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Check Out the Live Ustream of FIEA's Cohort 9's Capstone Games

Posted August 1st 2013 by Adam Grayson.

Hello again, readers, it's been a while hasn't it? Surely you've been wondering where all of the editors have gone? Well this one has been making video games over the past year! Last year I wrote an article about the final Capstone games of the students of the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA). Well this year, I am one of those students! That's right! This Friday, August 2nd at 2PM eastern, my fellow students and I will be presenting the four games we've working nearly a year on. You too can watch our presentation live via FIEA's Ustream page. This is the first year that there have been four games that were green lit (previously it's been three or less), and, if I do say so myself, we will not disappoint. Keep reading for a quick description of the four games.

Pitch Jumper is a mobile, music-based, sidescrolling platformer starring an adorable creature named Coda. The game lets you select songs from your device, and it dynamically generates the levels based off of the song's length, beats, density, and tempo. You then control Coda and help him make it to the end of the level while collecting at many Noteys (small flying music note-shaped critters) as possible. It's developed for iOS devices and is currently in development for Android and Steam Greenlight as well. The game is already out on the iTunes App Store, and IT'S FREE, so check it out!

Grapple (the game I've been working on) is a fast-paced adventure game where your main form of locomotion is using a grappling gun to quickly zip and swing around the environment. You play as Amina, a young, carefree mechanic who just so happens to use a grappling gun in her daily work. This allows her to quickly and easily access hard to reach parts of the city where much of the city's equipment is located. One day, an enemy nation attacks, and the whole city is thrown into turmoil. Though she is by no means a soldier, Amina's grappling hook makes her the only one who can navigate the city quickly enough to stave off the enemies both on the ground and on the rooftops. Unsure about the position she's forced into, Amina becomes the only thing standing between the giant, mobile carrier of the enemy, known as the Destrozar, and the total annihilation of Amina's peaceful town.

Warp Derby is a multiplayer demolition derby... with portals! You can choose and customize your vehicle's parts, powerups, and skills and then compete against up to seven other players in a death match, team death match, or capture the flag-style tournament. Just when you think you have the upper hand, the opponents will knock you into their portals which will send you flying to your destruction, be it by bombs, a pit of molten metal, a giant crusher, a heat-seeking missile, a train, or a merciless combination or the sort. The more creative and unique the kill, the more points are rewarded. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Escherreal is a 3D/2D puzzle platformer. You play as Raffi, the not-so-bright nephew of M. C. Escher, as he is sucked into the crazy and disorienting world of Escher's mirror marble. Utilizing the mirror marbles and mirror marble shards in this world, Raffi must flip gravity every which way in order to progress through the environment. Even then, Raffi must also obtain and use Escher's experimental Infinispecs to switch the world from 3D to 2D and back to gain a new perspective on life and escape his uncle's mischievous world.

Be sure to catch the presentation live this Friday, August 2nd at 2PM eastern on Ustream. If you do miss the live stream, the videos will be uploaded to YouTube shortly after (and I'll be sure to post those links when they're available). I hope you all enjoy watching our games as much as we've enjoyed making them!

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