Thomas Was Alone is released

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Newport alumni Mike Bithell’s game Thomas Was Alone is now available to download from Desura and Indie City.

Over the last few days there has been great press coverage and reviews… Rock Paper Shotgun, GamasutraGamespot UK, IndieGames.com, Just Press StartSize Five Games and GameZone, to name a few.

Follow Mike Bithell on Twitter.


Mush will be released on July 4th

We are very pleased to announce that Mush by Angry Mango will be available for Windows Phone on the Xbox Live Marketplace on the 4th July 2012.

About Mush
Discover the emotions in this award-winning exclusive to Windows Live, a quirky puzzle adventure that lets you change how your character feels! Touch, tilt, rotate and shake up Mush to alter his mood. Gain new abilities, evade beasties and solve puzzles as you tumble through unique and beautiful worlds!

  • Touch, tilt and shake the phone to change your character’s emotions!
  • Each emotion unlocks a brand new ability!
  • Stunningly textured artwork, cute characters and physics based puzzles!
  • 20 Xbox LIVE Achievements!
  • Trophies to earn!
  • Leaderboards!

Evolution of Mush

Mush evolutionimage copyright Angry Mango

For more information and to see lots of lovely screenshots go to the Mush website and follow Angry Mango on Twitter.


Thomas Was Alone is set for release on June 30

 Thomas Was Alone is a minimalist game about friendship and jumping and is due for release on June 30, 2012. It will be out first on Desura, then shortly on other digital distribution platforms.

Thomas Was alone has been created by Newport graduate Mike Bithell, in his spare time, whilst not working as Lead Designer at Bossa Studios.

There is a great review/interview on Gamasutra and a short preview on N4G.

We can’t wait to get our hands on it and have a go.


Newport Graduates showcasing at the Wales Games Development Show 2012

Kate Killick and Henry Hoffman, will be showcasing With the Dust and Mush, and Toxic Games (Dan Da Rocha, Jon Savery and Dave Hall) will be showcasing Q.U.B.E. at the fist Wales Games Development Show.

Wales Games Development Show will showcase talented companies and projects across the digital media industry in Wales. This will be a good opportunity to network, promote digital interactive products, find talent and gain experience. SMEs and potential new start-ups can also take advantage of the wide variety of support available to them through various agencies and potential funding pools.
Games Lab.

The Wales Games Development Show is taking place on Friday 22nd June 2012  at the Millennium Centre Cardiff between 10am and 4pm. Tickets are FREE, but you should sign up on Eventbright here.


Computer Games Design Graduate Showcase 2012

Games Grad Show 2012

The Computer Games Design Graduate Showcase 2012.

Dates & Times: 13 – 14 June
Venue: University of Wales, Newport, City Campus, A29/30

Computer Games Design and Animation will exhibit together with a Private Showcase Evening: 13 June – Students, staff and guests join in celebrating the success of graduating Computer Games Design and Animation students

See the finest work of graduating students from the award winning Computer Games Design programme at Newport on display at the University’s City Campus.

BA (Hons) Computer Games Design at Newport is one of the oldest and most established games design courses in Britain. It has an international reputation for teaching, research, award winning alumni and quality student experience. Our graduating students will be showcasing their games and exhibiting their concept art. They will be illustrating their innovative and exciting game mechanics, novel concepts and progressive aesthetics.

This degree concentrates on design and creative skills with continual prototyping. Students follow a rigorous interrogation of the key concepts of games design; from character design, illustration, and 3D modelling, to understanding game mechanics, pitching and project management, utilising an iterative design process throughout. Theoretical and cultural knowledge of games is built up throughout the course to underpin the design process.

Our award winning students have continued into employment at Lionhead, Creative Assembly and garnered substantial funding and support from international bodies such as Indie Fund and Microsoft.

For more information and for the full details please take a look at the Newport Graduate Festival 2012 Guide [PDF]


Newport Games Design gets three nominations for the Ffresh Awards 2012

We are very pleased to announce that three Newport games have been shortlisted in the Games & Interactive Media category and the Ffresh Awards 2012.

With The DustThread Bear and Q.U.B.E. have been short listed, the games and interactive media juror David Banner has written encouraging comments about all three games.

The winner will be announced on Friday 10th February.


Mush demo gets shown off at E3

Dare to be Digital and BAFTA Cymru winner Mush for XBOX Live on Windows Phone has been shown off by Microsoft at E3.

Hopefully we will see Mush released in the coming weeks.

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