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Hi Guys,

We're currently working on a platform game for mobile phones and we're about to release it in a week or two.

Jake, the main character of the game, is fighting different types of robots (and many of them) in his attempt to liberate his home town from Hax0r's cruel regime.

I uploaded some Youtube videos that you can check out -

Intro Story -

Gameplay -


Basically, all is left now is to find a name for the game ;)
We thought of "Jake Please Help" and also "Jake Ace", but we don't like these too much...

Any ideas? If you'll manage to come up with a name that we'll use, you'll receive an honorable thank you in the credits screen :)

Thanks,
Guy

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Who is Jake and why is he the protagonist and not some James Bond or Rambo?

In your description of the setting in the first video you concentrate too much on the villain and very little on both the hero and the world around the player. That's the reason you can't come up with a name. Even if you make a parody of other games' settings you have to give a logical (well at least according to the rules set in your world) reason why the hero is that guy and not somebody else.

So as an example, let's make Jake someone suitable to be the protagonist. How about a CIA agent? Then calling the game Agent Jake would be quite fitting. However, this game is a parody, so Jake doesn't have to be a real CIA agent. Let's say Jake was hired by the CIA because the CIA is short staffed and its toilets are overflowing.

Now not only do you have a name but also a part of the backstory, which can serve to further attract the potential player's attention.

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Who is Jake and why is he the protagonist and not some James Bond or Rambo?

In your description of the setting in the first video you concentrate too much on the villain and very little on both the hero and the world around the player. That's the reason you can't come up with a name. Even if you make a parody of other games' settings you have to give a logical (well at least according to the rules set in your world) reason why the hero is that guy and not somebody else.

So as an example, let's make Jake someone suitable to be the protagonist. How about a CIA agent? Then calling the game Agent Jake would be quite fitting. However, this game is a parody, so Jake doesn't have to be a real CIA agent. Let's say Jake was hired by the CIA because the CIA is short staffed and its toilets are overflowing.

Now not only do you have a name but also a part of the backstory, which can serve to further attract the potential player's attention.



Good pointers, I'll try to explain why we shaped our game to the way it is:

When we first begun to work on the game, Jake actually was a special forces / CIA agent, later on he became an Irish dude with a drinking problem (not suitale for kids) ;) But we finally decided to go with a very light version of the backstory so it'll not be too complicated and have most of the parts in it implied - there is a bad guy and there is a dude that becomes a hero. Also, there are a few games that focus on the bad guys - Killzone for example focuses on the Helgans as a design decision.

Jake is a cool dude from the town that has some hero traits and he is damn serious about saving his home town.


hmm just some random name ideas:

  • Robot Rampage
  • Hax0r's Tower
  • Jake Lightning



Cool, we liked Jake Lightning!
In general, we are looking for a name that emphasize Jake's persona / abilities / etc...

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looking for a name that emphasize Jake's persona / abilities[/quote]


Except there's nothing in the game to emphasize Jake's persona or abilities. Well, unless you count jumping. Jumping Jake?



Also, there are a few games that focus on the bad guys - Killzone for example focuses on the Helgans as a design decision.[/quote]
In that case the naming scheme might be analogous... Potty Menace?

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LOL, [color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif]

Jumping Jake is a nice one too! how does Jumpy Jake sound? which one is better in your opinion?

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Jumping Jake is somewhat similar to Jumping Jack, Jumpy Jake feels like the protagonist has a nervous breakdown :)
You could also call the game "Jake and the robotic army of evil" or something like that - makes it sound like the game makes fun of itself.

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