Title: Little Miss Left Behind
Format: PC (requires Kinect controller)
Release Date: Out now
Programming - Wolfgang Graebner, Funstorm Games
Art - Sarah Ford
Audio - Shaz Yousaf, Honey Tribe Studios
Over the April Fool's day weekend hundreds of indie game devs around the world took part in MolyDeux 2012. This was a game jam inspired by the spoof twitter account @Molydeux, a parody of respected game designer Peter Molyneux. Clearly there's a lot of humour in Molydeux's tweets. But behind it all is the message "the time for emotional games is now" as stated in his message to the world video which was played at the start of the jam in all the various locations. The London event had an extra treat in that the real Peter Molyneux turned and had his own message to give: "The future of the entire entertainment industry... is in our hands. Not publisher's hands, not google, not facebook. It's our hands."
Shaz Yousaf from Honey Tribe Studios teamed up with Wolfgang Graebner from Funstormgames and artist Sarah Ford to make a kinect controlled game based on the following @Molydeaux tweet: “Game where you must hold onto your mother’s hand. Let go for more than X seconds and it’s game over.”
The concept is simple and the intention was to fulfil what the game jam was all about, making (humorous/interesting/ridiculous) games more emotional. Breaking the game design down into some basic emotive themes the team utilised an original dynamic soundtrack and an effective control mechanic of stretching out your own hand. Combined with the charming art design the game, made in 48 hours, is effective in conveying first the feeling of comfort as a child holds a parent's hand, and then the feeling of being lost as they become separated.