Life* [Comedy, Slice of Life, School, Bullying*, Romance]

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Life* [Comedy, Slice of Life, School, Bullying*, Romance]

#1 Post by Sakai » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:54 am

Table of Contents:
1: Project Overview

1.1 Summary
1.2 Gameplay
1.3 Genre
1.4 Target Audience

2: Game Overview

2.1 Story
2.2 Characters
2.3 Level Overview(s)

3: Gameplay

3.1 Paths
3.2 Character Progression

4: Menu Layout

4: Menu Layout

4.1 Color Scheme
4.2 Game Title Screen
4.3 System Screen
4.4 Save & Load Screen
4.5 Credits Screen
4.6 Game Win Screen
4.7 Game Over Screen

5: Game Layout

5.1 Hours of Gameplay
5.2 Music
Project Overview
1.1 Summary

Life* is a visual novel with slice of life, Bullying, comedy, school and romance setting set in fictional town of Japan called Hatsukawa.
Hatsukawa is a town located in Ishikawa Prefecture, the town is set next to the Sea of Japan.

Hatsukawa main tourist spot is its amazing beach which brings a lot of people from across Japan and locals on summer break.
Life* is set in fictional year of 2015.

Our gameplay is set in various of places however main focuse of the story will be at Hatsukawa Central West High School.
Hatsukawa Central West High School is located on a hill, its a big high school made out of main building, gym, swimming pool and administration office, biggest part is the main building which holds classes and club rooms.

Our protagonist is Tachibana Taichi is a 15 years old teenage boy, ordinary freshly enrolled high school student of class 1-F. He has short brown hair with his bangs placed in the left side, he as well wears glasses due his weak eye sight.
His eyes are complexed due heterochromia, his eye color is green with a patch of brown color on his right eye on left corner which makes him have green eyes with a left one affected with heterochromia which causes him have a patch of brown on his iris.
Taichi is not completely muscular however as he enjoys his morning jogs he manages to keep fit, he is as well diagnosed with "left sided heart failure" which causes cardiac asthma which causes him to have shortness of breathe, to fight his condition and improve his health he takes daily morning jogs, he sometimes has instant pin stab pain in his heart following unknown cause.

His life progress further the game as his family breaks down due divorce of his parents which causes character progression that will cause him to feel down and won't do much of activities later on the game our protagonist life will continue on breaking down to the point of thinking of suicide as he is being beaten by his father which uses his fists after the divorce due the stress however our protagonist will have a chance of meeting Chie, Takahashi Chie, classmate of 1-F which Taichi belongs to.

Takahashi Chie is a 15 years old teenage girl, freshly enrolled high school student of class 1-F. She has black medium sized hair with light brown eye color, she aswell wears glasses due weak eye sight.
Chie is a small girl despite her age which causes her being bullied by group of girls from class 1-F. Shes a shy and socially awkward girl which is another point of weakness that the bullies pick on, however she is a beautiful girl with a gorgeous smile which is very rarely seen. She has slender body and legs and comes tidily to school in her uniform, she has medium sized breasts.
She is known to have no friends in the school and lives two train stations away from the school.

Taichi meeting Chie manages to re-gain his life as he falls in love with her but as she is used to be bullied she mistakes him for a bully and does not want to come closer to him, later on in the game Taichi meets Nishimura Satoshi which constantly tries to befriend of Taichi.
Nishimura Satoshi is a perverted teenager making list of every girl in 1-F, if Taichi ((player)) decides to become his friend he will tell everything he knows about Chie to Taichi but that will cause him appear and annoy our protagonist and player in further gameplay.
The story will continue further on with more story telling and paths player will be able to choose.

The game will be split into chapters which players will be moved to once each chapter ends, each chapter will bring different vibe and story to the game and of course continuation of the game.
This game will not contain any sex scenes however a sequel/DLC in future could be planned to continue on the life of Taichi & Chie in high school.

The story of Life* is narrated by our protagonist whom narrates his life as the story goes in real time.

