Monthly Archive for March, 2016

Making Games in Perth: The Indie Story

Oz ComicCon Panel: Making Games in Perth

This weekend is the super cool geek fest that is Oz Comic-Con, and one of the panels for the day will be looking at our local gaming industry. Moderated by Ceri Hutton of Pixel Expo, the discussion will be covered by Perth-based game developers Aranda Morrison (Gnomic Studios), Garth Pendergrast (Stirfire Studios), Jess Watson (Let’s Make Games), and Liam Hunt (ByteSprite).

What: Making Games in Perth – The Indie Story (Oz Comic-Con Panel)
When: Sunday, April 3rd. 1.30pm
Where: STAGE 4 @ Oz Comic-Con, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Tickets: Full details via the Oz Comic-Con website

A Panel of Perth’s own game developers talk about what it takes to get a game out there in the world and discuss all the trials and tribulations they personally went through to turn a concept into a fully playable product.

If you, or someone you know, are heading to Oz Comic-Con and are interested in finding out more about Perth’s games industry, then this is a panel worth catching. Invite them to the facebook event, or simple send them a link to the info page – we hope to see you there!

BONUS: The folks over at Pixel Sift (who regularly interview local game devs) will be hosting a live show on the day as well. Be sure to check it out too!

Come see us at Oz Comic-Con (2-3 April, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre). Buy your tickets today at Ozcomiccon.com

Workshop: Intro to Roleplaying Games

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Want to know more about the realm of Roleplaying Games, but don’t know where to start? Let local developer Eeshwar of Tripleqmark Productions help you get started in this upcoming workshop, hosted by the Rotaract Club of Rossmoyne.

What: Introduction to Roleplaying Games
When: Friday, April 15th. 6.45pm – 8.15pm
Where: Rossmoyne Senior High School. Keith Road, Rossmoyne, WA
Tickets: $5 via Rotaract, which covers the cost of nibbles!

Ever wondered what tabletop roleplaying games are about? Why do you use all those weird looking dice? And is that a balance sheet in front of you? In this light and friendly introduction to roleplaying games we’ll discuss all of these things and more, and you’ll get the chance to play a hero in a short game!

You can find out more about the Introduction to Roleplaying Games workshop via the Facebook event, or the Rotaract information page.

Playup Perth #10

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Saturday afternoons are pretty great. Saturday afternoons with coffee are even better. But Saturday afternoons with coffee and games are the best! If you think so too then join the fun this weekend at the next Playup Perth thanks to FTI.

What: Playup Perth #10
When: Saturday 2nd April, 1-4pm
Where: Carpe Coffee, 526 Murray Street Perth
Tickets: $10 (regular) / $7 (FTI members) via Eventbrite
Extra info: This is an all ages event, however children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

This month has a mix of digital and physical games available to play, and the developers would love your feedback!

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Don’t forget to visit the Playup Perth website to stay up to date with all Playup related news. See you there~

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DogEatDog let loose on Mobile

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Doggone it; looks like we missed the release of Imperial Unit‘s first game last month. So let’s paws for a moment to check out DogEatDog, a puzzle game about the survival of the fittest (and fluffiest).

Every dog has its day, but in a Dog Eat Dog world, there can only be one! Eat to survive through hundreds of challenging puzzles that will get your tail wagging and brain bursting. With a buffet of adorable animals, exotic locations, gorgeous graphics and unique puzzle mechanics – mass extinction has never been so much fun!

» To work your way up the furry friend food chain, grab DogEatDog for free now on Google Play or iTunes.

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UPDATE: Final Days Greenlit on Steam!

Congratulations to +7 Software on the news that Final Days will be heading to Steam. Great work gamers! Thanks for supporting a local developer.

 

 

Original Post: Vote for Final Days on Steam Greenlight

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Last month we wrote about the release of the Final Days alpha, an upcoming zombie shooter by local developer +7 Software. If you have yet to jump into the frantic survival game now is the time, because they need your help (and more importantly votes) to get onto Steam Greenlight!

Final Days is a fast-paced and intense multiplayer shooter set in a post-apocalyptic world. It’s an arcade style game designed to be quick, simple, and fun. Inspirations include classics such as Smash TV, Gauntlet, Alien Breed, and Grand Theft Auto.

Can you survive?

If you’re interested in seeing what the end of humanity has to offer, you can download the alpha demo here. To help a local dev out and get the game onto Steam, simply make your way down the dark halls of Steam Greenlight and give it a thumbs up.

 

World’s Fastest Pizza storms Steam

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World’s Fastest Pizza is a quick, comical and somewhat crude game by Oscar Brittain, which you may have caught at the 2015 Perth Games Festival (complete with pizza-box controller). Well at last this cheesy piece of gaming goodness has been delivered and is now available for human consumption via Steam and Itchio!

In World’s Fastest Pizza you must deliver pizza to the denizens of Australia using an armory of SUPERPOWERS and NOT-SO-SUPERPOWERS in your quest to rid the land of hunger and rebuild your space ship to return home.

