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.


New trailer for Thomas Was Alone

Mike Bithell has been very busy lately continuing the development of Thomas Was Alone. There is a fantastic new trailer with voice over by Danny Wallace and a great new website.


With The Dust trailer released

Henry Hoffman and Kate Killick have release a trailer for their current project, With The Dust. We’ll be posting more information as and when we get it.

After showing With The Dust at GameCity IndieGames.com and Indie Game Magazine have written an articles about it.

Official With The Dust Website


Two Newport Games are on the short list for a Best of Welsh Design Award

We are very pleased to announce that two Newport games have made it onto the short list for the Graduate Interactive Award

Thread Bear by Jenny Peers and Andre Silva.
Thread Bear is a cute 3D adventure game set in a squishy fabric world. Help Bobby the panda travel through each level and sew up the rips that are affecting the balance of this fragile fabric world.
For more info and to Vote for Thread Bear.

Mush by Henry Hoffman, Kate Killick (from Computer Games Design), Ahmed Zaman, Matt Dennis, Greg O’Brian (from Games Development & AI).
Mush is an emotional puzzle platform game for the Windows Phone 7, giving you control over how your character feels. Directly change emotions through drawing smiles and sad faces, rotating the world and shaking the phone. Experience happiness, sadness, confusion and anger as you explore the unique emotional themed worlds with quirky abilities defined by the characters mood.
For more info and to Vote for Mush.

The Best of Welsh Design Awards are part of the Cardiff Design Festival. The winners will be announced on Friday the 14th of October.


Newport students talk about games design on C4’s Crunchtime

Our students Kate Killick & Henry Hoffman  have been busy discussing their experience at Dare To Be Digital 2010, on Channel 4’s Crunchtime. Kate & Henry a part of Team Angry Mango, went on to win Dare to be Digital and were nominated for a Games BAFTA ‘One’s to Watch’ Award.

You can watch the 3 part series (for a limited time only) on 4oD… Crunchtime Series 1.


Angry Mango win at Dare to be Digital

Angry Mango a team of students from the University of Wales Newport, which includes Henry Hoffman, Kate Killick (from Computer Games Design), Ahmed Zaman, Matt Dennis, Greg O’Brian (from Games Development & AI), have won at the 2011 Dare to be Digital competition.

Their game Mush is a single player, side-scrolling platformer for Windows Phone 7. You take control of your characters emotions, unlocking new abilities with which to progress.  Five emotional states are present, each enabling new abilities such as floating, sinking, smashing and gravity shifting.

Emotions are changed directly by the player through either drawing a smile, a sad face, a single line or rotating or shaking the phone. Simple movement is controlled with tilting and unlike other platform games you can neither jump nor die.

Mush has been also been announced at a nominee for the BAFTA Games Awards – Ones to Watch http://www.next-gen.biz/news/bafta-games-awards-nominees-announced

Mush Website
http://www.mushgame.com/

Mush in the press
Develop Online
WM Poweruser
1800 Pocket PC
Mobile Tech World
Mobility Digest
PC Applications
Everything WM