Codemancer is a fantasy action game which tells the story of a young girl, named Aurora, who must learn magic in order to save her father. However, in this world magic is programming, so the player must learn to code in order to win the game.
This game is intended to bring programming to an audience that wouldn’t normally be exposed to it. It is designed to appeal to young people, especially young girls, who are motivated more by narrative than by the desire to solve puzzles.
The team is made up of myself, Rob Lockhart I’m the game designer and programmer. Before this, I was the lead game designer at Toy Studio, and before that a programmer at Wolfram|Alpha. There are two artists working on the project, Pui Che and Patrick Beavers. The music is being composed by David Novak.
The Adventures of Rubberkid is a colorful, cute game for elementary school children, but is enjoyable for adults too (some have even said it’s made them tear up, or really feel connected to the characters in an emotional way!). The aim of the game is to show the player why bullying is bad by showing them the consequences of bullying. Each level focuses on helping a particular child (or children). Once helped, the player gets to see more info about them… The most important being “What Would Have Been” if the bullies continued and “But Since You Helped”, what they’ll do with their life. To stop the bullies, the player faces 9 total levels to help out 13 kids, and the action is even mixed up with 4 different types of levels to play! AND there’s even a printable certificate pledge for the player to print that puts their name right on it!
With the exception of some of the art (done by Ariel Marsh) and external music, all development was done by me, Charlie Jackson.
Stephen Sanders (Design/Script/Programming/Voices), Jake Singer (Color) and Elizabeth Drybread (Art) are working on It’s A Ruff Life; a family friendly adventure that aims to entertain children and parents alike in the same way the old Humongous Entertainment adventures did.
It’s all about a young puppy named Alfie on an adventure to find his tennis ball. The game will come with a lively cast of characters including Meekers the mouse, Nikita the kitty, and Colonel Butsnifs, owner of a giant doghouse next door to Alfie.
As for the Indie Dev Grant? Well and to quote, it “would allow us to buy better software and equipment in order to bring better quality voices and music to the game. It would allow us to hire a musician to score the game. Also, it would allow us to make making this game our job and thus give us more time to work on the game and shorten the production cycle in order to get it done faster”.