Monthly Archives: February 2014

Super WOW: Such Defense

The third and final game created for the game design practicum course at UCSC over three weeks. Super WOW is a re-imagining of Atari’s original Missile Command arcade game with a special internet meme twist. As sole programmer on the team, I leveraged Unity3D’s new 2D development environment to implement all of the game’s mechanics and features.

The primary change that was done while re-imagining Missile Command was the decision to make the game-play center around the entire earth while missiles approach from a circle towards the planet. As the only programmer on this project I was responsible for quickly putting together the game-play mechanics and fine tuning the missile pathing. A last minute design choice was made to change the working title from Missile Command to the meme inspired Super WOW: Such Defense. From there the game took on a life of its own becoming the most popular game created during that quarter of game design practicum both on campus and on-line.

Super WOW Explosion Shot

Game Link: Kongregate


Red Rover

The second game I created for UCSC’s game design practicum course in three weeks, this time as sole developer on a three man team, Red Rover is a design-based puzzle inspired resource gathering game that explores the given theme of mars colonization and visual design based challenges.

The goal for Red Rover was to provide a semi-educational Mars Colony themed puzzle experience. The original plan was to have the base consist of various types of bases including, mining, processing, farming, research, and construction. In the end we decided to focus on just on of these bases due to art asset restrictions and time constraints. I did all of the programming in this title, focusing most of my efforts on the custom UI that allowed for the rover programming. My UI and programming framework is now helping a UCSC graduate student project working with NASA to create interactive rover related software.

Game Link: Kongregate


A third-person person 3D Arcade game created for UCSC’s game design practicum course in three weeks. I acted as lead developer on this project where everyone was new to Unity3D and 3D game development.

The original concept was to have two players control a robot in a QWOP-inspired game. As we dived into Unity3D for the first time we quickly realized that we may have bit off more than we can chew. Completing the art and implementing it was what took the largest amount of our time leaving little to implement the co-op mode. In the end a task we thought impossible at the time, making a 3D game in three weeks with no prior knowledge, turned out to not be that bad at all and was an amazing learning experience going forward.

Playable Game Link: Kongregate


Created as part of a two man team at UCSC, VOID is a 2D puzzle platformer. In VOID, the mechanic of gravity shifting is greatly enhanced by camera locking technique where the player can wrap around the screen to the other side whenever they choose. On this project I mostly focused on implementing the camera locking mechanic and the UI.

Since the class this was created for required the use of Game Maker my partner and I decided to focus on game design and pushing Game Maker as far as we could, creating a game far above average for the massive freshman level game design course taught by Brenda Romero. We decided to only use GML to make the game instead of the built-in visual programming style which gave us a lot more flexibility. Due to a lack of art available to the game the decision was made to rely heavily on Game Maker Studio’s particle system to generate appealing and interactive programmer art. Once our foundation was built we were able to pump out a full tutorial and two demo stages showing off various sample puzzles and advanced game mechanics. In the end we ended up as semi-finalists in the class competition consisting of games from over a hundred students.

Linked below is the final presentation executable of VOID created using Game Maker Studio. We are still extremely interested in pursuing this game idea to release and intend to start the game over in Unity3D and release on multiple platforms in the future.

VOID Prototype Download: Google Drive


R.E.M. is the first game project I was officially apart of at the University of California, Santa Cruz. As part of the game design experience class I was one of three programmers who created the game using JavaScript, HTML 5 Canvas, and a game engine created by a fellow UCSC undergrad, Brine.js.

The core mechanics of R.E.M. combined the timing based platforming of BIT.TRIP.RUNNER and the rythym matching of games such as Guitar Hero. The player would have to match the color bars as they moved across the screen while simultaneously jumping over and sliding under obstacles. Much of my work revolved around the dynamic level generation which was going to use onset detection methods to gather information from user provided music files. Unfortunately, the level generation taught me an important lesson about project scope when I barely completed the onset detection near the end of the project and had no time to actually use the data to create levels. A non-intractable prototype for the onset detection is available below. Also unfortunately, the web server we were using to host the game does not properly serve the files required to run the game, but if anyone is interested they can contact me.

R.E.M. Project Site:

Onset Detection Prototype: onset prototype