Glenn Melenhorst is creative Director at Iloura (Charlotte's Web, House of Flying Daggers, The Bank Job). He has been working on an amazing little game called DukDuk!, all done in Blender. We talked to him about his project.
I'm the creative Director of a film and television company here in Melbourne (Australia) for a company called Iloura. I have been animating since 1981 and working in computer graphics since 1986.
As far as Blender is concerned, I'm an enthusiast only. I have it at work and I'm constantly saying to the guys.. Hey check this out,. it's so much better in Blender. I bother them quite a lot. :) I use Max, Maya, Zbrush, anything that will get the job done and quite frankly I can see a time where Blender is going to be used in a production one way or the other. I don't like to discount anything. I have been particularly impressed with Big Buck Bunny and have been doing mail outs to the animation department each time there has been a cool update on the blog.
My interest in the game engine is for prototyping games but also recently, thanks to the Video Texture plugin linking into the AR-toolkit, thinking about onset 3d visualisation for movies, and recording real time cameras around pre-animated scenes. There is so much going on with Blender it's pretty exciting
As for DukDuk, I was impressed with the amount of python work running around in the BGE community but felt most of the games lacked eye candy. As that's what I do, I thought I'd attack a game from that angle. What has stopped me has been my complete lack of programming - lateral thinking skills. Still, I'm happy with what I achieved. Another reason I had to stop was that work was getting in the way, and with that by day and three children to look after at night, DukDuk never had much of a future. :)
Video of DukDuk!
- Download the latest version (with four levels to play)
- Glenns Gallery
- BlenderArtists thread
Some adjustments and it could be THE GAME!
Yep this is really impressive, i like the music:D
Very impressive! If one person can do this with a busy schedule, imagine what the Apricot Project could possibly produce.
Looks Raymanish :P ? Looks nice thou :D
Very nice work. Could be very appealing for little kids.
Waoooooooo! just amazing man!
OMFG! Is this an "one man show"? O_o
it's sooooooo buggy =((((
but the whole concept is very beautiful...
like this game.
wish GE wasn't not so buggy =(
Glenn is a hell of an artist, just check his website ! I was watching his matte painting with my jaw between my shoes. No wonder a game by him would look terrific
The game my not be in development any longer, but there is still a lot here. I used to view Blender as an app for amateurs, but no longer!
That was awesome! reminded me of good old rayman for the PS!!
Dude if you ever need python programing help just give me a call
Cute game; beautiful graphics
Like It !!!
From the movie it looks like a great glenn... ehh sorry.. game :-)
this guy should be on apricot.. wow.....
Very nice !
@ anyone : What is the music in the video I have heard it before, but what is it from ????
Wow! fun Game!
Best game on bge I ever seen :)
I need to spend holidays with bge too :)
Holy crap that is awesome! I had been looking for a good example of a simple blender game. This is by far one of the most well made!
Amazing game, and I can't believe he's from Melbourne, I'm from Melbourne :D:D:D:D:D Go Melbourne!
Really cool , the only thing i would say is , the light is too low , if the atmosfere is like that ok , but the sky could have like more lights and colors , glowy etc..
just my opinion , anuway really good , one of the best i've seen in blender.
Reminded me of a Playstation 1/2 game. Very impressive work.! :)
Thats an awesome game..... if you put a cover on that thing and put it on a PSP, nobody would know it was made with Blender. Trying to figure out how the materials were put on the objects though. Are they imported or something? because no materials are attached to them when you click on them.
What a brilliant game for one man!!! Well done!
@ LL: Hall Of The mountain King, I believe. I think it was composed by Edvard Grieg over a hundred years ago.
@ Azure: Thanks so much thats it! Thank you!
It's not amazing - I've played hundreds of little games available free on the internet, usually created by single people, and some of them were a LOT more polished than this! I've seen games created in Blender a whole lot better too...
Still, it's nice that people are still playing with Blender's game engine, even if development has virtually been at a standstill for longer than I can remember! :/
Thanks for the encouragement Epat. :)
Like It !!!
The game looks like it has potential. I'd like to try it out though.
Nice music. :D With the lack of good framerate and a glitch in the mouse viewing becoming obsolete when you move the mouse wrong, it becomes frustrating. But good job overall, keep it up!
how do I actually play the game? no .exe file...
do I need Blender to play?
Sorry, total newbie... :(
Gmini, you must download blender, and then open the .blend file. Press (P) to play the game.
(Ash told me about the game)
i played it sooooooooooooooooooooo cooooooooooooooooooooooooool
Is it true that He's starting a Duk Duk 2?
It doesn't work. I'm serious, Blender thinks I don't have python, so it doesn't work.
this game looks very cool