Thursday, 20 November 2014

Games students visit Blackpool Zoo and Tower

Uclan Games design students recently visited Blackpool Zoo to observe and draw the animals there. We then went on to the magnificent Ballroom at Blackpool tower to watch a performance and rounded of the day with a bracing walk along the promenade and piers to experience the illuminations.
Special thanks must go to our driver of the double decker bus that we travelled in and also to Tutor, Rhoda Daly for organising the event.
It was a really memorable and inspiring day and we discovered a lot from observing the animals and noting their structure and the way their limbs move.
One of our Games Design graduates also joined us - Dave Towers. Dave completed work in mobile phone app development, and specialised in in pixel art and paper craft for his recent Masters in Games Design.  

As ever we had a brief to consider while we were at the Zoo, in summary
During the visit students  undertook a series of drawings of 2 selected
creatures in-situ. They used their drawing studies later to design a
unique creature which is a morph of their chosen creatures.
They could choose to emphasise or focus on aspects of one of the creatures but elements of both 
had to be visible in their final design. Rhoda led this brief and asked students to
consider the type of game world this creature will exist in? What is its role? 
Purpose? Friend or foe? What genre of game? Who is the audience?

Sunday, 2 November 2014

More Top-down shooter games- designed and created by year 1 Uclan students.

All artwork and visual programming for these mini games was created by Year 1 students
BA(Hons) Games Design at Uclan.
We enjoy the versatility of this game engine and use it as part of our curriculum.

UCLan Year 1 games design student, Andrei Crisan created this
charmingly executed  Bug Blaster Game
as part of a current year 1 project with his own sprite designs
and visual coding using Construct 2 software.
Check it now!

 Andrei Crisan Bug Blaster

Jack Dowell's digital painting adds a hand drawn art style effectively in his game


Sian Knight's 'Attack of the Butterfly' Beautifully presented
fast paced game.