What is the art of Starside?
Starside is a match-3 where you gain resources to restore a 5-star resort and have celebrities visiting there. The art is a bit cartoonish, playful and colored to match the tropical vibe we wanted to give the game.
The Art Team was Lola Assunção, Rafael Gimenes, Sergio Tomo and me, each of us with our own areas of expertise. My work was focused on Character Design, props and buildings.
Veronica is the main character you'll talk to during your playthrough. She's the Concierge of the 5-star resort you own, responsible for all things from cleaning the mess the hurricane did in the hotel's island, to helping the celebrities have what they need and make sure they have a great time in the resort.
Veronica's 3D model
During the game's map development, there was the possibility of making a 3D version of the characters and have them walking around the island. Here is the study that was made in case the feature was approved.
Kyle is one of the celebrities invited to go visit the resort. He's a basketball player tired of the buzz fame has brought to his life. Being a laid back guy, I tried to show it through his clothing, hairstyle and smile.
The first famous person to land on the island, he's searching for calmness and maybe a bit of romance. Our main references were the boys from bands such as One Direction and brazilian pop singer Luan Santana.
He's not a celebrity but an avid fan of the entertainment world, looking to take photos and get autographs from famous people.
After some time the game was released, there was the idea of having some celebrities cameo's to visit the island. The feature was not approved, but I had a lot of fun drawing and animating this special guest's actions: idle, sad and sleepy.
The game has a big map where you can upgrade and fix the resort's buildings using the resources you obtain from playing the match-3. Part of my job here was to create plants props to be used all over the land and give it a tropical vibe.
The buildings at the beginning of the game are all destroyed due to a hurricane, and your mission is to restore them in order to make it a 5-star resort be born again. Each building has their own number of levels of restoration, here are some that were under my belt.
It's important to give the player the feeling of achievement, so each step of upgrade needed to be very clear and visually satisfying.