Shapes of Gray is a game about shapes. Big shapes, little shapes, round shapes, square shapes… all kinds of shapes!
These shapes are the enemies you face in the game. Each shape has its own unique attack pattern. Most of the shapes are vulnerable to the player’s sword, but some of them have special properties, like only being able to be defeated by luring them into the wall, or exploding upon being attacked.
When designing Shapes of Gray, I came up with the levels by first creating the shapes, and then combining different layouts of them into each level to allow interesting scenarios to arise out of their interactions.
While the original version of Shapes of Gray had a good handful of shapes, the Wii U version will have a LOT more. I’m hard at work constructing these shapes right now, finely crafting them like an elf in a toy shop, making sure they’re as perfect as possible for the people who play the game next year.
But I got to thinking—drawing a shape isn’t too hard. My lack of artistic ability is why I’m making a game about shapes in the first place! And a lot of people have cool ideas for video game characters too. Some of my favorite memories from second grade are of drawing new Pokémon and other sorts of monsters—I’m sure those of you ten years older than me did the same with Robot Masters.
So I thought it would be fun to have a little contest where I let you guys design your shapes! Just draw an enemy shape, give it a description—how does it attack, how do you defeat it, etc.—and you’re done!
Of course, you can get more creative than that if you want. Wanna make a shape out of popsicle sticks and take a picture of it? Awesome! Wanna write some Shapes of Gray fan-fiction starring a new shape on the block? Sure! Anything goes!
All that you have to keep in mind is that each level (except for boss levels) has a 10-second time limit, the game takes place in a medium-sized circular arena, and the player’s only attack is swinging a short-range sword. As long as your shape fits those constraints, you’re good!
Heck, you can even break the constraints if you want! This is mainly just a for-fun contest. But, to make things interesting, let’s say that the most creative entries will win a free copy of Shapes of Gray on Wii U when it comes out early next year, and that if there’s a shape that’s really super-amazing, I might even put it in the game!
Since I’m no expert on contest-law, I’ll just put this disclaimer here that this is all for fun, no one is entitled to anything by entering, and that I can do whatever I want with the submissions you send in.
With that out of the way, let’s get the contest started! You can either leave a comment with your submission on this article or email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll keep the contest open until Friday, November 7. Have your submissions in by then!
Really excited to see what you all come up with—this is going to be a lot of fun!