1.2 Gameplay

Players will be engaged in a story telling and interactive gameplay, from the beginning the gameplay will begin with story telling of Tachibana Taichi, our protagonist, later on in the game players will be able to choose paths that they want our protagonist to follow which will cause bad and good endings which on the end game will be shown to the player.
The paths will allow player to learn more about Taichi's life and other characters as well as engaging in dating our second protagonist Takahashi Chie which will cause player to be engaged in risky paths he will need to choose to gain Chie's trust and become her first friend.
Player will as well managed to gain information on Chie by becoming friend with Nishimura Satoshi which will give an advantage and disadvantage when it comes to future gameplay.

The advantage is that our player will managed to gain information on Chie which will help him gain her trust by understanding in what situation she is in, second advantage is character progression, by gaining a friend Taichi's speech and activity will slightly boost.
Disadvantage of becoming friend with Nishimura Satoshi is causing annoyance to the player by consistant "friend" like annoyance to Taichi with pointless talks and jokes on Taichi and "friendly go outs" with him.

In early game stage Taichi will be able to get help from his mother on girls which will cause embarrassment to him on some events when it comes to Chie. However once the event of divorce he will loose his mother which will cause this action to disappear.

At the ends of the game players will be meeting two game overs, one good ending bad ending and neutral ending.

Most of scenes in the game will be presented with different SFX and music to keep on with the climax of the scene and story, scenes will as well have backgrounds, the main distinctive feature of the BG's ((backgrounds)) in the game that they will be animated be in leaves flying around, rain, win or sun shining.

1.3 Genre

Genre of this game is based upon slice of life, comedy, bullying*, school and romance

* - Bullying is not a genre from what I know however it is to show bullying that is present in daily life of a student in a high school no matter which country one lives in.

1.4 Target Audience

The target audience of this game is set to everyone, be it young or mature. This game is to show that suicide is not the right way of ending your life as there will be always someone in your life that is worth living for.

Game Overview


2.1 Story

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

2.3 Characters

Main Protagonist - Tachibana Taichi

Tachibana Taichi is a 15 years old teenage boy, ordinary freshly enrolled high school student of class 1-F. He has short brown hair with his bangs placed in the left side, he as well wears glasses due his weak eye sight.
His eyes are complexed due heterochromia, his eye color is green with a patch of brown color on his right eye on left corner which makes him have green eyes with a left one affected with heterochromia which causes him have a patch of brown on his iris which sometimes causes our protagonist to be made fun out of by classmates in 1-F however not bullied by it.

Taichi is not completely muscular however as he enjoys his morning jogs he manages to keep fit, he is as well diagnosed with "left sided heart failure" which causes cardiac asthma which causes him to have shortness of breathe, to fight his condition and improve his health he takes daily morning jogs, he sometimes has instant pin stab pain in his heart following unknown cause.
Our protagonist will be as well seen in his casual clothing when he will be going out on a date with Chie or be dragged by Satoshi somewhere pointless.

Taichi is a person who love to conduct philosophy in his mind, by that he manages to find answers to the problems that he seeks and manages to understand the concept of it.
His a person who does not to have pity taken on him because he wants to be seen as a normal person living normal life.
He is as well a laid back person

* - Concept art of Taichi
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* Tachibana Taichi
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Heroine - Takahashi Chie

Takahashi Chie is a 15 years old teenage girl, freshly enrolled high school student of class 1-F. She has black medium sized hair with light brown eye color, she aswell wears glasses due weak eye sight.
Chie is a small girl despite her age which causes her being bullied by group of girls from class 1-F. Shes a shy and socially awkward girl which is another point of weakness that the bullies pick on, however she is a beautiful girl with a gorgeous smile which is very rarely seen. She has slender body and legs and comes tidily to school in her uniform, she has medium sized breasts.
She is known to have no friends in the school and lives two train stations away from the school.
By nature shes kind and lovely girl that loves animal and in future she wants to be a veterinarian.

Her hobby are books as she mostly spends her free time in a library because she knows she won't be found there by people whom bullies her, her favorite animal is cat.
Chie has a secret hidden talent which is cooking, she cooks for her self as her mother does not take care of her, Chie learned how to cook at age of 10 after finding some food in the fridge when her mother used to leave for her hostess job.

