A collection of doodles, sketches, and scrap-paper designs by game developers around the world!
Game developers love brainstorming: they use notepads, whiteboards, napkins, Photoshop... anything they can dump ideas onto! They make calculations, lay out interfaces, doodle character designs, and collect their thoughts. Unfortunately, these glorious scraps almost always get thrown away, and rarely get looked at again. This is a creative museum where I collect and share the best of these scraps, to both preserve them and let them inspire others.
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“A couple pages (out of 18 in total) for a game I made for a competition. I originally planned something huge, in a cross between Clive Barker’s Undying and The Mansion: Freeman Residence (mod for Half-Life 2). However, I was actively searching for a job at the time, and had interviews to go to, so I ended up cutting the project short to meet the deadline.”
Submitted by Ryan Lawrence, Utah, USA.
“Early sketch for an unreleased multiplayer game based on a Powerstone-like mechanic.”
Submitted by kurai.
“User-interface design for the shop menu of my upcoming iOS game.”
Submitted by mguniverse.
“A paper-mockup of a possible game. Every player has an island that they are allowed to control. One of the players is the bad guy and every other player must figure out who he is.”
Submitted by Varis Vecpuisis.
“This is an old concept for a 2D platformer that I want to make. I mostly worked on this during class in highschool while I was bored. It’s called Mountonous and focuses more on going up than going right. Also all the main enemies are flying squids ruled by the evil master squid.”
Submitted by Andrew Holtan.
“While we were finishing up Tomb Raider: Underworld, we had some free design time. Some of the systems design team used that time to have fun coming up with puzzles using the TR mechanics. We created some paper maps, specifications and even block meshed and prototyped some of the setups/puzzles.
I enjoyed the grapple puzzles in TR:U and wanted to see more puzzles focusing on the grappling hook, so I chose to focus on that mechanic.
To solve this puzzle, the player needs to grapple the ring in one of the statue’s mouths and then walk in-between the posts, threading their grapple rope between the posts. The player could then slide the posts into the correct position by moving the character while holding the grapple.
For the puzzle to work correctly, the posts would need to begin in offset positions, instead of dead-center as in the drawing.
By pulling the posts into the correct positions with the grapple, a door in front of the puzzle would open.”
Submitted by Casey Holtz in San Francisco, USA.