Finlay MacDonald

Digital Designer based in the North East of Scotland, specialised in graphic design, 3D modelling and animation, games development and mobile application development.

3D Video Game 'Ancient Archi-Rex'

Screenshot in game on Ancient Archi-Rex
Created using Unity, 3DS Max, Mudbox, Photoshop and Audacity. Click here to play!

Brief:

Create a video game within 48 hours based upon the theme ‘seeing is believing’. The Moray Game Jam is an annual event based in Elgin which I have competed in since its conception.

Concepts:

We quickly brainstormed ideas that were based around conspiracy theories and settled on the pyramids. Our idea was to create an arcade game where the player would pilot a UFO and pick up stone blocks to create the pyramid. If the player was seen, the villagers would panic, and this would cause the game over.

Modelling:

I quickly sketched both characters and used this as a base to rough the shapes using box modelling and the array technique. After modelling, I first unwrapped the models and took them into Mudbox to texture them. I then rigged the models using the Character Animator Toolkit (CAT) and skinned the models using paint weights. Animation was added using layers and keyframes before being baked and taken into Unity.

People's choice award and the runners up Trophy for the Moray Game Jam 2019

The People’s Choice:

After the weekend, my team walked away with both the runner up prize and the people’s choice award. Find out why by playing the game below.

Game Notes

The game has been designed to play with a xbox one controller but you can still play with a keyboard and mouse. There are some visual bugs in the WebGL version. If you'd like to play the game as it was fully intended, you can download the exe on itch.io

Press WAS D to move in 4 directions.

Press Left Arrow and Right Arrow to rotate the camera

Hold Space to lift pyramid pieces using the tractor beam.

Press E and R to rotate puzzel pieces

The game ends when you complete building the pyramid