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Wordplay
Presentation
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Damp Gnat

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Icycle 1

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Icycle: On Thin Ice (sequel)
–
–
–

Live demo
Development
Promotion
Brighton UK solo developer

Icycle

Adverputt

Wonderputt

Icycle: On Thin Ice

2009

2010

2011

2013*
Adverputt – Flash web browser 2010
Wonderputt – Flash web browser August 2011
Sponsored by

VISUAL EXCELLENCE

JIG – BEST PHYSICS
BROWSER GAME
Bitmap & Vector optimisation
Wonderputt – iPad2 September 2012
£0.69 paid app
#1 UK App Store for 1 week
Featured 1 month after launch
What's been the hardest aspect of development?
Indie but not alone
A brief history
Odyssey - 1995
Amiga 500
Animation & Compositing
• 70+ Commercials/promos
• 3 Feature Film Intros
• Oscar nominated short
●

Commercials Reel
Icycle - web browser 2009
Platform game
Bombed on Kongregate
Did great on Newgrounds
60 million plays
Minimalist graphic style
Illustration Inspiration
Icycle – variable scale
How did it do?
Bombed on Kongregate
Did great on Newgrounds

60 million plays!

Still want to do short films?
The naked hook
“It's about a naked man on a bike”
Press
"...it’s about a naked guy on a bicycle. His shivering and frozen-...
Where did the idea come from?
A concept shaped by the medium
• Freedom from pixels & blocks

No level editor allowed for - Bespoke vector art
No scrolli...
A concept shaped by the medium
• Slow technology - Apocalyptic scenario
• Frozen setting
• No moving enemies
• 4 months ov...
The sequel
Icycle: On Thin Ice
5 times more game screens
Bonus levels – Dreams
Shop – cosmetic items and power-ups
AS2 - P...
Improvements
–

Loose but a stronger narrative thread
• Empathy for Dennis' lovelorn desperation
– The search for companio...
●

Game demo

●

Intro music tests
Music & Sound by Stilton Studios

235 bespoke sound effects (including music tracks)

www.stiltonstudios.com
Dare Devil Dennis – BBC micro 1984
“Motorman” 1 & 2 in AMOS visual basic in 1991
Pete Hosking – the voice of Dennis

play audio
Mobile publisher Menu design iteration
Port to iOS
–

Adapting screen ratio for iPhone & iPad

–

Touch screen controls

–

Port Specialist (to run on most iOS)
Promoting your game!
Submitting your game to:
– Awards
– Festivals
– Expos
– Galleries
– Presentations
Reasons to be Creative – Brighton conference
Elevator Pitch
E3 LA June 2013
Into The Pixel exhibition
Develop's indie Showcase - July 2013
Exposure makes the iron hot!
Icycle: On Thin Ice
iOS ETA – December 2013
Flash web browser ETA – February 2014

Icon design & screen shots!!!
The blessing and curse of bespoke

Highly bespoke {

Highly systematised {

Rich & diverse narrative experience
Little con...
Respect the player's time
Every second counts in film & TV, so why not in games?
Create a human experience

Leave your pla...
Icycle: On Thin Ice, A Postmortem by Reece Millidge
Icycle: On Thin Ice, A Postmortem by Reece Millidge
Icycle: On Thin Ice, A Postmortem by Reece Millidge
Icycle: On Thin Ice, A Postmortem by Reece Millidge
Icycle: On Thin Ice, A Postmortem by Reece Millidge
Icycle: On Thin Ice, A Postmortem by Reece Millidge
Icycle: On Thin Ice, A Postmortem by Reece Millidge
Icycle: On Thin Ice, A Postmortem by Reece Millidge
Icycle: On Thin Ice, A Postmortem by Reece Millidge
Icycle: On Thin Ice, A Postmortem by Reece Millidge
Icycle: On Thin Ice, A Postmortem by Reece Millidge
Icycle: On Thin Ice, A Postmortem by Reece Millidge
Icycle: On Thin Ice, A Postmortem by Reece Millidge
Icycle: On Thin Ice, A Postmortem by Reece Millidge
Icycle: On Thin Ice, A Postmortem by Reece Millidge
Icycle: On Thin Ice, A Postmortem by Reece Millidge
Icycle: On Thin Ice, A Postmortem by Reece Millidge
Icycle: On Thin Ice, A Postmortem by Reece Millidge
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Postmortem of the amazing game Icycle: On Thin Ice by Reece Millidge (DampGnat), given at Mochi London 2013.

