After Blue Monday…

Weekly games column, first published at Sick Kids Save Point on 22/01/13

Gaming Tuesday.
It’s a packed day for Scottish Games!

Edinburgh based Pixels on Toast have today released Food Run on iOS devices. It’s a one-button platformer, so perfect for iphone play. Bounce your wee line of fruit through 40 levels of fruity mischief. Have a look at the launch trailer here:

The game is the work of a one-person dev team, Kevin Ng, apart from the soundtrack which was composed and performed by the polka inspired Skip Peck.

Another Edinburgh company who loves a good soundtrack is Lucky Frame, those musical mavericks behind the awesome Bad Hotel. Today they release Wave Trip, (iOS, £1.49). You control a mysterious geometric astronaut as she travels through worlds of danger, saving her friends through the medium of awesome tunes.. We love what Lucky Frame do with soundscapes, so expect big things from this one. Here’s an amusing promo video in Leith:

If you’re looking for a more tactical challenge, Elgin’s Hunted Cow have released Tank Battle: North Africa,(iOS, £1.49) which recreates the North African theatre of war at the height of the conflict in World War II. Players take control of British and American units and must lead the allies to victory in a series of challenging attacks, raids, defensive actions and battles. It’s a follow up to the surprisingly deep Tank Battle: 1944

Lastly, Dare to be Digital, the world’s leading computer game design competition for students, opens today for entries – a unique opportunity for aspiring professionals to win their very own BAFTA.
Run by the University of Abertay Dundee, Dare to be Digital sees hundreds of students every year competing to become one of 15 teams to build a working game prototype in just nine weeks.
The games then go on show to the public and to industry experts in Dundee in August, with three winning teams picked to compete for the BAFTA ‘Ones to Watch’ award.
Entries should be made online

As for Sick Kids Save Point 2013, the event is being set up online by the charity, and as soon as you can sign up we’ll be letting you know. In the meantime, go play some games and support your local developers.

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