designer, photographer, artist

Gangs of Boomtown


Gangs of Boomtown

Digital Chocolate, 2011

Social game take on the Spaghetti Western theme. Boomtown was an idyllic and peaceful settlement on the edge of the frontier – until the ruthless Assassins Gang rode into town and wreaked havoc. 

I worked as a game programmer, mostly on UX and player vs player features.

The asynchronous dueling was an interesting mechanic, based on hit chance. I learned a lot about how biased players are when looking at odds for success.

The feeling of a 80% chance to win is emotionally very different from the actual odds.

I also worked in the sound implementation of the game, it had some interesting nuance. We separated the environment audio by prefab, and the closer you got to a saloon the louder the piano got compared to other sources. 

It's all very standard now, but it was a bit groundbreaking (and maybe overkill) for a facebook social game.