Dare to be Digital 2014 team talks to Develop about working on their entry title Pug Pug Pirates

Dare Blogs: Team Pugstar’s tile-based puzzle game

What’s your game?
Our game is a tile-based puzzle game called Pug Pug Pirates, in which the player takes control of a fleet of ships captained by pugs and sails them to safety and riches! Players set up a path for their ships to sail along using a limited supply of arrows and attempt to collect as much treasure as possible along the way, all while dodging opposing ships (captained by corgis!) and other treacherous obstacles. We are currently developing for iOS, specifically iOS tablets.

What has the Dare experience been like?
It’s been great to get a taste of what working 9-5 on game development is like. Having a solid seven weeks to focus on developing a single project and seeing it go through all the stages of development, from the birth of the idea to a near complete finished product, has been amazing. The environment at Dare is also a big bonus. With so many teams around it’s a lot of fun and ultimately a very social experience!

What have you learned from Dare?
Learning what an active development work environment feels like has been pretty cool, as well as learning a lot about forming a proper workflow for realising content and ideas quickly. The code team has gained a huge amount of technical knowledge from the whole process, especially with the implementation of a real water simulation into the game and getting the most performance-wise out of our chosen platform.

Our artists have learnt a lot about creating assets within the context of development, as well as pushing the constraints of hardware limitations and the process behind creating a viable product!

Are you looking forward to ProtoPlay?
Absolutely! We’re all really looking forward to showing our game to the general public, and seeing how well received it is. ProtoPlay is a great experience year after year, and it’ll be great to actually be a major part of the event this year. We’ve got our props for our stall ready, and will be looking to bring a bit of pirate-related fun to the tent!

What are your ambitions after Dare?
Each member of the team will be moving on to the fourth year of their studies, but we’ve all said that we want to get the game released for sure. While fourth year will be busy, we all just want to get our work out there for everyone to see!

Follow Team Pugstar on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about their game.

Dare ProtoPlay and Indie Fest is on 7th-10th August in Dundee’s Caird Hall and City Square, with all 15 Dare student games on show, as well as over 30 indie games. http://www.dareprotoplay.com/

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