Lava, in conjunction with the Swinburne University’s Design Centre, has created three Flash games called Wet Rocks. These are pitched at year seven to nine students, educating them on the use of ground water.
Swinburne created a visual style based loosely on an island theme, using pastel colours, cartoon characters, buildings and landscapes. Three games were created, each representing aspects of the key messages. Lava’s role was to refine the game concepts and visuals, then handle all tech implementation and music composition. A key was to ensure we got the balance right in terms of game difficulty. Getting the audio right was another key factor. We collaborated with our pro musician Nick Thayer to create a completely custom soundtrack. We referenced games like Halfbrick’s Raskulls and Banjo-Kazooie, in line with the cartoon island visual style and theme. One main track was created then remixed heavily to ensure each game is distinct.