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De-Flower

A puzzle game mechanic, playable prototype

De-Flower is a prototype we were working on a few years ago, as a sort of side project while we were making Naked War. It was going to be our second game but we ended up putting it aside in favour of other work, and the fact it wasn't getting a great response from those we showed it to.

The concept is obviously a variation on the mechanic we've used in Sticky Balls and Magnetic Billiards. The big difference being that the interlocking flowers form rigid shapes. And of course they aren't balls so the way they move (by pulling the petals) is very different and quite interesting.

Anyway, we loved the actual game mechanic, and hope to go back to it given half a chance. We still discuss the game every few weeks, and come up with new ideas and variations. It's buzzing around in our heads, which usually means we'll be drawn back to it at some point.

We didn't spend too long on the actual protoype, hence the rough look, but we have a soft spot for the scary flowers.

Video

Here's an early video of it in action. We definitely made more progress on the prototype than shown here, as we added a giant sun graphic, and a couple of other little things.

Most recent blog posts

De Flower sun graphic

Blog posted by Ste Pickford on Fri, 26 Dec 2008

De Flower sun graphicThis is another finished graphic from the De Flower prototype demo we did a few years back (see link above for video). This is a finished graphic, but I don't think it ever made its way into the actual demo (there's a giant flower as a placeholder in th...

De-Flower Flower Heads 2

Archive entry by Ste Pickford on Thu, 27 Nov 2008

De-Flower Flower Heads 2Yet more flower head graphics, and more expressions, from the De-Flower prototype. The eyes were also supposed to move dynamically, following your cursor around the screen in terror, as each flower was frightened of you pulling its petals out. My gos...

De-Flower Flower Heads 1

Archive entry by Ste Pickford on Wed, 26 Nov 2008

De-Flower Flower Heads 1To follow up the rough sketches from yesterday, here are some of the large flower head graphics from our De-Flower prototype (see Monday's pic for the screenshot and video). I worked on loads of different possible expressions, most of which didn't make ...

De-Flower Sketchbook 1

Archive entry by Ste Pickford on Tue, 25 Nov 2008

De-Flower Sketchbook 1Continuing from yesterdays screenshot and video, this is a page from my work sketchbook around the time we were working on the De-Flower prototype. I've even written the date at the top - 12th Jan 2005. This was right in the middle of Naked War. I thi...

De-Flower Prototype

Archive entry by JPickford on Mon, 24 Nov 2008

De-Flower PrototypeThis is a screenshot of a prototype we were working on a few years ago. We ended up putting it aside in favour of other (paying) work and the fact it wasn't getting a great response from those we showed it to. The concept is obviously a variation on the...

De-Flower

Blog posted by Ste Pickford on Fri, 24 Oct 2008

De-FlowerDe-Flower was originally planned t0 be our third release for Zee-3, after Naked War and [top secret mystery game], and is planned for both Windows PC and Mac, which would have made it our first ever Mac game! It's a single screen puzzle game where you h...

 

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