This is the first of three posts I will be doing looking back at some of the old game screenshots and prototypes of the past.
In July 2008 Aranda wanted ideas to create a game; I can’t remember what it was for. There was a simple handheld LCD game I owned years ago that had a naval ship shooting aerial fighters that would attack it from all corners of the screen. It was a simple, yet addictive idea, and so I went and made a screenshot of something similar.
I used sprites from Starcraft and Advance Wars to show a character manning a turret in the middle of the screen. Creatures were coming from all sides to attack, and it was your job to keep them at bay. Another man would walk around and collect various items off the ground for extra weapons, ammo, and health.
Screenshot of what the game would look like.
Aranda made a prototype to see if this would be any fun. The game consisted of a turret shooting bubbles. This test proved that this wasn’t going to hold your attention for long, so the idea was abandoned. The only fun element to the game was ‘juggling’ the bubbles by grouping them together. This spawned the next game idea, which I will be covering in the next post.
Aranda's bubble shooting game.