Becker College student-made games launched
Published on: October 7, 2020
MassDiGI, the Becker College-based center for entrepreneurship, academic cooperation, and economic development across the state’s games ecosystem, recently launched four student-made games. The mobile titles are available for free on both the Apple App Store and Google Play.
“We’re very excited about these fun new games,” said Monty Sharma, managing director of MassDiGI (the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute). “The students involved overcame many pandemic-related challenges in order to ship these games on schedule.”
The student-made games, which all originated during MassDiGI’s Summer Innovation Program, were transitioned into MassDiGI’s new Collab internship program at the start of the fall semester. In Collab, students across a range of disciplines, including business students in Becker’s Digital Marketing Studio, had roles in polishing the games and getting them ready to launch.
Becker College senior Lexis Harvey worked on one of the new games, Pluto’s Ascent, as part of both the Summer Innovation Program and Collab.
“This experience helped me tie together the last three years of my education,” said Harvey, who is majoring in Interactive Media Design with a Game Arts concentration. “Working on a team that was driven to launch a game was exciting.”
Click on the links below to see trailers from the four new student-made games, and to download the games from the Apple App Store and Google Play. For a roster of all the students who contributed to the new mobile titles, check out the credit roll at the end of each game.
Danger Ducklings: A cute puzzle game where you help two ducklings get through their 9-to-5! Both ducklings go where they’re told to, but they aren’t the brightest. They think every instruction given is for both of them, so they both move in the same direction at the same time. It’s up to you to help them avoid hazards, perfect levels, and clock out. Danger Ducklings is available for download at the Apple App Store and Google Play. Watch the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiKDZfRTUBk
Merge Surge: A tower defense game where you defend against the NIGHT Virus, which has struck Neo Robo City, glitching its inhabitants and threatening to close it down forever. Deck out a team of robots with powerful chips to fight off the viral drones! Merge Surge is available for download at the Apple App Store and Google Play. Watch the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63w-2FDfekk
Pluto’s Ascent: A card-based role-playing game where you compete in a tournament as Pluto, the outcast god, in a quest to redeem your honor as a true planet. Face off against other cosmic deities, grow your set of celestial skills, and face your destiny in the ultimate battle against Sol himself. Pluto’s Ascent is available for download at the Apple App Store and Google Play. Watch the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwZsQNN0mHc
Raccoon Revenge: A top-down sneak-‘em-up game where you play as trash-and-treasure-loving Snatcher the Raccoon! Scoop up both while avoiding pest control and use your collection to unlock more levels – and, of course, hats! Cute characters and fun gameplay action abound! Racoon Revenge is available for download at the Apple App Store and Google Play. Watch the trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Qce-POi62Q.
Find out more about Becker College’s game design programs, to going to https://www.becker.edu/becker-college-game-design-ranked-2/. To read more about MassDiGI’s Summer Innovation Program, go to https://www.becker.edu/becker-college-summer-innovation-program-2020/. Learn more about the program at https://www.massdigi.org/programs-services/summer-innovation-program/.