ooOooOOOo

Christopher Ng
Jun 27, 2019 · 2 min read

ooOooOOOo is a alternate reality puzzle game/social experiment built with Michael Lee for the 2016 Global Game Jam. This game stars a ghost in a purgatory-like world, but the main mechanics of the game are actually outside the game itself. Every puzzle required the players to think outside the game, often venturing to websites or within the game’s own files themselves in order to reach the next puzzle.

This game was a practice in puzzle design as well as an interesting look at a game that looks outside of the box. By thinking outside the confines of the game, we had to consider how to use Unreal Engine itself to construct puzzles outside of Unreal Engine. With this in mind, we looked to using links to websites as well as manipulating folders within the game directory in order to provide fun adventures such as mazes or hidden messages.

This was a particularly fun project due to it’s unusual nature and it was just as much fun seeing the reactions players had towards the game. Although the project was short and few got to play it, we never failed to impress those who did.

As of now, this project is on hiatus, but Michael and I have shown great interest in completing the project as a short two hour adventure, and releasing it online someday.

You can read more about the creation and thought process behind the design of ooOooOOOo here.

Chris Ng

I am a game developer with experience in game design…

Medium is an open platform where 170 million readers come to find insightful and dynamic thinking. Here, expert and undiscovered voices alike dive into the heart of any topic and bring new ideas to the surface. Learn more

Follow the writers, publications, and topics that matter to you, and you’ll see them on your homepage and in your inbox. Explore

If you have a story to tell, knowledge to share, or a perspective to offer — welcome home. It’s easy and free to post your thinking on any topic. Write on Medium

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store