TERRARIUM

Terrarium is a mobile, sustainable city simulation game. The player, as a Navigator, develops and manages their floating city in the sky by balancing Power Supply, Air Quality, and Citizen Wellness as their population increases.

Role

Tools

Deliverable

Duration

Project Manager Narrative Designer

Unreal 4, Notion, Miro, Blender, Figma, Adobe Suite

Playable prototype with full functionality and multiple quests

Three months

Core Responsibilities

Lead ideation of game premise. Advocated for and ensured narrative presence in the gameplay.

  • Developed narrative premise to support the particular game setting and mechanics

  • Created a project roadmap, outlining development pipeline milestones including narrative milestones

  • Adapted narrative based on user testing, tweaking character dialogue and story pacing to improve the gameplay experience

  • Designed quests for players based on gameplay systems

  • Created and implemented game systems using a database connected to the Unreal Engine

Dynamic Environment

A key feature of Terrarium is the dynamic environment. As players make choices and affect their city's metrics, the city's interactive landscape responds with corresponding elements of rain, sunshine, smog, and even hail.

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In the narrative designer role, I developed the setting, narrative history, NPCs, and player character of Terrarium - tailoring these design elements to the mechanics of the game. 

As a city simulation game, Terrarium's players had a multitude of construction and augmentation paths available. With such a wide scope of potential gameplay available, I decided to create in-game events, bottlenecking narrative delivery. As well, narrative was communicated through the core quests and achievements of the game.

As the project manager, I oversaw aspects of ideation, design, and development - helping to align and coordinate our team towards concrete production goals. I encouraged our team to remain collaborative and agile as challenges arose.

I crafted descriptions for all available in-game player assets such as new buildings or building upgrades, designing three quests for players to engage with and all NPC dialogue. Lastly, I wrote an opening cutscene for the game.

The air is heavy and toxic. Rain hasn't quit for days - I can feel it irritating my skin. Please do something, Navigator!

Citizen Sasha - NPC Dialogue