The Rising Tide
The Rising Tide 2010 Game Development Recap


In September of 2010, The Rising Tide game was in its infancy. After several iterations and multiple brainstorming sessions over about 45 days, in early October we settled in on our idea. The Rising Tide is a first person controlled, single player-political strategy game where the player takes on the role of the leader of a small island nation in Oceania.

The Rising Tide allows players to experience the effects of climate change, be it isolation, diaspora, eco-migration or economic uncertainty. They are given opportunities to problem-solve and provide ideas for tackling larger global issues. The community and leaderboard element of the game is designed to collate players’ ideas surrounding climate change and provide a space for dialog outside of gameplay.

October-December - Accomplishments:

  • Gameplay Strategy
  • Level/World outline
  • Challenges and Prompts (still working on actual prompts)
  • Rough Environment Development
  • Required Asset List Development
To Do List 2011


Trash on Beach 

  • Glass Bottles
  • Oil Drums
  • Netting
  • Plastic
  • Bags
  • Sixpack Rings


  • Tires in Yard
  • Fruit Trees
  • Trash
  • Washing Machine
  • TVs
  • Furniture
  • Shoes/flip flops
  • House (several different kinds)


  • Mangroves
  • Grass
  • Banyan Tree
  • Coral Reef
  • Fish
  • Chickens
  • Boar


  • Beach
  • Wet sand
  •   Dry Sand
  • Broken Coral (chunky sand) 
  • Sea Foam
  • Waves
  • Skybox (custom?)


  • Rebuild
  • Needs to Sail
  • Needs to float
  • Driver script
  • Upgradable? 
  • Character/Outrigger relationship


  • Character Animation
  • Modeled
  • Walk Cycle
  • Run Cycle
  • Swim Cycle

Game Play Prompts:

  • Collisions
  • Objects
  • Characters
  • Time

Carteret Islands - Land traditionally owned by women, passed mother to daughter

Children in Kiribati planing mangrove forrest for coastal defense from erosion

Children in Kiribati planing mangrove forrest for coastal defense from erosion


- Meta data/back story for all information pertinent to site

- Add demo to site under “play the game” 


Rising Tide Flow-chart

Rising Tide Flow-chart