San Francisco, Calif. - Dec. 3, 2009 - OneBigGame, a non-profit publisher of videogames, has confirmed the final music artist line-up for its recently announced puzzle music game Chime on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
Tracks from Moby, Paul Hartnoll of Orbital, Fred Deakin of Lemon Jelly, Philip Glass and Markus Schulz are confirmed for the unique block puzzle game that sees players re-construct existing songs from these famous artists by placing irregular shaped blocks on a sequencer-style playing field.
A creative twist on both music and block puzzle games, Chime tasks players with covering the playing field with irregular shapes, each connected to a sound effect from the background music track, to form rectangular blocks, called quads. Chime's innovative game mechanics enables players to create a unique remix of each song every time they play a level as the building of larger quads unlock more elements of the underlying song. Working their way to 100 percent coverage of the grid, players will unlock the song in full.
All artists have donated their tracks pro bono to the game, which sees all net proceeds go to charity.
"We are very excited to work with such a diverse line-up of musicians and tracks and are extremely grateful to these artists for their pro bono contributions," said Martin de Ronde, director, OneBigGame. "Having world-class acts linked to Chime raises its profile even further, and is a great example of the collaborative nature of the entire OneBigGame charity initiative."
Contributions from the artists were also largely made possible thanks to the effort of Nimrod Productions' music supervisor and composer Marc Canham and his associate Artie Fufkin, who reached out in their network of music labels, publishers and artists to sign up artists for the game.
OneBigGame has more than 15 games currently in development from various established developers to raise funds for its children's charities. Zoë Mode is the first in a series of developers and designers who have been working on games for the charity publisher.
"We're thrilled that these great artists have donated their music to Chime and shown such enthusiasm for the game and the OneBigGame project," said Ciaran Walsh, Audio Director at Zoë Mode. "We've worked hard to do justice to their music, turning each track into a unique level with musical depth and great gameplay."
Chime will be available this winter on Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360.
Chime's full artist line-up and track list:
Philip Glass - Brazil
Markus Schulz - Spilled Cranberries
Moby - Ooh Yeah
Paul Hartnoll (Orbital) - For Silence
Fred Deakin (Lemon Jelly) - Disco Ghosts
For more information about the game, the artists and to find out how Zoe Mode approached the development of this unique project visit www.chimegame.com
OneBigGame aims to raise funds to help solve problems afflicting children around the world. The nature of these problems can be diverse, but the kind of projects OBG supports will always revolve around a structural improvement in children's lives, expanding their opportunities in life.
OneBigGame raises funds by publishing games kindly donated pro bono by established names in game development in conjunction with support from the development community as a whole. The games will be published amongst others on its dedicated games portal onebiggame.org (to go live later this year) as well as through a variety of pc and console download channels.
OneBigGame always aims to donate a minimum of 80% of all donations to its charity partners Save the Children and Starlight Children's foundation.
About Zoë Mode
Zoë Mode makes games that are accessible; simple, social, games that are effortlessly fun but don't take themselves too seriously. Based in Brighton, London and San Francisco, its diverse work force is unified by its attitude to gaming. Zoë Mode believes that games are powerful ways of bringing people together and having fun and that there's more to life than gaming, but that gaming can make life better; and strongly believes that there is a game for everyone. Zoë Mode is part of Kuju Entertainment Limited.
All of Zoe Mode's services are provided at no cost to OneBigGame and all Zoe Mode's royalties (in the case of the Xbox Live Arcade version a minimum of 60% of the purchase price) are donated to OneBigGame.
About Nimrod Productions
Nimrod Productions is one of the most established and respected audio production companies in the gaming industry. Known for its engaging compositional work, music supervision of critically acclaimed soundtracks, and the production of some the industries great orchestral recordings -Nimrod has focused on bringing experience enhancing audio to gamers on over 70 titles accounting for over 75 million sales since 2000.
All of Nimrod Productions' audio services have been donated at no cost to One Big Game.
Contact: E: Edwin@nimrodproductions.com / T: +44 (0) 1869 343488
About charity partner Save the Children
Save the Children is the world's independent charity. We're outraged that millions of children are still denied proper healthcare, food, education and protection. We're working flat out to get every child their rights and we're determined to make further, faster changes. How many? How fast? It's up to you.
About charity partner Starlight Children's Foundation
When a child or teenager has a serious medical condition, everyone in the family is affected. For 25 years, Starlight Children's Foundation has been dedicated to helping seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities. Starlight's programs have been proven to distract children from their pain, help them better understand and manage their illnesses, and connect families facing similar challenges so that no one feels alone. Through a network of chapters and offices, Starlight provides ongoing support to children, parents and siblings in all U.S. states and Canadian provinces with an array of outpatient, hospital-based and Web offerings. Programs are also delivered internationally through affiliates in Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom. To learn more visit www.starlight.org.