It is the purpose of this document to describe the design and development processes of Scare Tactics. The game will be discussed in further detail as it relates to several areas, such as market analysis, development process, game design, technical design, and each team members’ individual area of background research. The research areas include asymmetrical game design, level design, game engine architecture, real-time graphics, user interface design, networking and artificial intelligence.

As part of the team’s market analysis, other games featuring asymmetric gameplay are discussed. The games described in this section serve as inspirations for asymmetric game design. Some of these games implement mechanics that the team seeks to emulate and expand upon in Scare Tactics.

As part of the team’s development process, several concepts were prototyped over the course of two months. During that process the team adopted an Agile methodology in order to assist with scheduling, communication and resource management. Eventually, the team chose to expand upon the prototype that became the basis of Scare Tactics.

Game design and technical design occur concurrently in the development of Scare Tactics. Designers conduct discussions where themes, settings, and mechanics are conceived and documented. Mechanics are prototyped in Unity and eventually ported to a proprietary engine developed by our team. Throughout the course of development, each team member has had to own an area of design or development. This has led to individual research performed in several areas, which will be discussed further in this document.

Publication Date

Spring 5-20-2016

Document Type

Master's Project

Student Type


Degree Name

Game Design and Development (MS)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Interactive Games and Media (GCCIS)


Ian Schreiber,

Advisor/Committee Member

Owen Gottlieb

Advisor/Committee Member

Cody Van De Mark


Committee Co-Chairs:

Jessica Bayliss

Elouise Oyzon

Chris Cascioli


RIT – Main Campus

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