Last jam, I started something I called “Remote Person Control“. This jam, I refined what I had back then:
- The Player holds a tablet with a soundboard, showing buttons like “Left”, “Right” or “Grab”.
- The Robot is blindfolded and has a smartphone with headphones – and when the player presses a button, the robot hears what he pressed.
It’s still no game, but a VERY fun toy! I recorded three videos to show what the current prototype can do:
For those interested, here is the complete soundboard:
And here are the voice samples for you to listen to! I love the last one.
While I like to think that I came up with the idea myself, I obviously had inspirations. Here are those I can remember:
- Signal Delay by ChrisGaudino: A Ludum Dare prototype about remotely controlling a mars rover.
- Octodad by Young Horses, Inc: Octodad – Loving Father. Caring Husband. Secret Octopus. A game where you pretend to be a human by doing mundane tasks, but being an octopus with an incredible awkward control scheme makes this quite hard and incredibly funny.
Thanks a lot to our artist and the robots in the videos! Our sandwich-making robot is Adam “PunyOne” Streck. If he isn’t making sandwiches, he’s making games – you can find some of them at http://justaconcept.org!