• 12
• 12
• 9
• 10
• 13

# Alternative Health Methods

This topic is 3135 days old which is more than the 365 day threshold we allow for new replies. Please post a new topic.

## Recommended Posts

As you push gently on the mossy wooden door, the smell of strange concoctions and pickled animal parts assault your... whoops, wrong opener. Important details: In this semi-turnbased game, there is only one playable character. She was human, but, after an accidental transformation, ended up half-plant. Over the course of the game, she has to reconcile her leafy green side, which "takes over" her human bits very, very slowly. At no point in the game is she fully one or the other, but initially she's very human and at endgame is approximately half-and-half. The plant side of her makes her resilient, but slower. My policy (at least here) is that the game mechanics should fit the story and the characters, not the other way around. Originally I was considering a regular health bar, where the player dies once the bar was depleted, but it didn't fit the character. Since she's a balance of two halves, I'm seeing if it would work to have a health bar that you have to balance in the middle - if she gets too human, she dies; if she gets too green, she dies. Here's how it works:
0     human      50      plant     100
|--------------*--|------------------|


##### Share on other sites
Neat concept. Question for you - if she is not trying to be either, but both, since she has been changed, how would this work into some sort of ultimate goal for your game?

Would it be useful to have your plan/human hybrid take more plant like qualities when it took damage, IE your human part gets replaced by leafy green bits. And maybe healing on a grander scale would absorb the plant parts and return human bits -

you could have different level goals come to think of it, not turn entirely human, and have specific goals in the level that need to be achieved before you reach a certain stage of transformaton. Or via versa.

Would make a solid platformer or puzzle orientated first person style game.

##### Share on other sites
Quote:
 Original post by larvantholosNeat concept. Question for you - if she is not trying to be either, but both, since she has been changed, how would this work into some sort of ultimate goal for your game?

It's sort of an Okami-esque "restore your homeland" game, but the similarity ends there. Her island/continent has cut, destroyed, or paved over all its sources of plants or trees, and over time has rendered the ground mostly devoid of nutrients. It's her job to bring back the green, and due to the screwed up nature of the terrain, it has to be slow - in my head, I refer to her as a plant incubator. She would much prefer to be human, but after her accident, her body is partially dependent on plants and root systems, so if she denies that half, she dies.

Quote:
 Would it be useful to have your plan/human hybrid take more plant like qualities when it took damage, IE your human part gets replaced by leafy green bits. And maybe healing on a grander scale would absorb the plant parts and return human bits -

That sort of appearance change (sproutin' flowers) is ability-driven, and doesn't come until later in the game. I would love to do that, though - maybe her skin turns green when it's too high, and a crackly gray-brown in spots when it's too low. It would mean a ton of sprites, though.

Quote:
 you could have different level goals come to think of it, not turn entirely human, and have specific goals in the level that need to be achieved before you reach a certain stage of transformaton. Or via versa.

Ooh, neat! I've been approaching this from a semi-turnbased RPG perspective, I hadn't given much thought to puzzle (or even level design, for that matter). Even the idea of not being too plant or human to perform certain actions within a level (even as simple as opening doors) is a great idea.

##### Share on other sites
could even have the level divided into puzzles as rooms themselves as the order of completion determines if you can open the door at the end of it.

##### Share on other sites
I like the concept of being able to get different abilities based on how human or how plant you become. Maybe make this a bit easier by 'collecting' chlorophyll, nutrients, water, or sunlight to sustain the plant side. Too little and it turns dry and brown (you become more human), too much and the plant side flourishes.

Should be fairly simple to incorporate whether you choose a platformer, RPG, puzzle, or hybrid (had too).

##### Share on other sites
You could have the environment be very toxic for "baseline" humans, which might explain why're a lot weaker, why you instantly die at 100% human(assuming you did something that drains your plantness but isn't damaging) and give a few motives to your character.

##### Share on other sites
It would be cool if instead of balancing the two halves, you have to complete your mission before you get fully turned into a plant (tree?). When you start out, you're 100% human, and so take a lot of damage (and thus change into a tree faster). But the further along the tree scale go, the slower and slower you start to change (because you get more resilient against enemy attacks).

If/when you get to 100% tree, you can no longer move, and the game ends. You don't "die" per se, you just kind of... turn into a tree.

It probably wouldn't suit a very long game very well, but I think it would be pretty fun for a small art game.

##### Share on other sites
What someone mentioned before makes a lot of sense, especially in the context of the story you mentioned.

In a world without plants (like earth used to be), there's a whole lot of Carbon Dioxide, and not a whole lot of oxygen. If you're human, you can't breathe, so you need to maintain "plant-ness" in order to breathe the CO2. On the other hand, if you turn full plant, you're stuck, game over. You're just a plant now.

##### Share on other sites
Quote:
 It probably wouldn't suit a very long game very well, but I think it would be pretty fun for a small art game.

While your idea doesn't necessarily suit my game, because it does have a longer story, I do like it - I might try making it first and including it as a minigame.

Quote:
 In a world without plants (like earth used to be), there's a whole lot of Carbon Dioxide, and not a whole lot of oxygen. If you're human, you can't breathe, so you need to maintain "plant-ness" in order to breathe the CO2. On the other hand, if you turn full plant, you're stuck, game over. You're just a plant now.

Call me crazy, but I hadn't thought about the CO2 issue at all. Thanks for bringing that up, it'll add another wrinkle to things.