[Updated] the Reef – indie game concept made in 12 hours

Last night after I got home from dinner I threw 2 more hours at the prototype, making it a 12 hour project, which is a good round number to leave it. The extra 2 hours were really needed, and went into user input - ‘wiggle’ the mouse to swim and look around, both fish use the same mesh, the blue fish has differnt colour values and is interpolating between two sets of different characteristic parameters (position + size of eyes, size of body etc…). - I wasted so long building the fish it was a shame to not show at least a little of how it can be used. I have a 3rd set of values that look like a hammer head shark, but I had some scaling issues and I didn’t have time to fix it.


( 720p HD version download )

At 8am this am I started a fresh project with a simple idea after being inspired by a movie. I finished up 10 hours later with procedural coral, and geometrically and visually configurable (from within the game) fish (face size shape, eyes, head, body proportions, fin size and size, tail size and shape) These can be set at runtime and used to generate random species. Basic colour tweaking.

I didn't get time to do any gameplay, but thats ok, it was interesting to see where an idea can end up in a day, I never set out to make anything in particular.



clownfish!, xD, thats impressive, gj

Very Nice!

Impressive work! Can’t grasp how you did that in a day:)

A few more fishes and this: http://www.red3d.com/cwr/boids/ could add a lot of life to it.

Awesome stuff man :slight_smile: Would be cool if you could send in some HD footage of that as well :D.


Can you tell me how did you get the costics the shinny light from the waves? Is that a post process

You really need to make a fish eat fish game(you eat littler fish, bigger fish eat you. you grow bigger the more you eat) out of this. Its on my to do list.


Gotta hand it to you man, you truly excel at creating unique looking games. Always a pleasure.

And yeah, get with the HD footage! :smiley:

Cheers guys :slight_smile:

It shows what jME is capable of. Great for rapid prototyping!

@gbluntzer the caustic effects come from @nehon 's WaterFilter enhancement : under water. I put in DOF and fog and crappy caustics and started working on dynamic caustics when I remembered reading recently about nehon’s enhancements so jumped to his shader, he really did a great job :).

Sure, I can reprocess or re-record the footage… would be nice to record it from a beta :stuck_out_tongue:

see updated topic - top.

Add 2 more hours dev, recorded a better video with HD download for those who want it.

The link for download doesn’t work :frowning:

sorry @normen, fixed it.

Well done, it has a great under water feel :slight_smile: