Game Idea (Tetris Maze)

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    Game Idea (Tetris Maze)

    Alright, everyone. I got an idea for a nifty little game that can easily be made in OpenGL, unfortunately, I'm starting work this week and won't have the time to work on it, right now. I'm posting the concepts for anyone adventurous enough to take on programming the game while I can't. So if you like the idea, feel free to take it. Just give the concept credit where credit is due.

    The concept is simple. It plays like regular tetris, except the board has two openings, a beginning and an end. Regular tetris pieces are dropped, which have open ends and are connected to each other to form a maze that goes from the beginning to the end. The object of the game is to complete the maze before you run out of room. Attached is a concept image of a complete game and what the pieces could look like. I added a 1x1 piece to make the game easier as I figured it would be too difficult to complete otherwise. This piece should come out at a greater rate than the others.

    Some other ideas I've considered are:

    1. Have a little guy run through the maze as it's being completed.

    2. Have multiple exits worth different points. Should make completion easier.

    3. The pieces have doors that can be rotated to allow different exit methods on the piece (depicted in concept)

    4. Have timed mazes that fill up with water or some other similar tense situation.

    And that's about it. Any ideas, feel free to say so. Also, if you've ever seen this before, you should say so.
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    That actually sounds pretty cool.
    When will you have the time to work on it?

    You shouldn't let someone else do it man. Claim all credit, CLAIM ALL CREDIT!!

    Can I ask you a weird question though? How did you design this? On screen or paper?
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    nice idea bud, wish i was good enough to try it lol

    sounds a lil bit like pipes also, connect from beginning to end, and have water going through as time goes on...

    nice idea dude.

    hugo.

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    Thank you, guys.

    I probably won't have any real time to work on it until December. I have a job starting in about two days, then I go right into the Fall Semester. I'll probably be working in the Winter, but with the holidays, I'll still have plenty of free time.

    I came about the idea from thinking of another game design (one which involves a first person game of a mouse running through a lab maze) then tetris popped into my head and it connected. I drew up some of it on paper, left the idea sitting for about a week, then just before I posted, I quickly drew that pic up in MS Paint. It's sloppy, but obviously I'd put more effort into the final product.
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    Thats a very cool idea. I like the suggetion of having water traveling out of the opening, makes for some nice potential eye candy.

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    I like the idea and might just do it but first:

    1. Have a little guy run through the maze as it's being completed.
    Are the pieces falling, like Tetris?
    If so, what happens if you trap the little guy by mistake? Dop you just wait for his doom?

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    Pretty ingenious idea on an old game.

    Quote Originally Posted by SlyMaelstrom
    I quickly drew that pic up in MS Paint. It's sloppy, but obviously I'd put more effort into the final product.
    Sloppy? It looks pretty good actually. I'd have thought you used PSP or Photoshop if you didn't mention this. Your MS Paints skillz must be teh l33t.

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    Heh, nah. Those aren't great MS Paint concepts. Here is a better rework of what some of the pieces would probably look like in the final product. It's still pretty sloppy in my opinion, but atleast I maintained the correct lighting on the rotations and the gradient is more realistic. Of course, the gradient does no justice to what the actual shape of the T pipe looks like. I don't have Photoshop on this computer, so unfortunately I can't use that to my advantage. However, if I were to finish up the gradients in MS paint like this, I would likely pass it off to someone with photoshop to mess with the color levels to color each piece for me so I can continue using the same gray scale.

    Thanks for the compliment though. Of course the other option is to just render the tubing in Open GL. I don't want to concern myself with framerate issues though.
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    I couldn't draw a straight line to save my life
    Same here. I was never good at drawing graphics for my games. (and that was using PSP!)

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    Real art by me:

    http://ic3.deviantart.com/fs4/i/2004.../5/Soldier.jpg
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    I'm not so good with straight lines, either. That's why I have a ruler. Anyway, these three pieces are years old, now and I haven't drawn since then. I used to be an art major until I realized I sucked.

    College art classes really separate the men from the boys. I always found I was better at digital art, as well. Here are a few digital works. The spiderman I didn't draw I only colored.

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    I think those links are not working

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    Hmm, they work for me. Anyway, they can all be found here.
    http://slymaelstrom.deviantart.com/

    And as a bonus. I at some point attempted to color in the girl, and only got a bit of it done. Also I found a top bar for a forum I made in MS Paint.

    http://ic3.deviantart.com/fs4/i/2004/247/2/7/sdfsf.jpg
    And this is the last of these posts because it's just gotten pretty off topic.
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    Haha very nice.
    If I could make an armed woman bend like that Id be as happy as the monkey

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