Art Update – Designing the Aircraft in Tail Drift

Hey Everyone, Elliot here.

Long ago, I used to draw pictures of space-ships and aircraft in the sides of my maths notebook, instead of paying attention. This has come back to bite me because games are all about math at heart, but it also turned out to have been awesome.

Here I am, 12 years later, modelling aircraft for a game. 😀 Dreams really do come true.

So today I thought I’d give you a brief overview of some of the planes we’ve come up with to date, and one set we’ve fleshed out.

Below is a narrowed set of aircraft variants, including a few sets that have ‘evolved’. Only in silhouette form though, we don’t want to give too much away just yet! Silhouettes are a really good way of getting a fast overview of your work, without getting caught up in details.


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Designing a Racing League

We love player progression – it’s important that we make the racing fun, but then we also want you to have a good reason to want to race, then race again. We could just have a series of loosely connected events for the player to work through, but we decided we wanted something with a little more meat.

Sometimes something as simple as “Level Select” can be pretty important. There have been a number of games that have lost my attention simply because the level selection wasn’t presented in an interesting way – maybe it was too gamey. Instead of an overworld map, the game just may just give me a grid of levels, firmly reminding me that “Yes, James. You are playing a game right now. You’re not a super-sweet ranger about to save the disgustingly quaint village of Smilesville from the fel-orc-goblin-ites.”

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Hello, Attract Mode

Hello everyone, and welcome to the Attract Mode Games developer blog.

We’re a small studio working out of Brisbane, Australia. We’re a team of three, and we’re working to bring the arcade flight racing game Tail Drift to iOS and Android devices.

Our team is made up of:

  • Cameron Owen: An experienced game developer and designer, and creator of the first version of Tail Drift. He does the stuff that makes the game fun.
  • Elliot Lewis: A talented artist having worked on the upcoming action RPG, Hand of Fate. He’s making everything look fancy.
  • James Bowling (me): Another experienced game developer. He does stuff other stuff too – like social network integration, and UI.

Tail Drift won Unity’s “Flash in a Flash” competition back in 2012, and is an arcade racing game where the player flies along a tubular track. It a variety of features beautiful and fantastic environments to race around, over a series of different racing leagues.

We’ll be posting updates here regularly, so check back later if you want to keep up to date with our progress. We want to connect with our fans, know what they love, what they hate, and what they want. Connect with us on Facebook at or on twitter at @attract_mode.

We have prototype you can play right now. You’ll need the Unity3D browser plugin to play it. You can play the game here.

It should be a fun ride!