familiarize and set
the stage. Ideas for other levels are: subway cars, spaceship,
old-west saloon, the sea floor, and of course an ice level. As there is a focus
on vertical climbing, nearly all levels will need to facilitate this in some
manner (vines, wires, poles, etc).
For enemies, I was thinking robots of various varieties, japanese school girls,
toilet bowls, zombies, etc.
For a story, there should be either simply no story, or simple cutscene
animations without text. This means no in-game internationalization. If we get
this far, I envision the story being very non linear and ridiculous. For example,
instead of motivation like saving a princess, the monkey would see a toilet
bowl eating a piece of feces and get really mad; there would be close up of
the monkey's angry eyes turning red, and the level would begin.
All the controls required will be directions and two buttons ("A" button jumps,
"B" button does various actions depending on context). There will be a
bit more focus on vertical climbing than seen in most platform games, and there
will be a climbing attack whereby the monkey slides down really fast, and
damages anything it hits below it.
Throughout each level, there will be challenges in the form of enemies,
obstacles, and puzzles. An enemy is something that actively moves around and
tries to damage or push the monkey, an obstacle is something the monkey has to
get over/under/through to progress, and a puzzle is an obstacle that requires
either good timing, or an item from somewhere else.
From here on in, i'm breaking it into stages.
- Stage 1 == Sufficient Functionality == end of week 4
- Stage 2 == Good Game == end of week 5
- Stage 3 == Stuff to do after everything else is polished == end of week 8
3 jungle levels completed, roughly 15 minutes of gameplay necessary to
finish the game.
Another 3 levels in a different environment, total of 30 minutes gameplay
One bonus level
There will be no bananas in this game. Ever.
The monkey has basically two stats, hit points (a max of 3), and
jumping strength. There will be different power-ups that affect these stats.
The monkey will be able to hold certain items with it's tail. The item is
thrown when button "B" is pressed. Items can have multiple uses, like killing
enemies and solving puzzles.
Some items will give the monkey special abilities, like floating or walking on
water. (new animations will need to be done for this)
The main character will be a squirrel monkey. 10 different kinds of enemies,
including 2 multi-hit bosses. The computer AI will involve knowing what
direction the monkey is from the evil sprite (x and y), and either moving in
that direction, firing a weapon, or doing nothing.
10 more enemies
The player will have the choice of 3 monkeys at the beginning of the level,
each one has certain advantages/disadvantages. I'm thinking a mandrill
that's tough, and a spider monkey that can jump higher.
Stage 4 (Blue Sky)
Two players at once. Two monkeys on the level, players can cooperate or race
against one another, hoarding powerups or getting a reward for reaching the end
quickest. We can add features to the levels so that some rewards are only
accessible by working together
Gameplay-wise, this game is not innovative. I think this will help the project,
as we won't need to spend as much time on communication as we will all have
an intuition about how things should work.
Graphical Ideas / Mockups