i created an account just to say this game is amazing. even though it only runs at like 3 frames a second.
New Zealand Recreation
A downloadable scene for Windows
VR compatible version released 2nd Nov 2019! more info below
With this project I attempted to recreate an area in New Zealand that I'd been to a few years ago, using photos I took as a visual reference. The scene is explorable from a first person perspective, with an expansive map that allows for some scenic viewpoints and hidden areas.
This game has an important focus on atmospheric exploration and immersion. Use the game menus to customize the scene's lighting and switch between your choice of soundtrack. Dim the lights in your room, turn up the volume and explore the scene at your own pace. This game can be fully explored in about 20 minutes or more.
- VR Compatible Version ($3.50) -
If you own a VR headset, you can immerse yourself even more in the world with the VR compatible version I've built. Everything from the desktop version is here, with an included functional DSLR camera which allows you to take some creative screenshots using motion controls. I spent a while refining these camera mechanics, among other VR optimisations, so thanks in advance if you choose to try this version out!
- Overcast/Rainy Weather alternate map ($1) -
Donating $1 or more will give you access to a rebuilt version of the scene in wet weather, allowing a different feel/atmosphere. I created this after the full version of the game was built, and was surprised at how well the lighting/rain works with all the elements in the scene. I'd almost consider this the definitive way to experience the game, thanks in advance if you choose to try this out!
Thanks so much for playing/downloading!
I made this entire project on my own in unreal engine 4 with borrowed assets from various sources, including the Unreal Marketplace and Quixel Megascans.
If you can't donate, checking out my socials helps just as much. also it'd be great to hear feedback if you have any!
follow me @cavesrd on instagram for info about new scenes
scene showcases and music on youtube
contact info and everything else on my website
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haha thanks I appreciate it, I hope you get the opportunity to upgrade your pc someday!
I know I'm late to the party but I really wanted to give my opinion on this game.
I loved that there were multiple choices for the lightning and the music. Most "exploration games" don't let the player customize their experience, but yours did! And I liked that I could also hear birds chirping, it added to the immersion.
I'm pretty stressed right now but I found your game very relaxing. Just walking around, exploring the area, taking a lot of screenshots because your game is so fucking gorgeous, etc. Honestly, for such a small map, I thought there was a lot to explore! I thought the grotto was a cool detail by the way.
In my opinion, your game deserves waaay more comments and recognition. I'm gonna stop here because it's getting super long and you probably don't have time for this lol, but I just want you to know that I absolutely loved this and that I'm definitely gonna play your Japan map.
dude seriously thanks so much for this comment. glad you stumbled upon my project and super happy you think about it in that way. also hope you enjoy the japan one 🤙🏻
Good god, this is stunning. You might want to add borders, or something so you can't fall through the map, though... lol. I loved this, though. I just wish there were even more to see.
sorry that happened to you lol, where did you happen to fall through? If I can reproduce this then I can probably fix it in an update. and yeah I wish it was bigger too, when i finished it I just felt like I couldn’t work on it anymore. you should play my japan map though it’s like three times the size!
I loved this recreation so I featured it in my latest list. I checked out your site and you do wonderful environmental work with these scenes. I hope you get more recognition for it. Maybe hook up with tourism and travel agencies. Your scenes would get people excited about visiting new parts of the world! I'm interested in seeing how you transfer this kind of photorealistic work into more of a gameified setting if that ever ends up being a focus. Either way, keep doing what you're doing and good luck with any new projects you tackle down the line!
wow thank you,, seriously don’t think i deserve the amount of praise you gave me in your video, i’m flattered. this kind of feedback really keeps me going, thank you so much for the support. and yes those are some great ideas! I’m hoping to lean into making more structured games, while still allowing the map to feel large and open. also keep the videos coming! i’m subbed and exited to find more indie games through your channel
Is it normal to take 1hr to download?
I've heard itch.io has some issues like that sometimes. if it's not working try again later
dude this fucking engine is so fucking good. pls Make more
Dude, this is amazing! The focus-effect when you look at something and other things get blurry makes it so realistic! One thing: When I was walking in the fence, I somehow clipped through and fell out of bounds... But besides from that, great experience!
thanks man glad you enjoyed it! i’ll be uploading a game patch soon so i’ll try and fix it, can you describe exactly where you clipped? did you fall through the floor?
