PROJECT GEARJUMP!

Yo! I go by (once)blank please check out my game Project Gear Jump.
Please play the demo here

I want to use ‘Runner’ as a platform for exploration and story, not just as a genre.”

This sentence has driven me for a few years now. I even have another project under that idea, but more on that in the future.

 
 

Okay, so what does that mean and what IS your game?

Okay peep this:

“In (project)Gear Jump you must get used to switching between 3 different types of jumps as you explore, escape, avoid and leap through each planet in our solar system. All wrapped in a compelling story about duty and only having yourself as company.”
-Me

This game is more than jumping and ducking to get a high score.

If I still have your attention I would like to explain the above paragraph!

 
 

The bit about the jumps

“Get used to switching between 3 different types of jumps”

I wanted to experiment with jumping. I asked myself
what if you changed jumps a little like you change gears in a car”.

Here is what I came up with…

examples of all 3 jumps allong with their definitions
*prototype, example of how the 3 jumps work*

Here you switch between 3  gears that alter your jump arch by pressing ‘i’, ‘o’ and  ‘p’ on your keyboard.
So nothing like a car (a manual one at least)!! But still cool.

Jump Gear 1 – small arch jump
Jump Gear 2 – long jump, low arch
Jump Gear 3 – high jump, narrow arch

With these constraints on your jump, you are forced to judge every gap and obstacle you come across.


*part of the demo, example of simple jump chaining*

 
 

The bit about planets in our solar system

“explore, escape, avoid and leap through each planet in our solar system”

Yes! This game will take you on a journey through our solar system. Not all planets are nice to be on. Since there are no enemies in the game its you VS the planet and everything it has to throw at you.
Experience each planet along with its quirks and traits.
You might even learn something!…


*part of the demo, example of falling into the level select*

…Or maybe you wont learn anything, I don’t know!

 
 

The bit about story

“story about duty and only having yourself as company”

character run animation

Please Meet Neil. Neil is from another planet in another solar system in another galaxy, he lives around “RA 0h 42m 44s | Dec +41° 16′ 9”, cool right!

Neil's character bio

 
 

Do I still have your attention?

Please follow me at @onceblank

I want (once)blank to grow to be a network of people who put out games.

A group of people willing to help each other.

I always hear that the Indie scene is full of supportive people willing to help but this has not been my experience.

So let me put my money where my mouth is (or so to speak)

I’m a programmer
I use Game Maker Studio 2
Im up for learning Unity or anything like that
If you have a small game idea Holler at your boi and lets make beautiful games together!

-^^- Thank you for reading.

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BONUUUUUUS!!

Enjoy some pre-story!

Please Meet Neil. Neil is from another planet in another solar system in another galaxy, he lives around RA 0h 42m 44s | Dec +41° 16′ 9“, cool right! 

Neil has a family, a wife, a couple kids, a pet and a job to support all these things. 

Unfortunately, Neil received a package which isn’t usually good news because gift giving isn’t really a custom where he’s from. Alas the package is from the One Government. Neil took the package into his….house?…Dwelling??….anyway luckily the package had wheels because it was heavy and half his size, just one of the many ways the One Government looks after its denizens.  

Neil continues to open the package which in true One Government form was very easy to open. Inside was a GearJump Suit and a note.  

Unfortunately, Neil was a winner which isn’t usually good news because giving away prizes isn’t really a custom where he’s from. 

How interesting, a GearJump Suit! An excellent and exquisite piece of wearable machinery. This suit is almost solely responsible for the great developments that happened on Neils home planet. The GearJump Suit has a few functions, primarily the suit was made to reinforce and give power to the legs allowing the wearer to easily scale terrain that otherwise would be too much effort to traverse by making it easy to leap and bound over objects and gaps. The best thing is, as long as you land on your feet you can jump or fall from any height and you will be completely fine. Over the epochs, features and improvements have been added to the suit to make it even more useful, for instance, a core was added to allow for teleportation, as long as you knew the coordinates you could teleport short distances. With the addition of a filter less gas mask that never needs changing by connecting to the heart, the suit was becoming perfect for industrial tasks such as mining. 

There are 2 ways you can get the suit, you are either rich or you work for the government. Strangely Neil didn’t fulfill any of those criteria. What’s stranger is that the One Government was supposed to be stopping their reliance on the suit since the latest improvements made to the suits jumping capabilities caused the suit to be unstable which was less than perfect since the suit started to have a body count.

Well anyway Neil reads the note that was included in the package, it’s just a bunch of coordinates. Neil rolls his eyes and pockets the note.     

Unfortunately, Neil……kisses??…..his wife and kids and leaves which isn’t usually good news because showing affection isn’t really a custom where he’s from.