Art suggestions

I colored some parts of comics. And I think maybe we should add some exaplain sentences on comics. Because player will feel confused about the relationship between the comics and our gameplay. I think they are hard to connect the comics and game. The point is the comics didn’t reflect central purpose “defeat enemy through force and mass changing” .Maybe we can add parabola into comic.

For the animation of trees, I think maybe we can just make 3937F9A3-A2A7-41FF-9F64-04A0752E7E4Dthis part moved and don’t wave this part.B5C26185-3C8E-41C7-BE10-9B40C4D65223 It looks more like wind.

Implementation Update for 2nd Iteration

Changelog for the latest build:


  • Preamble comic
  • Better explosions
  • Better barrier
  • Stats UI Icons
  • UI indicators of the forces applied (angle and gravity; missing force scaling)
  • Robot-change head color to yellow
  • Animations for the boy (throw, hit, sidestep)
  • Removed the treehouse and added apples instead
  • Wind



  • Skip tutorial button
  • Shorter tutorial
  • Fast forward button
  • Reset level button (for when you get stuck)
  • Discrete movement to 8 discrete radii sections (for now it works on top of the regular movement with the keys Z and C)
  • Control for the initial impulse angle of the throw (throwing straight down, or up, etc.)
  • New levels, tweaked to make the new mechanics of the wall and angle more relevant and balancing the difficulty
  • Tweaked the collision box for the robot


  • Once level cleared, no need to click continue twice

Internal changes:

  • The format of the script for specifying the tutorial and levels has changed! Specifically, the instuction for setting up a level now takes the following parameters:
    • # level
    • # hit points allowed
    • # of regular apples
    • # of sticky apples
    • # of rotten apples
    • type of the default apple (0,1,2)
    • # of bots
    • # of boats
    • # of cars
    • # of tanks



Art Updates

All five panels of the proposed comic strip to introduce the main plot of our game have been outlined and are ready to be colored. The first panel is colored, and the rest will be finished this week by Caroline and by Junyu as well to spread out the work evenly. 

The boy animation is still underway, there is still a weird pop that does not align with the movement of the player. This will be looked further into.

Last week Natalie and I looked into the particle system in Unity and were able to created a “kapow” comic like effect for when the player is hit, to further distinguish the hit. The failed attempt apple effect was also slightly modified.


Meeting Notes – Iteration 5 plans

  • Breaking up tutorial levels with regular levels
  • Reorder tutorial levels–first rotation, second parabola, third is apple types
  • Preamble comic
    Little Newton is under the tree, playing with toys instead of studying.  Then an apple falls on his head and he gets an idea and starts reading and writing physics things down and ignoring the toys.  The toys become alive and get mad and start coming towards him.
  • Remove treehouse, replace with apples
  • Remaining iteration 4 plans
  • Change movement to 8 discrete radii sections
  • Robot-change head color to yellow
  • Add leaves to improve style consistency

Stats UI Drawings

I have added some new Stats UI Drawings. I put them in the drop box folder named UI Ning. On one hand, these UI drawings can remind player the remaining lives and remaining enemies. On the other hand, they will make the stats UI more fun. I made them look very simple, because these stats UI drawings may occupy a small space in the game interface, if they look too complex, those details will be ignored even reduce the beauty of interface when they are scaled down. In the future, I can make some changes and make them look more attractive and more stereoscopic.

Season 2 Iteration 1 plans

Plans for making the game “fun”

  • Explosions.
    Motivation: Explosions.
  • A skip tutorial button
    Motivation: avoid boredom from redoing tutorial
  • Barriers
    Motivation: Add a puzzle-type challenge to hitting certain enemies.  Also synchronizes with the impulse angle mechanic
  • Control for the initial impulse angle of the throw [throwing straight down, or up, etc.]
    Motivation: lower impulse angles will allow for faster throw, higher can avoid the barrier
  • Stats UI Drawings
    Motivation: Make the stats UI more fun

    • Remaining lives
    • Remaining enemies
    • Remaining apples
  • Animation additions: Boy side-stepping and background subtle wind movements
    Motivation: More dynamic aesthetics
  • UI cues
    Arrows displaying force and mass effects on parabola

Scripted Tutorial and Level Editor

Instead of a complex set of rules and conditions for the tutorial, the game now uses a scripting system that allows us to precisely define and modify the tutorial and any levels we want to add.

The game loads a script from a plain text, tab separated file that can be edited with any text editor. Since it’s tab separated, it can also be copied to a spreadsheet (Excel or Google Docs) and edited very easily. Each line of the script is a command and has 4 fields:

  1. The command
  2. Any parameters required by the command (optional)
  3. A terminating condition (optional)
  4. A delay (optional)

The script interpreter will read a line from the script file and execute the given command with any parameters specified. Then, it checks for the terminating condition (if any) and waits until it’s valid. Then it launches a timer delay (if any) and moves the script pointer to the next line in the script file.

The commands (with it’s parameters, all required, separated by spaces) currently available are:

  • nothing: do nothing (usually for waiting for some compound termination condition)
  • text: displays a text in the text box
    • string: the text to display in the text box
  • reset: removes all enemies, apples and traps from the environment (used when restarting a level)
  • enable: enables game mechanics (used for the tutorial).

