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Colors and Materials

Colors and Materials

Game developers use props, narrative, sound, and color to create a theme for their games. Theming sets the place and mood for your game. For example, if your obby is space themed, all of the parts might be colored and shaped like asteroids. If it’s unicorn themed, maybe the parts are purple, pink, and blue.

What colors would you use to create the following settings?

  • A lush jungle
  • A haunted house
  • A unicorn ranch on the moon

Plan Your Theme

  1. Think of a theme that you’re excited about and write it on paper.
  2. Write down at least 3 colors and 3 objects that match the theme.

For example: a space theme may have:

  • Colors: Blue, purple, black
  • Objects: UFO’s, spaceships, planets

Help Generating Ideas

If something doesn’t pop up, write down the following and pick your favorite:

  1. A place on Earth or time period you would like to visit.
  2. Your favorite book, movie, or TV show.
  3. Something that you like to do (like sports, music, etc).

You can have students fill out an optional Theme Brainstorm handout.

Changing a Part’s Color and Material

Now that you have a theme, you can start changing your obby to match that vision.

  1. Select the part.
  2. In the Model tab, click the arrow under Color.
  3. Click on a color hexagon.

Selecting a part and clicking the color button will change the part to the current color setting.

Give 3-5 minutes to complete this. While doing so:

  • Ask students about their color choices and how it represents their theme.
  • Encourage students to ask neighbors for advice on how to make the game's colors match their theme.

Change a Part’s Material

Materials are different textures, such as grass, wood, or metal. They can be combined with the color property to make unique combinations like neon blue grass.

  1. Select the part.
  2. Click the arrow beneath Material to select a material.

Give students 1-2 minutes to change the material of a couple of parts. They can always finish at a later point if needed.

Duplicating Parts

A quick way to build is to copy a part and slightly change it. This gives your obby some variety but also saves you time and steps.

To duplicate a part:

  1. Select the part.
  2. Right-click and select Duplicate from the drop-down menu.

Using Hotkeys

Hotkeys are special keyboard key combinations you can use instead of going through menus. By using hotkeys, you'll be able to work faster. Try the hotkey below to duplicate a part.

  • Windows: Ctrl + D
  • Mac: Command + D

For students who have spent less time with computers, it's recommended they right-click to duplicate objects rather than use the hotkeys.

Select Multiple Parts

You can select multiple parts at once and change something about all of them, such as a material, or even move them together.

  1. Hold down Ctrl on your keyboard while selecting parts in the Explorer or in the window showing your game.
  2. Change the material or color for your selected parts

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