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midnight_heist
07-31-2010, 04:56 AM
Inspired by my superhero costume Super Monkey X (http://www.lbpcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?29670-Super-Sack-Costume-Creation-Contest!&p=541853#post541853), I have started working on a new level.

Setting:
The premise is a futuristic city created by monkeys. Hence the name "Future Monkey City". :P

Visually I'm thinking something similar to the Metropolis levels (http://www.desktopexchange.com/gallery/albums/Game_widescreen_wallpaper/Ratchet_Clank_Metropolis.jpg) in Ratchet & Clank, with interesting looking buildings combined with patches/areas of grass/vegetation for some contrast.
http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:PhAoCPzIopBJQM:http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r263/FlameDragon07/metropolis_vista_435x326.jpg&t=1

I made a similar thread to this for my Calvin & Hobbes level a while back, and the flow of ideas from the community helped me keep up the momentum while building.

The focus of this level is GAMEPLAY. I aim to have the player always active, and not have him just run pass a lame waterfall.

At point of writing I have created:
- A powerplant building that you have to scale to turn the power back on.
- A grindrail glass/power cable you slide down, jumping over rotten bananas and exposed cables.
- Slippery angled platforms (from banana peels) to hop across.
- Vertical transport tubes (elevator)
- Floating banana tree islands (no gameplay value yet, possibly climbing across a rope?)
Oh, and I have the standard rotating sponges, but I need to encorporate them into the city/monkey theme somehow.

Other ideas to create: (to do)
- Swinging vines/cables suspended by building bridges
- Climbing around the buildings, inside and outside.
- Poop hazard! Dodge poop while ???
- Banana as a distraction.
- Ride with the monkey on a bike.
- Planet of the apes/statue of liberty parody gag.
- Out of control robo-replicator machine?
- Grab/treasure boxes for bubbles.
- Shifting conveyor belt.


Story so far:
"All the bananas in town are disappearing! Who (or what) would do such a thing to Future Monkey City?!"

I'm looking for ideas on how to "monkify" the city.
Any more ideas?

thekill473
07-31-2010, 05:33 AM
how about a bit where u accidently fall through a window and into a gang club and u have to try and escape them

Killer_Piller_Xx
07-31-2010, 11:49 AM
You can swing from cyber banana trees with bananas on them :D
Then you land in the monkey car!
Then you meet some thugs and you have to fight them then too many come and you go into a dramatic chase scene and escape in HOVERCARS
Then when little big planet 2 comes out you can use grapple hooks for things and it would be super futuristic! :D
Yeah I know I kinda get carried away D:

Darth
08-01-2010, 01:23 AM
How about some bamboo technology? Like helicopters made of a few barrels with banana propellors. And if you want to "monkify" the city, make more stuff look like bananas. Instead of "flying cars" you can have vines suspended between the building with monkeys swinging on them. And I'm not sure what the story of the level is like, but you could have propaganda posters with monkeys that say "ook." And you could throw in some red girders (possibly pixelly) as a reference to Donkey Kong.

And for your rotating sponges, you could make them coconuts, or if you don't mind the shape, bananas.

huntedstorm
08-02-2010, 10:26 AM
you said ugh... blimp... check out my levels, I may be able to help
(check them out in about 2-3 days current blimp isn't done yet :()

pickled-punk
08-02-2010, 07:08 PM
Very cool monkey-suit your wearing now!

>er.
08-02-2010, 07:45 PM
OK... what about climbing around the buildings, inside and outside, opening random doors? and door switches like; when green doors are open blue doors are closed and vise versa... and small ships of the 'monkypolis secret police' following and shooting at you...? and a MSP computer boss?? xD

Mr Nive
08-03-2010, 02:35 PM
Metal banana point bubbles pickups? Futuristic themed climbing and swinging. Big Metal gorilla boss(with red eyes XD)?

