Nation Shapes

An international re-imagining of the classic connect-the-dots formula.

About
Nation Shapes is a puzzle game made in 1 week for the Cross-Cultural Impact Jam by a team of 3.

I was responsible for direction, game design, puzzle design, and art.
Media
Find a way to connect-the-dots for each puzzle!
Find a way to connect-the-dots for each puzzle!
Dioramas start out empty—
Dioramas start out empty—
—but every completed shape fills in a piece!
—but every completed shape fills in a piece!
Solve 15 puzzles across 3 unique dioramas.
Solve 15 puzzles across 3 unique dioramas.
Process
Despite the final game featuring exclusively 2D art, the original concept for Nation Shapes was, believe it or not, entirely 3D.
My concept for 3D Nation Shapes' user flow. Not much changed in the transition to 2D.
My concept for 3D Nation Shapes' user flow. Not much changed in the transition to 2D.
We even prototyped it!
Unfortunately, the dev process proved to be too time-consuming to create and implement every 3D asset we would need to make it work.​​​​​​​
RIP 3D Nation Shapes, you were too cool to be true.
RIP 3D Nation Shapes, you were too cool to be true.
Now, the theme for the Cross-Cultural Impact Jam was "amplifying voices." 
This was especially poignant, considering that every team in the jam was composed of teammates from 3 different countries: France, Canada, and the United States. But it was precisely because of the international environment that my team decided the best voices to amplify were our own.
Each of us had lived entirely different experiences, something our team hoped to reflect with the diorama system, each one designed by a teammate from that country.
Mood board a teammate made for the France diorama.
Mood board a teammate made for the France diorama.
First iteration of the diorama.
First iteration of the diorama.
Every diorama includes a variety of different images, like my French teammate's love of baraque à frites trucks juxtaposed with his experience being caught in a police altercation during the yellow vests protests.
The France diorama in the build we submitted to the jam!
The France diorama in the build we submitted to the jam!
This is admittedly hard to decipher in-game, but we know what each image means to us. What we don't know is what they mean to others. They could mean the same, or they could be completely different.
We just wanted to share them.
Our flags on the level select screen.
Our flags on the level select screen.
You can play Nation Shapes on itch.io.
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