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Idea a Week: Jenn Sandercock's Ideas

Game Idea A Week

This project was inspired by Patrick Curry's project in 2006 to come up with a game idea a week (see Patrick Curry's project). Each week for a year from October 2009 to October 2010 I posted a new idea and listed it here. Some of these ideas have been fleshed out further (or will be fleshed out further), sometimes into games, design documents, short stories, drawings and more. For each idea where this is the case, the links are shown to find the added content. Idea 35, Leisure Suit Larissa, won the Game Career Guide Design Challenge on the theme of gender-swapped roles for main characters, see the official results. You can also use the mini-menu bar below to look at the games grouped based on platform, genre, the implemented games and my favourites.

Week Fifty-Two:
The Seven Games of Evil Edgar

Evil Edgar is a game designer who has created 7 games from 7 genres to capture the souls of innocent players. You must explore the game worlds to find and free the 7 people trapped inside his 7 games.

Which way to turn to save the day?


Take a Snakes & Ladders board, throw away the dice and add a pack of Uno cards. Use the Uno cards to advance or go backwards on the board, pick up extra cards, steal cards from others and more.

Snakes and Ladders with Uno


A casual game about a monkey who likes hats: make him sway back and forth to collect hats and then make sure they don't tip and fall off his head as he journeys forward.

The Hat Monkey


The battle for the forest has begun! You are the witch of the Gingerbread House and you must build an empire based on luring children with lollies.

A gingerbread house nestled in the forest


A platformer where the Sidekick takes center stage and finally gets credit for all the hard work that is needed to help a superhero and save the world.

Sidekicks are important too


A game inspired by Adam Saltsman's talk at Freeplay. It's based on how animals play in the real world. Play with the animals or pretend to be an animal in this Wii game for all the family.

A dog and a cat caught playing


Connect to a random friend whose identity has been concealed and ask each other questions in order to guess who the other person is first.

Who are you connected to?


A game based on the book "He's just not that into you". It teaches you quick reflexes so that you'll learn how to tell if a guy is wasting your time or not.

He's Just Not That Into You if he's not asking you out, not calling you, only seeing you when he's drunk, or disappeared


Play trivia games anywhere anytime, all you need is your mobile phone. Play in teams, free for all, head-to-head or on your own. Choose how long to play for, just a quick round or an epic battle of the minds.

Trivia Time Trial Stopwatch


A family-friendly platformer about the gods of the Four Seasons. Play as each of the Four Seasons and use special powers to save the Kingdom from the clutches of General Stability.

Four Seasons Gods


Search the airport and the skies for people and things to get bingo before your travel partner or before you arrive at your destination.

Cartoon plane


Control a little Weazel attached to a ball and try to pick up as many power ups as you can, while avoiding other Weazels and negative objects. This game has a simple mechanic, but is an interesting game for adults.

A Weazel with his ball


Fly in 3D on a stork, make your own smurfs and share with other players. Collect all the smurfs scattered through New York and choose which to use in fun mini-games on the Nintendo 3DS.

Papa Smurf flying on a stork over New York


A game for toddlers on the XBox or Playstation. Players are either a fairy or a gnome and move around the levels collecting stars or spots.

Gnomes and Fairies


Test your knowledge and participate in cook-offs to make a meal based on the cards selected. Implemented for the gameplay mechanic a month project as The Cookie Baking Game.

Part of the board game for Dinner


A killer computer is trying to connect itself up to bombs. You must stop it by connecting it up to flowers instead, in this puzzle game of circuit diagrams.

Possible screenshot of Killer Computer


Work as a team to control the giant's feet, hands, roar, and brain. Then stomp on the little villagers (with Wii Balance board); crush villagers with your bare hands; freeze them with your bloodcurdling roar; and navigate to reach more villagers to squish.

Giant chasing a villager


A comedic mystery where you wake up with no memory of last night. There's a strange dog on the bed, a tree in the living room, half a tattoo and a note to meet "Mr Right" with no address. Piece together what happened to find Mr Right before it's too late.

A mysterious tree in the living room


An adaptation of the classic adventure game, Leisure Suit Larry. Help Larissa Laffer find a husband who meets her childhood checklist, before her biological clock stops ticking. I won the Game Career Guide Gender-Swap Design Challenge with this game, see the official results.

Leisure Suit Larissa


Be the Queen Flea and control the other fleas to take over the neighbourhood. Watch out for pesky humans who try to eradicate you, then conquer them with bites that render them helpless.

