Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Music in Pong

After testing several gameplay ideas, we eventually settled on a pong-like game with musical influences. The prototype we have been working with the most has the player control both paddles with the mouse to try to keep the ball bouncing across the field. The ball is synced up to background music that will determine the "difficulty" setting of the game. Faster songs and songs with changing rhythms are harder to play while calmer, slower songs are much easier.

We have also been playing with adding multiple layers of game play. For example while you are keeping the ball in play you could also catch falling objects that move to the song's beat for bonus points. This is still being explored because while it does add difficulty it is very frantic and can be frustrating.

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