Monthly Archive for January, 2016

Beta Testers wanted for Roid Rage on iPad

Roid Rage: Now Beta-Testing (iPad)

Kalgoorlie-based studio Outback Pixels are currently seeking space explorers willing to take on a mission to test the limits of their upcoming iPad game Roid Rage.

ROID RAGE is a finger-breaking, asteroid destroying, clicker that allows you to buy and upgrade your skills, boosts and space crafts.

Tap to destroy ROIDS and collect High-Grade and Low-Grade Resources in a dynamic low-poly galaxy. Keep an eye on your cargo and jettison Low-Grade resources to make space for more. Collect resources for CREDS and unlock and upgrade skills and bigger and better space craft.

If you’re ready to tap into your inner beta tester, head on over to Roid Rage signup page now, and you’ll be smashing your way through asteroids within 24 hours!

Level One Free Coworking Space: February Dates

Level One Co-working Space Logo

Each week FTI run a free co-working day just for game developers known as Level One. Grab your laptop and head down to SK Games for some free Wifi, table space and excellent company. You can book for the whole day or just half, but either way it is a great opportunity to catch up with fellow developers and get in the game-making mindset.

Time: 9.30am-5.00pm
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald Street, Northbridge WA
Cost: Free, but an RSVP is required!
Tickets: via Eventbrite

Co-working Dates for February, 2016

[Full list for the year available here]

  • Thursday, 4 February 2016
  • Thursday, 11 February 2016
  • Thursday, 18 February 2016
  • Thursday, 25 February 2016

Lumber Larry leaps onto iOS for Free

Larry running through snow. Text: Lumber Larry Out Now! Available on the App Store

2016 has hit the ground running, with Pale Blue Dot Games the first studio out the gate to release a game for the year. Leaping onto the app store we have Lumber Larry, a fast-paced game about a lumberjack fleeing from various falling debris.

Lumber Larry is a family friendly game about environmental misadventure that supports charity and education.

You play as Larry the Lumberjack as he barrels his way down mountains and charges across forests escaping an avalanche that threatens his very being! You must duck, roll and speed out of the way of the obstacles in your path and help Larry survive his unfortunate situation.

Lumber Larry is out now for free, so race on down to the App Store to check out the misadventures of this colourful cartoony lumberjack.

Fringe Festival features Fart Surfer

A Cartoon Surfer and the 1984 Games Logo

Some games are emotional, some are thoughtful, others still are educational. However sometimes it’s just fun to play a game that’s downright silly. On that note Fart Surfer, the first game by local studio 1984 Games, will be rocketing onto the big screen at the Perth Cultural Centre as part of the Fringe World Festival.

It is the 21st Century, and Global Warming has caused a tidal wave that is destroying the Earth! A fart with the power of a rocket is the only thing that will save Bazza the Bogan Surfer from death by wipeout! Dodge dolphins, trees, dunnys and debris to stay on the wave; power up with baked beans, and play the game on the big screen – only at Fringe!

What: Fart Surfer on the Big Screen
When: 8.30pm -11.30pm, Saturday 30 January 2016
Where: Perth Cultural Centre, Corner of James ST & Lake Street, Northbridge
Tickets: Free!

For all the details on Fart Surfer, and other special events, head on over to the Fringe World Festival website.

A Sound Idea: 10 Minute Survey

ECU Logo + Text: A Sound Idea

Games let us experience amazing stories, entertaining adventures, and interesting challenges, but many people can be locked out of the fun because of a game’s design choices. The accessibility of a game, that is whether it has been design to allow for people with a disability to play it, can make or break a play experience for gamers who have disabilities.

At Edith Cowan University, a PhD study is currently investigating the use of subtitles and closed captioning in video games and are seeking participants to assist by filling in a 10 minute online survey. You don’t have to be Deaf, hearing-impaired or have hearing loss to take part – the more people who fill in the survey, the better!

A Sound Idea: An Investigation into New Serious Games Accessibility Guidelines for Children with a Hearing Loss

The purpose of this project is  identify your views and opinions of subtitles and closed captioning in video games. This research is an essential component in the development of new video game accessibility guidelines, to aid developers in creating games suitable for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

To help out and fill in the survey, simply click right here. For more information on the ‘A Sound Idea’ study, check out the Informed Letter to Participants from Edith Cowan University.

Nekograms at the Internet Cat Video Fest

Text: Nekograms. Play the game at the Internet Cat Video Festival 2016.

This weekend Perth is readying for the second annual Internet Cat Video Festival, which is set to feature 65 minutes of internationally curated clips of cute cats. You can also look forward to performances, dress-ups and best of all, a kitty-focused local game.

