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Dead Man Switch - Global Game Jam 2016

A summary of Guerilla Tea's 2016 Global Game Jam effort; Dead Man Switch.

A few weeks ago Guerilla Tea took part in the Global Game Jam 2016. The end result of our 48 continuous hours of game development was a multiplayer game, which we named Dead Man Switch.

The game functions as a 3 player, cross platform multiplayer game, which uses the concept of a dead man’s switch to create some frantic gameplay.

The game’s setting is an underground bunker, with a sinister & unsettling appearance.

Each player takes on a different role within the game:

Hero
As the hero you’ll play on PC (also with VR support), and from a first person perspective navigate through the underground bunker. The objective is to find your way to a room containing a broken piece of machinery, fix it, and then quickly return to your starting position to press the dead man’s switch within a time limit.

Navigator
As the navigator you’ll use a tablet device, and see a map of the bunker with all relevant points of interest marked. It’s your job to speak to the Hero, giving them directions to get the machine fixed, and then back to the dead man’s switch in time.

Villain
As the villain you’ll also use a tablet device, and your job is to stop the other two from accomplishing their goal. You have a handful of tricks to impede them at your disposal. You can turn off lights, seal doors and block communication…

It was an ambitious game to try to put together at a game jam, but after a monumental effort from art and code it all came together incredibly well. The gameplay system worked as intended; fast paced a good synergy between the different roles.

Another successful GGJ!

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