Early in university it became apparent to me that as a game designer I could not solely rely on the theoretical knowledge gained by literature and classes, but also had to get a lot of practical experience with creating games. To hone my skills I teamed up with other game designers and created as many jam-games as I could. Over the course of the last five years I created more than 30 prototypes.

This experience also taught me to prototype game design ideas faster and iterate on them quicker.

Here I present a small selection.

Everyone Left Behind

“Everyone Was Left Behind” was created for the FluchtJam held by the BPB. You take control of a group of a group of abstract figures, differing in speed and endurance. You lead the group through a canyon, around holes appearing beneath them in an ever-growing speed. You will always lose people who stay behind or fall into holes. Your group grows when you touch a tent on the way. All the while figures watch you from the safety of the walls.

Everyone Left Behind is a not-game, there is no way to win. It just goes on until you lost everyone, there is no high score, only a counter for how many people were left behind. It is a comment on the brutality of having to flee your home and not finding refuge anywhere because all borders are closed.

Project Specifics:
Year: 2016
Working time: 16 hours over 2 days
Team size: 2 persons
My Responsibilities included:
Game Design
Programming

!Grounded

“!Grounded” is a sidescrolling puzzle game developed for the Global Game Jam 2014 with the core mechanic of flipping gravity for yourself and every crate you look at. This way you have to find a way to reach the left side of the level.

But beware of the lasers!

Project Specifics:
Year: 2014
Working time: 24 hours over 3 days
Team size: 2 persons
My Responsibilities included:
Game Design
Level Design
Art
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grounded_anim_idle
grounded_anim_running

Achoo!

In “Achoo!” the player takes on the role of an robot guard in a museum with a terrible cold. The problem is: with every sneeze, he fires his laser! The player can suppress the sneeze for a short time by pressing as many buttons as possible. Upon releasing the buttons, the sneeze fires the laser, so it has to be aimed away from the visitors and towards the thieves.

But how long can the robot last with an ever-increasing rate of sneezes?
Project Specifics:
Year: 2013
Working time: 24 hours over 3 days
Team size: 2 persons
My Responsibilities included:
Game Design
Programming