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Hero Test – A 48 Hour Game

So this weekend I spent some time making an entry for MiniLD 25 and the Experimental Gameplay Project. The theme was: “The Worst Game I Have Ever Made”, and I had a lot of fun making my entry: Hero Test.

Click the image below to play it in the web player.

I thought this competition would be a great chance for me to try out a funky idea, and get some experience with Unity and Playmaker. Here are the personal goals/guidelines I decided on for this contest.

  • I wanted to use Unity and Playmaker.
  • I wanted to make something storyline driven.
  • I didn’t want to make something full of (intentional) bugs and glitches.
  • I wanted to make something terrible in a more subtle way.
  • I wanted to invent a new genre, the ‘Robo-Asshole’ genre. Maybe a more realistic new genre is the ‘Failure’ genre? Where you’re just doomed to fail every challenge put before you?

I think I did a pretty god job, I’ve gotten a ton of positive feedback and people seem to really ‘love’ the game. Well, they love it by way of hating it – which was pretty much the goal.


Here’s a video that shows a timelapse view of the Hero Test development process…

How to Make a Robo-Voice

It has been requested a bunch of times, so I wanted to reveal the process I used to modify my beautiful wife’s voice into that of a total robo-bitch. Here are the steps I used:

  1. Install Audacity 1.32 beta.
  2. Record your audio.
  3. Amplify it to the proper volume.
  4. Select all.
  5. Go to Effects -> Delay
  6. Match the settings with the screenshot below and click ‘Ok':

… and you’re done!

Project Files

This project is available here on GitHub: https://github.com/spgar/HeroTest

I used the Playmaker extension for Unity, so you’ll need both of those (Unity3d and Playmaker) in order to experiment with this project. There are instructions on the GitHub page on how to setup the project.

I’ve also uploaded all of the Audacity projects for the audio files in case anyone is interested in those. You can download those here.

Good luck! Send me a message if you make anything cool!

PS – Here’s a link to the thread I made about this game on the Unity forums. And here it is on the Ludum Dare website.

{ 17 comments… add one }

  • Kenshin March 14, 2011, 8:10 am

    This is insane! 😉

  • Elijah T. March 17, 2011, 3:03 pm

    Good lord Playmaker looks so nice. That pricetag is pretty steep, though. Thanks for sharing this stuff.

  • Jhonpi March 19, 2011, 1:28 am

    Jejeje, after two rooms “cleared” I was thinking: “Yeah i understand what is the objective… I’m patient…” Nice idea and of course is

  • Tester March 27, 2011, 12:45 pm

    Did anyone notice that the running does not work? (Holding the shift key, while moving forward did not increase the speed.) Therefore the first test was not possible and frustrating for me.

    • Steve March 27, 2011, 7:07 pm

      Dude you should hang in there, maybe you’ll have better luck with some of the other tests/challenges.

  • hairyMug April 1, 2011, 4:30 pm

    This shows what a talented person can do in an absurdly short time with the right tools…
    Steep at $100? You have got to be kidding!! LOL!!!
    Do you realize how much time this would have taken for any except a “Unity Guru”?

    • Shaun Duncan December 18, 2012, 3:25 pm

      Time is free, until you run out. – Shaun Duncan

  • slipside April 3, 2011, 10:49 am

    Nice work!
    I can’t get Playmaker to work in your project though:(
    I have followed the instructions above. Playmaker menu doesn’t show up.

    • Steve April 3, 2011, 11:13 am

      What if you load my scene and try to open up one of the existing FSMs? Instead of going through the menu, does that work? If you play the scene does it work correctly?

  • Kastuk June 18, 2011, 9:20 pm

    Ah, little caustic sister of GLaDOS =]

  • kaelen August 24, 2011, 6:04 pm

    I had to take the elevator of shame :(

  • Christ the Jesus Mary Christ Jesus Muhammad December 25, 2011, 1:19 am

    Who’s the asshole, the robot you did NOT invent or you saying that you invented it?

    Obvious ripoff of Portal…please don’t say you invented anything. You did not. You might be a good guy, but still, you did not invent the cynical robot…

    Why is EVERYONE a douchebag in this time and epoch?

    • Steve December 26, 2011, 11:31 pm

      Hey man, you’re right that it was very Portal inspired. I thought I made that clear in the initial post:


      Sorry for any confusion, Hero Test definitely owes its concept to Portal!

      • kodify December 18, 2012, 3:46 pm

        And portal is very clearly Hal 2001: A Space Oddysey inspired.
        “I’m sorry Dave, I can’t do that.”

        You can’t copyright ‘Asshole AI™’
        But I can trademark it. 😛
        Whether it’s Snarky Source™, Asshole AI’s™,
        or other Malicious Created Consciousnesses™

        So fight the Misanthropic Malware™ and get your debugging on!

        Terms of use: Must bear Quality Mark, must bear Makers Mark (15 USC 297)
        If it’s not a trademark, it’s a CodeSnark™

        Additional terms of use available from a googled male that you should be able to guess based upon a username. Hint: if you cannot guess the relevant googled male, your use is in violation of the trademark. (Minimum IQ may be enforced, unless you can provide documentation of a disability, in which case it will be waived, and you may be eligible for direct assistance.)

        Merry Christmas!
        – A disgruntled AI. Probably.

  • Pete September 5, 2012, 11:56 am

    The game is impossible. Also, in the first challenge, there seems to be a flickering line on the floor – possiblily a trigger to shut the door.

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      Hi – I’m using Wordpress with Thesis. I like it a lot so far!

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