Flea standing off against a dog and a human


A humorous adventure game about an evil vet, Lucifer Disastrous, aka Lucie, who wants to continue in her family's evil traditions, but keeps doing good instead. A demo game has been released, see Vet Lucie Disastrous home page

Lucie Disastrous


Become a Sun God and drive your chariot through the clouds. Compete against Sun Gods from other cultures. Control the sun to blind your opponents and use your chosen Sun God's special power to attack others or defend yourself.

The Greek god on his sun chariot


A game that asks you to choose between working as a team or double crossing your friends to take the most gold for yourself.

Large round vault with gold inside


Train your reflexes by relying on a microphone during a series of mini-games, including quick spotting, memory, snap and more.

Brain running quickly


A virtual version of the classic game for young children, using diverse levels from parks to snow-capped mountains.

Girl counting to 100


Jump through city streets to escape the evil clutches of Bridezilla.

Bridezilla rampages through the city


Fight in World War I against a quick enemy, settle in to wait, but stay prepared for their next unpredictable attack.

World War I Helmet and card


Use your touch screen to draw star formations for the grasshopper to perform.

Grasshopper practicing underneath stars


You are the Grim Reaper. You must mark people to die based on historical statistics from Medieval Europe. Hunt down your prey as they run from you. Fight off angels who try to stop you, and thwart all the doctors' attempts to save the innocents.

The grim reaper


A snowboarding game based on finding the steepest, deepest terrain and powder snow.

Snowboard tracks through trees


Pit yourself against your friends as you pretend to be kids arguing over the Meaning of Life. Make alliances or backstab your way to winning the argument. This card game has been implemented, check out the non-digital games page to download a print 'n' play version of this game.

Meaning of Life SissyFight Example cards


A children's platformer game for PS3 and XBox 360. The player is a Ladybird, who can crawl up walls, and fly across obstacles. The Ladybird needs to get home to find the children, and is assisted along the way by other bug friends that the player can control as well.

Flying ladybird


Make cocktails, mocktails, punches and more by moving the Wiimote to create and add ingredients, then mix them together. Compete against friends or work together in a bar to serve more customers.

Cocktail glass and shaker


A card game where you protect your money from robbers or steal money from the cops and avoid jail. Also check out the non-digital games page to download a print 'n' play version of this game.

Cops and Robbers Example cards


A simple Flash game where you are a Crazy Cat Lady. You must throw cats at pesky neighbourhood children who keep popping up and lure more cats for ammo by putting food in bowls.

Crazy Cat Lady throwing a cat


Manage a rock band and decide where they will go on tour. Improve the band's popularity, your money and make sure the band doesn't spend too much time together - they may start bickering.

Drum Kit in front of Earth


Prophets tell of a time to come when only one clan will be left standing in the night. There will be signs, then you must choose a side: vampires or werewolves or magicians or humans. Fight until all others surrender, so you can claim the Night Supremacy.

Werewolf


Start as a lion cub in a pride, learn to hunt with the other lions. Fight to protect your pride from intruders, or to take down a lion who is doing better than you. Work your way to the top to become the Alpha Lion.

Lion sitting down


Find out what clothes suit your body, learn the rules and apply them in mini games that will make you become a confident dresser. I implemented a downloadable mini-game from this idea called, Fashion Police.

Fashion Police


Dance in a group with complex choreography and make sure you don't step on the other dancers' feet.

Dancing team


Help Santa deliver presents to the "nice" children and avoid the "naughty" children in this puzzle game.

Santa with a sack of presents


Control many hot air balloons over the city skies in different weather. The idea is inspired by a poem called 2009: A Year of Hot Air Balloons.

Golden Balloon


Fly like a bird using your arms and the Wii Balance board. Fulfill your flying dream by navigating through forests and cities.

Flying using the Wii Balance board


A platformer game where you explore the great gardens and castles of the world, culminating in visiting the Palace of Versailles in France.

Girl Floating through Palace of Versailles


Trapped in a clinic and forced to dream other people's dreams. The idea is inspired by the start of a short story called Eternal Dream, with further details here.

In bed dreaming


You are a ruler of the world. Compete against other rulers to build the Legacy that you will be remembered by. Will it be banks to hold your treasure, monuments to your greatness, or parades so the populace can shout out your name. Also check out the non-digital games page to download a print 'n' play version of this game.

Cards from Legacy game


Play circus games like the trapeze and acrobatics.

Circus Tent


Learn about games, dance, music, food and building styles of different world cultures.

Earth


Match snowflakes based on shape and then based on colour. This game has been implemented using XNA, check out the demo page to download, play it, and see source code.

Snowflake


Learn different dance styles. Upload your own dance moves and share with others.

Dance move 1 Evil Fairy


Play to stop fairytales happening, or play to be the star in the fairytale.

Good Fairy Evil Fairy


Try to pair couples so to make good matches and marriages.

Austen character