BiSMUTH Bi38, a new game!

January is a great month for every game developer around the world because it is the month of #GGJ18! It was the second global for Happyland and we enjoyed it even more! This year we teamed up with Andromahi Tyrou aka Mahi, a great musician and future Informatics and Telematics expert who composed the music of BiSMUTH and also was of big help with the level design. Special thanks to George Georgopoulos, Harry Alisavakis, Emmanuela Marla, Xristos Karpousis, Zafiris Pan, Andreas Papoutsas, Agisilaos Zafiriou

The theme of the jam was Transmission and it was a real challenge for us to approach it after the last years’ theme “Waves”. At the same time we wanted to do something different and rejected our first spontaneous ideas for zombie and virus apocalypse games. Luckily one of the diversifiers inspired us to work with magnets but things did not work out smoothly and #GGJ18 was becoming for us once more a bit of a horror movie since we didn’t have a clue of what was going on by Saturday night. Thanks to the arguments on how the magnets work, the algorithms and the ideas of our very talented good friends, a puzzle game was born. And this is why we will be returning every year in Global Game Jam, because 3 days in this jam can count as months in development. So BiSMUTH is a game made of unique handmade puzzles for Mobile and handheld devices where you use the magnets to move the bismuthean balls around the tower, with relaxing music and beautiful graphics.
Find more about #GGJAthens | See more photos of the event in our Photo Gallery

What we know as a fact after all the jams we have been in, is the importance to open up to other developers! Keep the desktops and desks and notes open and even an empty chair to put next to yours and let people come and watch you work and invite you to exchange knowledge!

Team: Marinos Boyko Pehlivanov, Andromahi Tyrou, Vasiliki Tsitsian

Vasiliki Tsiftsian
hp.land.ent@gmail.com

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An honor

During the Grow Games Expo we met again with friends of the General Secretariat. They kindly asked for a VoxelΒ  character for the first Athens Games Festival! We were overwhelmed by this honor and we did our best to make something beautiful for the first game dev event. Could be the Mediterranean Spirit, could be the graphic designer in our hearts, we presented a small campaign in which the guys from the Secretariat saw a game.
Thus, Heroes of Athens has found its place in Google Play πŸ™‚

Researchers’ Night is a Europe-wide public event dedicated to popular science and fun learning. It takes place each year on the last Friday in September. Around 30 countries and over 300 cities are involved.

(Also thanks to everyone for the beautiful photos, find more in our facebook page)

Vasiliki Tsiftsian
hp.land.ent@gmail.com

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Prometheus and the Flames of Life

On July 7-8-9 we participated in the Prometheus Game Jam which was a competition-jam organized by the N.T.U.A. for its 180 anniversary and was held at Lavrion Technological Cultural Park. We Teamed up with Alex Koxaras & Theo O’ Neill Linakis who helped us with the sound. We developed a voxel art, puzzle adventure game, PROMETHEUS & the Flames of Life which was honored with the 1st Prize & a distinction for synthesis of elements.

Where the park is today used to be the mines of Lavrion and were reconstructed only recently, to be used for science, art and cultural events. People there, took really good care of us, making our stay comfortable. We stayed and worked inside the old buildings alongside 20 incredible teams on β€œPrometheus”. Our idea was based on the most famous Titan’s myth; the steal of fire from the Gods.

What we were tought during this Jam is that sometimes the obvious path is just fine. In the beginning we struggled to find an “impressive” approach of the theme but that was misleading us. Another lesson was that the third day of the Jam is always crazy, so please everyone remember to be nice to each other πŸ™‚ We also experienced how it feels when people like your game (and it rocks!!!)

Watch the game in the youtube video! Tell us what you think πŸ™‚

(Also thanks to everyone for the beautiful photos!)
Vasiliki Tsiftsian

hp.land.ent@gmail.com

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