Next weeks see’s our annual NFTS Grad showcase where we join the other departments in the school in showing the results of the second year projects. Alongside fiction, animation, documentary, television screening will be our Games showcase.
MONDAY 20th FEBRUARY 10am – 8pm*
TUESDAY 21st FEBRUARY 10am – 4pm
PICTUREHOUSE CENTRAL, PICCADILLY, LONDON
The * means that we have drinks after 5pm. Just sayin… We are very proud of the games that the students have made this year but more proud of how they developed as people and, well… Developers! All have face challenges and all have overcome them. It’s a testament to their progression to see that so many of them are already onto the next step of their careers. What’s more, hot of the press news, for the first time EVER we will be part of Rezzed this year too. A final hurrah to these current grad projects. It would honestly be great to see you there!
‘The Circle’ by Manos Agianniotakis
An interactive VR experience about a woman dealing with PTSD. The story blurs the line between reality and fiction, dreaming and living, forcing the player into the shoes of a flawed but relatable main character. It explores themes of gender, identity, obsession and trauma. Taking inspirations from the real world phenomenon of the Toynbee Tiles, the story of the game focuses on a woman who cut herself off from the world after a traumatic event. Alone in her flat, she investigates the appearance of the tiles and tries to solve their mystery. Her only communication with the outside world is through her computer, her phone and letters that other investigators send her. During the course of the game, the players learn more about the tiles and the tragic story of the main character and the reason she lives in isolation. The game combines first and third person perspective and has a text adventure segment that is navigated within a 3D environment. The gameplay is a combination of decision making (Papers Please) contemporary (Wolf Among Us, Oxenfree) and classic adventure games (The Fourth Protocol, Bureaucracy) with a twist.
‘Night Bizarre’ by Laura Dodds
Play as Srey, a novice fortune teller learning her trade in a strange, bustling, Cambodian night market. Strive to thrive as you wield your tarot cards and predict the future of locals and tourists who visit your stall. As 20-year-old Srey you must prove to your down-to-earth mother, Tola, and mystically-minded grandmother, Arunny, that you can make a success of your stall, or else you’ll be sent back home to care for your three wild brothers. This is your chance for freedom in the fascinating city. Over five days, face family disputes, dangerous criminals and torrential tropical storms. Discover the stories of the night bazaar and influence the colourful characters who populate it. Will you use the tools of the trade to learn the art of deception and swindle as much money as you can? Or will you use Srey’s ‘gift’ to establish a reputation for yourself as a talented fortune.
‘Polyphonia’ by Blaise Imiolczyk
Polyphonia is a psychedelic hands on virtual reality experience utilising motion controllers.
It is a meditative exploration into the manipulation of environment and sound that gives the player the chance to experience the evolutionary story of a universe through several stages in which they can grab the surrounding objects and manipulate them which changes the sound within.
Drawing its inspiration from science and modern art, the experience follows the evolution of a universe from its birth with the big bang right through to its death. It is intended for release on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PS VR and Xbox VR.
‘Aaliyah’ by Jameela Khan
‘Aaliyah’ by Jameela Khan is a modern day British “Western” about a young woman who arrives in a small town to avenge the death of her friend. Through point-and-click gameplay, the player assumes the role of protagonist, Aaliyah, who is haunted by the memories of her last conversation with her friend, Eliza. Retracing Eliza’s steps in the supermarket she used to worked in, Aaliyah takes up work as a lowly paid stock controller. The player joins Aaliyah on her first day at work as she tries to discover what happened to Eliza and learns more about the motives for her death. ‘Aaliyah’ explores female friendship, gender and identity and is the first British game to feature a lead character of South Asian origin.
‘Into the Black’ by Naomi Kotler
An immersive, third person, virtual reality adventure about teamwork, instinct and survival set in the Yellowstone National Park wildfires of 1988. Divided into four acts, the player assumes the role of a spirit guide sent to help a red fox and grizzly bear, who have been thrown together during the chaos of the wildfire and will need your guidance to help them escape the inferno and find a safe new home. Only by working together will they survive the long road ahead and stand any chance of being re united with their families. Along the way they will be tested to their limits as their world is consumed by flames, the fire has put Yellowstone out of balance and forced a mass migration into the hunting grounds of the Druid Wolf pack. As these fearsome predators descend upon their fleeing prey, another lurks in the darkness. Man has come, full of cruelty and bad intention, seeking to turn this disaster into opportunity. If you and your companions are to survive you will need to rely on each other and leave everything behind as you journey into the black.
‘Uncanny Valerie’ by John Lau
A 15 / 20 minute interactive play on iPad. It is set in the near future, in the vein of Black Mirror, Ex Machina and Her. The player takes control of Karis, a wry and acerbic drinker who has lost her job as a robotics scientist, and who has just been left by her long-term girlfriend Valerie. She has a few days to pack up her belongings in the house that she has shared with Valerie for the past five years, and copes with the emotional and practical task of moving on in the only way she knows how – by programming Valerie’s consciousness into an android that she has lying around the house. As she tries to recreate her erstwhile lover, Karis realises that the power she holds over the robot can be used to iron out the things that irritated her about Valerie, and finds herself confronted with the question of whether it is better to love the one you’re with, or to hold out hope for an ideal that may never come. Told through a combination of spatial puzzles, cut scenes and point and click tasks, ‘Uncanny Valerie’ is a story about a woman trying to both let go of, and hold onto a failed relationship, through the macabre, the poignant and the absurd.
‘Melancholia’ by Claudio Pollina
‘Melancholia’ is an isometric puzzle game for iOS. The puzzles are created to trick your visual and audio perceptions with optical and audio illusions. As Frances, the player must manipulate the ambience and sounds of two worlds – the house he shared with the love of his life and his own fractured memories – to piece together the mystery of why he lost Funny and his will to play violin.