Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Monster P.I.

I occasionally will talk about the day job here on the blog, but most of what I do at there is not relevant to the blog. On 2017 however, I worked on a project that lines up perfectly with my interests and activities outside of work. I was part of a team involved with a project I got to name called Monster P.I. As the name implies it involved monsters, which I was was in charge of designing and illustrating. As the project progressed, I also created a hub world illustration that was used as a map as well as a handful of other graphics and elements. This project is a "word detective game assessment for 5th-8th grade students". As the student progresses through the assessment, they will be given clues to the monster they are pursuing. At the end of the assessment, they will be given the opportunity to pick their monster out of a lineup. The monsters are created in such a way they all of their parts are entirely interchangeable, so while there is a master version of each, they can be recombined into thousands of different and unique variations. Also at the end of the assessment, the student has the opportunity to create their own monster with all the pieces available. Here is a look at some of the work I did on this project.

Monster P.I. poster, I created the logo, the background and all of the monsters.

Here is the lineup of all the monsters in their original forms. I also named all the monsters and created a back story for each one.

This is Dundur. Dundur likes to go to the amusement park and ride all the rides and play all the games. Unfortunately, Dundur is too big and heavy to enjoy human rides and games without breaking them. Not to mention Dundur eats all of the cotton candy. There is not much amusement left after Dundur has been around.

This is Snerp. Snerp is a real connoisseur of art, and she enjoys spending long days in museums looking at all the beautiful paintings and sculptures. Unfortunately, Snerp’s tail has a mind of its own and breaks everything around as it whips excitedly back and forth whenever Snerp is enjoying a piece of art. Not to mention Snerp sheds her scales constantly and they are too big to vacuum up. Every masterpiece becomes a masterpieces when Snerp shows up.

This is Tromps. Tromps gets a real kick out of being physically active and playing monster sports. Unfortunately, the monster sports that Tromps likes to play involves smashing and breaking everything that he can get his hands on. Not to mention Tromps likes to use all the baseball bats to pick his teeth. You are going to strike out if Tromps comes to play.

This is Wobbly. Wobbly is a studious monster and enjoys attending classes at any school she can find. Unfortunately, Wobbly’s tentacles get stuck to everything she touches, leaving every school she visits a complete mess. Not to mentioned Wobbly leaves a thick layer of slime on every surface. You don't have to be an A student to know you don’t want to be in the same class as Wobbly.

This is Zirrple. Zirrple enjoys checking out the library to look at all the books and read exciting stories about goats and steam engines. Unfortunately, Zirrple can’t keep track of what his many hands and feet are doing all the time, and many books are stomped on and ripped apart. Not to mention Zirrple’s fingers are not good for turning pages, resulting in many damaged books. You don't need to be a scholar to know that the library is better off without a visit from Zirrple.

As mentioned, all of their parts and colors are entirely interchangeable making for many interesting, silly, and fun monsters.

The hub world or map is used to navigate through the assessment. There are five locations, each tied to an original version monster. When the student begins the assessment, everything is damaged, and as they proceed through it, the locations are repaired. This was an unexpected but fun aspect of the project.

Hub world repaired

Hub world damaged

There are five minigames associated with each location that the student visits. After the assessment, the student can play the game, and once the assessment is completed the student can revisit any of the games. They are all fast-paced timed games. I was part of the design team for the games and created little animated gifs to help explain what is involved with each game. This was another unexpected but fun part of the project. 

Here is a video that the center has used to advertise the game and our ability to create such projects. The plan is to do more projects like this, which is good since we are already working on a similar project.

That is all for another exciting Tuesday on the blog, see you back here on Wednesday! Until then...

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