This is my original concept design for a table-top monopoly game I was tasked with designing, based on the Castlevania series:
I took inspiration from one of my favorite Castlevania games, Symphony of the Night and intend to make some minor changes to my original concept before moving on to creating the property tiles.
“Deep within the African jungle, meet Simba and his friends who are excitedly preparing for an upcoming feast. Simba is tasked to undertake some of the more difficult challenges that the trio face due to being a lion cub such as climbing and swimming in order to find rare delicacies for the party. But the party needs guests and Simba is busy rushing around trying to gather them all in time. With the help of his friends, Simba must crawl, run and jump his way through the jungle in order to make sure that the party runs smoothly.”
At the start of the game, Simba would be rescued from the savannah on the brink of death and taken back to the jungle to rest and heal his wounds, this would obviously be toned down slightly and be the most rushed part of the story given the audience that would be playing. After he is safely back in the jungle he is introduced to Timon and Pumbaa, his rescuers and now adopted parents. They quickly show him around his new home and new way of life before being told about an upcoming, yearly feast that happens for the other jungle animals and that year Timon had been picked to host it. The pair quickly decides that the best way to teach Simba how to live in the jungle would be to allow him to help with the preparations, including gathering food (Mostly bugs or insects) and inviting guests.
After this, Simba embarks on his journey. Exploring the jungle and learning how to forage for fruit and hunt for bugs in the ground whilst meeting other animals, solving puzzles and learning new life-skills such as climbing or swimming.
After Simba has hunted down everything Timon needs for the feast, he arrives back to find that his camp has been ravaged by hundreds of large bugs and using his new found skills and tricks, helps Timon and Pumbaa fight back the oncoming horde of giant insects and makes their camp safe to hold the feast once more.
This is the point where the story would wind down, the other animals show up for the feast and are greeted by a banquet of food gathered by Simba. He is also given a lot of praise from Timon and Pumbaa along with the other animals for a job well done and is granted the title of “King of the Jungle” for the duration of the festivities.
Bitstrips is a website that allows its users to make comic book strips using characters of their own design. The interface on this perticular website is very user friendly, allowing users to easily make and customize their own, unique characters, create their own props and dialogue and place them all into pre-built locations with ease. I would assume from the homepage of this website that the target audience would be school children, with an emphasis on anti-bullying and educational comics. Despite this fact, I’ve browsed some of the websites already published comic book strips and found myself enjoying several of them, ones that would probably be designed by adults rather than kids, given the content or the jokes it would display.
I personally found Bitstips incredibly easy to use, the interface is near perfect and the simplicity of it makes it even better. The only issues I have with this software is that the characters only have a set number of poses they can do, rather than you being able to pose them however you’d like, for instance, I had great difficulty making it look like my characters would pick up an object, due to one of the arms always being in the opposite direction. The other major issue I have with the software is that you can only select from the pre-built locations, rather than allowing the user to create their own or import ones they’ve already made prior to the comic.
My final thoughts on the software is that it’s easy and fun to use, though I would like to see an option for more intricacy as far as the models and backdrops are concerned. I’d highly recommend this to anyone wanting to deal with this type of program.