Riddle Me This. Take II.

Overview

Over the course of this semester, I created a spin-off platform game called “Riddle Me This” using Construct 2, a short animation titled “Portal” using Adobe Animate CC, and a DIY camera stand using my own two hands. The following blog post covers these three projects and links to view the creations themselves. Happy viewing!

Riddle Me This

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Level 2 of “Riddle Me This” challenges the player to solve a riddle in order to move closer to becoming riddle master.

Head-butt letter boxes, collect spinning pixel coins, become a riddle master. Riddle Me This is a spin on traditional platform games that combines the mental challenge of solving riddles with the familiar physical mechanics of traditional platform games like Mario Super Brothers. The reward of winning the game is the player’s sense of accomplishment in acquiring the title “riddle master” and answering a range of easy to difficult riddles while constrained by a timer and limited number of riddle hints.

 

The updates and expansions I changed in the second version of the game are listed below:

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The list of bugs needing fixing and expansions needing working was great.

To take a go at the challenge, click here. To read my game design document, click here.

Portal

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A screenshot of the Animate CC animation “Portal.”

This short animation was an Animate CC learning experience and chance for me to animate my drawings. The Valve Corporation game “Portal” and daily experience using and watching others use smartphones inspired this commentary project. To watch the original animation, click here.

Do It Yourself

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The PVC mount screws into the bottom of standard DSLR cameras.

In response to this class’ DIY challenge, I constructed a portable, PVC pipe camera stand, which holds a standard DSLR camera using only PVC pipe, a screw, a nut, and a washer. To read the original blog post, click here.

Last Minute Reflections on the Last Fall Semester

I’ve learned how to use so many new design and code programs and surprised myself in realizing that I may enjoy coding, despite how difficult and frustrating it can be at times. I never thought creating a game or animating my art would be something possible for me. These projects have opened my eyes to new creative possibilities that I’ll keep with me during my last semester of college and after graduation.

Credits for Riddle Me This

All sound effects were provided by SoundBible.com, a website for downloading free sound files.

The visual icons and animations that represented each riddle answer came from various sources. Credit to Alvara Pardo for posting the fire gif on Pinterest, a gif website called PhotoBucket for the letter icon, Rene Hernandez for the coin, Gavin Strange for the eyeball (who also does a lot of other cool pixel art), a photo stock website called ThinkStock for the door and Adriana Mallory for posting the wind sprite sheet on Pinterest.

All riddles, except for Level 6, were found at an online riddle website called DoRiddles. The riddle in Level 6 originally appeared in J.R.R. Tolkien’s book, The Hobbit, during the chapter “Riddles in the Dark.” To read more of the riddles from this chapter, visit CliffNotes‘ take on the dialogue.

Thanks to everyone that made this game possible!

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