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Tiny Tumblers

software

3D Studio Max, Ogre 3D Engine, Newton Game Dynamics, C++

awards

  • DAE Game Awards 2009
  • Multi Mania 2009 Integration

This game is the "biggest" I've made until now, with a team of six students (Bibi, Jeroen, Coppens, Pieter & Mitch) we've built this game that can be played on PC, Apple and Linux computers. Tiny Tumblers was developed as a graduate showcase for our DAE studies.

While most students of our year chose for an advanced game (that was almost impossible to finish in three months) we opted for a more realizable, fun and not super hard to develop game. The game took most of its inspiration from an silly arcade game called Jump 'N Bump, from back in 1998.

My task in the game was the 3D part: the characters and props as well as the rigs. The texturing was done by Bibi & Jeroen. Because there was not much time I made the rig as modular as I could. As a result Bibi only had to animate one character and with just a little movement of the shoulder and / or hip helpers you could apply the rig on all the characters of the game - take a look on at first movie if you don't

understand what I mean. The hardest rig was without a doubt the one from the monkey (that you almost don't see in the game itself , that's why I've put an extra movie of it here :-p), I also did the animation on this one I think Bibi didn't want to animate it when he saw the rig for the first time :-) .

The game had a good response from the full teacher crew of our school but also on the internet, because we released the game for free and a few gamers community picked up the game and gave it positive feedback. The weakest point is a lack of online multiplayer gaming, blame it on Mitch cause he said it would be way too hard to submit the physics to each client -> lame excuse :s

Try it out if you want, you can play with up to 4 players together on only one computer screen AND keyboard (fun for sure), and you can even hook up some controllers, including PS3 and XBox controllers (so you can put them to use after the red ring of death ;) ).