Posts Tagged ‘well-known-client’

Tony Robinson: Weird World of Wonders

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

This puzzle-platformer game was built with Aardman to help promote Tony Robinson‘s new series of lovely children’s history books.

Play Tony Robinson’s Weird World of Wonders.

In every game I try to introduce something new and original. In this one, you control two characters at once. Pee Wee and Nits. The boy Pee Wee can be controlled with arrow keys, and Nits, his dog, can be controlled with the mouse. That means that two people can play side by side on the same computer, in a cooperative manner. It’s great fun, give it a go and try to solve the level puzzles with your best mate!

I’ve loved Tony Robinson’s acting work since I was young, watching him play Baldrick in the Blackadder comedies. It was an amazing privilege to work with him on this project. His browbeating voiceovers totally transform the game, injecting character and humour throughout.

The Pirates! Land Lobber

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

I built this game with Aardman to help promote the Sony/Aardman release of the awesome and hilarious film The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists.

Lob eggs at the targets on stage until you’ve knocked them all down. Then take the gold you’ve earned and upgrade your fruit-slinging weapons in the shop.

Play The Pirates! Land Lobber.

Home Sheep Home 2: A Little Epic

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Help Shaun, Shirley and Timmy find their way home in this super-cute BAFTA-nominated physics puzzle platformer.

Play the London episode on the web, free

Play the Underground episode on the web, free

Visit the official site to buy the game for your PC or iPhone/iPad

After the success of the original Home Sheep Home, Aardman asked me to work on a sequel with the ultra-talented artist/animator, Robin Davey (who did all the art/animation for the first game too). The original game was a pure Flash web game, hastily built just to raise brand awareness for the Shaun the Sheep show. The new game was to be a multi-platform paid download game, as well as a free-to-play web game. We had our work cut out for us!

So, what could both work as a free web game, and as a paid download? Why would anyone pay to play something they can play for free? Well, we came up with a few reasons:

  • Super high resolution graphics, running super-smooth in full screen
  • Lots more content – more episodes, bonus levels, more to collect
  • Developer’s commentary
  • Exclusive fun/silly cheat modes
  • Runs on your iPhone/iPad

Robin and I scratched our heads, scribbled lots of notes, drank lots of tea and ate lots of biscuits until we had a rough plan of the game. Then came months of hard work building it all. Top-designer Gavin Strange worked on the lovely interface screens. Tech genius Richard Davey orchestrated a textbook perfect technology-intercept with AIR3 for the desktop version, and lots of other people at Aardman were involved (check the in-game credits for the full list).

Alongside our own development we also worked closely with the amazing Mobile Pie to help them create the iOS version of the game. Mobile Pie’s star developer Matt Arahna and the rest of the team did a truly spectacular job of bringing the experience to the iPhone and iPad. They slaved for months ensuring the mobile version played just like the desktop and web versions, including every frame of the rich animation, beautiful layered backgrounds, physics, controls and more.

It’s been a long journey, and one of the most complicated projects I’ve ever been involved with! The multi-platform end product was well worth all the hard work though, and although the game has only been out for a couple of days as I write, it has already had hundreds of thousands of plays. Initial feedback from players seems very positive too! That’s the bit that really matters in the end – bringing a beautiful and fun experience to people who love games.

 

Deadly Planet

Monday, October 31st, 2011

To go with the brilliant kids wildlife TV show “Live ‘n Deadly”, the BBC wanted a major online game. They got Aardman to build it, and I was brought in as part of the team. I worked mainly on the design of levels 2 and 3 (Borneo and California), but also on the core platform engine a little, alongside Mark Burvill and a few others.

It was an ambitious project, with a pretty tight deadline. There’s the odd rough edge, but overall it came out pretty well! There were even tie-ins with the show, with the presenters giving out goodies for the game live on air.

Play Deadly Planet.

 

Championsheeps: Baahmy Golf

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Bhaamy-GolfChampionsheeps is a new suite of five children’s games, produced by Aardman Digital for the BBC. I worked on coding the Baahmy Golf game within the suite. The graphics and concept were all worked out when I got to this one. I just had to make everything work!

In Baahmy Golf, it’s Shaun’s job to break as many things as he can with just five shots. Almost all of the items visible are interactive in some way, so smash away and enjoy the show! Don’t forget to use your unconventional flippers (lids, a toilet seat, even a duck) to keep the ball in motion.

Play Championsheeps now!

Royal Mail Christmas Stamps

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

royal-mail-avatar-toolThe Royal Mail have Wallace and Gromit on their Christmas Stamps this year. You can also use this handy tool to create your own face in Wallace and Gromit clay style. I didn’t design or even do all of the build on this one, but came in late to the project to help bring it in for the deadline.

Wallace’s Workshop

Friday, October 15th, 2010

wallaces-workshop-0Unleash your inner inventor and build crazy contraptions in the BAFTA winning Wallace and Gromit game, Wallace’s Workshop. You’ll need to use your intelligence, imagination and cunning to build everything from battery powered cars and rocket powered sleds, to Heath-Robinson contraptions and giant trebuchets!

Play Wallace’s Workshop now!

This Flash game is a little deeper and more involved than a lot of the other games I’ve produced. Take your time, and don’t be afraid to skip ahead if you can’t figure something out.

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Crazy contraptions!

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Battery powered car

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Inventive machines

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Rocket sled!

Timmy Time: Bleat Dreams

Monday, May 24th, 2010

timmy-time-bleat-dreamsBounce Timmy as high as you can in this gentle-paced dreamy casual game. Land on the squishy cushions to leap up again, and pick up bonuses for a boost! Log into your Facebook account in-game to compete against your friends.

Sprocket Rocket

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

sprocket-rocket-1Use your imagination to modify your spacecraft in this Wallace & Gromit game built for the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). Draw a shape and it is attached to your craft and works in the game world. Can you create the perfect tool for the job?

Play Sprocket Rocket now.

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Home Sheep Home

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

home-sheep-homeShaun, Shirley and Timmy must team up and work together if they want to get home in this physics platformer. Expect stacked sheep, sheep-seesaws, trampolines and more in this fun action-puzzle.

This game was built with graphics and sound from the amazing Aardman Digital team to promote the new Shaun the Sheep website. Check it out, and don’t miss the second series of Shaun The Sheep either. Both are awesome!

Play Home Sheep Home now.