Nicki Minaj: The Empire

Mobile Narrative Celebrity Game
Glu Mobile

Nicki Minaj: The Empire is a celebrity role-playing game for mobile devices.  The game features the music, voice, likeness, and inspiration of Nicki Minaj, the queen of rap. 

As a Narrative Game Designer for the project, I helped develop the characters and storyline of the game, write quest scripts, and script narrative sequences using the game's custom scripting editor.

Narrative Game Designer

- Narrative Design

- Game Writing       

- Game Design

- Scripting/Staging

Characters

 Nicki Minaj: The Empire.

Primary Characters

Nicki Minaj - The Mentor

Darius King - Label Owner/Antagonist

Bitta Sweet - Rival Rapper

Kayla - Best Friend/Manager

Secondary Characters

Kidd Cray - Crazy/Wise Rapper

Captain PepperJack - Restaurant Owner/Mascot

... and more!

Narrative Themes

Narrative themes and recurring topics in Nicki Minaj: The Empire range from the highs and lows of fame, to the palace intrigue of music industry executives, and to the enduring power of love, friendship, and faith in oneself.

Themes and Topics

Fame (the good parts)

Friendship

Relationships

Uneasy Alliances

Palace Intrigue

Fame (the bad parts)

Temptation

Faith (in yourself and your friends)

Quest Writing

I worked alongside a team of talented game writers to write and edit dozens of quests for Nicki Minaj: The Empire.  I was the primary writer for the quest featured in this video - the story of how you met Nicki Minaj.

Other Nicki Writers

Brandon Jerwa    Alison McKenzie   Jen Vaughn

Sample Quest Docs
Quest Scripting

Writing story and quest documents for Nicki Minaj: The Empire was only the first step in bringing the stories to life. 

 

Using the game's custom script editor, I was able to place characters, move cameras, trigger animations and block out scenes for key moments in the game. 

This video features scenes that I scripted, but most of the scripting work for the game was done by these two fine gentlemen.

Nicki Scripters

Danny Marks       Brandyn Davis

Nicki Minaj: The Empire Writing Team:

Christopher Ellington, Brandon Jerwa, Alison McKenzie, Jen Vaughn

Nicki Minaj: The Empire Design Team:

Matthew Pellicane, Danny Marks, Brandyn Davis

Brannon Boren, Avery Bennet, Nicole Maiorano