A SYNCHRONOUS GAME





A Synchronous Game
May 2020

My Role: Solo Project
Tools: HTML, CSS, Javascript

‘Enchanted Forest’ is a multiplayer video game experience where the player explores anonymously an enchanted forest while meeting other players to share their journey together. Without the ability to chat or have a username that identifies them, players are prompted to develop an unspoken conversation and define how they want to continue their exploration journey.

Enchanted was conceptualized, designed and developed in a timeframe of 5 days. The concept for the game came from the idea that our desire for human contact and the call for adventure and exploration, are two of the most defining characteristics of our species.


Currently under the current COVID19 pandemic situation, we are experiencing times where we are forced to stay home and avoid each other’s physical contact. As a consequence, our exploration endeavors have turned towards the digital world and our contact has changed form rapidly into a digital format.



In the world of ‘Enchanted Forest’ players explores anonymously an enchanted forest while meeting other players to share their journey together. The idea was to remove any recognizing feature of other players, such as usernames or the ability to chat or communicate. Without these, players are prompted to develop an unspoken conversation and define how they want to continue their exploration journey.


In this world, players have no other means of communication other than the chimes of bells signaling their proximity to other players. The forest has different environments where you can enjoy the poetic and calm experience of meeting others and exploring together.






Process:

While developing the game, one of the constrains was that it needed to be created in a timeframe of 5 days and using p5.js, a Javascript library. This resulted in interesting ways of creating the effects of movement, other visual feeedback and the possibility to include spatial sound effects in the game.