Saturday, May 10, 2014


This is a game I developed for my production 2 course with Matt Struble, Matt Therrien, Matt Cerasoli, Ryan Atkinson, John Cotto and Dan Thomas. Pew is a networked multiplier game. There are three teams, an ogre team and two archer teams. The objective of the game is to be the last team standing. 

Matt Struble and I were the programmers on this project. In general we liked to work together in the labs, so we often had our hands in the same parts of the projects. There were a few things that got more separated towards the end such as I did more of the level/weapon select, loading, arrow homing, and UI/HUD elements while he worked more on the ogre weapon attacks, animations, and power ups. 

One of the more challenging aspects of this game was to get the arrows to look good over the network. Initially we implemented prediction and smoothing techniques for the arrows. This made the arrows look like they hit when they hit more but caused the arrows to curve in unexpected ways. At the same time we were having a design issue where an archer on archer fight would go on for too long without any hits. In order to solve both of these problems we decided to add arrow homing to give a reason for arrows to curve and make hitting enemies easier. 

In this project we tackled a challenge of creating a networked game, with three teams and asynchronous multiplier. Given how little experience the programmers had with unity at the start of the project, it did seam that this might be a bit of a stretch. In the end the game came out pretty good. There are still some bugs though that it would have been nice to have more time to polish out. We ended up still adding important things even in the last week that gave us little time to make sure that everything new ran smoothly. Even still this game was a great accomplishment.

Click the Pew link to play the game.