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Kid Got Lost – Post Mortem

Posted by (twitter: @paperboxstudios)
Sunday, September 14th, 2014 6:59 am

This was the first Ludum Dare that Paperbox Studios had ever participated in, we had a great time making our game Kid Got Lost and were quite pleased with the feedback that we had received for our entry. When the theme of connected worlds was revealed we knew that the obvious choice was to make some sort of turn based strategy or a 4X game since this type of game play would fit in so naturally to the theme of connected worlds.

After lots of brainstorming we eventually came up with the idea of creating Kid Got Lost, a maze game at its core but we implemented a mechanic where you could shift from one dimension to another, this is where the theme of connected worlds played its part in our idea.

The goal of our game is to find a key and then precede to finding the door, sounds easy enough but you need to look into the other dimension in order to be able to see different objects such as the key, traps, portals and the door. You are not alone in the other dimension though, you need to be wary of ghosts who can sense your presence when in the other dimension and will come after you.

Sound became quite an important element within Kid Got Lost, initially we just wanted sound and music for the sake of actually having those elements within our game. Our amazing sound designer had other ideas though, in a few hours he had managed to create amazing atmospheric music and eerie sound effects that turned our game into quite a chilling experience. The sounds also play an integral part, as the player will  be able to listen to the howls of the ghosts near by, acting as a warning of when it was not safe to swap between dimensions.

After we had published our game on Ludum Dare, we began to receive some feedback. Most of the feedback received were positive, commenting on the unique concept and mechanic, complementing the art style and the sound effects as well. Although we intended from the beginning that we wanted Kid Got Lost to be a difficult game, the idea of the game was to challenge the player until they finally made it through the maze and the aftermath would be a sense of satisfaction.  may have gone a bit overboard with the difficulty, as many users commented on how hard it was. We ended up making it slightly more forgiving to hopefully be more appealing.

All in all Ludum Dare was a fun and amazing experience for the whole team, we learnt a lot of lessons but at the end of the day were happy with our product. We played some amazing games from other developers and were amazed by so many great submissions that were made, it’s just so intriguing to see what other developers came up with working within the same time and theme constraints and how they went about making it. We are definitely looking forward to the next Ludum Dare Jam but until then guys keep making great games, keep innovating and have a great time.

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