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It's a whole new world out there

Update 7: A Whole New World

Today I moved the mock-up world map from the war/design room to my desk window. Even though it is currently mostly post-its and bookmark stickers, I like the way it looks and the possibilities it offers.

Using a world map is quite a departure from the world- and level based setup seen in the previous Toki Tori game. It took some courage but we ditched the classic linear level progression for a world that is more open (but not quite, ehrm, open world). The two main reasons for this change are: immersion and replayability.

Let’s talk a bit about immersion first: One of our main goals for Toki Tori’s sequel is to give the you the feeling that you are visiting a living, breathing world. It is our intention to create a place that suggests it will keep going even when you’re not around. If we would stick to the regular level structure it would be difficult to give the player a sense of place in the world and the connection between levels would be easily lost.

In the previous game we used a sort of cutscene to ease the player from one world into the next. We like the premise of those levels but there wasn’t a whole lot to do for the player but walk. Now, most levels will smoothly transition from one theme into the next, giving each level a unique, distinctive look. The look and theme will also help get your bearing in the world. For example: if the background shows mostly clouds with some undisclosed landmark peeking through, you know you must be somewhere in the upper regions of the (world)map.

An awesome world map
Super Mario World had an awesome world map and multiple exits in levels

Next up: replayability. The levels in the original game used to have, more or less, one solution and once you knew that solution you had very little reason to revisit that level. This changed a little when we added achievements, especially the “get-a-tan” achievement, to the game that added an alternative puzzle within an existing level.

Because we use a world map all levels will be connected by one or more exits (marked with the sticky bookmarks in the picture above). This means that in each level there are multiple routes that lead to each exit. What we consider a “route” in Toki Tori 2 is probably more like a level in the original game. Some routes will be harder than others and there will be routes that are completely optional too. As a player you are free to find your way trough the level and try to reach any exit you like.

You might think that getting from one end of the world to the other end might become tedious if you had to solve each and every puzzle on the way every time. Well, we think so too! So there will be a fast travel option that allows you to pick any exit you’ve once activated and instantly start playing from there. This should make it easy, and less frustrating, to explore and discover new routes in previously visited levels.

There is, however, one exception that does not let you fast travel but I’ll leave that to a next post. What do you think that will be?

 

Hessel, Monday November 7 2011

This makes me think of a Super Mario World, but with Toki... And puzzles. I like this thought a lot.

Can we push the next blog post to tonight? :)

Frazey Cowell, Wednesday November 9 2011, 18:53

Nice blog post exploining the new Toki Tori level world. That super mario land world map brings back some memories :) Can we expect hidden secrets in TT2 like in SMW ?

Mr. Blinky, Wednesday November 9 2011, 19:44

We'll have some shortcuts, but not sure if the SMW stuff will work well with our world structure.

Collin, Wednesday November 9 2011, 23:20

What will we win by going through the harder/optional routes ?
How will we know that we have visited everything ?

Akbalder, Thursday November 10 2011, 15:16

@Akbalder

You'll get more content, collectibles and fun secrets and each level will show its completion state on the world map. The current design is sort of shown on the post-it in the image above: we use three stars where each star stands for completing something in that level like collecting all the collectibles in the level. The design is not yet finalized so it might change, but it will be something along those lines.


@Mr. Blinky

It depends on what you mean by secrets like in SMW...

Hessel, Thursday November 10 2011, 15:54

Hi, Well the multi level exits and new type of game world, I think are great idea.

Looking forward to trying it out in a test build soon :)

Cheers and Thanks,

Wayne Padget, Friday November 11 2011, 15:59

i love your idea, what about some metroid-like approach to it? When you reach certain level you earn an item (let's say, for example, the capacity for building bridges) and then you go to the very early levels and with this new feature you can reach a secret exit by using the same puzle-elements of that level in a different way thanks to the new item...

DM, Friday January 6 2012, 0:52

@DM

We're planning on incorporating some Metroid like structures in the game, but not by adding abilities. I'll write a post on that soon, it's quite different from how games are normally structured!

Collin, Friday January 6 2012, 14:37

Keep it up!

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Fred, Tuesday February 7 2012, 22:36

 
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