The Tower

Date: August 2016
Concept: A VR archery game taking place in an ancient tower.
Team (5):
Aaron Humphries (3D Artist)
Ben Luff (Designer/Programmer/Audio)
Chris Winn (Designer)
Michael MacKinnon (Producer/Programmer)
Nelson de Costa (Programmer)

Platform: Windows with HTC Vive
Engine: Unity Engine 5.4

Role: Producer and Programmer (Gameplay/Audio)

Extra Notes:
The game makes use of 3m x 3m play area with no teleportation. A tower is used so that
the player can move vertically to encounter new areas to experience. This allows for the
elimination of teleportation and forces the player to fully immerse themselves into the
room-scale element of the game.

We were one of only two teams in Scotland to be awarded Tranzfuser funding: a fund
to help graduates develop a game demo in ten weeks. We demonstrated the game at
Dare Protoplay in Dundee to very pleased players. We also had the opportunity to
demonstrate the game at EGX in Birmingham in September. We had an amazing reception
by the players at EGX and we were chosen to be one of only six Tranzfuser teams
to pitch directly for the UK Games Fund.

You can see us demonstrating the tower at EGX in this review of EGX by “TheElder Gamer”:

The Tower is in the video between 2:22 and 3:36.
From the video: “The best VR thing I’ve seen so far”

Some of the Praise for The Tower:

“It took my breath away”
“I hade seen people do it over and over and I thought it’s probable not going to be that scary, but it really is; it really is!”
“I hope you guys get [the UK Games Fund] because I really want to play this!”
“This is the best thing I’ve done at EGX”
“Incredible experience, a must play for both fans and newcomers of VR”
“Great experience!”
“An amazing experience, especially the sections where you are walking on the boards.”
“A fun archery puzzle game”
“Utterly surreal and realistic”
“If Robin Hood met Ezio Auditoure taught each other their skills and had a love child that they trapped in a tower this would be that love child”
“Intuitive and fun”
“An awesomely surreal experience”
“Fun archery at freaky heights”
“Realistic, so much fun! Definitely worth buying.”
“Pretty damn good and worth playing.”
“Incredible like no other”
“Awesome funniest scariest safest experience ever”
“Amazing and so realistic”
“Awesome experience”
“Bloody brilliant”
“A very realistic and immersive environment”
“Immersive, unique and interesting”
“Amazing, different and sometimes scary.”
“Good luck, I think you lot could make something incredible. Keep up the great work”
“Game is unbelivable”
“It was really fun, I was felt like I was genuinely going to fall when climbing. I would play again.”
“First timer on the device. Awesome experience.”
“Really fun experience”
“It was awesome!”
“The depth within the game works really well with the tech.”
“Game was amazing”
“Really good fun!”
“Really great experience, my legs genuinely were wobbly when walking over the wooden boards!”
“Keep doing what you’re doing ? This was truly in amazing experience”
“Great work!”
“Great game :)”
“A really good game with great detail and it’s really realistic. The feedback from pulling the bow back etc was a great addition and made it feel really real. I would definitely buy if I get a Vive. Great job guys :)”
“Very impressive first vr experience”
“Great work!”
“Thanks for the experience, keep doing what you’re doing :)”
“This game is truly the future, don’t stop making these they’re so fun!”
“Loads of fun best experience at EGX”
“Keep going! :)”
“Good Job”

Some Screenshots: