CPSC 436D Video Game Programming


Examples of games created in past offerings

Caste Away

2018

Best Game (Elected by Industry Jury)
The game is a mixture of tower defense and RPG survival with a main character that is capable of casting elemental spells or creating towers to defeat enemies. The main player finds themselves with only a set of spells and defense tower schematics to help defeat approaching enemies. The enemies get progressively stronger as the game goes forward, requiring the dwarf to increase the number of spells at his or her disposal, build more towers, and also explore the map to collect more powerful spells. Exploring an unknown and vastly dangerous setting will be key as it provides new resources and unlocks hidden knowledge for the best chances of survival.
Authors: An (Sam) Sung, Daniel Brodsky, Gabriel Uribe, Kevin Sun, Rafael Martinez, Tsz Yan (Lulu) Lee

Celestial Industries

2018

Technical Award (Elected by Industry Jury)
It is the distant future. You work for Celestial Industries, the galactic megacorp that runs civilization. Your task is to build out robotic colonies on alien worlds. Your fleet will harvest resources to supply the company's ever-expanding ambitions. Be vigilant, for the most bountiful planets may already be claimed by other civilizations that won't go down without a fight.

Inspired by classics like Starcraft and Pharaoh, Celestial Industries is a 2.5D real-time strategy game with city-builder influences.
Authors: Ahmed Khalifa, Andres Rama, Eric Semeniuc, Gurjot Kheeva, Peter Deltchev

Attack on Zombies

2018

You were enjoying your days as a zombie when the Necromancers attacked, casting spells that allow them to control zombies. To escape their wrath, you must be in possession of an antidote before time runs out and the spells is cast.
A local two-player game where you have to fight for the antidote by using the available items to either protect yourself or attack the opponent so they drop the antidote. Zombie arms will give you item slots, while zombie legs will give you speed. However, if enough limbs cluster together, they will form enemy zombies that will attack you.
Authors: Billy Liu, Irene Fang, Mark Pedersen, Pinia Chandra

Beat Coin

2018

Beat-coin is a musical rhythm-based 2D top down shooter. The game is level based with a separate song for each level. Enemies spawn within the room and shoot towards the player, whose goal is to not die or be shot. There is backing music with a musical pulse and the game is affected, through various mechanisms, by how well each event aligns with the time window described by the music's pulse. For example, adversaries can move to the beat or become stronger and more damaging when the player acts, moves, or attacks off-beat.
Authors: James Liu, Min Sang Mike Park, Sarah Pratt, Scott Luu, Tianyang Liu, Trevor Ott

Defend Vancouver

2018

An alien army is determined to destroy Vancouver. As the chosen, you must shoot down the aliens while also dodging their attacks. As the levels proceed, the challenge increases with increasing number of enemies and different kinds of attacks. Shooting aliens will earn a lot of points and collecting power-ups will help your performance in the game. The goal is to defend the city and your aircraft from the aliens as long as possible. Keys: Use W, A, S, D to move. The movement is according to the orientation of the player. Use the mouse to aim and shoot.
Authors: Andy Wong, Anun Ganbat, Gowtham Mohan, Shrey Nayak, Tanwin Nun

Dungeon Janitor

2018

In Dungeon Janitor, you play as a Janitor who has to clean up the mess left by a Hero. However, a new Hero is coming to the dungeon, so you have to clean quickly, because the Hero is going to make a mess when they start fighting the Dungeon's Boss. Keep the dungeon clean enough while the Hero and Boss fight, and you'll win! Chase your high score, and don't let the Dungeon get too dirty!

To move, use the arrow keys, and to clean press the space bar.
Authors: Dana Gregg, Jay Aguera, Neil Connatty, Sean Donachiue, Silver Burla, Stephanie Lam

Roy the Traffic Cop

2018

Help Roy the Traffic Cop direct cars through a crowded intersection as efficiently as possible. Score points for each car that successfully gets through without crashing, but you have to make sure to reach a certain threshold for each in-game year, or Roy will lose his job! If you wait too long to let a car through the intersection, then they will get impatient and go on their own. Watch out for pile-ups and rogue ambulances!

Controls:
Arrow keys: Tell the first car in the corresponding lane to advance. Spacebar (tap repeatedly): Clear crashed cars from the intersection. P: Pause. R: Reset.
Authors: Haoyu (Mason) Yang, Jacob Brunette, Jordan Roth, Nicholas Chan, Theo Chitayat, Yao Liu

Slime Revolution

2018

You are a slime, lowliest of monsters, crawling the dungeon for survival. Defeat enemies, find items, improve your own abilities, and raise minions to get the chance to challenge the boss for supremacy over this dungeon. The "Slime Revolution" is a traditional dungeon crawler with a smattering of RTS elements thrown in.
Authors: Eddie Wu, Louis Belleville, Paul Kim, Runqing Zhang, Spencer Austman, Zhaolin Deng
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