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Graduate’s game studio wins £25,000 innovation prize

An independent game studio co-founded by NUA graduate Phil Barrowclough (BA Games Art and Design 2011) has been awarded The Creative Scotland Ground-Breaking Innovative Game Award worth £25,000. The prize, which was awarded at the Dare to Be Digital games festival in Dundee, supports the development of a new game concept which is scheduled for release in early 2015. The Climb, the winning idea, is now under development and is an experimental look at passive audience participation by visitors to a gallery, museum or other space.

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– Phil Barrowclough (left) with the team at Future Fossil Studios

Phil founded Future Fossil Studios with five friends in January 2012 and the studio has just released its first game: High Steaks. The game, aimed at children aged 8-14, is about a monster and his love of steak. Players lure a monster out of harm’s way with his favourite food – a nice juicy steak. If they allow the creature to cause too much damage to the game world he is apprehended, sent to monster prison and the game ends.

Speaking about the win, Phil comments: “We are very excited about the release of our first game High Steaks and to receive the funding from Creative Scotland. The support I received from the course tutors at NUA both as a student and a graduate has been invaluable. Studying at NUA, I was surrounded by other talented creative students who supported and learned from each other. In particular, the communication and teamwork skills I developed during my course I now apply in my everyday job.”

High Steaks is now available to download from Google Play on Android and will be released on the iOs and for Windows soon. For more information about the studio visit www.futurefossilstudios.com.

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