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Award Winning Game Students

Published: Thurs 4 June 2015
Award Winning Game Students

A team of students from the University of Bradford have won prizes for their game, Florobots, at the 2015 Game Republic Student Showcase in York.

Now in its 8th year, the competition sees teams of student game developers from six universities across the region compete for four awards: Game Design, Game Art, Game Technology and Best Team. Four of the region’s games companies sponsor and judge the 25+ final-year projects, all competing for an award.

Judges from Sumo Digital and Rockstar Leeds awarded the University of Bradford two-man team 3rd prize in both the Game Design and Best team categories.

Team Florobots otherwise known as Olga Maksimenko and Carl Waddingham both worked part time on the project for about 10 months before entering it in the showcase. Olga is currently studying MA Computer Animation and Visual Effects, whilst Carl is a student on the BA Computer Animation degree.

Their creation and namesake, Florobots, is 2.5D adventure puzzle game designed for children. It features two levels; a tutorial and a puzzle level. The main character, Florobot, is part-robot part-plant and can transform into three forms; Mobile, Engineer, Gardener. Each form has different abilities which the player uses to solve puzzles and progress through the world.

The characters were created in Adobe Illustrator and Flash. The environment was created using a programme called Maya whilst the game itself was put together in Unity.

Olga Maksimenko explains how it felt to be placed in the competition: “We were very pleased to be awarded a place in this prestigious competition, since there were so many other good entries. Taking part meant we met a lot of awesome people from the industry, all very friendly. We got some very helpful feedback and gained a lot of interest in our game, the show had an incredibly creative and fun atmosphere. “

“I am really grateful to Kaye Elling, my MA supervisor, her feedback and input during the whole process was invaluable and I really appreciated all the extra tips that she gave towards the design and the look of the game.”

The aim of the Game Republic Student Showcase is to provide links between academia and industry, in order to develop and nurture games talent in Yorkshire and the North of England.

 

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