The Train2Game blog chats to the teams about working with the Fighting Fantasy IP for Make Something Unreal Live at The Gadget Show Live, as the teams become studios in their own right.
The hottest new Indies in town: Commando Kiwi, Derp Studios, Digital Mage and Indigo Jam
With student teams beginning to perform as independent studios and working on a world-renowned IP, we caught up with the development teams to get a few choice words on the latest news and to get some more details on the games they are working on.
First on our list was Commando Kiwi.
Jonny Robinson, Commando Kiwi, said: “When we found out we’d be working on a game inspired by The Warlock of Firetop Mountain; we were all in shock, a few of us have read the book before so our minds were blown away with pure awesomeness! We’re working on a classic IP from legends in the game industry; Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson.”
Next we caught up with Derp Studios to hear their thoughts on working on a Fighting Fantasy title and the genre of game they’re designing. We also got the lowdown on what it’s like to work remotely when designing games.
Nigel Clark, Derp Studios, said: “Our game is a gripping first-person RPG, a sequel to the second Fighting Fantasy gamebook, Citadel of Chaos. Strategically combined combat with both melee and magic will only get you so far. The player must decide the best course of action. A true test of “fight or flight” awaits our players.”
“To combat the distance factor, we’ve utilised tools within Facebook, Subversion (SVN) and contact points within Train2Game and Epic Games, along with Skype conferences to maintain good team communication. Working as a team is challenging in the first place. However with your team spread throughout the country it’s even more of a challenge.”
Our next destination was Casa del Digital Mage, where we asked: What do you want to achieve with your game?
Craig Moore, Digital Mage, said: “Digital Mage hopes to help the player truly become engrossed within the battlefields of Allansia by providing ease of use and an intuitive control system enabling quick decisions to control an army as a general should!”
..and what do players have in store should they buy it?
“An exciting, diverse, and adventurous team is sculpting a mobile experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat and keep you coming back for more, with lush graphics and a sweeping soundtrack, Digital Mage is using every last trick in the book to make this the best mobile strategy game available on any platform.”
Lastly we caught up with Indigo Jam, where we asked: What have you been designing and can you get us excited about it?
Indigo Jam, Deathtrap Dungeon, Action Adventure
Ben Stoneman, Indigo Jam, said: “Indigo Jam studios brings the Deathtrap Dungeon title to life with gameplay featuring a dark tale set in Allansia that leads you to a Trail of Champions in the dark dungeon labyrinth of Fang, riddled with monsters and deadly traps and other unknown horrors. Countless adventurers have accepted the challenge but have never been seen again.”
Train2Game then went on to ask: How has the course helped you develop the skills to deliver what is such an imaginative game design?
“Indigo Jam is very lucky to have a good range of skills and abilities gained from the Train2Game courses complemented by the extra training for the UDK Game Jam in November. The team is getting along really well. They are confident in their own abilities, and have delivered at every stage of development.”
With the energy and hype that the teams are creating, Make Something Unreal Live at The Gadget Show Live can’t come soon enough.
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