Picture Perfect

A quirky painting sim for one.

About
Picture Perfect is a painting sim made in 4 days for the 2021 Scribble Jam by a team of 3.

I was responsible for game design and art.
Media
Figure out what's wrong with each painting—
Figure out what's wrong with each painting—
—and fix it!
—and fix it!
But if that's not your style—
But if that's not your style—
—just have fun painting!
—just have fun painting!
Process
Picture Perfect started as a microgame in a WarioWare-style game for the 2021 Scribble Jam.
Turns out, me and my friend ended up liking the microgame concept a whole lot more.
My friend's original concept for the painting microgame!
My friend's original concept for the painting microgame!
A mockup of what it'd look like in-game.
A mockup of what it'd look like in-game.
Gameplay turned out to be surprisingly easy to implement, so we immediately set to work creating paintings!
A little GIF of our first prototype in Unity, feat. OG brush that used to point left instead of right.
A little GIF of our first prototype in Unity, feat. OG brush that used to point left instead of right.
By the end of the jam we had a pretty solid pipeline: my friend made the concepts and I cleaned them up, adding puzzle elements where they fit.
Just your average jack-o'-lantern.
Just your average jack-o'-lantern.
Boom. Puzzle-ified.
Boom. Puzzle-ified.
 Realistic? Definitely. Easy to draw? Maybe not.
Realistic? Definitely. Easy to draw? Maybe not.
One redesign later and now she's got a recognizable shape that's easily mirrored!
One redesign later and now she's got a recognizable shape that's easily mirrored!
Once a painting is finished, it's time to rate it! Depending on the painting, players can earn one of 3 different types of ribbons for their artistic endeavors.​​​​​​​
For only the most, uh, "creative" artists.
For only the most, uh, "creative" artists.
Red ribbon, rad painting.
Red ribbon, rad painting.
Très magnifique.
Très magnifique.
But it wasn't always like that!
Picture Perfect originally featured a more traditional 3-star rating system. But between you and me, I feel like those kind of systems only reward perfection, that if a player doesn't earn the maximum number of stars, what's the point?
3-stars! Congratulations, you did it correctly.
3-stars! Congratulations, you did it correctly.
POV: you didn't get 3 stars.
POV: you didn't get 3 stars.
Of course, to some players, a big ol' turd ribbon might as well be a 1-star rating. But that's exactly the point: only to some players! Other players might go out of their way to get a poo ribbon on every painting—​​​​​​​something a binary rating system could only ever hope to achieve.
And more importantly, there's no humor in it!
The old "0 stars" animation. The disappointment is palpable.
The old "0 stars" animation. The disappointment is palpable.
You can play Picture Perfect on itch.io.
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