Monthly Archive for January, 2010

Good luck Perth Game Jammers!

The second ever Global Game Jam is on this weekend and everyone here at Let’s Make Games would like to wish all participants the very best of luck. 😉

For those of you who don’t know about the phenomenon that is Global Game Jam, here’s a quick summary: 48 hours of unadulterated creative energy poured into collective game development at breakneck speeds by teams all over the world!

Here in Perth, the local site is being hosted at the Joondalup Business Centre. Setup begins at 5pm tonight and submissions must be in by 3pm on Sunday (the event officially ends at 6pm on Sunday – leaving some time to actually play the games!).

Thanks to the efforts of Simon Wittber (aka. Different Methods), Perth is very well represented as a regional centre for game jamming. Perth was the only Australian location for the first Global Game Jam (at which point Simon had already organised two previous local game jams). This year, the Perth site is also being supported by local game developers Rockethands and Subversive Games.

For more information, see: the Global Gam Jam website; the list of participants for the Perth site; the local event schedule; and the official website for the Perth site.

Star Hammer expands in 2010

Black Lab Games has just sent out a press release announcing that Star Hammer is now a series AND it includes a new turn-based strategy game: Star Hammer Tactics!

Star Hammer has really been shaping up over the last 12 months and we’re looking forward to see what happens with the (new) franchise in 2010. 😉

Here are the press release and gallery of new screenshots:

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – January 6, 2010 – Black Lab Games is pleased to announce a new game in the Star Hammer series, Star Hammer Tactics, is in development and slated for release in early 2010 for the Xbox 360 via Xbox Live Indie Games.

Star Hammer Tactics is a fast-paced turn-based game of tactical space battles that anyone can learn to play in minutes. In the single-player campaign mode, players will assume the role of a naval strike group commander as they defend the planet Novus from the marauding alien menace known as the Nautilids. Alternately, challenge a friend to a duel to the death in the local multiplayer mode – customize your fleet, then compete for glory and bragging rights!

Featuring a rule set that is deliberately simple whilst still allowing for maximum strategic depth, Star Hammer Tactics is sure to engage and entertain gamers of all persuasions. Achieve victory by outwitting your opponents, and then blasting them to little pieces!

More details, including the latest screenshots and video are available from the Star Hammer web site by visiting

About Black Lab Games

Black Lab Games is a boutique game development studio specializing in modern downloadable games with a hint of nostalgic flavor. Headquartered in the city of Perth, Western Australia, the company was established in 2008, and began active development of it’s first title, the episodic Star Hammer action series, in early 2009. For more information about Black Lab Games, please visit

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