Adam Carter-Groves

A Game Designer with well formatted code.


I'm a Game Designer with 6 years games industry experience. I spent half that time as a Unity developer, making a VR app, a mobile game (which was evil) and an AR sales app for window blinds before moving on to Game Design, working at Auroch Digital then to Team17. I've worked on Mulitplayer arena shooters, roguelite dungeon crawlers, turn based tactics games and 2 expansions for Overcooked 2.


Contact

Email: adam@theuncommon.co.uk
Twitter: theUncommon

Portfolio

Team17:

Worms Rumble

Worms Rumble
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1186040/Worms_Rumble/
Level Design, Weapon Design, Progression Design, Data Implementation

I joined Worms Rumble pretty early in development. Initially I was in charge of the progression system which I designed, modelled and iterated on. I then went on to work on weapon concepting, designing one of the maps, making the Lab Modes and working in Unreal to set up various reward and config data.

Overcooked 2: Night of the Hangry Horde and Carnival of Chaos

Overcooked 2: Carnival of Chaos
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1017510/Overcooked_2__Night_of_the_Hangry_Horde Overcooked 2: Night of the Hangry Horde
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1138400/Overcooked_2__Carnival_of_Chaos//
Balancing, Level Design, Concepting, Mechanic Design

I worked on both the Hangry Horde and the Carnival of Chaos DLCs for Overcooked 2. On Hangry Horde I came in late in development to help out with level and mode balancing and iteration. I then worked on Carnival of Chaos producing new mechanic and theme ideas and doing most of the level design.

Going Under

Going Under
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1154810/Going_Under/
Game Design Consultancy

Going Under was an external project that Team17 published. I was on the project as a design consultant, writing reports about the game’s progress, offering mechanic advice and generally being the design department’s eyes on the project.

Auroch Digital:

Achtung Cthulhu Tactics

Achtung Cthulhu Tactics
https://store.steampowered.com/app/874460/Achtung_Cthulhu_Tactics/
Lead Design, System Design, Level Design, Story Design

Achtung Cthulhu Tactics was a project I worked on from the start of development to release as the sole designer. I concepted and prototyped the combat system, designed the levels and character abilities, mapped out the story beats and generally did all the design work on the project.

Mars Horizon

Mars Horizon
https://store.steampowered.com/app/765810/Mars_Horizon/
System Design

I worked on Mars Horizon for a time partway through development. My main contribution was the design of the mission system to try and add interesting mission gameplay that also links in with the different payloads and missions. But I also worked on the endgame design and a few other systems.

Personal:

Tune In

Tune In
https://theuncommon.itch.io/tune-in-ggj-2018
Global Game Jam entry, concepting and coding

Tune In was an entry into the 2018 Global Game Jam. It’s a puzzle game about numbers stations and other hidden radio messages. I worked with 4 others on development and design for the game.

Time’s Arrow

Time’s Arrow
https://theuncommon.itch.io/times-arrow
Twine Puzzle Box Game, all content

Time’s Arrow is my solo attempt to make a “The Room” style puzzle box game using Twine. Since it’s a time loop based game I put a lot of writing work into randomising the opening text so the player always has something new to read each time they entered the room.

Solar Wind

Solar Wind
https://theuncommon.itch.io/solar-wind
Volumetric Light Based Platformer Demo, all design and code

Solar Wind is a solo demo I came up with after playing “Thomas was Alone” and incorrectly assuming the volumetric lighting was pushing my character. All lighting in the game is 2d volumetric and exerts a force on the player character.