Hover-craftsman is a single player level for Half Life 2 based around physics puzzling and platforming. The player needs to collect multiple hovercraft parts from around a radioactive reservoir in order to escape. This level explores the gameplay potential of the gravity gun by allowing the player to utilize all of the gun's mechanics in order to progress without the use of any other weapons.
- Design a physics based platforming puzzle
- Modify an existing hovercraft into a new unique vehicle
- Focus on gameplay using only the gravity gun
Building a Modified Hovercraft
The basic hovercraft model requires an additional engine and propeller system in order to unlock and operate for the player. When these pieces touch their specific triggers attached to the base model, they snap into place. A logic counter on the hovercraft keeps track of how many properly attached pieces there are. When the pieces are all attached, the hover craft unlocks and the propeller system becomes operational.
An elevator system that must be properly balanced in order to gain access to the catwalk. The weight must be adjusted again to lift the counter-weight into position for platforming.