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The Concept

Snowball Showdown is an over-the-top, wacky, and competitive PvP game that emphasizes the playful nature of a snowball fight. All of those rules stopping people from putting objects like rocks, knives, and the neighbors cat in their snowballs? Gone. In Snowball Showdown, players can jam ridiculous and potentially dangerous items inside of snowballs to beat their opponent!

Build Up Your Fort

Players can sacrifice snowballs to create fort blocks. They then move and stack fort blocks to build a fort. The player can also slash fort blocks into different shapes the hacksaw, allowing for infinite creativity.

Obtain Wacky Items

Using the “snow blower,” the player can obtain a variety of items to stuff inside their snowballs - such as sticks of dynamite, squids, and acorns. Each item has a unique effect on the snowball, ranging from more damage to explosives to growing a tree.

Annihilate Your Friends

In Snow Globe Arena, players have a 1v1 showdown where the best wins! Getting hit with snowballs and their accompanying effects deals damage to the player. Reaching zero health causes one player to be knocked out, and one player to be victorious.

Target Platform

The game was designed for release on standalone platforms such as the Oculus Quest, and built from the ground up to run on mobile chipsets. It also could easily be released on PCVR with amped up graphical fidelity. The game was created to be exclusive to Oculus, as they are the biggest platform in the VR market with the most consumers, and have easy to implement tools for networking and matchmaking that our game needs to function.

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Attending GameFests

During the prototyping phase, we brought Snowball Showdown to several public gamefests. This included the 2019 Champlain Games Festival as well as the 2019 RPI GameFest.

We won 1st place for Best Digital Game at the Champlain Games Festival and won 3rd place for best game at RPI GameFest!

User Feedback

We have had over 250 people try our game prototype throughout its short development. During this time, we consistently improved game feel and polled people on how they liked the game. We were sure to iterate on the results and gain improvements in areas that needed them such as snowball feel.

Top Emotions

  • Excited
  • Energetic
  • Happy

Statistics

No Motion Sickness 100%
Artstyle that Complimented Gameplay 100%
Loved Multiplayer 100%
Throwing Felt Good 92%

(Up from 63%)

The Team

VCB is a very dedicated team focused on pushing boundaries in social virtual reality. We want our games to be played by people all around the world to allow new people to connect with each other. We are made up of 12 talented individuals with 5 of them working over the summer to continue the prototype.

We have had years of experience working together on different short-term prototype projects, and have learned the game development process with Scrum and Agile practices. Bringing everything we learned over to VR, Snowball Showdown is a great showcase of how much we have learned as a team.

Learning Experience

Snowball Showdown will remain a prototype for the foreseeable future, and was a huge learning experience for everyone involved. The team has already iterated and tested core mechanics in the prototype, and couldn't be more proud of the alpha experience. Networking is operational with the 1v1 gamemode, with designs allowing the game to expand to many other gamemodes such as Hot Potato, 2v2, Instant Kill, and Custom Rules. We also designed a singleplayer and multiplayer Horde mode, where players could team up to take on waves of enemies.