52nd STATE

What
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Top-down, 
Shoot 'rm up
Team Size
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Solo project
My part
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Game-, Level-, Mechannics design
Engine
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Unity
Duration
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4 months

52nd State was my first larger solo project I made in Unity. It's a humorous top down shoot-them-up game where gore and eye-candy is highly emphasized.

 

The player must survive endless waves of enemies, by purchasing new weapons and upgrades for the players vehicle.

Enemies

I wanted the player to face interesting and fun enemies, so I made several enemies with different characteristics

Enemy types:

Balanced

Fast & Weak

Slow & Weak

Slow & Tough

Ranged

Boss

The different enemy types made it much easier for me to create interesting gameplay, but increased the time required to balance everything.

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Upgrades

The player earns cash by killing enemies and finishing waves within a limited time. The cash can be spent at the player's garage to buy upgrades. 

 

I wanted most of the vehicle's stats to be upgradable to allow deeper customization and varying playthroughs.

Weapons
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There are many weapons to chose from, each with unique characteristics  and funcitons.

Vehicle upgrades
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Lots of ways to upgrade your vehicle allows customization and greater replayability.

What I learned

This was my very first larger game made with C#, made before my time at Future Games in my spare time. Stubbornness and passion drove me forward, and everything in this game is what I taught myself. My goal was simply to learn more about the basics of programming. My C# knowledge was limited at the time, and I know there are many ways to improve everything from performance to graphics. 

Though the game may not be optimized, I did put a lot of love into this project. I focused on learning and creating a really fun game with high replayability.