Can you make a version of the game for Mac?
I can, but I imagine on most mac's it won't run very well, maybe not even worth playing. but if there's enough demand i'll look into it
Thanks for the reply
Incredible work! Unless you plan on using a VM, you'll need a mac to package it for MacOS. If you want, I can profile it and perform a quick optimization pass (if needed) and package it for you. I would be benchmarking it on a macbook pro (32GB ram & Radeon Pro Vega 20).
Love it, I just need infos… How can I change the scene ? I only can play the game but I want to modify some things with UE4, thx sir :)
it's a packaged project, like a game release. it runs by itself and can't be opened by the ue4 editor
think he might mean the 'dream' mode in the free, clear scene is greyed out? I've downloaded and installed the rain mod but it tells me it isn't installed unless I run it seperately.
Is there a way I need to have the files in specific folders?
i'm reeeally curious about thee 'dream' mode. I absolutely adore this. Am in a wheelchair, so exploring the wilderrness is nigh-on-impossible for me. so happy for things like this.
hey! I think this guy is talking about the ability to modify the game using the ue4 editor. without spoiling too much, the 'dream' mode is greyed out at the start but you can unlock it by discovering a specific place on the map. this spot is slightly hidden but shouldn't be too hard to find! and yes you're right, the rain mode just acts as a separate game.
I'm super happy that you can enjoy the game in that way! I've got a new project i'm working on that's set in japan, it should be out in a few weeks but if you email me I can send you an unfinished version to try early :)
turn a game like this into VR & turn most vacation destinations like this into VR where u can just enjoy nature & the beach at ur own leisure & thats how u start a downwards trend in airlines & travelling for sightseeing in general
I think if anything, it would be an upwards trend. like if someone experiences these things in vr then they might take initiative and want to go and see the real place.
Unbelievable! Went through the free version, hope to see you expand on this!!!
thank you! I'm working on a japan project that's three times the size, it should be out in the next two weeks :)
Is there an actual ending or is this just a really, really good walking simulator?
just a walking simulator, there is one hidden area for the player to discover and some nice viewpoints, but that's it. I wouldn't even call this a game really, just a short exploration experience, or something like that
Truly amazing! I used this to test out my new GPU but ended up messing around with this for an hour or so, this made me want to explore every bit of this small location! Love it!
This is amazing! I can run this perfectly on my PC. It's Beautiflul! I can't wait to try the paid version.
how do you make soo much foliage and stil have good frames do you build it up in layers streaming volums ?
I do have some streaming volumes set up but it's a combination of everything, low poly lod's, low res textures, etc. I sacrifice a fair amount of detail just because I love having lots of foliage everywhere to make it realistic. hope this helps duu
My god you really caught the affect of New Zealand, it really does feel like home all over again, I recommend anyone to head to rangiora if you wanted to live down ere, and if you want to catch somewhere like this. Just head to Ashley Gorge, wonderful place. Thanks for the amazing game, makes me feel nostalgic when I see this.
man these comments make me so happy, thanks so much! I was worrying because I couldn't make the plants and assets super accurate but i'm glad you could still recognize the atmosphere. It's based on the nelson/havelock area on the south island if you've ever been there. thanks for playing!
JESUS, how long did it take to make this ?
about 2 months!
yeah, its actually amazing. one problem i have though is that its quite blurry by default but other than that it very well made!
yeah I agree, that's on purpose just so the game starts at a good framerate even for people with lower-spec pc's. you can change it after though, what kind of framerate did you get at what resolution?
Absolutely beautiful. Now i want to visit New Zealand.
thats a high spec to play it.... and i cant get those 30 fps i think. may i republish your trailer video? (of course i will promote your channel and this game) i just want people to feel this one
I don't think these specs are high by recent standards
and yeah that's fine! where will you republish it?
Nice looks just like new zealand!
This is absolutely amazing !
Would you consider making environments on demand ? I'm working on the history of a little island in France and would love to propose a virtual walk on this island as it was 150 years ago.
Thank you! yes this is the exact type of thing i'd love to do eventually, unfortunately it's just me building these scenes and i'm always behind on my classes at uni. It's definitely one of my goals to assemble a team and recreate places such as that, maybe in the future
This was absolutely wonderful! Only have the free version, but thank you for making this, it is really amazing and relaxing.