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The Stuffgrabber

Deanna Giovinazzo,
United States,  Syracuse Rochester Institute of Technology,  Senior Thesis,  May 24, 2015
The Stuffgrabber is an arcade style crane game built in Unreal Engine 4. All the frustration and fun of gimmicky real crane games, now available on your computer! Featuring sloppy physics-driven claw controls that let you experience all the fun of struggling to pick up cute stuffed animals without having to spend all of your money in quarters!

This is a working prototype of the crane game gameplay in action, with a physics-based crane able to drop and pick up ragdoll stuffed animals that randomly populate the machine. The concept behind the game is to exaggerate the unwinnable nature of real-life crane games. This game was largely inspired by other struggle-style games like Surgeon Simulator and Octodad that make simple tasks excruciating, but also hilariously addicting.

The Stuffgrabber will be expanded beyond this prototype with new levels and challenges. For example, how do you score a prize in a crane game in anti-gravity? Or underwater? Or perhaps you can only score points if you pick a prize up by its tag. Get a bonus for picking up two prizes at a time, or have one of your claw's pincers removed as a temporary handicap, making it even more difficult to grab ahold of those slippery prizes. There will be more prizes added, all of them quirky spins on the classic stuffed toys of your childhood, with each requiring a unique strategy to successfully pick them up.
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I created all of the gameplay and visuals included in this real-time playthrough video of The Stuffgrabber, running in Unreal Engine 4.

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