Three student games from DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore — Iris, Lurking, and Meowchine Mayhem — have been selected as finalists for the 2014 Independent Games Festival China.
Those games, along with three other finalists from different schools, will be competing for the “Best Student Game” and two “Excellent Student Winner” awards in the student competition category. The winners will be announced during a ceremony in October at the Game Developers Conference China in Shanghai.
In Iris, an exquisite side-scrolling adventure through a world of spirits, players must solve puzzles and fight off monsters using a magical bow and arrow. The game was created by Rezwan Sharudin, Lead Programmer; Yip Ka Yan, Lead Designer; Lim Ming Xin, Lead Artist; and Muhsen Bin Hassan, Producer, Programmer.
Lurking is a first-person horror game, in which the player must rely on the rippling sounds of footsteps, moving objects, and even his or her own voice in order to see the world around them — all while avoiding a group of lurking enemies. That game was created by students Justin Ng Guo Xiong, Producer; Dexter Chng Shi Rong, Lead Game Designer; Soo Zhong Ming, Tech Director; and Bryan Teo An Ping, Sound Director.
Lurking has also been named as a finalist at the Tokyo Game Show Sense of Wonder Night.
Lastly, in the zany side-scrolling shooter Meowchine Mayhem, players build a customized tank vehicle — selecting from a range of weapons and defense upgrades — to fend off waves of enemies. Meowchine Meyhem is a freshman game project by Kenny Chong Ding Siang, Lead Programmer, Artist and Designer; Chin Jao Hao, Lead Artist, Programmer and Designer.
Congratulations and best of luck to each of the three game teams!