Q1q1111q1wer™
08-03-2010, 02:50 PM
What about A Weapon shop and you could use the creationator from LBP2 to emit stuff for weapons
eg. Shoot clusters of land mines:p

SackRacer77
08-03-2010, 02:58 PM
You could have their weapons be poop shooters, you know how monkeys throw poop... No... oh, oh well... *walks away*:p

pennydog
08-03-2010, 11:51 PM
are the monkeys with you or against you? if they are against you, and you have a fight scene with a group of monkeys, maybe you could make a play on the fact that monkeys aren't very smart. Like they are easily distracted, so you can have a banana shooter/tosser to lure them away from you while you accomplish some task. it would be pretty funny to have monkeys that are advanced enough to build a city, yet still dumb enough to be distracted by a banana.

it would also be pretty funny to have a car chase scene through a residential monkey area. like, monkey cops are chasing you in their car, and during the chase you pass by shocked civilian monkeys who were mowing their lawn, getting their mail, shopping at the grocery store, maybe your car knocks over a fruit cart of bananas, etc.

midnight_heist
08-04-2010, 11:39 AM
Great ideas so far!

For some clarification:
- This is for LBP1 (not LBP2).
- You play as a superhero monkey.
- The world is populated by good and bad monkeys.
- Your suit (powered by friction pads) can blow up certain doors/objects with laser vision.
- I'm thinking a bond type villan for the boss/antagonist.


How about some bamboo technology? Like helicopters made of a few barrels with banana propellors. And if you want to "monkify" the city, make more stuff look like bananas. Instead of "flying cars" you can have vines suspended between the building with monkeys swinging on them.
I never even thought about going that conceptual/cartoony! Sounds like fun to me!
The vines sound like good gameplay also.


Very cool monkey-suit your wearing now!
Yeah, that's the character you will likely play as. =D


OK... what about climbing around the buildings, inside and outside,
Love this. Platforming all around. Climbing up, swinging down, making your way in, around and through them!


Metal banana point bubbles pickups? Futuristic themed climbing and swinging. Big Metal gorilla boss(with red eyes XD)?
Metal bananas!?! >=| ... =D Not sure how to make them though as I don't want thin layer dissolve attached. Good idea for prize bubbles though.
Not sure on boss atm. Not really keen on gorilla (a bit chiche imo)...maybe just a bad monkey in a robot or something hmm..


You could have their weapons be poop shooters, you know how monkeys throw poop... No... oh, oh well... *walks away*
I'm sure I will have a poop hazard in the level somewhere!


so you can have a banana shooter/tosser to lure them away from you while you accomplish some task. it would be pretty funny to have monkeys that are advanced enough to build a city, yet still dumb enough to be distracted by a banana.
...maybe your car knocks over a fruit cart of bananas, etc.
Like that banana gun Clank has! :D The banana/distraction idea is definitely useable.
I think there is going to be a lot of bananas in this level, heh. I want the focus on the gameplay, so I don't want -too- many NPCs hogging the thermo.

Keep em coming!

RoharDragontamer
08-10-2010, 06:21 AM
How about swinging through some trees on the back of a monkey that's swinging from a vine?

OH! You could ride on the back of a monkey riding a bicycle. That's always good fun.

nitro126
08-10-2010, 06:27 AM
make famous statues like the statue of liberty for example but instead make it a monkey and make up soem monkey name like the statue of ape_erty

tomodon246
08-10-2010, 06:55 AM
a broken cloning machine which keeps spawning monkeys which get in your way on a conveyor belt? (you blow up the machine)

FreeAim
08-10-2010, 07:37 AM
The idea to focus to gameplay in this sort of level reminds me of Sky Factory of SBG. Or Cyberfox trilogy by Holguin. You should try them out! There should be a lot of ideas.

Macnme
08-10-2010, 10:28 AM
What do chimps love to do?

Fling poo at each other.

Maybe hint that the paintenators are firing poo, or have a part where you need to dodge the incoming poo flung from michievous monkeys.

Good for a laugh :D

midnight_heist
08-10-2010, 11:14 AM
How about swinging through some trees on the back of a monkey that's swinging from a vine?

