GameCareerGuide.com's Game Design Challenge is an exercise in becoming a game developer, asking you to look at games in a new way -- from the perspective of a game creator, producer, marketer, businessperson, and so forth.
Our latest contest challenged readers to create a game design based on the photo "A Conversation with Phillis Wheatley", shown below.
Game Career Guide encouraged its readers to create an original scenario and world based on the depicted scene, and asked entrants to explain their own, original reasons for those circumstances.
What follows are the best and most original entries we received. Here are our top picks:
Nacho Pintos, Student at: UOC's post-degree program of Game Development, Hope (see page 2)
Hope puts the player in control of an anonymous Phillis Wheatley fan, who must ensure that her poetry readings proceed without interruption. The time management gameplay concepts here are realistic and attainable, and though its premise is unusual, the game has all the hallmarks of a casual hit.
Doreen Zheng, Level Designer trainee, Sandlot Games Corporation, Seek 'n Freeze (see page 3)
In this stealth-strategy title, players control a statue that must secretly clean up a house in the aftermath of a child's destructive playfulness. The gameplay here is very well defined, and represents a unique take on the traditionally action-driven stealth genre.
Vladimir Villanueva, Artist, Save Point Tactics: Reconnaissance Intelligence Force (see page 4)
Phillis Wheatley's statue stars in this genre-blending strategy game, and players must assume multiple supporting roles in order to guide a dull-witted group of warriors to victory. There's a great breadth of gameplay here, and enough variety to keep the experience compelling for a long period of time.
Photo attribution: By Flickr user *clairity* and originally found here. / Used under Creative Commons license BY-SA 2.0.
Aaron Yip, student of Georgia Institute of Technology, Lost Memories (see page 5)
Dean Ray Johnson, There's An SUV In the Background (see page 6)
Ian Livingston, Graduate Student, University of Saskatchewan, Phillis's Muse (see page 7)