Henry Hoffman’s wins first prize in the Leap Motion 3D Jam!

Henry Hoffman’s, Aboard the Lookinglass has won 1st prize in the Leap Motion 3D Jam competition.

It’s a science-fiction game about dimensional time, a rescue mission gone awry and a disconcerting future. The game uses the Oculus Rift and Leap Motion. Beautiful visuals, interesting mechanic and control, make for a great little game.

Available to download from http://thehen.itch.io/lookinglass.

You can find out more about the game in an interview with Henry… http://blog.leapmotion.com/aboard-the-lookinglass-your-left-hand-holds-the-past-your-right-hand-reveals-the-future/

Or if you’d prefer to hear him talking about it…


Aboard the Lookinglass by Henry Hoffman

Great to see a new game from Henry Hoffman, Aboard the Lookinglass was created for the #3Djam.

It’s a science-fiction game about dimensional time, a rescue mission gone awry and a disconcerting future. The game uses the Oculus Rift and Leap Motion. Beautiful visuals, interesting mechanic and control, make for a great little game.

Available to download from http://thehen.itch.io/lookinglass.


Nix – Available to Download Now!

Nix is available for Download Now! – Nix is the winner of the 2014 Off the Map competition.

Nix has been created by Jackson Rolls-Gray, Sebastian Filby and Faye Allen. The team created an underwater journey through Fonthill Abbey, the once-stunning Gothic revival country house in Wiltshire, which was demolished in 1846 after the collapse of its spectacular 300-foot tower twenty years earlier. Nix challenges gamers to reconstruct theAbbey via a series of puzzles in a spooky underwater world. It uses Oculus Rift, to enable the user to virtually explore the Abbey in its original splendour. The team used original drawings, maps of the estate and sounds held in the British Library’s collections.

The Off The Map competition is a collaboration between the British Library, Crytek and GameCity. It challenges higher education students based in the UK to create games inspired by the British Library’s collections, using Crytek’s cutting edge real-time technology Ceyengine.

The 2014 Off The Map competition accompanies the British Library’s current exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination. Curators handpicked a number of items, ranging from maps, sounds, text, images, illustrations and architectural plans, to provide three Gothic themes for entrants to base their videogames on. These were author William Beckford’s home Fonthill Abbey, Edgar Allen Poe’s short story The Masque of the Red Death and the seaside town of Whitby, which features in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.


Thomas Was Alone is released on iPad

So Mike Bithell has been pretty busy, not only has be been busily working away on his new game Volume, he’s also released Thomas Was Alone on iPad.

Mike has also been talking about the release of the iPad version in Polygon.


Mortar Melon Becomes the Top Free Game on Windows 8

Mortar Melon Classic a game made by two of our graduates Henry Hoffman and Dan Da Rocha, has topped the Windows 8 store! Now with more that 500,000 downloads it has established it’s self as one of the favourites.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Mortar-Melon-Becomes-the-Top-Free-Game-on-Windows-8-387291.shtml

You can download and play Mortar Melon for free!


Mike Bithell announces his new game VOLUME

It is great to see that our graduate Mike Bithell has finally announced his new game Volume, the follow up to his award winning Thomas Was Alone.

You can find out more details and watch the cool videos on his website… http://www.mikebithellgames.com/volume/


Newport Alumnus Mike Bithell Develop awards nomination

Mike and Thomas was Alone is nominated in several categories including, New IP, Use of Narrative and Micro Studio.
The July 10th Develop Awards will toast another diverse array of the finest European game development talent.

Almost 100 different companies have been listed as finalists for the July 10th event.

The shortlists for the 19 main prizes represents 36 different games and their creative talent, 49 different games studios and ten different European countries.

 

http://www.develop-online.net/news/44031/Develop-Awards-2013-The-finalists-are


Q.U.B.E.: Against the Qlock hits Steam


Mortar Melon is released on the Windows Store, for free!

We are very pleased to announce that Mortar Melon a collaboration between University of Wales, Newport graduates Henry Hoffman and Dan Da Rocha has just been released for free on the Windows Store… http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/en-US/app/mortar-melon/a3f3335d-5fd4-455e-9052-ab6a016cea4b

It’s great to see it is getting some great user reviews too… http://www.greatwindowsapps.com/app/mortar-melon

You can see some of the other things that Henry and Dan are getting up to on their blog… http://www.2gamedesigners.com


Mush is released

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Newport alumni Kate Killick and Henry Hoffman (Angry Mango) are releasing Mush today, it is avilable to download now from the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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!

Henry has been talking to the Guardian Games Blog about the experience of developing Mush over the last three years, take a look at the article ‘Five key lessons for every young game developer‘.

Kate has been also chatting with the BBC Radio Wales Breakfast Show about the experience, skip to 22:57

There is a great article about Mush on Hookshot Inc.

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