For the first time in history, take part in the biggest cook-off ever done! Kitchen Frenzy is a Party Game that mix Mario Party, Street Fighter and Mario Kart. It's a PC student project done in six month (feb to july 2004) at the French Master of Art in Video Game and I was the Creative Director.
What i've done is what a Creative Director do in a development team : defining the overall vision, look & feel of the game, the game design and managing the production. Because of the small team size, I've done a little bit more and made all the character animations, help out on the menu screens and made the entire website.
It was my last year as student and I known that it was the last time I could do what I want before working in the industry on other people projects. So it was my last chance to make a great project with full of originality.
Also, I've learn a lot of things of my past student works:
A demo works well when it's finished. It's easier to show why your concept is fun with a fully playable demo than trying to explain that with powerpoint slides.
We are students, so we have still a lot to learn. Let's make a simple original game than trying to change the video game industry for ever with a project bigger than us.
We don't have much time to do this demo, so it's better to choose a concept that can be explain with a short demo. It's not a good thing to choose an adventure game that need at least a 15min demo to show the gameplay, the story, the atmosphere, ...
So after a lot of thinking, we decided to make a game about kooking. We were (and still are) big arcade game fans, and we have seen in this setting a good opportunity to make a crazy game about a big contest between the biggest chief on earth. Street Fighter meet Mario Kart Bonuses and Mario Party minigames.
For this project we were 7: 3 designers, 2 programmers, 1 artist and 1 sound designer/musician.