A downloadable game for Windows

A Rush of Blood to the Head

Project Inertia is a stage-clear 3D action platformer with a focus on speed, style, and flow. The main objective sees players clearing stages in the fastest time possible whilst doing so in the most stylish way possible.

You play as Jessy, a new recruit amongst the largest delivery company in the world, Sword-Surf Inc.  As a new recruit, your skills are put to the test as you are immediately given the task of delivering a package to Mineral-Mike, an avid rock collector on the other side of the wastelands. 


A Unique Traversal Method

On their adventure, Jessy is equipped with a Surf-Sword - a unique device that acts as both a defensive weapon and a mode of transportation. 

Jessy can swap between two different control schemes during gameplay – one that derives from platformers and one that controls similar to skating games. 

Walking Mode offers more vertical movement at the cost of speed, whereas Surfing mode gives the player speedier, looser controls with the ability to perform tricks.  


Traverse Abandoned Lands

Project Inertia features two fully featured levels of which only Jessy has the ability to traverse.  Streak across the digitized skies of Cyberspace to collect Mike's package, then dash across the twisted wastelands of Risky Rails to finally deliver Mike's package.

There are a few interesting shortcuts that Jessy can take through the use of grind-rails and following the Kinetic Instinct inherit within them.


A Game by 

Project Director and Lead Designer

David Schutte 

Lead Character and Gameplay Programmer

Declan Carveth

Lead UI Design and FMOD Implementation

Christa Zhang

Lead Animator and 3D Artist

Bennett Chung

Lead VFX Artist and Mechanic Implementation 

Habibullah Saleem

Systems Architect and FMOD Implementation

Francisco Castro

Sound Designer

Jake Amante

Composer

Domenico Pelle

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Project Inertia Sprint 5 343 MB

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NOTE: I ignored any common university game issues like for example, the camera experience (was poor, and I know its quite hard to do cameras in games), because you usually don’t have enough time to fix things like this. I’ll mainly focus on gameplay.

The electronic music fits the theme of a 3D-Action Platformer where you do cool tricks on time-based levels. Your art and models were also good. I liked the VFX on the Surf-Sword. You took an interesting approach and re-used assets in different ways to make your levels unique. Terrain was simple, feels sorta natural.

Cyberspace was controlled environment where I could see where I needed to go. The end part was a little confusing, I couldn’t see where the end was. I would suggest using a beacon instead of an arrow.

Risky Rails was a lot more confusing, and I usually just fall out of the track, and just get stuck. There was no way to reset. I usually climbed out of the ditch, and if I couldn’t I would Alt+F4.

Major problems:

  • Question marks did not do anything. Could not interact with them. Went near them, touched them, went through them, nothing. This left me being lost in what to do, I eventually found my way to this hub I think, with 2 assumed portals with text above them.
  • Being able to climb some extreme steep landscapes was not natural. Was this intentional?
  • When you enter the game, there is no exit button. I had to Alt+F4.
  • I wasn’t sure if the spinning C’s was related to a coin, but I learned it was a checkpoint. This left me wondering what the top left corner UI was for.

You can fall out of the world.

I think this could have been an interesting game, and it sounds really good as a concept. Maybe do a re-make in the future.