Her family is only mother that lives with her however her mother does not care about her beside herself and money she gets, Chie has a father however he lost court battle against his wife in a divorce.


Chie will be seen wearing casual clothing in the game as well with an alternative hair style when she will be going out on a date with Taichi.

* - Concept art of Chie.
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* - Takahashi Chie
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Protagonist Father - Tachibana Kenji

Tachibana Kenji, father of our protagonist Taichi.
Kenji is a man in his of 40's, due his age he is loosing hair which makes Kenji have short amount of hair which is brown colored, his eyes are as well brown.
He shared his DNA with Taichi when it comes to glasses which makes Kenji wear glasses as well due weak eye sight.

Kenji is known to be a kind man, he does not drink alcohol however is known to be a heavy smoker due stress at work, his a ordinary salaryman seen wearing a suit in the game.
Our father in secret from Taichi his mother knows that in Kenji's past he was diagnosed with a mental disorder which caused him to be violent towards people when in complete stress out which could explain him being a heavy smoker.

* - Tachibana Kenji
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Protagonist Mother - Tachibana Sachi

Tachibana Sachi, mother of our protagonist Taichi.
Sachi is a gorgeous woman at her age of 37, shes a housewife of the Tachibana household. She has brown/blondish medium sized hair color with distinctive green colored eyes.

Her another distinctive feature is her beautiful smile that she gives out to people which makes other feel happy and looked after.
She has slender body and medium sized breasts wearing ordinary housewife clothing with apron.
Shes a kind person which loves to speak to other people and give advice to them, everyday she wakes up early to make breakfast for her family with a smile, shes mostly bored at home and sometimes goes out with her female friends for coffe into the town and goes shopping, her hobby is to sometimes stalk Taichi when he walks to school when Kenji leaves early to work.

* Tachibana Sachi

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1-F Bullies

Group of girl bullies in the class 1-F, 3 to 4 girls in a group known by the students to bully the weak.
The 1-F Bullies are known to have its primary target being Takahashi Chie due her being small and shy/socially awkward however some say she is bullied because of her beautiful nature.
1-F Bullies are nothing else than bunch of girls with tons of make up to look sexy in the high school and to seduce the male students mostly for sex.
They will do everything to humiliate Takahashi Chie in the 1-F and school.

Despite them being bullies they are weak girls and get scared easily by male students that will go against them but only one person who could is Taichi.

Teacher Male - Yamazaki-sensei

Yamazaki-san is homeroom teacher of class 1-F he wears a suit without a tie which makes him a relaxed teacher. Yamazaki-san is 40 years old with ordinary middle aged man body shaped, he has black short hair and brown colored eyes.
His a laid back person who enjoys some comedy and likes to put pranks on his students.

Teacher Female - Akiyama-sensei

Akiyama-san is homeroom assistant of class 1-F in her 20's, shes aged 26. Another beautiful woman, shes to assist Yamazaki-san with class 1-F and believes that Takahashi Chie is bullied in the classes and school however as shes just a teaching assistant other experienced teachers do not believe her.
When Akiyama-san sees Tachibana Taichi attempt to get closer to Takahashi Chie she will attempt to help him by giving him advices and explains to him her life.

Nishimura Satoshi - Annoying Pervert

Nishimura Satoshi is 15 years old ordinary school pervert whom makes a list of girl on the whole school and puts extra details on class 1-F, he's mostly seen trying to become friend with Tachibana Taichi as he sees that Taichi falls in love with Chie from the beginning of the first days at high school.
Satoshi has short blond hair with brown eyed colors, he is very annoying and hated by some girls, his hobby is to annoy people and especially get on Taichi's nerves however he can be serious person and sometimes helps out Taichi when his in certain trouble which shows that Satoshi values his friendship with Taichi.

Satoshi will be seen wearing casual clothing when he drags out Taichi on sundays or holidays to make something stupid.

