For my group’s project, we’ve worked with the cicada. Our base concept was to showcase the eventual growth and the journey through the cicada’s life to find a mate. After seventeen years underground, they come up and create noises to attract a mate. As such, our game revolves around selecting color-coded cicadas, each with their own unique sounds, and animations upon being highlighted. The cicada fades out, and goes back to the selection screen. The game utilizes Max, a joystick, and monitor to function.
My work on the project was to design the background, based off of pictures I took of a forest. In addition, I’ve done various animations for the cicadas going up the trees. As the project began to evolve, so did the animations over time. Here is a compilation showcasing the changes over time. We’ve tried to take the criticisms that the children had of the game to heart, making the game as colorful and noisy as possible. Ironically, all the noise began to garner interest in the game, the same way the cicadas try to get the attention of potential partners. My background is used to showcase the cicadas’ journey, and my animations play when a bug is chosen.
During beta testing, we’ve met with some issues. One was the compression, and the likeliness of the animations to become glitched. This was fixed by updating the assets. Furthermore, since new cicada assets were created, I remade the animations, once for time, and the next time for the final presentation. There was also a “did you know” and a victory jingle added, but Max had issues running those and while the files exist, they weren’t in the final game.
While admittedly hard to meet up near the beginning, working as a team was a lot of fun. As we’ve gone further, our communication with each other improved, and this allowed the project to mature and evolve in a more professional way. In a way, we ended up learning more about the cicadas than the children did, but it was rewarding seeing the children playing the game and interacting with the different sounds the cicadas made.