So, here’s a little Halloween treat (or trick, as the case may be). Just for kicks, I put together a little Cardboard VR app for the season (download link below) and may have inadvertently created a new game genre in the process. For the time being, I’m calling it ‘Gaze-and-Select’. Think hidden-object/point-and-click game but instead of pointing and clicking, you simply gaze at an object to select it. It’s an interesting design problem in the new world of mixed reality. In VR you really have no cursor with which to select objects (well, okay, there is the unfortunately named, reticle, but often that can be distracting and should most likely be disabled unless necessary – as when dealing with UI interaction), and so you need to resort to gazing at items.
In any case, in this little game you stand inside a creepy morgue setting. There are 7 items around the room you can look at which will trigger small events. You have to find all 7 in order to finish the game. Another design question: should there be hints? I don’t provide any in the game and tried to choose items that would naturally draw the user’s attention. That may be a flaw though. If anyone tries it out, post a comment about what you think.
To create the game, I used a whole slew of free assets from the Unity Asset store and other places which I’ll try to list below (I apologize if I leave any out – everything I used was fantastic).
- Morgue Room PBR
- True Horror – Crawler
- Horror Sfx
- Skeleton – PBR – Animated – Low Poly
- Skull Images
- 3D Horror Game Monster
- Face Your Fears font
Happy Halloween, y’all.
And now for something completely different…
For normal people who don’t read boring stuff in sidebars, I’m currently on the look out for new opportunities. Of course anyone reading this blog would know, I’m quite keen on AIR, ActionScript, Starling, Shaders, Unity3D, XR (AR/VR), etc. If anyone has any ideas, leads, offers, or heads-ups, don’t hesitate to get a hold of me here.