OH! You could ride on the back of a monkey riding a bicycle. That's always good fun.
Sounds coolies! I could make a "monkey on your back" joke! ;)


make famous statues like the statue of liberty for example but instead make it a monkey and make up soem monkey name like the statue of ape_erty
Great minds think alike. I was planning to add a planet of the apes statue parody in there somewhere. :)
"You blew it up!" lol.


a broken cloning machine which keeps spawning monkeys which get in your way on a conveyor belt? (you blow up the machine)
Nice idea, I have decided some enemies are robots, so that could work. :) Some sort of robot replicator machine perhaps.


The idea to focus to gameplay in this sort of level reminds me of Sky Factory of SBG. Or Cyberfox trilogy by Holguin. You should try them out! There should be a lot of ideas.
Ah great, my LBP level/creator knowledge is pretty terrible, thanks for that, I'll check em out now. :D
EDIT: Cyberfox was great. Loved the second level. Pretty hard to top. :P


What do chimps love to do?

Fling poo at each other.

Maybe hint that the paintenators are firing poo, or have a part where you need to dodge the incoming poo flung from michievous monkeys.

Good for a laugh :D
Yes. Poo = definitely in. :D

I'll update the OP. Thanks again all!
More ideas the merrier!

Ryhas
08-20-2010, 03:14 PM
First of all, you could monkeyify all your current obstacles. Maybe instead of swinging vines, swing on monkeys arms. Some of them could grunt and make annoyed sounds and drop you or something. :P

Enemies? Well, monkeys throw things, like previously suggested. Maybe also a larger enemy... a monkey that dances around (sumo-esque from the main game, but faster)?

damaz10
10-06-2010, 11:14 PM
Idea for the boss: Giant Mecha Monkey Suit powered by all the banannas that have gone missing around the city, or have like a huge obese monkey on a sort of levitation cantraption (Jak&Daxter hoverboard anyone?) He's so obese, you can kill him by eventually tipping his levitation device and hime falling into some kind of giant mechanized bananna peeler, he comes out a thin, changed monkey who acknowledges his mistakes and turns to correcting his wrong doing, but have the machine sorta lie, to you, so players think they killed him, and then a dramatic reveal of hime alive is shown :p Some gameplay element suggestions:
-Well, some boss monkeys in poo turrets would be sweet, you can kill them, but they shoot "paint" poo at you, you have to kill them from a distance maybe?
-I'm thinking something along the lines of donkey kong launch barrels would be cool, sorta like the ones in Sky Factory 2
-Instead of bananns prize bubbles, how about coconut ones? Using a button decoration would be a good idea for one
-You could have a "bananna-craft" which you can fly to get from one part of the level to another, maybe like a Gevurah gundam-esque kind? Having a sort of mini "above the skies" battle in the level somehow, sort of like the ratchet scenes where you have a fight in the skies
-:pHaha, having a mgs sneaking part would be cool as well, maybe if you decide to implement some type of "where the boss resides" stronghold that you have to enter, having the distracting bananna bit here would be perfect, they get distracted while you go further into the bowels
-Having like some secret areas that hold what I would call a "going monkeys" machine that spits out extra point bubbles for those lbp players aiming for a high score
-As for you dillema of having a sponge circle to fit the theme, try aiming to make it resemble a hamster wheel, maybe that might change it to fit better??

Guess that's all I have to say dude :0
....and yes I know I bumped this thread, but it needed some loving ok?

Cpt_Sainsburys
10-07-2010, 09:13 AM
You could have a sort of 'gasta' monkey who 'skateboards' around on a banana. It would be pretty cool to have him doing tricks and stuff. If he was the boss, it would be easy to have a multi-stage thing with him sending his minions to attack you before coming at you himself while doing tricks in the air and throwing poo. You could have him chase you too - him doing tricks off buildings and such, and you in a car or something.

