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PROJECT

ARCHAEOLOGY ADVENTURE

SUMMARY

A single player explorer game for iPad. If you like finding treasures this is for you. Lots of customizations available, lets start digging.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Game Design

Visual Design

Concept

THE CONCEPT

Archaeology Adventure is a piece of interactive storytelling that drops you into a dense mesh of narrative choices. The whole thing is an intricate and interconnected experience. It’s a game about exploring the past, in the future, through archaeology and translation, and it has a remarkable sense of wonder. It is an exploration game where you dig for treasures, relics. Research to discover ancient items hidden in the past, also explore long lost caves or tombs. Finding relics/treasures will be challenging, just like with real-life archaeology, carefully study and decipher location clues.

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STORYBOARD

A visual view of game's story with a series of activities or other visual elements, to encapsulate characters, scenes, items, tone, actions, gameplay functionality and more.

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Image by Joseph Ashraf

DESIGN ITERATIONS

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GAMEPLAY - ACTIVITIES

DRESS UP

Includes specific clothing and equipment for archaeologists under these categories:

  • Trousers/ Shorts/ Skirt

  • T-Shirt/ Blouse

  • Jacket/ Sweater

  • Vest/ Coat

  • Shoes/ Sandals

  • Glasses/ Sunglasses

  • Hat

  • Equipment

CAMP SETUP

Set up the camp for the archaeological crew.

  • Trees and plants (environment)

  • Tents and other structures

  • Animals and people

  • Other items (campfire, chairs, tables, cooking pot, archaeological equipment etc.

ANCIENT TEMPLE

Put up pieces of a map together to see your destination (Drag & Drop). Then dig up the ruins (Move & Erase) and enter the temple (Drag & Drop). Now its about finding a way through the labyrinth to get to the artifact (the maze, should take a couple of swaps to end the game scene). Reaching the artifact, player has to take it (Tap Correct), but once player touch it the booby trap activates (Scene with Sound). Now you have to run from a giant boulder and jump over obstacle that come in your way (Run & Jump), also collect good objects like gems. This game scene can have several levels. Before each level there is a screen explaining how to play and a Play/Start button (template: Tap Correct). After each level there will be a reward screen (Scene with Sound).

ARTIFACT EXCAVATION

Collect the tools which player needs for the work (during the game the tools are visible but inactive except for the one that’s being used, once player uses one tool it disappears from the list, but one can see what tools you’re going to be using next). The tool that is being used in each scene is in the character’s hand, so the arm moves together with the tool. Dig out ancient pottery, clean it, fix it and restore the colors (Brush & Fade in most scenes). There are around 3 artifacts, player can dig them out together and then fix one at a time.

DINOSAUR SKELETON

Collect equipment (show the tools in each scene as explained above). Dig the top layer until player start seeing what looks like bone, then use the UV light to see where the bones are. Now use a hammer and chisel to carve the bones out of the rock, use a brush to remove small rocks and dust (Brush & Fade in most scenes). Now the bones should be fully exposed, but they are scattered, player needs to put them in the right order (Drag & Drop); show the silhouette of the skeleton in the background so that it’s clear where to drag the bones. The skeleton was put in a museum – players have to determine which species it is (choose from labels with images of Pterodactyl, Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus)

SECRET PRINCESS GRAVE

First player has to go down the shaft: there are three ropes, player can move from one to the other to avoid creatures that are crawling up the ropes. There are more bugs on the ground, tap them to make them disappear. To open the door player has to match pairs of symbols (Memory Game). On opening the door there are creatures coming at you, tap them to make them disappear (Tap Moving Object). You’ve reached the grave, use the x-ray machine to see inside the sarcophagus: move it up (the machine and the hands are as one object) and turn it on (Tap Correct; correct object disappear – the correct object is a black screen with the button, when player taps the button the whole image disappears, so underneath there should be an image of the machine turned on showing the skeleton).

SKULLS AND GEMS

Flip the skulls to see what’s underneath and match pairs. Can have 3-5 levels and a variety of objects hiding.

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