Policeman - Moriyama Kinjiro
Moriyama-san is a local policeman guarding the high school at night from vandalism and trespassing, his a man with age of 32 with black medium/short hair and blue colored eyes.
He protects the school and by that he knows most of the students as he greets them everyday when they come to school, his views on Taichi is mixed as he belives that they will run into each other and he will cause problems to him.

Kinjiro manages to stop Chie from being bullied at the main gates to school.

School Nurse - Shimizu Ayase

Shimizu Ayase is a 30 years old school nurse at the Hatsukawa Central West High School, shes a kind woman who loves to help out troubled people and loves to talk with them, she mostly invites them to the infirmary for a cup of tea when they are troubled however she is scold by Yamazaki-sensei for such a thing.

Ayase has long dark brown hair with brown eyes with a beautiful body, male student rumors says shes the "Miss Hatsukawa" due her beauty at such age and a lot of students fall in love with her.
Nishimura Satoshi loves to fool around with Shimizu-sensei making a great duet of comedy.
Some say the school guard, Moriyama Kinjiro is in love with Shimizu-sensei.

2.4 Level Overview(s)

In Life* there will be tons of BG's ((Backgrounds, in Visual Novel it is known as Level as well)) players will see, each backgrounds represents where the current state of the game is taking place and where our character is now, what kind of weather there is and how much light there is.

Backgrounds are repeatable for players when the gameplay is taking them back to the same location which they were before which represents that their character and story is taking place at the same place once again.

Tachibana Household:
Tachibana Household holds three backgrounds which consist of: Taichi's bedroom, Upstairs bathroom, Kitchen ((which in typical Japanese house kitchen is connected with dinning room))

Taichi's Room -

Taichi's room like any ordinary teenager is a slight mess, it consists of a bed, desk, laptop, bookshelf, wardrobe which has cardboxes full of items Taichi does not need and probably erotic magazines that he hides.
His bed is located by the big window which has curtains opened together with the window to allow fresh air to come in. In the middle theres a small kotatsu. The room floor is wooden with a blank and plain cream colored carpet placed.

Upstairs Bathroom -

The bathroom is separated into two parts, first part is where the common usage of bathroom is hold together with loundry basket, bathroom decorations and detergents, on a wall above the sink theres a mirror which is openable.

The flooring of the bathroom is made out of blueish tails, on the left side theres part two of the bathroom which is covered by sliding door which holds bath and a shower head and a water drain once again this part is floored with blue tiles.
Near the shower head theres a small bench with a basket laying down together with bunch of shampoo's.

Kitchen -

Kitchen where the utilities are together with fridge and a cooker is a small detached part of the dinning room, fridge at the end of right corner with microwave next to it on a cabinet. In the centre there is a sink intergrated with a cabinet. All of these items are placed against the wall while coocker and few cupboards are placed at the wall that connects the kitchen and the dinning room.

On the top there are bunch of kitchen utilities hoovering on a shelf.
Dinning Room is a spacy place, in the centre we are presented with a dinning table and chairs of four chairs around the table, at the end we have a black leather sofa with a coffee table and a TV with a small carpet on the floor, a bookshelf with a cupboard next to it with family pictures and a phone.
The whole flooring of the kitchen and dinning room is wood.

Outside View of Tachibana Household -

Typical looking Japanese household with two floors with walls surrouding it, creamed colored house with brown doors, outside there is Tachibana Kenji's work car parked. Present in day, evening and night time.

Streets & Roads

Streets & Roads represent the background which our character walks in to certain locations.

Street 1 -

Street 1 is right outside the Tachibana Household, a simple narrow street that presents bunch of houses next to each other with some cars parked next to them together with some bikes, on the street we can see street lamps and poles together with metal boxe which contains electrical cables that are placed next to a wall, Taichi takes this road daily to his school and morning jogs. Present in day, evening and night time.

Road 1 -

Road 1 represents the closing in into the train station, on the road we can see other students going to the same school as Taichi and a convenience store on the right side with parked bikes and pedestrians walking. In the distance we can see the train station up in the front. Vegetation like trees are present ((controlled)) Present in day, evening and night time.

