BounceBack Released for PlayStation minis

A group of game development students from Sheffield Hallam University  

have become the first student studio in the UK to publish a game for  

Sony's PlayStation Network.

The Steel Minions studio at Sheffield Hallam is proud to announce the  

release of its first product for PlayStation minis. BounceBack is a  

charming puzzle/platform game for PlayStation minis which can be  

downloaded for PlayStation®Portable (PSP?), PlayStation®Vita and  

PlayStation®3 via the PSN Store.

The game won three top awards at the 2012 Game Republic student  

showcase and the team have since gone on to take up various industry  


The aim of Bounceback is to return Lanos home by getting him to  

?bounce back? all the way to the moon. In order to achieve this he  

will need to use the unique abilities of four other characters in  

order to help him overcome the obstacles in his path. Puff the  

balloon, Boom the explosive, Splash the water bomb and a race of alien  

robots called the ?Tri-hards? all join Lanos on this enjoyably  

puzzling adventure.

The team are the first group of students from a UK University to  

publish a game for PlayStation consoles, with the game and engine  

being written from scratch by the students. Tom Sampson, the  

technology lead on the project and now a Programmer at Sumo Digital  

said: ?It?s been fantastic to have the opportunity to work on a  

project to completion even before we graduate and I?ve gained masses  

of experience which I will take with me into my future career. It  

would really be the icing on the cake to get some positive feedback on  

the game now?.

Nick Abbott, the game?s designer said: ?BounceBack is the culmination  

of four years of work and study for us, and the whole team have put a  

massive amount of energy and dedication into creating this game. We  

really hope players will enjoy playing the game as much as we enjoyed  

making it.?

The game will be available from the PSN store in UK and Ireland from  

September 12th 2012, priced at 3 Euros or £2.50 in the UK and a press  

pack for the game is available from

Notes for Editors:

Formed in 2010, Steel Minions provides workplace simulation to  

students from Sheffield Hallam?s game development degrees, through  

access to a commercial studio environment based in the University?s  

Science Park. Sheffield Hallam University is part of the PlayStation  

Academic Partnership programme.

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