News Archive - July to December 2012
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Gravity Badgers available on STEAM and coming soon to Wii U!
One giant step for man and one colossal step for a Badger!....Gravity Badgers now available for download on STEAM!! This is a massive achievement for a small indie title and sees the game expanding to the PC, Mac and Linux markets. Also here's a sneaky peak of it running on the Nintendo Wii. This version is nearing completion and will be out in the New Year.
Master Reboot is launched on Steam!
Since its PC launch for Halloween Master Reboot has enjoyed global critical acclaim. The majority of reviews to date have given Master Reboot scores of 4/5 or 8/10 and have praised the game for its beautiful unique look, ingenious design and have called it a memorable gaming experience. The positive reviews are still coming in, here’s a selection of quotes & scores and links to the full articles below:
"A Freakishly Cool Game Where You Invade The Memories Of Dead People". - Kotaku
“My favourite indie title of the year.” 4/5 - Attack of the Fanboy
“Ingenious Design. Fantastic use of horror elements. Suspenseful soundtrack. Master Reboot is definitely a game to get for Halloween”. 86% - The Gamer Studio
"When fun and challenging puzzles meets a gripping story that will scare you, you get a game that you won’t forget for a long time". 4/5 - Two Dash To Stash
“The experience is a striking, unique adventure that rewards observant players with an engaging story and horror fans with an eerie, haunting playground.” 4/5 - Gamezebo
“If you want to experience a game that is quite unlike anything else, do yourself a favor and check out Master Reboot”. 8/10 - Gamer Ramble
Gravity Badgers available on Apple Appstore & Google Play
Our latest casual game is out now on iOS & Android to play for FREE. Throw yourself into the planets' gravity, dodge asteroids and unyielding deadly bosses in over a hundred levels of vacuum-filled adventure and danger, all united under a stunning art style reminiscent of all your favourite 80's cartoons complete with a thumping mullet rock soundtrack!
Master Reboot labelled “one of the five most promising indie games at Eurogamer"
It was a privilege to be asked to demo Master Reboot at Eurogamer at the Indie Games Arcade and rub shoulders with the big developers. The whole team loved the event and we were totally surprised with all the positive attention the game received from press and the public over the four days. It was really flattering for Master Reboot to be labelled “gorgeous”, “fresh” and “unique” at the show by a whole host of game industry press and public. Here's a selection of articles which have led from the show:
Master Reboot accepted on STEAM
We've just had some great news....Master Reboot has been accepted for STEAM! To say we are excited would be an understatement!! This is a major boost for the team knowing that Master Reboot is deemed worthy enough to be Steam powered. This will spur us on to complete the game and add that extra finishing polish to it. We are hoping for a Halloween release, but we will let you know more as soon as the details are finalised.
Making our mark in the South West England News
Our Technical Director and Co-Founder featured in a newspaper article in his home county of Devon. Another interesting article about the continued growth and success of the company.
Sir Howard Stringer Pops Into Our Studio
We had a VIP visit our Studio, none other than Sir Howard Stringer, former CEO of SONY. It was a privilege to meet him and we received some great advice and praise from him and his entourage.
Master Reboot invited to Indie Games Arcade at Eurogamer
Master Reboot has been invited to be featured at the Indie Games Arcade at Eurogamer expo this year! This is a huge privilege and we are really looking forward to rubbing shoulders with the giants of the games industry.
Wales Interactive become Nintendo Wii U Developers
We are pleased to announce that we are now official Nintendo Wii U developers!
The team are looking forward to designing games for this exciting new hand held console and it will fulfil another company goal of releasing a Nintendo game in the near future. It's another great development for us in what really has been a whirlwind year and this is great bit of news for the company and shows our ambition going forward.
The team are all very excited at the prospect of making a title for Wii U and we are already busy designing and planning our first offering for the console. Watch this space for more news on the title in the coming months.
It’s game on for Bridgend firm as PlayStation goes Welsh
David “Dai” Banner, who has worked in the industry for almost two decades, will unleash indie horror adventure Master Reboot – or Enaid Coll in Welsh – across the globe later this year.
It has been a whirlwind 12 months for the Rhondda tech-whiz, who set up gaming company Wales Interactive in July 2012.
In that time, his company has transformed from a two-man operation into a prosperous, 18-strong organisation based in Pencoed’s Sony UK offices.........
Video games guru to launch first Welsh PlayStation 3 game
Just a year after founding his own gaming company, tech whiz kid Dai Banner is preparing to launch the first-ever Welsh language game for PlayStation 3.