    • numeric: what element to enable (both in the gameplay and UI elements) where:
      • 0: all disabled
      • 1: enables firing projectiles
      • 2, 3: enables projectile types
      • 4: enables force and mass control (parabolic arc)
      • 5: enables rotation and camera movement
      • 6: enables the statistics box and general gameplay
  • setup: sets up the next level or tutorial section by setting the level counter, number of enemies, projectiles and lives given
    • numeric: level identifier
    • numeric: enemies that may be spawned before completing the level (99 for the tutorial)
    • numeric: number of total projectiles allowed
    • numeric: number of regular projectiles
    • numeric: number of sticky projectiles
    • numeric: number of frictionless trap projectiles
    • numeric: the default apple that is given to the player (which may not be able to change it in the early parts of the tutorial)
      • 0: regular projectiles
      • 1: sticky projectiles
      • 2: frictionless trap projectiles
    • numeric: number of lives or hits allowed
  • spawn: spawns a new enemy
    • numeric: the type of enemy, where:
      • 0: the bot
      • 1: the boat
      • 2: the car
      • 3: the tank
    • float 0.0-1.0: the radial location  for spawning*
      • 0.0: east
      • 0.25: north
      • 0.5: west
      • 0.75: south
    • float 0.0-1.0: the distance for spawning*
      • 0.0: right next to the player home section
      • 0.5: half way, about 45 units from the center
      • 1.0: the bush area perimeter, about 80 units from the center
    • boolean 0 or 1: wether the enemy is moving or not
    • string: enemy identifier for the tutorial and terminating conditions
    • boolean 0 or 1: wether the enemy is highlighted with a special marker
  • startwave: sets up a player turn for a level
    • numeric: level identifier

About the terminating conditions: There are several terminating conditions that can be used in the script to wait for events to happen before proceeding. Currently there we implemented the following:

  • win-ENEMYID: when an enemy with a specified identifier reaches the top
  • kill-ENEMYID: when the player kills an enemy with specified identifier
  • pop-apple: when a projectile is destroyed by a tank
  • splash: when a frictionless trap has been set
  • shoot-TYPE: when a projectile of the specified type is shot
  • endwave-LEVELID: when a level is finished successfully (# of enemies killed+enemies won is equal to # of enemies spawned)

*For reference:

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Let’s look at the script used by the tutorial and the first level:

reset 0 0
enable 0 0
text Welcome to Little Newton, a Team Serious game. 1
text Let’s learn how to play. 1
spawn 2 0.85 0.25 1 car1 1 0
text Did you notice that? That is a member of the Evil League of Toys trying to distract you! win-car1 1
text The toys will attempt to climb your hill; if they reach the top you will lose a life. 1
enable 1 0
setup 0 99 1 0 0 0 99 0
spawn 2 0.75 0.65 0 car2 1 0
text Let’s try to fight those evil toys. Press Space to fire an apple. kill-car2 1
text Perfect! 1
setup 0 99 99 0 0 0 99 0
spawn 3 0.75 0.65 0 tank1 1 0
text What’s that? Try shooting it with an apple! pop-apple 0
text The apple didn’t work because the enemy was too heavy to be knocked over. Let’s try something else… 1
enable 2 0
setup 0 99 1 1 1 2 99 0
text Let’s use a different kind of apple. splash 1
text This created a low friction zone; let’s see how it affects an incoming toy tank. 0
spawn 3 0.75 0.50 1 tank2 1 kill-tank2 0
text Did you see that? Amazing! The toy tank slipped because of the low friction zone you made! 1
setup 0 99 0 0 0 2 99 0
enable 0 0
spawn 1 0.75 0.65 1 boat1 1 0
text Another enemy? win-boat1 0
text What was that? It seems that the little surface contact of the boat did not slip… 1
enable 2 0
setup 0 99 0 1 0 1 99 0
text Time to test another apple type! shoot-1 0
spawn 1 0.75 0.65 1 boat2 1 kill-boat2 0
reset 0
setup 0 99 99 0 0 0 99 0
text Game on! 0
spawn 0 0.75 0.4 0 bot1 1 0
spawn 0 0.75 0.25 0 bot2 1 0
spawn 0 0.75 0.6 0 bot3 1 0
text What is this? A new type of enemy? When does this stop? 1
enable 4 0
text This will be tricky. You have to hit them in the head. Try adjusting your power! kill-bot1 0
nothing kill-bot2 0
nothing kill-bot3 0
text Great work! And now for the real deal! 1
reset 5 0
enable 5 0
setup 0 99 99 0 0 0 99 0
spawn 2 0.85 0.66 0 car3 1 0
spawn 2 0.75 0.66 0 car4 0 0
spawn 2 0.65 0.66 0 car5 1 0
text Use the arrows to move around and the mouse to change the camera angle. kill-car3 0
nothing kill-car4 0
nothing kill-car5 0
text Fantastic! 1
reset 0 0
enable 6 0
text One last thing: look at the stats to see how many enemies, apples and hits there are total. 1
text And now, let’s play! 1
text Wave 1 0
reset 6 0
setup 1 6 3 3 3 0 99 0
spawn 2 0.0 1.0 1 car 0 0
spawn 2 0.5 1.0 1 car 0 0
spawn 2 0.75 1.0 1 car 0 0
startwave 0
spawn 2 0.0 1.0 1 car 0 3
spawn 2 0.5 1.0 1 car 0 3
spawn 2 0.75 1.0 1 car 0 3
nothing endwave-1 0