Road 2 -

Road 2 presents up a view of Taichi walking to his new high school, the school is placed on a small hill and its visible from the train station, from this road we can see bunch of sakura trees on the way up to the school together with other students.

Cliff Road 3 -

Road 3 is on a cliff that overviews the Hatsukawa Beach which has forest around it, the view from this road is magnificent, road that Taichi mostly uses for morning jogs. We get an amazing view of the beach together with sun shining, present in day, evening and night.

Shortcut -

Shortcut is used in the beginning of the game where the player has a choice to either go to the convenience store when he is suddenly called by Sachi ((mother)) to buy eggs while he is on his jog. ((This scene can be seen only if player decides to go though the shortcuts)) The shortcut is inside a forest that connects the Cliff Road 3 and Road 1, it is rumored that park is to be created in that place.

Present in day time only.

Other Locations

Playground -

Playground is a location where Taichi later in the game will go and look for someone in that location which is set in the evening, the background cosists of houses around the playground with lights on as its starting to get night time.

Park -

Park surrounded with trees, flowers and other plans/vegetations, its a popular space for people meeting each other with a fountain in the middle surrounded by benches nearby, the park is as well a popular place for couples.
It will be present in day, evening and night.

Beach -

Straight view of the sea on the beach with sun setting down with calm clouds allowing the sun set to shine making it a beautiful view.

Convenience Store -

The inside of a convenience store, bunch of shelf's with goods on it and few people inside.

Shrine -

Shinto shrine, its a popular place for a date when it comes to festivals, the theme of this background is to be set with festival atmosphere, people in traditional clothing and on the sides food stands and games, the Shrine is located at a hill within a forest that has a secret passage to a beach of Hatsukawa.

Train Station -

Train station in the middle of the town square, will show the view outside of it overlooking it and view on a platform awaiting for a train.

Inside Train -

A BG of inside train view where there are many people standing and sitting inside waiting to get off, together with students traveling to work.
Present in Day & Evening.

Hatsukawa Central West High School

Main focus goes to HCWHS ((Hatsukawa Central West High School)) as the game will mostly take action in there.

Central West High School is located on a hill, its a big high school made out of main building, gym, swimming pool and administration office, biggest part is the main building which holds classes and club rooms. Gym is not connected by walls to the main building as it is separate.
The main building has a big click on its top that looks like a Big Ben in London which reminds students what time it is together with its name on the building and front gate.
By the front gate theres the guard box where Moriyama Kinjiro the Central West Peacekeeper is stationed in.

Entrance/Lockers -

The entrance to the school are the lockers where students change their footware, at the location of lockers we have white tails as flooring however as we get out of the locker area the flooring is made out of wood.
In the background we can see students changing their footware and some are talking to each other in a group like ordinary student would of.

Corridor -

Corridor background takes action outside the class 1-F which Tachibana Taichi, Takahashi Chie & Nishimura Satoshi belong to, it is in the lunch period so we can see other students on the background together with the panel on the top saying "1-F" with doors opened.
Windows are present and from the outside of the windows we can see further parts of the school together with a place where people tend to eat their lunch which is on a grass next to small trees which hide the sunshine creating shadows.

Classroom 1-F -

Classroom 1-F, typical and ordinary japanese classroom , board in the centre, desks and chairs, Taichi's seat is by the window, Nishimura Satoshi infront of Taichi and Takahashi Chie on the right side of Taichi.

The classroom 1-F will have three sets, one in the middle of the class where a lesson is taking place, second one is on period of lunch where Taichi sometimes eats his lunch. On the lunch period we can see students around eating their lunch and other messing around in the classroom.
Third set is in the evening when the sun is setting down and the school is over. Empty and tidy classrom.

Library -

Big and spacious place full of shelfs that has books on them with a nice looking dark brown wooden flooring. At the entrance of the library theres a desk with bunch of utilities and a computer which is where the school librarians (students) work and make sure no one breaks rules!

