Welcome to the “beating heart of the universe,” an ancient, gear-driven clockwork from which all life springs. As the intrepid robot guardian of this tick-tocking world, wield your wrench and battery know-how to maintain intricately linked gear systems and fend off an evil force that seeks the power contained within.
This 3D puzzle-platformer’s detailed level design landed it a finalist spot at the 2017 E3 College Game Competition. The moving levels and platforms you see are no mere window dressing. They’re the result of a laborious effort on behalf of Studio 76, the student team that set out to create a dynamic environment for their puzzle-platforming adventure. Instead of relying on environmental objects that merely spin or move from left to right, the student developers built a series of intricate and fully-animated gear systems that would open doors, raise and lower staircases from the ground, and simulate the kind of clockwork movement found in real-world machinery. It was just one of the many innovations the team accomplished for their senior game project, which served as a stunning final portfolio piece, before graduating in the spring of 2017.