In-Game Features, Part 2: The Wardrobe

When i was building the main character’s bedroom, which is Level 2 in the game (oops, spoiler), i thought it would be nice to make it a clickable object. With a click on it, the avatar would change her outfit, depending on what is needed at that particular point in the story.

But quickly i felt that this simple one-click interaction wasn’t enough. VG is a Point&Clicker game after all, so give the people more stuff to interact with! I couldn’t get this thought out of my head…

On the other hand, a full wardrobe feature would be really terrifying to develop:

To give the player a way to choose between a number of outfits and change it permanently, well, that is simply impossible (with this game). I would need to create thousands of extra sprites and program all the optional outfits somehow… no way!

In the meantime i found a better way, one that adds some more gameplay without making it too complicated to realise…

How does the wardrobe feature work?

First of all, the player must finish some tasks in order to enable the wardrobe feature. Once it is enabled, a click on the wardrobe opens a nice menu that shows the stylized inside of the wardrobe.

In the top area there are 3 buttons with small preview pics of available outfits and the player must choose the right one. A click will open a bigger preview pic and another button confirms the choice and exits the menu.

In the demo and early game there will be only 2 options, to keep it simple. Later in game more variations and even a kind of mini game is possible.

So what about the third button?

Remember Venus Guild is an erotic game? So the third option will undress the character! Of course, the player needs to make some progress to receive this sexy option. And the character will only stay naked in the particular room.

But the exact functionality isn’t carved in stone yet. I just wanted to talk about it 🙂

Thanks for reading! Please feel free to leave a comment 😉

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