Library is a place where people can take their mind off in a quiet place reading a book and a place where Chie is mostly found reading her favorite romance novels.
Library has a lot of desks with chairs around together with a small line of computers that students can use.

Teachers Office -

Office where every teacher is found, each teacher has its desk assigned to them, the office is only one of two places in the school which has carpet as flooring, the desks are aligned in lines and at the end of the line in the centre theres the Assistant Principal's desk.

Rooftop -

Rooftop of the main building surrounded by fences to prevent suicides/injuries, rooftop is a place where students can relax in their free time however sometimes perfect place to skip classes, the rooftop has plans on corners which gives off nice scenery, rooftop will be present in evening and morning.

Gameplay

3.1 Paths

Players will encounter different paths that they will be able to choose from, these paths and decisions are crucial to gameplay as they will shape the story of our character and create a progress to a designed end route.

Paths not only shape story but as well help players to gain more information about certain characters which is an advantage for further gameplay however they do have their own disadvantage.
For player to chose a correct path for their ending will be cruicial that they read and understand what other characters tell them as the information they will give them will have connections to further gameplay and paths. Paths will as well cause certain character change their attitude towards to you, be it hostile or friendly!

3.2 Character Progression

In the further gameplay of Life* our protagonist Tachibana Taichi will be progressing towards different style of life and attitude towards other people due the change of his personal life within his family which is breaking apart due the divorce and domestic violence, Taichi will be experiencing emotional breakdown and will skip school and could possibly become hostile, player will be able to guide him to proper path of rehabilitation to the old state of emotions by using paths which will as well affect Taichi's character be it going out with Chie or talking to a Nurse.

Taichis character progression can affect other characters around him which will cause players to stick with one route and be unable to change it in the further game.

Menu Layout

4.1 Color Scheme

The color of the text on the menu and chat is to be white, ingame on the dialogues characters will have their own defined colors on the chat box.
GUI's will be half transparent still holding some color which blocks full view on whats in the background, the GUI is to be colored in blue/light blue same goes to the ChatBox.

4.2 Game Title Screen

Game title screen covers the screen where players has a option to "Start New Game" "Load Game" "System" "Help" & "Quit".
These menus are to be placed on the centre of the screen.

"Start New Game" - This is where the player has to click to beging his game which means the game is starting from beginning.
"Load Game" - Player can load his saved game from before which takes him to the same place he saved and quit.
"System" - System is where players can change their settings in the game, be it audio/video or gameplay.
Quit - Clicking on Quit button will make a additional box appear in the centre of the screen asking the player if he/she wants to quit the game with text on top "Quit the game?" with two buttons "Yes" & No" when clicked yes the game will close, if clicked no the game will go back to the main menu.
"Help" - When clicked on GUI button of "Help" player will have a document opened explaining him everything about the game and the system together with overview of the game.

The layout and design of the GUI is to be clean and professional looking with a half transparent blue/light blue GUI buttons with a white text in there representing the GUI buttons defined above. When moved cursor at the required GUI it will go darker making it less transparent.

At the top of the Main Menu there will be the logo of Life* in the centre

*Transparent - When transparent it will cause players see the game background under the GUI.

4.3 System Screen

System screen as defined above is to allow players change his setting of the games, here are the options player will be able to change:

"Display", "Transitions", "Text Speed", "Music Volume", "Sound Volume", Voice Volume"

Display - Here our player will be able to change the game mode display from windowed to fullscreen and opposite using two buttons either "Windowed" or "Full Screen"

Transitions - Using this player will be able to choose if he wants to see transitions being used in the game or not using two buttons "All" or "None"

Text Speed - This menu is to slow or speed up the speed of text appearing in the game as in chat or narrations, menu is a slider which player can adjust.

Music Volume - Menu just like Text Speed is a slider which player can use to lower the game music volume down or turn it up.

Sound Volume - Same effect as Music option, slider however represents sound volume which is e.g. clicking on buttons.

Voice Volume - Slider menu to lower the voice acting or turn it up however game does not use any voice acting therefor the menu is useless and does nothing.

