Portfolio

My name is Ty Kennington and I am a game developer and programmer. Here are some projects I’ve been a part of.

Fail to Win

fail to win screenshot

Abuse the game’s quirks to progress through sophisticated slapstick deathtrap puzzles, uncovering the secrets of a world going through an identity crisis. The game is available on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1147460/Fail_to_Win/

This game was made with Unity, with development on and off for a couple years. I wrote most of the code and designed all the levels, and I collaborated with artists and sound designers at various points during the project.

Skills/lessons learned:

  • Tool creation. To build the levels, I created a level editing tool that works inside Unity.
  • Puzzle design. I iterated on the design of the various levels as I got feedback from testers, with of the goal of making each level build off ideas taught in previous levels and introduce new kinds of challenges at a reasonable pace.
  • UX. Being a metafictional puzzle game, many elements can be counter-intuitive. I reviewed feedback to improve communication of game rules and state.
  • Game dev pipeline. While the visuals are fairly minimal, I did gain some experience with many aspects of game development besides gameplay programming, such as 3D modelling, texture creation, writing, shaders, and effects.

Game Jams

I participated in 14 game jams. One of them I hosted myself. I do jams regularly as a chance to experiment with new ideas and try different genres. Here are a few highlights.

Cirkoban^3

Sokoban where block are attached to wire segments, and can appear on all sides of a cube. Push the blocks to line the wires up and complete the circuit. Includes 8 leveles

Sleepwalking Simulator

Reach the door at the end of the hallway without falling, by regulating your breathing and balance.

Dream Data

A surreal dream explorer similar to Yume Nikki. You spend the day doing data entry, and the things you see there affect your dreams, and vice versa.

White Elephant

A first-person Christmas puzzle gag where you unbox an intricately-packaged present. Featured by Extra Credits’ “Games You Might Not Have Tried”

Attract and Repel

Navigate an obstacle course by pushing and pulling on other nearby objects. Designed for both PC and Android.

Recurse Robotics

Drive robots that drive robots to navigate an office building. However, the wireless range on the robots is small, so you need to bring access points with you or drive out of control.

Nebula Gladiator

I collaborated with many art students, and one other programmer, to help create a demo for their art show.

The showcase included a single stage where you climb out of a cave, fight some robots, head up a hill, and then fight a boss.

Skills/lessons learned:

  • Larger-scale collaboration: Altogether, 32 people contributed to the project at some point. We had a concept artist, a technical artist, a project manager, 3D modelers, texture artists, animators, and more.
  • Unity lead: I had the most experience in the group with Unity, so I worked with the technical artist and the other programmer to get everything integrated properly.
  • VR: After the presentation, I continued and made a first-person mini-game based on Nebula Gladiator where you slice robots up.