Posted on Apr 5, 2014 in Teesside
Over the last year I’ve been attending a monthly gathering of Game Developers on Teesside. This event ran by Olly Bennett and Bruce Slater. It usally takes place on the last Thursday of the Month at the Dicken’s Inn, Middlesbrough.
I’ve been meaning to blog about it for ages, so here what happen at the last event with took part on Thursday, March 27th.
I had a good look at the game and it’s a nice little Helicopter game in the spirit of the Mega Drive classic Desert Strike. There’s a demo available to play now and Eurogamer has an article on the kickstarter .
Bruce announced a the possibility of a Game Jam in the future to many cheers, including mine, in the crowd. There was also mention a chance for local developers to pitch their projects for the chance to get venture capital backing in July.
There was then a panel about the Game Developers Conference, from people who attended it, discussing the advantages and disadvantages of attending the event in San Francisco.
With all the announcements over there was a chance to grab some of the free buffet, and then network and play some of the games being demonstrated by the local developers in attendance.
Stomping Grounds was great fun to play, it’s one of those Local Multiplayer party games. This means 8 player can play in a battle arena on a single system.
Senseless by Thomas Jowett
This was an early version of interesting idea for a first person horror game about sensory deprivation.
Don’t Look Down by Thomas Phillips
This was a “Relative Gravity Ball Game”. It looked like the old classic game Descent, but with two players, Gravity (relative to the way you are facing), and a sporting theme. The changing gravity can real make your brain hurt, but it makes a very interesting two player game
Mad Lab by Loukia Kyriakidou
Shu is a beautiful and colourful 2.5D platformer with lovely hand-drawn characters some very clever game mechanics. I’m sure this will be a massive indie hit for Coatsink and I’m sure you’ll here a lot more about it soon.