Richland students cast spell with new adventure game

The “Voodoo Escape” game was created by the interactive simulation and game technology class at Richland this summer.

The “Voodoo Escape” game was created by the interactive simulation and game technology class at Richland this summer.

Fans of sci-fi plots, supernatural television shows or the “Harry Potter” franchise (2001-2011) will enjoy “Voodoo Escape,” a new video game created by the interactive simulation and game technology class at Richland College this summer.

“I feel like it’s one of the best games I’ve seen come out of the gaming program, period,” said Program Coordinator and Lead Faculty, Christopher Curra. “We have some other very interesting projects on the horizon and I’m amazed with the amount of talent that is coming out of the program.”

“Voodoo Escape” is a single player and third-person strategy/puzzle game. There are two main characters: Mollie, a shy little human girl who was cursed to be a doll, and Mordecai, a weird possessed teddy bear. They both travel around a malevolent house of Voodoo where they find and kill the evil wizard that cursed Mollie and made her into a child’s toy.

Jessy Marx

Jessy Marx

"The game consists of different levels. Each level is a puzzle strategy in which the characters need to cross each room without being noticed by the evil guard dolls,” said Jessy Marx, the editor and lead art director of the game. “You control Mordecai and Mollie follows you.”

The players advance through the floors of the puzzle game. Once they reach the ground floor, the strategy changes.

“The mechanics of the game change from a strategy game to fighting,” Marx said. “The player must use ritual items gathered throughout the game to defeat the evil wizard.”

They do voodoo: The “Voodoo Escape” summer class team that helped create the game.

They do voodoo: The “Voodoo Escape” summer class team that helped create the game.

Marx got approval from Curra to begin work on the game project in the spring of 2018. She served as the art leader and created the 2-D and 3-D art along with the animatics. She worked with other student experts in the areas of animation and programming. The game was successfully finished in this year’s summer class.

I enjoyed the game journey through the spooky house and wished I had advanced to the ground level to play Marduk the evil wizard. Playing the bad guys is what makes videogames a splendid experience. This game was excellent.

Video game creation is part of the Interactive Simulation and Game Technology degree plan at Richland. A link to download the game is available at:

www.voodooescapeofficial.wixsite.com/voodooescape/downloads