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Designing Egg Behaviors

One of the interesting challenges with designing for ‘Egg!’ was figuring out how to make a sequel that would be familiar and appealing to fans of Egg Baby, but still fresh and surprising enough to feel like a whole new game.  There’s a lot to like about Egg Baby, but also a whole lot we wanted to add and expand on. 

From the characters and world, to activities and minigames, to the social and multiplayer options, the art, sound, mechanics, and underlying tech are all new and improved.  You might notice certain things appear familiar on the surface, but if you dig a little deeper you’ll start to see all the ways ‘Egg!’ is different from Egg Baby.  Today, we’ll focus on the Eggs themselves.

There’s a whole new set of Eggs to choose from, of course.  Whether you’re raising an Egg alone or with a friend, you’ll still tickle, feed, and clean your Eggs, but the way those actions shape your Egg and help it grow has changed dramatically.

The Common Egg might look familiar, but there’s a lot going on beneath the surface…

The Common Egg might look familiar, but there’s a lot going on beneath the surface…

One of our favorite mechanics from Egg Baby was the way in which your choices shape your Egg.  We knew from the start we wanted to keep that, but we also wanted Eggs to have more of their own traits and quirks to set them apart from one another.

The items you give your Egg will still help shape it into one of six personalities.    Eggs might have a natural affinity for one personality or another, but they will still be influenced by your choices.  Your Eggs will make requests of you, and you can always fulfill them to see where it leads naturally.   But you can also lead your Egg towards a specific personality, which in turn affects the types of things it will ask for.  Whatever you do, your actions will help it grow faster and develop into a healthy and happy Egg!

Beyond their appearances, we also knew we wanted Eggs to have more unique mannerisms.  We wanted them to feel like independent beings, with thoughts and desires of their own, without watering down the player’s influence over their Egg’s development.  We settled on the idea that Eggs should feel like a cross between puppies and toddlers – depending on the player for love and care, but also being eager to play and explore their world.

The most obvious change you’ll notice is that Eggs now have different tastes in food and hobbies. 

Eww, veggies!

Eww, veggies!

Some might be a little grumpy and not respond to tickling as well, while others bounce around with happy energy.  Some Eggs might even be a bit free-spirited and can wander off if you don’t keep an eye on them.

Unattended Eggs can get up to all kinds of mischief.

Unattended Eggs can get up to all kinds of mischief.

We also wanted your house to feel more like a real household, with Eggs that react to each other like real siblings.  You might get an Egg that is a bit of a hypochondriac…

Cough cough… Can’t go to school today…

Cough cough… Can’t go to school today…

But be mindful it doesn’t spread to the rest of your Eggs!

Maybe they aren’t just faking it.

Maybe they aren’t just faking it.

Like all siblings, your Eggs will react to and interact with each other more in ‘Egg!’ as well.  While your Eggs will ask for stuff frequently, we wanted to incorporate the idea that you shouldn’t necessarily indulge them all the time - just like with toddlers and puppies, you wouldn’t always give them everything they want.  And just like real siblings, if you indulge one more than the others you might find them getting jealous of each other…

“She started it!”

“She started it!”

And that’s just a few of the ways that Eggs behave differently!  You’ll still shape them with your care and choices, but you’ll find different eggs have different traits and characteristics beyond just how they look.  Coming soon – just like toddlers and puppies, your Eggs are not responsible decision-makers!

It looks inviting, but perhaps not the best place for an Egg…

It looks inviting, but perhaps not the best place for an Egg…

-Dyala