The opening day of this year’s Games Britannia videogames education festival will see the development team that made the ’90s platformer Zool reform as a judging panel for the schools game jam.
Six qualifying teams from schools across the region will compete to create their own hero character from the Zool universe complete with a new weapon or ability. They also need to design a new alien world for their hero character to conquer, complete with evil minions. Teams will create prototypes their game using YoYoGames’ rapid 2D game development tool; GameMaker.
Teams will have just one day to refine their game prototypes in GameMaker, assisted by game development students from Sheffield Hallam University. The winning prototype chosen by the judges will be completed by the University’s Steel Minions game studio and published across a range platforms supported by GameMaker Studio.
As well as competing for the grand prize of publication, lucky pupils at the event could win a whole host of other goodies kindly provided by Games Britannia’s supporters.
Games Britannia’s director, Dr. Jake Habgood, said: “We have so many amazing prizes up for grabs as part of the competition. Naturally, the winners will get GameMaker books and licences, but we also have Onlive Wireless controllers and Game Stick game consoles which have been very kindly donated by their respective companies. We’re truly grateful for all the amazing support we’ve had from the games industry again this year.”
The winning game will be revealed on the Games Britannia website in January 2014.