Virgin Media's 100 day Game Project
Picking from a team of six finalists, the Virgin Media 100 day game project is about to get underway. Surface Tension Studios have been picked the winner, awarded ten thousand pounds, and are beginning the arduous task of completing their game Superfluid in the alloted time. The goal of the challenge is to - with the help of industry professionals - create the next big title for mobile and tablet devices (as part of a goal to further foster Brisith entrepreneurial spirit).
Superfluid is a puzzle game in which the main character can change its state from solid, to liquid, to gas. Each state has its own abilities that can be used to solve puzzles and defeat enemies. Luke Southern, head of sponsorship at Virgin Media, said: “What we really liked about STS was their take on a puzzle game. They have designed an interesting use of controls and physics to create an innovative game with broad appeal. To top it off, their strong visual style, and solid team dynamic means that they are well placed to tackle the intense 100 day project."
The potential is definitely there, and challenges like this are great to discover young teams full of new ideas, so it'll be interesting to see if not only Superfluid reaches completion in time, but if it lives up to the expectations that are behind it. To me it sounds like a new take on the Lost Vikings concept, where you use different characters with special abilities to progress. I'm curious to see how the levels will accomodate this gameplay.