Pewter Games Studios and Curve Digital have this week released the much anticipated game ‘The Little Acre’.
The Little Acre follows the story of Aidan and his daughter, Lily, set in 1950’s Ireland. After discovering clues as to the whereabouts of his missing father, Aidan begins investigating until he inadvertently finds himself transported to a strange new world. Ever the hero, Lily sets off after him, encountering her own perils along the way. Featuring voice-acting and hand-drawn animation, The Little Acre is a memorable, lovingly crafted adventure game.
The Little Acre is available now on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Pewter Games Studios are a small Irish game development studio, focusing on the creation of unique and memorable story-driven games.
Ben Clavin and Christopher Conlan met while studying for their Master’s Degree in Digital Games, during which they created several small games. For one in particular, they saw potential. Wanting to take the idea further, the two formed Pewter Games Studios following graduation in 2013. The team grew to six in 2014, and nine in 2015.
Pewter Games Studios are supported by the National Digital Research Centre and Enterprise Ireland, and are based in Dublin.
Mobile game developers 9th Impact, have today launched a unique Match 3 game for the holiday season.
What makes Christmas Express Match 3 unique is not the gameplay itself, but that every single piece from the characters down to the exit buttons are hand-made from clay.
The clay characters include Santa, Rudolph and Snowman and are brought to life using stop motion animation. The result is a beautiful aesthetic, full of heart and charm. The level map screen is a magical winter wonderland with a sense of playfulness and Christmas warmth.
“I wanted this game to be proud of it’s hand-made origins rather than striving for pixel perfect digital graphics.” said 9th Impact game designer and artist Sarah Quick.
The game isn’t all about just creating a unique aesthetic though. “I love playing match 3 games, so I designed the levels to be fun, diverse and challenging and created a new type of piece – a Christmas Cracker – which gives you a surprise bonus each time you open one.” said Quick.
Christmas Express Match 3 will appeal to Candy Crush addicts, lovers of hand-made crafts or those with an appetite for festive themed fun.
9th Impact are an award winning game studio based in Galway, Ireland. The team of artists, designers, developers and storywriters build original and franchised games for iOS and Android. They are best known for being the developers of the official game series based on the classic Biker Mice from Mars TV show.
Independent game developer Joint Custody have been in touch to say that their supernatural Irish mystery game Scéal (meaning ‘Story’) in Irish is now available on Steam.
Rooted in Irish folklore, the game tells the tale of a young girl’s spirit that’s trapped on earth. She must unravel the truth about her past to secure her passage to the afterlife. The world of Scéal is like a ‘living storybook’, with rich watercolor-style graphics that pop-up and animate as you travel through it.
Drawing heavily on Irish mythology and Celtic symbolism, players inhabit the spirit of a young girl who unlocks fragments of her memory by completing tasks for the townspeople of Irish fishing village Carlingford.
On her travels, the girl encounters a mysterious Raven named Branna, who promises to take her to the afterlife once all her memories are restored. Branna warns the spirit girl that the outcome of her story will change depending on her actions, with the game containing three unique endings.
Throughout Scéal the spirit girl must use her supernatural powers to complete tasks and quests. These include the ability to possess the bodies of villagers as well as transform into an Angel of Light or a Dark Banshee. Turning into these two supernatural beings enables the spirit girl to use their powers to paint the story in summer or winter colours and unlock more clues to progress the story.
Joint Custody worked with renowned Irish folk singers Lorcan Mac Mathuna and Aislinn Duffy, who wrote and composed the music for the game. Each track was written and recorded in three different styles to reflect the various emotional states of the main character.
The Grand Prix was awarded to Llaura McGee from Dreamfeel (http://dreamfeel.org/), an emerging video game designer whose game, If Found Please Return, was highly praised by the judges for its interesting and immersive techniques. Dreamfeel won three awards and a commendation in the Irish Design Awards, including an award for best Game Design, a commendation for Collaborative Design, an award for emerging talent and the Grand Prix overall award.
If Found, Please Return is an interactive narrative in which you read the infinitely unfolding diaries of drifter/astronaut Kasio. Erase the things you’ve done, the places you’ve been, the people you knew, and even erase existence itself. This is how it ends.
In 2016 a 15 minute self contained chapter was created and exhibited at EGX Rezzed in London, the AMaze festival in Berlin and State of Play in Dublin.
Game – Llaura DreamFeel
Art – Liadh Young
Music – Liz Ryerson
Production – Eve Golden-Woods
Pre-production Help – Thryn Henderson
The IDI Irish Design Awards recognise, celebrate and promote exemplary design vision in Ireland. The event took place in November in Dublin. See http://www.idi-design.ie/awards/