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Icycle: On Thin Ice, A Postmortem by Reece Millidge

  1. 1. ● Wordplay
  2. 2. Presentation ● Damp Gnat ● Icycle 1 ● Icycle: On Thin Ice (sequel) – – – Live demo Development Promotion
  3. 3. Brighton UK solo developer Icycle Adverputt Wonderputt Icycle: On Thin Ice 2009 2010 2011 2013*
  4. 4. Adverputt – Flash web browser 2010
  5. 5. Wonderputt – Flash web browser August 2011 Sponsored by VISUAL EXCELLENCE JIG – BEST PHYSICS BROWSER GAME
  6. 6. Bitmap & Vector optimisation
  7. 7. Wonderputt – iPad2 September 2012 £0.69 paid app #1 UK App Store for 1 week Featured 1 month after launch
  8. 8. What's been the hardest aspect of development?
  9. 9. Indie but not alone
  10. 10. A brief history
  11. 11. Odyssey - 1995 Amiga 500
  12. 12. Animation & Compositing • 70+ Commercials/promos • 3 Feature Film Intros • Oscar nominated short
  13. 13. ● Commercials Reel
  14. 14. Icycle - web browser 2009 Platform game Bombed on Kongregate Did great on Newgrounds 60 million plays
  15. 15. Minimalist graphic style
  16. 16. Illustration Inspiration
  17. 17. Icycle – variable scale
  18. 18. How did it do? Bombed on Kongregate Did great on Newgrounds 60 million plays! Still want to do short films?
  19. 19. The naked hook “It's about a naked man on a bike” Press "...it’s about a naked guy on a bicycle. His shivering and frozen-nippled gasping are the game’s easy highlight..." "...there’s pedigree here. Naked, shivering pedigree." Public comments "I'm not a very big fan of naked old people on bicycles" "When he falls off the bike i could see his tiny balls" "Gay."
  20. 20. Where did the idea come from?
  21. 21. A concept shaped by the medium • Freedom from pixels & blocks No level editor allowed for - Bespoke vector art No scrolling allowed for - Variable scale
  22. 22. A concept shaped by the medium • Slow technology - Apocalyptic scenario • Frozen setting • No moving enemies • 4 months over 4 years • Faster technology - Dynamic scenery
  23. 23. The sequel Icycle: On Thin Ice 5 times more game screens Bonus levels – Dreams Shop – cosmetic items and power-ups AS2 - Ported to iOS manually Mobile publisher
  24. 24. Improvements – Loose but a stronger narrative thread • Empathy for Dennis' lovelorn desperation – The search for companionship – The haunt & dreams of absent love – Clash of desire and danger – Persistence in the face of futility
  25. 25. ● Game demo ● Intro music tests
  26. 26. Music & Sound by Stilton Studios 235 bespoke sound effects (including music tracks) www.stiltonstudios.com
  27. 27. Dare Devil Dennis – BBC micro 1984
  28. 28. “Motorman” 1 & 2 in AMOS visual basic in 1991
  29. 29. Pete Hosking – the voice of Dennis play audio
  30. 30. Mobile publisher Menu design iteration
  31. 31. Port to iOS – Adapting screen ratio for iPhone & iPad – Touch screen controls – Port Specialist (to run on most iOS)
  32. 32. Promoting your game! Submitting your game to: – Awards – Festivals – Expos – Galleries – Presentations
  33. 33. Reasons to be Creative – Brighton conference Elevator Pitch
  34. 34. E3 LA June 2013 Into The Pixel exhibition
  35. 35. Develop's indie Showcase - July 2013
  36. 36. Exposure makes the iron hot!
  37. 37. Icycle: On Thin Ice iOS ETA – December 2013 Flash web browser ETA – February 2014 Icon design & screen shots!!!
  38. 38. The blessing and curse of bespoke Highly bespoke { Highly systematised { Rich & diverse narrative experience Little content Thin & restricted narrative experience Exponentially high play content
  39. 39. Respect the player's time Every second counts in film & TV, so why not in games? Create a human experience Leave your players with memorable moments not just a fried brain Questions?

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