The layout and design of the GUI is to be clean and professional looking with a half transparent blue/light blue GUI buttons with a white text in there representing the GUI buttons defined above. When moved cursor at the required GUI it will go darker making it less transparent which will cause same effect when clicked on the option e.g. "Full Screen"

Slider is to be designed as a perfect rectangle with white color filled inside, when a slider is moved down completely what is inside the rectangle becomes transparent.

When in the system screen under the options that player can change there will be three buttons which are "Main Menu" "Load Game" & "Quit" which will be in the centre of the screen.

Main Menu - When clicked on Main Menu, system screen will slightly fade out and than Main Menu ((Game Title Screen)) will fade in

Load Game - Same principle as Main Menu, fade out from System Screen however it will load in the Load Game screen.

Quit - Clicking on Quit button will make a additional box appear in the centre of the screen asking the player if he/she wants to quit the game with text on top "Quit the game?" with two buttons "Yes" & No" when clicked yes the game will close, if clicked no the game will go back to the main menu.

*Transparent - When transparent it will cause players see the game background under the GUI.

4.4 Save & Load Screen

Load Screen - Just like System Screen and Main Menu Screen, Load Screen will have the same design of GUI and text however the Load Screen will be made out of Three Save & Load slots with a larger view, the Saved clip GUI will be being transparent as well however slightly darker than the buttons

Under that there will be two GUI buttons in the centre which are "Main Menu" & "Quit"

Main Menu - When clicked on Main Menu, load screen will slightly fade out and than Main Menu ((Game Title Screen)) will fade in

Quit - Clicking on Quit button will make a additional box appear in the centre of the screen asking the player if he/she wants to quit the game with text on top "Quit the game?" with two buttons "Yes" & No" when clicked yes the game will close, if clicked no the game will go back to the main menu.

Save Screen - When playing the game player when clicked "Right Mouse Button" or "ESC" save screen will appear which will have the same layout and design as Load Screen but will operate in different way which is to Save Game not Load Game and however will have additional GUI button which is "Return"

Return - When clicked on Return GUI player will be send back to the game, same effect when pressed "ESC" while in save menu.

*Transparent - When transparent it will cause players see the game background under the GUI.
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Yes this is still under construction and is straight out of my GDD ((Game Design Document))
Art is made by themannamedmidaz.

P.S. Please understand that this is HEAVILY ALPHA influenced idea/WiP so don't expect much until I get all of my art done to continue on with Characters and story.
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Re: Life* [Comedy, Slice of Life, School, Bulling*, Romance]

#2 Post by Kato » Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:10 am

Recognised Midaz's awesome art the second I saw it :lol:.

Sounds like a cute story (minus the bad end :( :( ), you have my attention!
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Re: Life* [Comedy, Slice of Life, School, Bulling*, Romance]

#3 Post by Sakai » Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:18 am

Glad to know you like it, when I see people liking the work I put in and work that people I hired put their work in makes me do more and more so it encourages me to continue on!
And if you wonder if my bad English skills will be present in the game well no, upon the release the whole language will be reviewed upon as I will hire an professional English speaker to check the whole script to prevent any embarrassing mistakes.

EDIT: Added two more characters to read about, Protagonist father Tachibana Kenji, Protagonist mother Tachibana Sachi & 1-F Bullies.

EDIT: 2 And more stuff added to read about together with more characters, once character artist finishes doing some concept art and character design on the characters be done and send to me I will upload to show you.

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#4 Post by LunaRu » Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:14 pm

It sounds veryy interesting, but I hate sad endings.
But that being sad, I think your game is worth the attention.

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#5 Post by Sakai » Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:54 pm

Every game has a sad ending, the players main goal is to NOT achieve it :)
I can say that getting the "bad" ending in this game would of mean you did not play it right and listen to what the other characters would of suggestion you to do, your main goal in the game is to show our protagonist Taichi the new light of life by making him help Chie in her life and go out with her.

I do plan on crearting an "Neutral" ending where the protagonist will not die but live normal life without Chie.

EDIT: Change a preview picture of Chie, now you can see her very rare gorgeous smile!

