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Re:Fresh Early Access:
Level Design Process


Re:Fresh is a 3D platformer-exploration game built in Unity and released on Steam that I developed over the course of two semesters with a team for a Senior project.

This page showcases my contributions to the project and its progression from beginning to completion in its Early Access stage (the first semester). I will soon be adding details on the work I did in the second semester for the full Steam release.

Project Goals

Our goal for the project was to create a relaxing 3D platformer built on open-ended exploration that took advantage of the "solarpunk" aesthetic, which emphasizes a positive outlook on technology’s future relationship with nature.

Team size: 6

Major Contributions:

  • Game flow documentation

  • Level layout

  • Level blockout in-engine

    • Terrain sculpting with Unity terrain tools​

    • Modeling with Unity Probuilder tools

  • Level scripting

    • Various events and interactions, including: triggering dialogue when entering certain spots, camera cuts​

Early Access Stage - Final Gameplay video

Callout Sheets



Pre-Production Bible

During this time, I worked alongside the rest of the team in developing the game's Pre-Production Bible in Miro, which at first demonstrated our initial vision for the game. It has now been archived, as we recently made a copy of it to continue working off of as our new living Production Bible.

I wrote and put together the Level Design guidelines and map portion of the current board, as well as the "First 5 Minutes" summary.


After creating our Pre-Production Bible, we moved on to developing a prototype of the game to develop and playtest the game's core systems and design. 

Prototype gameplay video (Highlights contributions and process)

Prototype flowchart

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I created this flowchart in Miro to illustrate the game flow of the prototype's beginning moments. 

Not everything in this flowchart made it into the prototype due to time constraints, but I planned for this by making a note of which elements were less necessary to have included.

Level Layout map

I drew up this level layout in Miro to illustrate my initial overall plan for the prototype level.

I used Miro's comment system was to provide important details about certain locations.

Significant changes to this layout were made as the level was built and iterated upon in-engine, but setting up the foundational elements of the map here was critically important.

Since I was working on a 3D game, I preferred to use this map to cover what was where in the level, rather than try to communicate the intricacies of each platforming section, as I would soon block out those sections myself in-engine.

Prototype Blockout

(Orange added around level to distinguish level edges from a distance)

After mapping out the planned layout of the prototype level, I constructed the level's blockout in-engine using Unity Terrain tools and Probuilder.

Terrain sculpt

Currently being migrated from my private portfolio site - apologies!

Blockout modeling

Production Stage - Building the Town

Once we had built and playtested our prototype to ensure the core ideas of the game were effective, we moved into full production. My first task was to move on to level design for the Town, the central hub of the game.

Currently being migrated from my private portfolio site - apologies!

Town area blockout - Development process

Progression Flowchart

I created this flowchart to clearly communicate the player's progression through the game. It was created first for our main writer so he could know exactly what would be happening and when, and what information needed to be communicated through each dialogue interaction.



Will Sords - Audio Design. Chose, edited, and implemented sound effects and music. 

Karina Teruya - Lead Artist. Concept art, modeling, rigging, and animating of original art assets.

Ethan Godwin - Lead Level Designer

Connor Blankenship - Systems Designer & Gameplay Programmer. Coded major gameplay systems such as solar cell system.

Joseph Horak  - Systems Designer, Narrative Scripter, Writer. Coded dialogue system and wrote dialogue.

Melody Geiger - Producer & Setdresser. Managed timelines, task lists, and general team needs. Implemented final game assets in place of blockout ones based on my level design blockouts.

Asset packs: 

Asset packs for blockout:

  • Low Poly Environment Pack by k0rveen on Unity Asset Store

    • Used for select foliage, rock, and other minor assets​

  • Gridbox Prototype materials by Ciathyza on Unity Asset Store

    • Used for blockout model textures​

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