Nekograms is a pleasant puzzle game in development by local studio Hungry Sky, which tasks you with helping an assortment of adorable cats get to sleep. If you missed the chance to get your paws on it at the Perth Games Festival, then this is the purrfect opportunity to playtest it! (sorry, we couldn’t resist)

What: Nekograms at the Internet Cat Video Festival
When: 5pm-8pm, Saturday 16 January 2016
Where: Northbridge Piazza, cnr Lake ST & James ST Northbridge
Tickets: Free!

You an head on over to the Internet Cat Video Festival Facebook page to stay up to date on all the details for the event. Nekograms are also on Facebook and Twitter, if you need a regular dose of cute cats to keep you going.

Global Game Jam – North and South Sites

Text: "Global Game Jam"

It’s that time of year again, when aspiring and seasoned developers alike come together for some extreme game-making. That’s right, it is time for the Global Game Jam (GGJ), and this year we have two sites lined up for Perth both North and South of the river!

Haven’t been to GGJ before? Want to know what it’s all about?
Here’s a quick overview from the Global Game Jam folks:

The goal is to come together and make a video game, or non-digital game like a board game or card game. Participants rapidly prototype game designs and hopefully inject new ideas to help grow the game industry. We share a common theme and constraints. We ask participants to create a game from beginning to end in a prescribed time (maximum of 48 hours). The brief time span is meant to help encourage creative thinking to result in small but innovative and experimental games.

It will be free to join in the fun at both Perth sites, but places are limited. So if you’re keen to get your game on, be sure to sign up to one of the following locations:

What: Global Game Jam (NORTH)

When: Starting 5pm January 29 – 31, 2016
Where: Edith Cown University (Mt Lawley Campus), 2 Bradford ST, Mount Lawley
Registrations: Join the Jam here!

What: Global Game Jam (SOUTH)

When: Starting 5pm January 29 – 31, 2016
Where: Murdoch University, 90 South ST, Murdoch
Registrations: Join the Jam here!

For more information, head straight to the North and South information pages. You can also stay in the loop with the latest Game Jam plans for Perth by jumping into the Perth GGJ Group on facebook.

 

Playup Perth #9 featuring SOON, Northanger Abbey & Ballad of Crater

Play Up Perth

The penultimate playtesting event that is Playup Perth is back again in 2016, and this next one is an all ages event! So get ready to go behind the scenes and check out some yet-to-be-released local games. Bonus News: The first four events for the year are already in the works, so if you’re super keen you can grab your tickets now for the January, March, May and July Playups!

What: Playup Perth #9
When:
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Where: Carpe Coffee (526 Murray Street)
Tickets: $7 (FTI members)/ $10 (regular) via Eventbrite

The Games:

This is an All Ages event, however players aged 12 and under will need to be accompanied by a guardian. Also note that light snacks and drinks will be available for purchase from the cafe. If you would like to find out more about the games on offer, head on over to the official Playup Perth page.

To register for Playup Perth #9, or any of the future events, simply visit their Eventbrite page.

SOON!, by Spiral Atlas Northanger Abbey: The Game!
Ballad Of Crater

 

Rift Runner Out on Android!

Rift Runner - Hermit crab sitting on a rock

2015 was a big year for games in Western Australia, with over 20 titles being released to the world. Jumping in as the final game for the year was Rift Runner by AltF4Interactive, which featured (and launched) at Perth Games Festival. Although we missed announcing the news at the time as a result of a full festival schedule, we still think it’s important that you know about the game and its hurrying little hermit crab hero.

Take control of a hermit crab trying to escape a rift of oil, while collecting algae to increase your score in this endless runner. Then share your scores with friends via Facebook with the included social media functionality.

Rift Runner is available now on Android for just $0.99 (AUS), so scuttle on over to the Google Play store now and get your claws on it!

Level One (free co-working day) is back!

Level One Co-working Space Logo

Level One, the free co-working day run by FTI, has returned in 2016 and is now set to run weekly! The event will once again be taking place at SK Games, which features free Wifi, table space and excellent company. You can book for the whole day or just half, but either way it is a great opportunity to catch up with fellow developers and get in the game-making mindset!

Time: 9.30am-5.00pm
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald Street, Northbridge WA
Cost: Free, but an RSVP is required!
Tickets: via Eventbrite

Co-working Dates for January, 2016

[Full list for the year available here]

  • Thursday, 7 January 2016
  • Thursday, 14 January 2016
  • Thursday, 21 January 2016
  • Thursday, 28 January 2016