Feeling immersed in the world you’re exploring is
one of the strongest feelings that can be invoked by a videogame. But exploring
without interaction can feel empty, and designers have often sprinkled rewards
for the players who take their time to explore - from coins in Mario to pickups
in DOOM. These both stimulate and reward players, as well
as provide some sort of closure for the path they took. But that’s usually a
side objective to the main mechanics.
In SLUDGE LIFE,
exploration is the star, and your reward is vandalism. We quickly saw how
exploring the world felt great when all the things you climbed led to a new tag
spot. And on the way there you might run into interesting scenarios, characters
It was from that concept that we built the world,
every tower was there to be climbable, every open window to be jumped in or out
of, every character to be talked to, even if they didn’t want to talk back.
Scoping spots to tag became the perfect real world mechanic to support “looking
up” as a player and encourage their vertical exploration.