Before starting the position, I was asked to build a test level using a 3D modeling tool called SketchUp. I was given a game design document (GDD) and a location: Times Square.
What paths would I want Spider-Man to take?
What events might he run into?
Where could he come back to explore later?
What would be fun to play?
I was only 19. This was my first commercial game project.
I decided to really put my heart into my test level.
It was December. I imagined a New Year’s themed level, where the ball drop in Times Square was rigged with a bomb, and thugs wanted to start the new year with a bang!
I created multiple paths, including a choice to go through a Broadway theater. A Godzilla-like battle could take place on the stage, made to look like a small scale cityscape.
My level was never released in a Spider-Man game.
The project moved to a different studio, and I believe was released as Spider-Man Battle for New York for Nintendo DS.
On my first day of work, I was transferred to a different project:
Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam!