Mission to the Stars
Puzzle Workshop - Irvine, California - 2021
This puzzle room places the players in the position of crew aboard a spaceship destined to terraform a new planet. However, not all is as it seems as the captain has gone missing and systems malfunction. The design was geared towards invoking a sense of exploration while empowering the players as the greatest hope for humanity. This was achieved with a more contemporary "bright future" style characterized by glossy white surfaces and indirect lighting.
Early thumbnail sketches outlining the major features of the room.
Sketchup Models created to get a sense of scale and space.
Further refined concept art from top counter-clockwise: Main console, window treatment, and rear wall.
In an effort to conserve space while still maintaining a linear flow to the game, a system was devised to mount many of the puzzles within units built into the walls. These units were further designed to be built and installed as single pieces so that should one require maintenance, or should there be a future decision to update puzzles, this could be done with minimal impact to the general set.
Illustrations showing the visual development of the "Reroute Auxiliary Power" puzzle.
Panoramic progress shot from late in room installation. Testing low-light conditions against earlier designs.