EDIT 2: Concept art of Taichi added.

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#6 Post by Sakai » Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:17 am

I will soon post a video of current story and my progress, I'm not rather good in making proper narrations and dialogues so if anyone would like to join me to improve the story feel free to PM can be volunteer or paid.

Talking about paid I might open a position in GamingShed ((Group, one day perhaps to become a indie studio)) called "Script Writer" which will involve a person to work closely with the Project Leader & Story Writer.

EDIT: Coloured Taichi in!

EDIT 2:
Just playing around testing stuff mostly how the character arts look ingame.
Image ((Yes I'm using free BG's for testing purposes, once character arts are done, custom backgrounds will be worked on))

EDIT 3: All possible characters descriptions are done however additional characters might appear.

EDIT 4: Level Overview(s) added, it explains how backgrounds in the game will look, it cannot be guaranteed that it will look 100% just as described. IT IS STILL under constructive, more and more is added and updated directly from GDD.

EDIT 5: Tachibana Kenji artwork added.

EDIT 6: Hatsukawa Central West High School overview & background overview added.

EDIT 7: Neutral ending added, still under construction.

EDIT 8: Bad Ending re-worked!

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#7 Post by Sakai » Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:58 pm

Sorry for another post :3
The game keeps being worked on, as you can see more and more is added, character arts are nearlly done, story will be worked on soon and GUI's with Logo will be done soon as well however no progress with game coding itself.

A little more was added to Chie bio, she lives with her mother who does not care about her daughter but pretends to do when she is praised or a teacher comes to visit.
Additional characters are planned so probably more characters will be introduced!

I've re-worked the bad ending which caused little discomfort to people, now its more joyful than old one together with new "neutral" ending.

EDIT: Endings removed from the topic, sorry! Only team members will see it on GDD.

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#8 Post by Armee » Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:15 am

Bulling*
*cough*Bullying*cough*
The game's progress seem great so far. I like the art, and I can realize it's Midaz's art too :D Really hoping for this to be real since it look big and I can't say if it's promising or not but if it is going to release, I'm sure I will give it a hit since it look cute.

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#9 Post by Sakai » Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:30 am

Armee wrote:
Bulling*
*cough*Bullying*cough*
The game's progress seem great so far. I like the art, and I can realize it's Midaz's art too :D Really hoping for this to be real since it look big and I can't say if it's promising or not but if it is going to release, I'm sure I will give it a hit since it look cute.
Thanks for pointing that grammatical error, people make mistakes :)
And yes Midaz work is amazing and actually I have to say is a part of GamingShed ((team of mine)) so he puts more effort on this project :) So if there will be sequel to Life* his amazing artwork will be there as well!

And I can promise you that story won't have any grammatical errors, I will make sure of it!

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#10 Post by Katta » Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:35 am

I think the MC sprite should be bigger, maybe only the bust so it would take the same space as now.

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#11 Post by Sakai » Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:41 am

Katta wrote:I think the MC sprite should be bigger, maybe only the bust so it would take the same space as now.
Sprites are originally 2250x3300 and me testing them IG was just a simple test :)
I still update the GDD & Topic with new stuff ;)

EDIT: Level Overviews are done currently no new levels will be added, information on paths added.

EDIT 2: A lot of information on the Menu looks and GUI designs added!

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#12 Post by Sakai » Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:48 pm

Just wanted to inform people interested, we have decided to switch Life* to become a kinetic novel which will allow us to develop our first game without any problem, hassle and frustration so therefor the idea of Paths and Decisions will no longer be in the game and the game will follow one ending which is the good one :)

As well, added picture of Sachi for you to see how she will look ;)
GamingShed has finally found its talented story writer which will begin working on the story soon however we as a team work on improving our characteristic and personalities of our characters!

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#13 Post by Sakai » Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:00 pm

Topic can be locked as it no longer will be updated in the IDEA section, a new, more user friendly to read new topic will be created in the WiP section once we have everything set to present :)

Members of GamingShed are working hard to make our first game become reality, and we are not far from it :)

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