Developer: Martin Onions
Based: South Wales, United Kingdom
Release date: 2013
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux and App store
DJ_space is a music creation game that is to be released on PC and also on mobile hand held devices such as the Apple iPad. The player has the ability to create different musical compositions by placing planets on an orbit around a star with the eventual outcome of creating a unique piece of music that reflects the genre of electronic music. DJ_space will provide an entertaining and engaging alternative to previous iterations of music creation games.
The DJ_space “Universe” will consist of a number of galaxies that occupy an empty area of space. The player is presented initially with a large blank area of space that shows a range of small newly formed galaxies which at this stage consist of only a few stars. The player can then interact upon the centre of any of these galaxies which then zooms into the game space where the user can begin producing music. As the player completes a section of music they can call in another star to continue the composition or start a new track. At any time the player will be able to leave their composition and engage with a new galaxy. The amount of compositions that are created in each galaxy are represented visually to the user, this means that the more tracks that are created in the space the larger and more colourful the galaxy will become.
DJ space started as a student project by a single students on an master course at the University of Glamorgan. The main inspiration for the game-play was the game “Beaterator”. The student has worked on this idea for the last year and a half and has now launched a Kickstarter campaign to enable him to continue to develop the game ready for release. Atheistically, the game was inspired from the game “Spore” taking the idea of going from such small things to creating a large and wondrous place.
· Over 1000 Custom made audio samples for you to mix with
· An Intuitive interface designed for ease of use in development of the tracks.
· A unique aesthetic inspired by the rela life cosmos and games like “Spore”
· The ability to export your tracks out to MP3 for you to share with the world. The player will be able to visit other peoples galaxies to see what they have made.
Teaser Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7xunLxYWt4&feature=plcp
Gameplay Footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB51qSPFg60&feature=plcp
About the Creator:
Martin Onions is a 25 year old games designer, currently working in South Wales at an Independent games studio Wales Interactive. He has studied computer games design for the past 5 years and has recently obtained a masters in animation at the University of Glamorgan. This is the first Kickstarter campaign he has undertaken and has previously worked on the games, “Go Candy”, Mrs Sprat the next door neighbours cat”. In developing the idea for DJ_space he has consulted with Rowland electronics who produce Korg music equipment and the television studio S4c.