Ludum Dare 37 — December 9th-11th, 2016 — Theme: One Room

Well, Mike ran in to problems getting working properly with about 12 hours left in the Compo, so this is the backup plan.

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Solitude (VR)

by neon - Compo Entry

NOTE: This game requires a Vive. Might work on the Oculus (with Touch) too.

A VR world painting experience inspired by the short film Shelter. You are given a brush, a palette, and a canvas. Now paint your own world.

- Trigger: toggle grabbing things (eg. hover your hand over the brush and click the trigger, it will pick it up until you next time click the trigger)
- Escape to exit the game.
- Otherwise it's just, touch the palette's colors with the brush and paint! The black paint is for erasing things.

The game has been tested (and developed) on the Vive, and might work on the Oculus with Touch controllers. Made with the Unreal Engine 4.14.0.

EDIT: I received feedback (thanks @NickZahnow on Twitter!) that the game works on Oculus, just that the viewpoint is basically on the ground. A̵ ̵s̵m̵a̵l̵l̵ ̵c̵o̵n̵f̵i̵g̵ ̵c̵h̵a̵n̵g̵e̵ ̵(̵s̵e̵t̵t̵i̵n̵g̵ ̵t̵h̵e̵ ̵H̵e̵a̵d̵M̵o̵d̵e̵l̵_̵v̵2̵ ̵i̵n̵ ̵D̵e̵f̵a̵u̵l̵t̵E̵n̵g̵i̵n̵e̵.̵i̵n̵i̵)̵ ̵m̵i̵g̵h̵t̵'̵v̵e̵ ̵f̵i̵x̵e̵d̵ ̵t̵h̵i̵s̵,̵ ̵b̵u̵t̵ ̵I̵ ̵c̵a̵n̵'̵t̵ ̵t̵e̵s̵t̵ ̵i̵t̵.̵ ̵S̵t̵i̵l̵l̵,̵ ̵t̵h̵e̵ ̵g̵a̵m̵e̵ ̵*̵m̵i̵g̵h̵t̵*̵ ̵b̵e̵ ̵p̵l̵a̵y̵a̵b̵l̵e̵ ̵o̵n̵ ̵t̵h̵e̵ ̵O̵c̵u̵l̵u̵s̵ ̵R̵i̵f̵t̵ ̵n̵o̵w̵!̵ Nevermind, it didn't work!

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fdr says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 2:49am

That was a fun little experience! At first I got so lost in my drawing that I didn't even realize what was happening around me. When I looked up it was a true surprise.
It would be cool if you could walk through more of the world.
The paint colors were a bit of a mystery. Perhaps they should better correspond to what they paint?
Overall, good job!

irwatts says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 4:39am

So tranquil! I loved watching everything grow around me. The palette mechanics worked great, though it was a little difficult to remember which each color linked to.
I was able to play using an Oculus Rift after laying on the floor and resetting my view from there. Not quite as clean as an ini tweak but it worked! :)

Budda says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:17pm

This is a very cool idea, well done.

Tifu says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:33pm

Pretty cool experience, would be better with more to it - like if a mountain painted next to a water source had a chance of spawning a waterfall or something, so that you could experiment with combinations to see what you can create... but yeah, time limits...
Really does remind me of the Shelter video though :D

Alex says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 7:05pm

Very chill experience! Nice to see another VR game in this compo :D

The graphics and overall presentation were great, and that drawing mechanic was interesting. I think it'd be a cool concept to play around with in a game scenario, something like what Tifu suggested with combining elements, but also maybe to use like a tower-defense type of thing.

That would kind of kill the chill though :P

MementoGames says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 2:29am

Awww. It looks so pretty :(
Isn't there a way to us, vive-less poor souls, to enjoy it too?

Ednei says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 2:36am

Trend topics technology and very good work here, great job.

kmausser says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 5:12am

This is really cool! There's a lot of potential for using this for general world building or unique environmental storytelling!

Dec 17, 2016 @ 7:08pm

Hey I liked your game it was actually fun.
And pls go and try out my game!

adrian09_01 says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 3:58pm

Loved painting my world! Very nice idea, done very well!

Gamepopper says ...
Dec 29, 2016 @ 7:16pm

Love the low-poly art style and the controls.

xanderhd says ...
Dec 29, 2016 @ 9:54pm

Really enjoyed this, great job!

hitchh1k3r says ...
Jan 1, 2017 @ 8:13pm

This is a really neat idea. With some iteration this could be really cool. I liked the graphics a lot (maybe the best looking pallet and paintbrush I've seen in VR). The waving trees were peacful... but when I painted myself into a forest they messed with my balance.

It would be cool if the direction of the paint stroke could somehow control what you create. For example dots of blue paint make lakes, but a blue line is a river.

For 48 hours you got a lot done. Good work! And thanks for making this!

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