Oliver

William

Walker


Portfolio


Sniper Elite title for VR.


Game Designer on a new Sniper Elite title for VR at JAW Ltd.

Responsibilities include - Level Design, Mission Design, Technical Design, and UI Design.



Twin-Blaze


A twin stick shooter about a red and a blue jet of fire destroying waves of opponents.

Design Goals
• Explosive “game feel” and “Juice.”
• Unique gameplay built around two analogue sticks.
• Pick up and play arcade gameplay.

Learning Outcomes
• Designing effective game loops.
• Dealing with depth vs. complexity.
• Designing for accessibility.



Babel: Tower to the Gods


Babel is a charming physics based puzzle VR game. On this project I was responsible for level formatting and design, QA and general game design.

Design Goals
• Design and curate engaging VR puzzles.
• Create puzzles of the correct difficulty throughout the game.
• Design content that was cohesive with work of other designers.


Learning Outcomes
• Designing effectively in VR space.
• Understanding and building on another designers work.
• Understanding source control and studio mind-set.



Electric Kinship


A twin stick co-op endless arcade game about a two nodes connected by a lethal electrified beam of energy.

Design Goals

• Design a tutorial that explains the gameplay without text.
• Create “wow” moments that reward and Inspire cooperative play.
• Design around the theme of “electricity.”

Learning Outcomes

• Collaboration between a small team of artists and programmers.
• Advantages of creating co-op arcade experiences vs single player.
• Learning what features to prioritize during a short development cycle.

Awards
• Studio Gobo Game Gig hosted by Teesside university grand prize winner.
• Exhibited at EGX Rezzed 2018 by Teesside university.

Team
Programming - Henry Bell
Art - Cameron Dean
Design and UI - Oliver William Walker



Directionality


A reaction hyper-casual game with a minimalist typographical art style.

Design Goals

• Dynamically evolving difficulty while maintaining the core gameplay.
• Design that fits the hyper-casual mobile model.
• Correctly scope the project to be completed within a month.


Learning Outcomes


• Practical knowledge of weekly playtesting and rapid iteration based on feedback.
• Design by minimalism.
• Experience working with audio specialists and implementing dynamic audio.

Team
Design, Code and UI - Oliver William Walker
Audio - Chloe Kwok




Game Jam Gallery


Oliver has taken part in many game jams over the years, below are some of his favourites.



Mission Transmission


A fast-paced minimalist FPS with a twist!

Design Goals
• Create a game with around the theme "Transmission".
• Create an accessible "pick up and play" experience.


Learning Outcomes
• Using genre conventions to create a simple quick tutorial for players.
• Develop an understand design by abstraction.



Hemorrhage


A psychedelic bizarre action game about a flying skull who shoots lasers.

Design Goals
• Create compelling aerial combat.
• Explore a bizarre aesthetic and unique gameplay experience.


Learning Outcomes
• Conveying a control scheme quickly.
• Capturing a unique game tone.



Not From Round 'Ere!


A deduction game focused around Yorkshire culture and colloquialisms.

Design Goals
• Make a game that truly embodies the theme of Yorkshire, rather than a surface level use of the theme.
• Scope the design correctly to be completed within the game jam time frame.



Learning Outcomes
• Leading and communicating the design to a small team of diverse disciplines and skills.
• Learnt about UI design and flow in a complete game experience.


About Me.


Oliver Walker is a multidisciplinary designer with creative flair and undying passion. Currently Oliver is working full time as a game designer at JAW Ltd. When not designing games he can often be found playing Dungeons and Dragons, reading gamesindustry.biz, watching game studio documentaries or having conversations with people he cares about. Oliver has been making video-games for six years and doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon!



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