Operation: CO

Maximilian Kinney


Maximilian Kinney

This project aims to illustrate that interactions between players increases intrinsic motivation and enjoyment.

Operation: CO is a co-operative 2d physics-based puzzle platformer, where one player takes control of a helicopter with a claw suspended by a chain, and the other player controls a character on the ground who can run, jump, and latch on to surfaces. The player controlling the helicopter can use their claw to interact with the environment and help the other player. The goal of each level is to try to either get the grounded player to the goal, or a throwable object.
The game focuses on cooperation between 2 players, where they must work together to progress, including scenarios where the helicopter player must help the grounded player traverse gaps, and where players must coordinate switch and buttons presses to allow the other player to proceed.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

working as a lead designer/programmer for a company

What is a good design for you?

Something that does what it is intended to do well

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

I realized halfway through my studies that I enjoyed programming, but at that point there

Who or what inspires you?

My own personal experiences in life

How do you approach a new project?

focus on mechanics first, the core gameplay loop, smooth controls and art come later

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

don't stick to what you know, branch out and try to do different things

Have you changed during your studies? How?

I realized that I quite enjoy coding, and moved from a purely Design focus to a coding/design focus

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

Video games have made me who I am today, and I want to be

What are you not going to miss in your studies?

I will be working in the field, and be given instructions on what to do. A lot of my assignments were open ended, allowing me to do anything. That unfortunately gave me too much of a lack of focus on what I should do.

How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

by looking for a job in the industry

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