EmBARK is an RPG inspired by the likes of Zelda, Paper Mario, Yoshi's Island, and Okami. You take on the role of a dog who is dreaming that its owner was kidnapped, leading you on an adventure to rescue them from the evil Mailman and their underlings. This project was made for the Game Mockup Jam hosted on Itch.io.
EmBARK is an RPG inspired by the likes of Zelda, Paper Mario, Yoshi's Island, and Okami. You take the role of a dog who is dreaming that its owner was kidnapped, leading you on an adventure to rescue them from the evil Mailman and their underlings. The game would have a dog creation screen where you can pick a class (think traditional classes like paladin, thief, wizard, etc.) a fur color, a fur type (scratches, scars, spots, stripes, speckles, all would go here!), accessories, and of course a name!
A long goal would be to allow multiple breeds you could pick from or possibly a creator that would allow you to change enough details to get the dog 'close' enough to different breeds. Right now there are only these three mock-ups of this idea (along with some notes in a doc and some scribbled stick-figure drawings to help block out these mock-ups.) We hope to one day realize this as a game though in the future, but are taking our time since it's only the two of us, and don't want to turn this fun project into a stressful one.
This game mock-up was made in as a pair with Tanya Riveron who handled the art assets of the mock-ups with the design of the dog character on the logo page/dog creation page and some of the dog 'dress-up' items, the design of the raven shop keeper and the items on display, and the background of the logo page.
I took on the design of the Logo for EmBARK, along with the drawing and coloring the background of the shopkeeper mock-up, three of the dog dress up items, the background design of the dress up scene and the UI, along with the the animation of the mock-ups which were made in After Effects to help convey what the game would possibly look like. Below are some of the gifs I exported for the mock-up jam which can be found here! It was an incredibly fun process and we hope to work on it more in the future and make a full length game!