6 levels - all representing different colors of the color spectrum
+ white hub world + black final level
Each Level has 2 things to find — collectable colors that allow you more paint, and a color master that give you a new color
Exploratory platformer, a la Journey
Needs to allow for multiple routes to the solution
Scale is important, the levels need to feel big
How do you reward exploring and experimenting? New colors yes, but new techniques?
Goal of each level is to bring color back to the world
BLACK - city + hub world (with museum in the center)
BLUE - sky world
RED - Canyon
YELLOW - Forest
Once you get the primaries, you can color mix and see the second half of the world
ORANGE - Desert
PURPLE - Mountain
GREEN - Ocean / Beach
White - Amalgamation world, where elements of different places have been collaged
When you arrive in each world, there should be a tiny bit of color, showing how the locals have been fixing their home on their own time too.
Could build in Metroidvania elements where your exploration is rewarded by enhanced techniques, deeper paint bucket, wearables, etc
How do we express a fictional personality to a real person?
Could be cool to collage some aesthetics of famous painters across characters
Character isn't SPECIAL persay. They have access to the same tools as NPCs and the masters
Movement is key, with some kind of central color interactivity
- need to determine how color ties into a signature move for the character
- character needs to feel fluid + able to climb
— Do they wield an oversized paintbrush? (used to hover, glide, double jump)
- They could also use color more abstractly...
Key Feature is the big paint brush, build around that
- Double Jump (float on the way down)
- Wall grab of some sort
There should be a “look” button
Should be able to finish in one sitting - 3-6 hrs
Keep story super minimal
What is the core question of this game?
Leave room for speculation and imagination
The color is gone, and its your job to bring it back
Small scale exploration >
Open-ish world exploration >
High energy set piece >
emotional low >
Color returns >
When you topple the White kingdom there should def be some white spy characters who come through and help out from the shadows
Each color zone is an autonomous nation that each has its own variation on communal living + mutual aid. Each one can be a different utopian showcase, with a tie to a system of governance as well as a tie to a particular artistic movement.
Whats the most essential, bare minimum lore needed to understand whats going on?
Establish timeline of the world
Rules of the world - broadly + culturally
The evil force is whiteness - ie the absence of color
You play as a member of the black kingdom - ie the source of all colors as all colors are contained within black
very subtle but also overt commentary on blackness/whiteness