Midterm Proposal

My idea for my midterm project is to develop a variation of the classic brick breaker game. Instead of breaking bricks, the objective of the game is to prevent the ball from dropping from the bottom of the screen. The game will feature various items that the ball can hit that the player must navigate to keep the ball in play.

One of the unique features of the game is that hitting an obstacle can affect the gameplay in various ways. For example, if the ball hits a “sizing” obstacle, the size of the bar at the bottom of the screen may increase or decrease. Another obstacle could change the speed of the ball, making it either faster or slower. Some obstacles may be stationary, while others may move back and forth, making it more challenging to keep the ball in play.

The game will have different levels, and as the player progresses through the levels, the game’s difficulty will increase, requiring the player to react quickly and adapt to the changing gameplay.

I will get a better understanding of the complexity of the game once I start coding it but some of the challenge I believe I could possibly run into are the following:

– One of the most crucial aspects of the game is the collision detection between the ball and the obstacles. I will need to create an algorithm that can detect when the ball hits an obstacle and determine the correct response, such as changing the bar size or ball speed.
– Integrating a continuous scrolling background in the game to add a dynamic and immersive element to the gameplay experience. I have looked into some code examples that I could use for this.
– Finding the right balance between challenging and enjoyable gameplay. For this I will need to playtest the game extensively to ensure that it provides enough challenge to keep the player engaged, but not too much to become frustrating.

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