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The Rise and Fall of Ella V

The Rise and Fall of Ella V is a video game about being an inter-dimensional elevator operator.

Fast Facts

  • Title: The Rise and Fall of Ella V

  • Project Timeline: October 2017 - December 2017

  • Made for: VGDC Semester Project

  • Tech: Godot Engine

  • Platform: PC, Mac, Linux

  • My role: Programming Team Member

  • With: Video Game Development Club at UMN

Inter-Dimensional Elevator-Operating Action

Ella V is an elevator operator at her first day on the job. Unfortunately, nobody told her the elevator doesn't go between the floors of a building - it connects lobbies in different dimensions! As Ella V, it's your duty to escort your clientele back to their home dimensions one-by-one, quickly, before they get angry and storm away. More dimensions get added onto your elevator routine all the time, so you'll have to be speedy to keep up as your job gets harder and harder. How long can you last as an elevator operator?

I originally pitched this idea to the Video Game Development Club for the Fall 2017 semester project as a game that was well-suited to the design of VGDC itself. It featured a short and sweet game loop with simple, easy-to-make, and infinitely creative content for artists and audio designers alike. It was a concept that was easy to execute, but infinitely expandable (so long as we had time for it). I was happy to see that it won the vote, and we as a club began production on my game! During production, after my initial pitch, I worked on programming team and helped design the elevator's movement system, dimension and passenger generation, and the timer system for passengers.