A Day in the woods. Our first commercial game!

RetroEpic Software, the indie studio I co-founded, recently released our first commercial game, A Day in the Woods. The game is available for both PC and Mac OSx.

The game has players controlling a customizable woodsprite that must guide Little Red Riding Hood to granny’s cottage in a hex-based sliding tile puzzler.

Go here here: http://retroepic.com/a-day-in-the-woods to see more screenshots, watch a gameplay trailer, download the demo and even purchase the game  (only $4.99, what are you waiting for! Feed the indies!).

All the 3D assets and a few animations were made in Blender, with textures painted primarily in Gimp with a few done in Photoshop.

More info, for the technically curious

My role in the process was Lead Programmer and tools guy. We used a custom-built Blender 2.5x on PC and Mac. Most of the addons available on this site were employed to a greater or lesser degree. Our texture artist made extensive use of Blender’s texture painting for our awesome textures and even some sculpting. The game runs on the Unity 3D engine.

Assets were exported to Unity 3D using my hacked FBX exporter that allows for true Y-Up export. My Unity 3D export pipeline was also used, which manages the rapid export of multiple assets from a single file, defined by groups with dupli-offsets. To speed exporting up each mesh was created in it’s own .blend file, then a a few larger library .blends were created that linked groups out of the individual files. The assets were then exported out of that single file, so that scales and rotations could be consistent.

Our trailer was sequenced in Blender too from fraps recorded in-game footage, despite a rocky start with converting absolute to relative paths and some issues with speed (I really need to learn how proxies work :P) it all went pretty well.

If there are any more questions, drop me a line in the comments and I’ll make additions to this post.

4 Replies to “A Day in the woods. Our first commercial game!”

  1. I saw the trailer over at RockPaperShotgun, and downloaded the demo to play on the bus ride home. 5 levels in I knew that I must have it! A mighty combination of lovely atmosphere and sinister addictiveness…and one of the few games about which I could un-facetiously use the word “charmed”. (Can’t complain about the price or the method of registration, either!)

    Here, have an internet token of approval.

  2. Addendum — if you release an updated version, I cast a vote for having a “fade to black” instead of “white flash” option for Undo. (Simply because I was playing in a dark room last night and that made each Undo like a little flashbang :P). But I know I’m playing a good game when I try to think of complains and my major one is about the Undo animation. 😉

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