Other Ocean is using Twitter to design its latest project, #IDARB
Crowdfunding is commonplace nowadays, but crowdsourcing game design is another matter. That makes # IDARB ( It Draws A Red Box) stand out, with creator Other Ocean Interactive soliciting suggestions via Twitter. The game started life as a side project, the team putting in nights and weekends on # IDARB while working on traditional titles during the week, but an open request for ideas has become its driving force.
“It reaffirmed something we inherently knew but sometimes forgot: dumb games rule,” Other Ocean’s Frank Cifaldi tells us. “Hardly anyone has questioned the logic, the art style, or our weird crowdsourcing method so far; everyone seems to be on the same page. We’ve often said that our dream as independent developers is to make dumb games for smart people, and that dream is becoming a reality.”
At the time of writing, # IDARB takes the form of an eightplayer platformer with a ball, jetpacks and two goals, but that may change. Whatever the case, its character creation tool – some of whose results can be seen here – will be along for the ride.