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A door-stopper becomes an amazing game with Arduino

Zoe RomanoSeptember 29th, 2015

Developed by Robin Baumgarten and Matthias Maschek during a 48-hour game jam,  Line Wobbler is a one-dimensional dungeon crawler game running on Arduino Uno. Robin was inspired watching a cat interacting with a door stopper and having fun!

The game is played using a unique wobble controller made out of a door-stopper spring and a several meter long ultrabright LED strip display. All the movement is controlled by bending the Wobble controller left and right, while enemies are attacked by wobbling:

Using a spring, an accelerometer and a rigid surface, the Wobble controller is a tactile and surprisingly precise joystick with a unique ‘wobble’ action (pull it back and let go to make it oscillate back and forth rapidly). It is this wobble action that is core to the experience and the game we have created for it. Initially made out of a shoe-tree, I’m now using door-stopper springs, since they’re easier to use. Fun fact: the original inspiration for the controller came from this cat video.

Since it was created, it’s been exhibited during Experimental Gameplay Workshop at GDC 2015, at Burning Man 2015 and other city around the world (London, Chicago and Oslo). Line Wobbler won also two prizes at the AMAZE Awards 2015 in Berlin and has been nominated as a finalist for the IndieCade 2015 awards last October!

8 Responses to “A door-stopper becomes an amazing game with Arduino”

  1. Robin_B Says:

    Line Wobbler will also be shown in Rome at the Maker Faire from the 16th-18th October. Come by and say hi!

  2. Robin_B Says:

    Also, I’d like to add that I made the game jam prototype together with Matthias Maschek.

  3. TheArduinoBunny Says:

    I Want to see

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    What is that thing?

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