This one is not for kids, but if you’re up for an order of irreverent humour and amusing Australianism head on over on Steam or Itchi.io.  Hurry up, you’ve got pizzas to deliver!

Jump Legends leaps onto iOS

Jump Legends BannerWhat treasures await in the mystical landscape of the Great Fall? And is your adventurer nimble enough to escape crushing blocks and spinning wheels of deaths to find them? If you think your dexterity is up to the challenge then Jump Legends, the new game by Fabled Realm, is the one for you!

Jump Legends is a challenging, tap to win game that aims to redefine the endless runner genre. With beautiful transitional scenes and scenery, fully animated unique characters, and near impossible obstacles to overcome, Jump Legends will have you entertained for ages.

Jump Legends Screenshot (cropped)This is the third mobile game from developer Eric Hein, who formerly worked as a geologist, but decided to follow his creative passions to pursue a career in development instead.

My desire to be in control of my time has led to the founding of Fabled Realm. A place for me to develop and share my creations. A place where my imagination can run wild.

So if you like the sounds of this one, simply leap on over to the App Store to pick up Jump Legends for free!

Quadrant out now f̶o̶u̶r̶ for Android

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Are you the kind of person who can’t help but multitask? Have you nailed the art of using your phone while in a meeting, or perfected working on your laptop while watching TV? Well now is the time to test your skills, as Apex Creative‘s latest puzzle game Quadrant tasks you with switching back and forth between four screens to keep the game going.

Each quadrant represents a parallel dimension. Quickly select which quadrant you wish to exist in, to avoid the red obstacles.

You will start with 60 seconds on the clock. Tap to switch to one of four quadrants with perfect timing to avoid the red obstacles, and collect time extensions and extra points. If a red obstacle collides with you, it’s game over! If a green object makes contact with you, you gain extra time. Yellow or purple give you bonus points.

If you want to switch up your mobile gaming experience, jump on over to Google Play to get your hands on this simple but challenging game.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=PVeMWwS9c0U%26w%3D500%26h%3D281

Welcome New Committee Members

Let’s Make Games has worked to support the West Australian game development community for the last seven years. In this time the hard-working Nick Lowe, Minh Tran and Richard Kong have been behind the scenes keeping it all going, but last month they officially stepped down from their positions on the committee. So let us introduce you to the new faces of Let’s Make Games, and take some time to reflect on the cool folks who came before.

First up, we would like to welcome the new members of Let’s Make Game’s Committee, who will be working to ensure the organisation continues to support game-makers across WA and showcase their work to the wider community.

Say hello to…

New Committee Members (from left to right): Jon, John, Wes, Kitty, Brendan, Brad & Jess

New Members (from left to right): Jon, John, Wes, Kitty, Brendan, Brad & Jess

  • John Parker, Chair
  • Kitty Byrne, Vice Chair
  • Brendan Ragan, Treasurer
  • Brad Power, Secretary
  • Wesley Lamont, Ordinary Committee Member
  • Jess Watson, Ordinary Committee Member & General Operations Team
  • Jon Hayward, Ordinary Committee Member & General Operations Team

 

BONUS NEWS…

The new committee has already jumped into things head-on, with members Brendan Ragan and Jon Hayward representing Let’s Make Games in the Environment and Communications References Committee, Senate Inquiry into the future of Australia’s video game development industry. Former Chair Nick Lowe had contributed in the previous call for submissions on behalf of LMG, and the new members stepped up to continue the discussion. The full transcript of the proceedings for WA and Sydney is now available for download here. (Note: Submission were also made by WA developers Black Lab Games and Stirfire Studios). 

 

Thank you to…

We at Let’s Make Games would like to take this opportunity to thank the exiting members of the committee; Nick, Minh and Rich for all their work with the organisation over the years. LMG began back in 2009, with Nick and Minh starting it all. Rich joined the following year, and they have continued behind the scenes as LMG’s committee since it became an Incorporation in 2011. So we extend a heartfelt THANK YOU, to Nick, Rich and Minh for all their support of the local game scene! Your commitment and care has played a significant role in shaping the great community we have here in WA.

Although they are stepping back from their work with the organisation, the exiting members will still of course be involved in making games and playing with new tech; so if you do see them around, be sure to tell them that they are awesome.

If you would like to find out more about Let’s Make Games and our history, you can check it our back story here~

Square Heroes is WA’s first PS4 Game!

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Gnomic Studios has kept the ball rolling (or really the square flying) this year, taking their collection of killer cubes to the console. First released on Steam last year, Square Heroes is now taking the Playstation 4 by storm for the excellent price of $4.99.

* Designed for multiplayer from the ground up. All maps support six players including bots as desired. Up to four human players can play locally without split screen. What’s more, multiple local players can join online matches together, enabling online couch vs couch gaming.

* Game modes include co-op, free-for-all, and team based options. Hunt for gnomes, survive alien onslaughts and fight to the death in any of the six stylish 2.5D arenas.

* Level-up your Hero and unlock over 30 new weapons including: Grenade Launcher, Sticky Bomb and Chicken.

» To get in on the cubic chaos, head on over to the Playstation Store now!!

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