3.07 - Rainbow Adventure (aka Holly's Game)

Idea for March 6, 2008


Theme: Colour

includes topics that expand on the theme

  • Rainbows
  • Black & White
  • Unicorns
  • Magic via colour
  • Paint
  • Talking animals

Genre: Puzzle/Adventure

game genre with possible significant changes or important points

  • A light-hearted adventure game where the use and control of colour is needed to solve puzzles and explore the game world.

Mechanics/Systems

individual gameplay mechanics and mechanics categorized by system

  • Paint = Life/Power:
    • Attacking in the game requires the player to have certain ‘colours’ of paint
    • Attacking with paint lowers the player’s count with that colour of paint, as does taking damage in the game
    • Paint can be ‘splattered’ onto the ground, allowing the player to recover lost paint in smaller amounts (much like when Sonic loses his rings)
    • Paint can also be used to change parts of the environment, or even paint up enemies to act as decoys
  • Restore the Land:
    • The game’s main goal is for the player to restore colour to the game world’s different territories
    • Each area of the world is themed differently: different animals, plants, and most importantly, different colours
    • Players need to obtain, bring and use the correct colours in certain areas in order to restore the land and re-activate certain environmental functions (life opening a door, restoring a village, using a bridge, etc.)
  • Black Rain:
    • A mobile threat that looms over the player throughout the game is the Black Rain. When the player - or any game area - is underneath the rain, any coloured object (or character) caught in the rain will slowly have its colour ‘washed away’
    • While the player will continually lose any coloured paint they are currently carrying, and paint that becomes splattered on the ground will also disappear at a faster rate
  • Party:
    • The player is able to find and recruit different party members from the world’s native animals
    • Each of the world’s races has different traits, abilities, and colours
    • Recruitment of the animals is both temporary and (eventually) permanent
    • Most units are temporary and in ‘large’ numbers, but won’t follow the player outside their home territory
    • Each main race of animals possesses a ‘mythical’ creature (like a dragon, griffon, unicorn, etc.) that joins the player permanently, and their enhanced abilities allow the player to journey to new areas by relying on their powers (which are somewhat unaffected by the Black Rain
  • Rainbows:
    • When the player is using colours for just about any reason, utilizing certain combinations that follow and pattern found on a rainbow grants additional affects or stronger results
    • Restoring certain territories will cause rainbows to sprout with only certain colours visible: as more and more territories are restored, more colours appear on a rainbow
    • Rainbows ‘Roads’ are also used to move the player from place to place, granted they have the colours needed to fill all the gaps in the rainbow

Story

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  • Game World:
    • A fantasy, Wizard of Oz-esque world where animals are intelligent and able to speak, the game world is immense and colourful
    • There are no people or proper ‘cities’, only the more natural dwellings of the native animals
    • Each race of animals has a leader (Avatar) that is a mythical creature (like a dragon, unicorn or naga)
    • Each of these mythical creatures is, in fact, the source of the colour for their region: the stronger they are, the more vibrant their territory appears (and vice versa)
    • Perhaps they are called the ‘Colour Kings?’
    • Colour plays the most important part of defining one territory from another
  • Story:
    • The world is being robbed of its colour can a strange, shapeless force of invaders that are able to ‘wash away’ colour with their Black Rain
    • Maybe the invaders are a gremlins, a more classical fictional threat?
    • The player is an emissary that is looking to find replacements for the current colour Avatars of each region, who are dying off due to the invaders
    • For fun, the player is plagued with a constant nuisance in the form of a monkey that tries to help the player and claims to be the real saviour of the world

Audience

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  • We’re aiming for a younger audience with both the gameplay and the story, a game with an ‘E for Everyone’ rating and appeal

Possible Technology

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  • Home consoles should be sufficient for both control and performance of the game

Contributors

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  • Mediator: Cody Church
  • Samppa V. Raski
  • Ethan Johanson
  • Shane Morin
  • Lanz Singbeil
  • Marc Derosier
  • Kyle Sakai
  • Chi Hsi
  • Vincent Cua
  • Mike Liu
  • Leland Chen
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