Replacing CGs with Ancient Egyptian murals?

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I'd play such a game

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#1 by orsondewitt
2018-12-06 at 07:58
I have a crazy idea.
I am working on a historically accurate (as much as it can be) visual novel set in Ancient Egypt right now, and before today, I thought I would make it look just like a regular visual novel with realistic CG, but I'm having second thoughts know, and here's my new idea:

What if instead of backgrounds and character sprites looking at the screen I would make the whole game play like an animation movie made up of individual Ancient Egyptians drawings? Like in the Ice Age cartoon (link)

The idea would be to blend modern graphics with Ancient Egyptian drawing style, and this could also be used to denote different scenes (e.g. sunflare would give the impression that the characters are outside), so that would eliminate the need of backgrounds. The drawings would only change when you click to continue the story.

I made a mockup with pictures from Google:
And another drawing style:

The way I imagine it the characters would move their heads and hands, have emotions, take different poses and interact with each other (e.g. a character could be killed by another with a spear, etc.)

However, the question is whether it would be interesting to follow and wouldn't it be like too much movement for such a game (some people don't like things moving when they're reading, and these sprites would change with nearly every reply). 

Another thing I'm really concerned about is that it would look cheap. My current artist can draw the most beautiful environments that can captivate people, and reducing her to Ancient Egyptian drawings seems counter-productive. I mean, if you were to look at screenshots on steam, would you really consider buying such a game, even if the interface looked pretty, and the characters weren't too shabby?

#2 by ramaladni
2018-12-06 at 13:17
I might play such a game if it accurately represents the people of its time like in the Black Sands comics.

Jokes aside, I would be interested if it taught about Ancient Egypt customs (daily life, mostly tied to religion/mythos). I'm not so interested in animated backgrounds though, but that's just me.
#3 by surferdude
2018-12-06 at 13:28
I'd play it, but just as long as it's not made in Ren'py.
#4 by shining17
2018-12-06 at 14:31
Interesting concept. I would play it to expand my horizon in a fun way.
#5 by orsondewitt
2018-12-07 at 06:41
Yes, ramaladni, it would be teaching about the customs. It's supposed to be as historically accurate as possible. I don't think that skin color is of any importance here, though

shining17, then you're exactly my target audience! I've always said that it's what the game should do. Please consider subscribing for an update when it goes love (link)Last modified on 2018-12-07 at 06:41
#6 by shoujomiko
2018-12-12 at 13:05
Looks interesting. I'll check it out.


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