Gatling Gears

Gatling Gears is a top-down action game where you control a heavily armed walker and shoot everything in your path. Players can upgrade their walkers, improving weapons and armor, to create the ultimate fighting machine.

The unique scoring system, where players have separate scores but a shared multiplier and collect points from fallen enemies, provides for an interesting mix of competition and co-operation.

Gatling Gears is released in a partnership with Electronic Arts and available on Xbox LIVE Arcade, PlayStation Network and PC Steam.

Role: Intern Game Designer

My internship started when Gatling Gears was already in production. Proving my worth, I got assigned more tasks and responsibilities during the course of development.

Responsibilities:

  • Prototyping and scripting enemy A.I. behavior
  • Designing and implementing enemy placement
  • Designing and implementing scoring system
  • Difficulty balancing
  • Bug fixing and Quality Assurance

Media:

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Critical Acclaim:

Gatling Gears did well in the 2011 Dutch Game Awards. The game won Best Visual Design and was nominated in the Best PC/Console Game category. That officially makes Gatling Gears one of the best games released in 2011 by a Dutch developer.

  • GamePro: 9.0
    “ Brilliant pacing and dramatic flair. There are moments of absolute mayhem and chaos in Gatling Gears, with bullets filling the sky and explosions everywhere. But breaks in the action give gamers a chance to fully appreciate exactly what they’ve gotten themselves, and Max, into.”
  • Playstation Official Magazine UK: 9.0
    “ Both beautiful and chaotic – a bit like Cheryl Cole’s bed hair.”
  • LEVEL: 9.0
    “ Excellent fast-paced arcade brings fantastic playability with perfect graphics and shows other pieces in genre how this kind of game should be made.”
  • GameFocus: 8.6 – Editor’s Choice
    “ I just could not stop playing it, and it’s rare for me to become this addicted to a game like this. It’s a simple enough concept, but the execution is top-notch.”
  • IGN: 8.5 – Editors’ Choice
    “ There are a few other dual-stick shooters on Xbox Live Arcade, but Gatling Gears is one of the best. It doesn’t have much in the way of new ammunition — this is essentially a 1985 arcade game with the modern conveniences provided by Xbox Live. But it is a joy to play.”

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