Heads

Our entry for TOJam 5 (the Toronto independent game jam) was Heads.

Heads by Untold Entertainment

The jam theme was “missing”. Heads is about a fellow who wakes up one morning missing … well, his head. The first puzzle in the game sees you constructing a makeshift head before you can leave the house. From there, we introduce a somewhat novel mechanic where you can switch heads with other characters to use their abilities. The game was the second title we created with UGAGS – the Untold Graphic Adventure Game System.

Worth 1000 Words

Heads was one of the games on Untold’s “Games to Build” wiki. The intended scope was much larger than what we ended up with, but the advantage of creating Heads at a weekend game jam is that we finished it and got the idea out to the world. The innovation we attempted with Heads came directly out of the first UGAGS game we created, Jinx 3: Escape from Area Fitty-Two. Jinx 3 had a LOT of character dialogue and was very wordy. Heads was a reaction to that; we tried to create a game with absolutely no character dialogue whatsoever.

The resulting challenge was that everything we needed to communicate to the player required a new animation. The unique Heads style required us to draw every frame 3 or 4 times to achieve a Squigglevision-style effect. This all added up to a very time-consuming process that tested the limits of what we were able to pull off in a single weekend.

Heads by Untold Entertainment

Most goals and challenges are communicated to the player by shrugging and thought bubbles.

Acclaim for Heads

Heads won “Best Use of Theme” at the public TOJam Arcade exhibition. It was featured in the START video game show at the Ontario College of Art and Design. You can play Heads for free on the Blackberry Playbook.

8 thoughts on “Heads

    1. Ryan Henson Creighton

      The Untold Graphic Adventure Game Engine is a set of tools that we use to (more) rapidly develop games in that genre.

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  2. Desanera

    Any way to play this game? It sounds awesome! (I use puzzle games to keep my brain from dying in the office)

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  3. anonymous

    ok so im playing this on my tablet but i dont know what to do after exchanging heads with the captain and getting on the ship! Help!

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    1. Ryan Henson Creighton Post author

      Do you want a solution, or a hint? Here’s the hint: interact with something in the environment.

      Here’s the backwards-printed solution. Don’t scroll down if you don’t wanna know:


      lleb eht gnir

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