Hi everyone, this is just a quick update to tell you about our new circus themed web game called “Jet-Skate Jo-Jo” which you can play right here on our website.
The game came about because over the holidays, Unity3D hosted a game creation contest titled “Flash in a Flash” where developers could submit a Flash game using the new Flash exporter in the Unity3D 3.5 Developer Preview. With a $20k first prize and a bunch of really good 2nd and 3rd place prizes, Cathy and I decided to dive head first into the competition.
For our submission we wanted to make a new game from scratch that would take advantage of as many of the great features that Unity3D brings to Flash web game publishing as possible like physics, real time lighting and of course a 3D character and environment. Since the schedule was super tight, we knew we had to make a game that was small enough to finish in a short amount of time while still being visually impressive and fun. The contest time ran from December 22nd and ended on January 5th which of course conflicted with all kinds of holiday plans. In the end were able to spend about 9 days working on the game. We submitted the game at 2:30 AM Eastern time on January 5th which gave us about 30 minutes of padding before the contest submission deadline! We ended up having to cut a few things from the game like sound, high scores and there are a few little bugs that I wish we could have fixed, but overall we made a really great little game in a super short amount of time that we’re all really happy with.
A quick shout out to our team: Cathy Feraday Miller did all of the character animations, designed the logo and contributed to much of the game design. Paul Capon did all of the level and prop modeling and texturing, monkey textures and the skate model. David Huynh rigged and weighted the monkey character which was originally modeled and rigged by Shaun Budhram and Roger Liu. Tim Miller did the programming, game and level design and the UI design and art.
Play Jet-Skate Jo-Jo here and be sure to let us know what you think of the game in the comments. And as always be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on all the latest news from Rocket 5.