Layabouts
10-08-2010, 07:15 PM
Just a couple of ideas here:

1.You could have a chase scene in a car and you turn it on autopilot and shoot the engines or tyres of the cars chasing you, that would be a good time to put in some monkey gags, like making one of the cars crash into the Statue of Liberty, causing it to fall over. Or like Darth said, make your car go up pixellated red girders as a reference to Donkey Kong.
2.You could have gaming references as well, like going into a hi-tech facility called APEture Science (Portal).
3.I like damaz10s idea of a Monkey-Mech that gets powered by bananas for a boss. He could have tubes going into a blender on his back that blends up bananas and you have to tale out the tubes and the blender.

Thats all for now but I ave plenty more ideas bouncing around my head. It sounds like a great level that I'll definitely play.

LittleBigDragon
10-08-2010, 09:01 PM
A monkey Statue (like the statue of Liberty) and you climb up to see the bad guys get away on a helicopter...

midnight_heist
10-08-2010, 10:07 PM
Idea for the boss: Giant Mecha Monkey Suit powered by all the banannas that have gone missing around the city, or have like a huge obese monkey on a sort of levitation cantraption (Jak&Daxter hoverboard anyone?) He's so obese, you can kill him by eventually tipping his levitation device and hime falling into some kind of giant mechanized bananna peeler, he comes out a thin, changed monkey who acknowledges his mistakes and turns to correcting his wrong doing, but have the machine sorta lie, to you, so players think they killed him, and then a dramatic reveal of hime alive is shown :p Some gameplay element suggestions:
-Well, some boss monkeys in poo turrets would be sweet, you can kill them, but they shoot "paint" poo at you, you have to kill them from a distance maybe?
-I'm thinking something along the lines of donkey kong launch barrels would be cool, sorta like the ones in Sky Factory 2
-Instead of bananns prize bubbles, how about coconut ones? Using a button decoration would be a good idea for one
-You could have a "bananna-craft" which you can fly to get from one part of the level to another, maybe like a Gevurah gundam-esque kind? Having a sort of mini "above the skies" battle in the level somehow, sort of like the ratchet scenes where you have a fight in the skies
-:pHaha, having a mgs sneaking part would be cool as well, maybe if you decide to implement some type of "where the boss resides" stronghold that you have to enter, having the distracting bananna bit here would be perfect, they get distracted while you go further into the bowels
-Having like some secret areas that hold what I would call a "going monkeys" machine that spits out extra point bubbles for those lbp players aiming for a high score
-As for you dillema of having a sponge circle to fit the theme, try aiming to make it resemble a hamster wheel, maybe that might change it to fit better??

Guess that's all I have to say dude :0
....and yes I know I bumped this thread, but it needed some loving ok?
Wow, thanks man, a ton of great stuff there!
I think the mech powered by bananas is a great idea, eaiser to digest than my current story I think.
The problem being I'm not that good with bosses.
I want something memorable for the end, atm my idea is "platforming around the boss to hit his weak spot" which is ok, but not great. I have time to decide now that LBP2 is delayed, but still not sure ha.
Yeah, the wizard of oz reveal did come to me, but I might be using it on another level..not sure if that's even going to be made tbh.
- Poo paint turrents sound sweet. I don't like it when paint gets on my costume while playing a level though. So perhaps I could have some non lethal stuff that slows you down. Hmm. Or just use paint balls. Another moral dilemma.
- Donkey kong/sky factory barrels. No thanks. I am so sick of those darn things in LBP levels. I will add a red girder somewhere for the fans though.
- coconut/dec gave me a good idea! Crate type objects you need to use a decoration on to open them. I was looking for a way for the player to interact further with bonus objects.
- "bananna-craft" Yup. Sounds good. I already have a little prototype. I think I'll leave the shooter bit for a LBP2 sequel though, since it will be 100x less annoying to make.
- Ah. Good situation to use that distracting element, thanks!
- Yup. Gotta have some secret areas!
- For those wheels, man, that's a great idea for sackbots in LBP2. That would be so cute. I think for this level, they are just going to be mecanical wheels.

