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07-19-2010, 08:54 PM
After finishing my last level and publishing it, I realized: I have the creating fever.

I also now recognize (thanks to feedback) that my last level wasn't as fun as I had hoped, but I am still a newbie to this create business. I also recognize that I do have a fair ways to go when it comes to creating a top-notch piece of work. That being said, I am going to extensively research fun levels, and also attempt to come up with new and fresh ideas that might have only been rarely seen in a level.

I already have a rough idea as to what my next level is: I call it: "The Forked Path".

It will feature multiple paths to the same destination, that is definitely the main focus of the level, but unlike "The Gears of Life", there won't be a ton of different "forks in the road", there will only be two or three paths available, each offering a unique path, encouraging replayability. I'm pretty sure that I want to block off access to the paths once you've chosen one, so that people aren't attempting to go back for being a perfectionist/completionist.

It will not be just solid platforming, but it should feature one or two large puzzles per path, or several small-ish ones.

I should also state that the level won't be completed until I manage to finish the Story (That shouldn't be too long, I'm almost done with Tinsel town), as I want to have a look-see at all of the available backgrounds/stickers/materials before I start doing all of the hard work.

Advice and feedback on the idea would be appreciated.

Thanks! :)

Elihu Aran

07-20-2010, 12:22 AM
Great to see that you're getting into creating and that you'll be working hard to become a better creator. LBP can always use great creators.

07-20-2010, 02:32 AM
Sounds good, glad to see you're into creating.

08-24-2010, 09:00 PM
An update to my level. I have stuck with a "forked path", but I have split the level into two separate playstyles: Platforming and Puzzles. This should prove to contain two separate gaming experiences in one level, and should extend replayability. This level is taking a long time, though, and I will be taking a break shortly due to the release of Metroid: Other M.

Let's see... anything else?

I need to form a background layer using multiple blocks, without it looking completely "brick"-y. Suggestions?

08-28-2010, 03:32 AM
Have you played jackofcourse"s level "Clambering Crawlway"? He uses a block pattern that looks like tiles and it looks really nice. You could do something like that. A larger "brick-y" pattern might also look good.

08-28-2010, 04:25 AM
Heh, if I'd seen this thread when it was posted I'd have suggested playing my level Woesme Kingdom for an example of a multi-path level, but I guess it's a bit late for that. XD

09-01-2010, 03:14 PM
This idea sounds really cool, are you looking to have the forked paths it subtle places that depend of the decisions of the player (if theres a story) or a more bold 'pick your gameplay' approach? Art style is the difficulty here...oh CURSES. Now I have an idea for a level like this! Don't worry I won't make it, you thought a level first. I was thinking a comic book style level, you enter the book at the beginning and choose a 'path' through the book. You choose from which perspective the player see the story from, for example, you might choose to be a leading character from the 'good' team, (if thats the kinda story you would be going for) or someone from the other team etc. Or maybe the story could be about a group of people, and what path you choose could show you what happens to each character, giving you a fuller view of the story. It could have different 'forks' in each character's path and multiple endings if you are feeling ambitious!

Oops, getting carried away here, I think you creation fever is catching. :D Anyway, you don't have to listen to my creative babble, I just can't wait to see how this turns out.

*reads update* Ah, I see, Pick ya Gameplay it is then! Sounds good!

...platforming and puzzles...I am getting deja-vu...the Hoarder is invading my brain! ARRRGGGG!!!!