Last year, we created an interactive Christmas game called Help Santa Save Synapcity – to help spread some holiday cheer and demonstrate just what’s possible with PowerPoint and a little Synapsis Creativity.
This time around, it felt more pertinent than ever to step things up a little more, go beyond what we did last year to help shake off the fatigue of 2020. We had a lot of ideas and childlike joy diving into our game’s sequel, so here’s a little behind the scenes on Santa Saves Synapcity 2: Someone’s Sabotaged Santa’s Sleigh.
The first step was determining whether this game would be a direct sequel to our original design and what kind of gameplay we would incorporate. As a team of gaming nerds, we were determined to include various game types, beautiful visuals, and a narrative that kept players enthralled.
We took inspiration from an array of influences across different games, films, console generations, and concepts. The team collaborated closely during the planning and design stages to ensure creation was seamless and the resulting game would incorporate everything we love about video games and Christmas.
Since we had assets and designs from last year, we integrated what we could to afford us time for new developments, such as the brand new story, new gameplay modes, and a wide range of levels. This helps create a bigger, more improved, and more immersive gaming experience for the player, the elves, and Santa alike.
One cheeky extra our designer/developers worked hard to include is character customisation. Given the Suess-like storytelling we aspired towards, being able to include the players’ name and likeliness was critical. It ensures each player’s experience is uniquely theirs while allowing us to test our PowerPoint-design skills thoroughly.
Check out this cinematic trailer we designed – also in PowerPoint – to help build hype and give audiences a taste of things to come.
We have some more Christmas gifts lined up for you. In the meantime, click here to download Santa Saves Synapcity 2: Someone’s Sabotaged Santa’s Sleigh – and experience the thrills, laughs, and holiday cheer all designed and delivered in PowerPoint.
For more Christmas-themed content, we’ve also compiled some of our favourite holiday films, tv specials, and songs to help build your holiday spirit and entertain you this Christmas.
From the crew here at Synapsis Creative, have a very safe and relaxing holiday – however you choose to celebrate. Here’s hoping 2021 is a little less dramatic than this year. See you all in the new year for more designs, more content, and more inevitable questions of ‘how on earth did you create this in PowerPoint?’