Master Reboot – or Enaid Coll in Welsh – is described as an 'Indie horror adventure' set in a virtual world where "death is no longer final". In a bid for immortality, players must upload their favourite memories to a server called The Soul Cloud while piecing together a puzzle set across 34 environments.
The game will be sold internationally and has already received rave reviews from aficionados online - not bad for a company that didn’t exist 13 months ago.........
Helping Promote Wales at Cardiff Wales Aiport
We are proud to announce that we have been invited to have a corridor display at Cardiff Wales Airport. The murals help promote the diversity of Welsh Business's and in turn promote Wales. The strap line for our mural is "Wales is famous for rugby games. Its now famous for its computer games too". It's a huge honour knowing that we are representing our country for our particular industry and that visitors passing through the airport will be greeted by some of our games.
Photograph by Mission Photographic, courtesy of BAFTA Cymru
A Sitting Duck & Wales Interactive, British Academy Award Winners!
We are delighted, amazed and really proud to announce that Go Candy has won the BAFTA Cymru Games Award. We developed the game for A Sitting Duck, a creative animation company that has made a popular online series and has a large following for its star character "Candy The Magic Dinosaur". Go Candy also won 2 BAFTA Special Commendations for best Sound & Music and best Games Design. And if that wasn’t enough we also won another Special Commendation for Artistic Achievement for Stride Files: The Square murder. We still can't quite believe it and we are really honoured for the recognition for all the hard work the team have put in over the last year. An extra bonus was receiving the awards from Ian Livingstone CBE, who announced the winners and presented the awards. This made the moment even sweeter and it was a privilege accepting them from such an iconic figure in the UK games industry. Winning these awards will spur us on to continue making great games!!
Photograph by Mission Photographic, courtesy of BAFTA Cymru
Master Reboot gets it first PC Previews
Master Reboot has been previewed on PC Games, Gamezebo, Indiestatic and RockPaperShotgun. Some quotes so far:
"A gorgeous indie horror", PC Gamer.
"From concept to art style to the wonderful trailer, it’s a breath of fresh, creepy air", RockPaperShotgun.
"Master Reboot looks like a gorgeous and haunting adventure through a unique world that should appeal to fans of multiple genres", Gamezebo.
Go Candy Nominated For BAFTA Cymru Games Award
We are pleased to announce that Go Candy is one of three games to be nominated for this year's BAFTA Cymru Games award!
We developed the game for A Sitting Duck, a creative animation company that has made a popular online series and has a large following for its star character "Candy The Magic Dinosaur".
This year’s award ceremony will also include the presentation of 4 special commendations in the categories of: Game Design, Artistic Achievement, Technical Achievement and Sound and Music. The nominees and winners of these commendations, along with the winner of the British Academy Cymru Award for Games, will be announced during a ceremony which this year takes place at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff on Wednesday 26 June
Master Reboot now on Steam Greenlight!
Master Reboot has been unveiled on Steam Geenlight and is already building quite an army of followers who love the concept and want it available on Steam. Here are some of the comments so far:
Lifeguard446 - "Unique, fresh, and stylistic. You have my vote!"
Pancake - "Doesn't look quite like any game I've ever seen = great job! I look forward to playing this"
Celebrimnar - "Great story, amazing art, I am very excited about this game"
Wales Games Development Show 2013
Wales Interactive is pleased to announce that the Wales Games Development Show is back! and that we are lead organizers building on the success of last year’s show which had over 350 visitors and 30 exhibitors, the 2013 show will draw on new partnerships with the UK industry and will offer even more to the industry and the public who attend. The Show is going to be one of the highlights during the Digital Cardiff Week event - this is a week-long programme which celebrates and explores the major digital opportunities for the creative industries sector in Wales.
This year’s Wales Games Development Show will have two exhibition halls, a huge networking area and will host BAFTA in Wales lectures and workshops running throughout the day. Highlights of the day will include a keynote from Ian Livingstone CBE, master classes from the BBC and UK Interactive Entertainment and a BAFTA Games Question Time.
S4C and Wales Interactive launch Welsh e-books App
To to coincide with Cardiff's Children's Literary Festival, two Welsh e-books will be published in a partnership between S4C and Wales Interactive.
The e-books titles Y Broga Caradog Ci ein Cymydog and Pysgodyn Tersesa y Gath Drws Nesa' are available in App form for iPad, iPhone, iTouch and Android devices. The e-book can be bought from Apple's Appstore, Google Play and Amazon.
On the Apps for children between two and five years old children can listen to the stories being read in Welsh by actor and director, Janet Aethwy who was also responsible for adapting the stories to Welsh, or they can choose to read the stories themselves.