This is Part 6 in the Making Of Chickens n Kittens series. Part 5 is here.
As you could see from Part 5, using clay still doesn’t look all that great. But even worse, the game still just isn’t that much fun. The idea of the player controlling a little guy on the ground, running around and throwing grenades and firing rockets, just isn’t as much fun as expected. One of the core gameplay mechanics is precisely killing the kittens while avoiding harming the chickens, yet playing with grenades and rockets via a guy on the ground is practically impossible. Big changes are needed.
In the screenshot below you can see the game as it existed in the beginning of 2012. By changing the game to a point-and-click-to-fire kind of thing we’ve solved all sorts of problems. Now the core gameplay mechanic works and the game is a lot more fun. And by simplifying the perspective we can also simplify the art, which is good, development-timeline-wise.