Just a little drawing I did tonight while I was taking a break from a game project I’m working on.
I’ve been drawing a lot of variant image styles and slice types to use with the new puzzle game I came up with last weekend during the mini LudumDare #7 friendly competition. I’m trying to explore the potential space of the game mechanic I created since it seems fairly original so far from what I can tell. It was also pretty well received by most people who have played it so far.
As opposed to a lot of the other image puzzles out there this one seems more rare. I have searched around and I have found jigsaw piece image puzzles, find the difference image puzzles, and spin the 3d object till it matches a silohette type puzzles. I have not found any slice based image puzzles yet. I would guess they are out there but who knows? My searching has yielded nothing so far. Perhaps one reason they are not as popular are they take a lot of work. For the current version of the puzzle I have to first draw an overall image in Photoshop. Then I use four more layers to break that image down into different image slices that will eventually interlock to form the original image again.
I am currently exploring all the ways I can vary the styles of the art before moving onto more slices than four. I have been listing possible image genres as well for helping to inspire various drawings. So far I have listed things like food, animals, people, places, scenes, machines, and architecture. It is a lot of fun to create these sliced images and then see them come together as people play the puzzle.