Game release = Time to celebrate!!
We recently released the mobile/tablet version of the Secret of Margrave Manor and to celebrate this (and it finally being finished) we decided to have a little party. This involved a full day dedicated to playing games! A very wide range of games were played by everyone in the office, including Quake, Singstar, Telestrations, a table-tennis tournament, Buzz and more! We learnt that some people weren’t quite pitch perfect whilst others definitely need to improve on their artistic talents.
The games didn’t end there, the evening involved hiring out a soft play centre where we spent 2 hours running around like crazy children and thoroughly exhausting ourselves before heading out for some well deserved cocktails and a certain Tequila Suicide.
We were invited to attend a Game Expo hosted by the Radio 1 Academy in Norwich this year and it happened to fall on Graeme’s birthday! Armed with laptop’s and tablet’s, 4 of us bundled in to the car and headed to Norwich where we would be showcasing some of our games, including Escape from Darkmoor Manor and Mahjong: the Secret Garden!
We arrived (albeit a tiny bit late), picked up our BBC lanyards and set off to set things up. Luckily we had some time before the Expo started giving us a chance to have a look round some of the other companies that were showcasing games and it was a great opportunity to do some networking. There was also some live music going on during the day, The Maccabees were performing a Radio 1 Live Lounge so a couple of us sneaked off to watch some of this! There were lots of people coming and going throughout the day and it was great to meet so many students/young people that are interested in joining the Games Industry.
The day ended with our Senior Programmer Lucy Satchell taking part in a ‘Speed Meet’ session where she was able to talk to groups of young people about her career path and answer any questions they might have had for her. Take a look at some of the photos below for an insight in to our day!
The Secret of Margrave Manor has been revived and brought back to life!! This classic hidden object game was the first installment in our hugely popular Margrave series for PC and we have just released it on iPhone, iPad and Android devices featuring updated images and artwork!
You can immerse yourself in Margrave Manor and search its many rooms, with over 150 levels available in story mode! In between completing the hidden object games and working your way through the spooky family Manor in search of your missing Grandfather, you can also uncover the secrets of the Manor by piecing together letter’s and journal entries that can be found along the way.
Check out the screenshots below for a sneak peek in to the game!
To download The Secret of Margrave Manor on iTunes, click here.
To download The Secret of Margrave Manor on Google Play, click here to try out the free version. Click here for the full version.
This year the BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend is headed to Norwich and in the run up to Big Weekend, the BBC are hosting the BBC Radio 1 Academy from the 9th-16th May. Aimed at 16-19 year old’s, the Academy will be hosting workshop sessions, live music, panels and Q&As to inspire you to take your interest in Music, Radio, TV and Video, Journalism, Gaming, and Digital careers to the next level.
Inertia Game Studios can announce that we will be attending the Game Expo event on Thursday 14th May as part of the Academy!! We will be showcasing our games and providing an insight to our company with the hope of inspiring young, new talent to join the games industry. To get involved and get inspired, tickets will be released on Saturday 25th April and will be available until the final day of the Academy – click here for more details! If you want the latest updates on the event, check out their Facebook page here and look out for the hashtag #R1Academy on Twitter!!
In between all the fun in the office, we have been hard at work on a number of new games! One of these is Dragon Words… here are just a few of the concept images created by our Senior Artist Jonathan for the game as well as a couple of sneak peaks, which should give you an idea of what you can expect when Dragon Words is released!
There has been a new addition to the Inertia office this week.. a table tennis table! It has proved to be very popular with everyone in the office, including Greg and Graeme sneaking off to go and play in the afternoon whilst taking a break. Some of us had a little tournament one evening and intern Alex reigned supreme closely followed by Greg.
Our newly released Fishing World game on Facebook has just reached 1 million players!! At the moment we are working on the app version of the game which will be available on mobile and tablet devices soon, enabling you to take the game with you and play on the go!
Wednesday evenings tend to be our social evenings, and this occasion was no different with the exception of a little blurring of the lines between reality and the virtual world. The night involved a lot of pizza, laughing at each other and taking turns to use the Oculus… this included a chicken simulator (because who doesn’t love pretending to be a chicken) as well as catching basketballs with your head and a game that a few were a little too scared to play. I’m not sure whether it was more fun being the player or the spectators!
On a sunny day in late December, having spent the morning playing games and being festive in the office, we set off on a train journey towards the Capital!
En route to London, we found plenty of ways to entertain ourselves and spent our journey mainly playing the Who am I game.. although unfortunately it involved no stickers on foreheads.
After checking in to a very pleasant hotel, we headed off to activity number 1.. A real life escape the room game! Once here, we split into two teams – Greg v Graeme – and each entered two identical rooms with the challenge of using the clues in the room to solve the murder mystery and escape from the room! Despite a high level of intelligence across both teams, it proved trickier than anticipated. A few clues later and both teams seemed about even, however towards the end, Graeme’s team were held up by a faulty torch and this proved to be a costly set back! Greg’s team managed to get out before the hour was up whilst Graeme’s team were left frantically trying to put the clues together and after being given a little extra time, finally managed to escape.
Having escaped the rooms, it was time to document our adventure using the photobooth and dress up gear provided…
There was still more fun to be had however! The part of the evening that Alex in particular had been looking forward to.. food! We all enjoyed a very festive meal (and a few festive drinks) as the evening got underway.
The evening progressed and next on our agenda was the Vodka Ice Bar! We all robed up and entered the frosty bar, where of course the only way to warm up was to enjoy a few more festive drinks, served in glasses made from ice.
After 45 minutes we were thoroughly frozen and it was time to head to some bars of the traditional variety. This turned out to be just the one bar for the rest of the night, mainly due to the allure of the gaming tables that were discovered – Pacman in a club has never seemed so appealing! A number of hours, shots, Pacman games and dances later it was time to hit the hay and we all headed back to hotel for some well earned sleep after a very enjoyable day and evening.