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Let's have an in depth look at the Wacky Spores universe art style through the evolution of the graphics and look of Wacky Spores: The Chase.

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Hi everyone!

The release date for this little game is approaching fast, so I thought I would let you guys and gals have a closer look at the art style of the game.


Wacky Spores: The Chase shrinker weapon

The look of Wacky Spores: The Chase has changed quite a bit during the (long) development process (mainly because I am much more mature as an artist), but the core idea is there: solid colors on high poly 3D models and pre rendered sprites on colorful backgrounds.

Palette

The first big game-look-changer is the new palette. Not only it uses light concepts from color theory (an a whole differet lighing system in the 3D scene), but the color themselves are way softer and make more sense.

Wacky Spores: The Chase desert palette

The result is a palette that’s way easier on the eye with characters popping out of the background, making it easier to understand what’s going on.

3D Modeling

Second huge thing was the change from 3D plus 2D to full 3D for the characters, especially the mushrooms.

Wacky Spores: The Chase bumblebee comparison

Now even their face is 3D (instead of a texture), which not only means that close renderings are possibile without any loss in quality and detail, but that if needed I can change facial expressions in a more natural way.

Wacky Spores: The Chase new 3D mushroom

Animation

Last big thing is animation. I went from 10 frames animations to at least 32 ones.

Wacky Spores: The Chase animation comparison Wacky Spores: The Chase Bumblebee


Every animation is now also using some of the more impactful concepts from classic cartoon animation.

Animation Principles

Final touches

One little thing that helped with the flash-y/cheap look was reducing the strength of the black stroke around sprites. Pair that with general improvements in 3D lighting and increased resolution (from 1280x720 to 1920x1080) and there you have it: the game now looks way more mature and less cheap, but still colorful and funny.

Wacky Spores: The Chase desert screenshot


The game is coming out on Steam on 10 February 2017! See you guys there!

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