Ha, thanks again for your always great ideas. :D


You could have a sort of 'gasta' monkey who 'skateboards' around on a banana. It would be pretty cool to have him doing tricks and stuff. If he was the boss, it would be easy to have a multi-stage thing with him sending his minions to attack you before coming at you himself while doing tricks in the air and throwing poo. You could have him chase you too - him doing tricks off buildings and such, and you in a car or something.
Ah, a banana skateboard! Nice one.
The rest sounds too complicated for me, but I think a little skate park could weild some fun platforming. It would add to the city feel also.


Just a couple of ideas here:

1.You could have a chase scene in a car and you turn it on autopilot and shoot the engines or tyres of the cars chasing you, that would be a good time to put in some monkey gags, like making one of the cars crash into the Statue of Liberty, causing it to fall over. Or like Darth said, make your car go up pixellated red girders as a reference to Donkey Kong.
2.You could have gaming references as well, like going into a hi-tech facility called APEture Science (Portal).
3.I like damaz10s idea of a Monkey-Mech that gets powered by bananas for a boss. He could have tubes going into a blender on his back that blends up bananas and you have to tale out the tubes and the blender.

Thats all for now but I ave plenty more ideas bouncing around my head. It sounds like a great level that I'll definitely play.
1. First part may be too difficult for me, but now I have to use red girders since it's a popular request, heh.
2. HA! Great idea. Perhaps for a secret puzzle area.
3. Ah yes, a nice place for a weak spot. Perhaps the player would have to push a block that stops and overloads the mech?
Maybe there could be stages for moving the block around, hmm. Sounds like something I could do.


A monkey Statue (like the statue of Liberty) and you climb up to see the bad guys get away on a helicopter...
Hmm, climbing up the statue would be some nice folded gameplay before it gets blown up. Thanks. =)

I really appreciate the interest guys and gals, makes me that more motivated to keep on working on the level. :)

Boiwonder 13
10-10-2010, 07:37 PM
maybe a mad scientist monkey whos using bananas to fuel his mecha ape private army?

midnight_heist
10-11-2010, 03:46 AM
maybe a mad scientist monkey whos using bananas to fuel his mecha ape private army?
Ah, using the banana fuel idea for the enemies should work nicely too. I cut some robots I made out in favour of platforming style hazards, but I'll have an experiment around to see if I can combine the two and end up with something I like.
Thanks for the input. :)

damaz10
10-11-2010, 02:01 PM
Glad to help dude, saw your w.i.p already and it's turning out pretty good, I may be able to help with your making the boss dilemma, other than that cheers on your level dude :0

midnight_heist
08-26-2011, 05:30 AM
Here's a teaser poster I made today. :D
Thoughts?
(also could a mod please move this to "LBP2 ideas/projects"?)

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6208/6081463701_4de3e2a1f9_b.jpg

Two alternative versions here. (http://midnightheist.deviantart.com/gallery/?catpath=scraps)

shropshirelass
08-28-2011, 08:38 PM
That's cool! Though I really like alternative version no. 1 (apart from the typos :p) - it sounds more confident than the one where you imply you might not get the level finished! ;)

midnight_heist
08-29-2011, 12:50 AM
Arh. Didn't notice that typo! Thanks. :D *fixes*
I have settled on most of the basic building blocks (robots/items/mechanics/etc), just have to build the actual geography of the level, which I am drawing out now.
Got a deadline in mind also.

Mr_Fusion
08-29-2011, 07:41 AM
I like the idea of those cymbal monkeys that bang the cymbals together. You could activate one and it emits points, so like they are a secret 1 of 5 found sort of thing. Also that monkey sure is creepy in Toy Story 3

SnipySev
09-01-2011, 04:33 PM
Why not give it a "Planet of The Apes" twist where you fall down under the lower level of the city and find some tribes of primitive humans banging rocks toghether, making fire with sticks and scratching their backs with pine barks? Then you show them your lighter and they revere the main character as the Simian God of the Flame :p