Press release from Straandlooper Animation:
Straandlooper Animation announced a slate of new IP to build on the success of the highly acclaimed games trilogy Hector:Badge of Carnage, which it launched back in Summer 2010 and completed with U.S. Publisher Telltale Games in September 2011.
Armed with a Slate Development loan from Northern Ireland Screen to match their own funding, the Straandlooper team is working on three brand new games and two new short films.
The team behind the Hector games, Dean Burke and Kevin Beimers is at work on two new properties - Burke’s new creation Thunder in Donford and Beimers’ brainchild Schrödinger’s Cat; while company founders Alastair McIlwain and Richard Morss are brewing The Sirrush Conundrum, created by Morss.
Thunder in Donford
Creator: Dean BurkeDesigner: Dean BurkeGame Design: Dean Burke and Kevin BeimersLike the Hector games, Thunder in Donford is packed with preposterous point- &-click style irreverence. A boisterous, non-stop cross-country ricochet across Britain, slapped together with the meticulous delusions of a paranoid conspiracy theorist lorry driver, Trev Duvay. Part time trucker, full time loner on an unforgettable crazy road trip that will probably scar your fragile mind for life.
Creator: Kevin BeimersDesigners:Kevin Beimers and Dean BurkeGame design: Kevin Beimers and Dean Burke.Schrödinger’s Cat – part puzzler, part platformer, part punch-up – stars a dark, dimension-jumping feline superhero who’s both dead and alive, unwittingly charged with disentangling the secrets of time, space, the atomic, the astronomical and the infinite. Up against anything from an unruly band of disagreeable leptons to the sinister creeping tendrils of Dark Matter,Schrödinger’s Cat is sure to blow the lid off all the things you never knew about life, the universe and everything.
The Sirrush Conundrum
Creator: Richard MorssDesigner: Alastair McIlwainGame design: Richard Morss and Alastair McIlwain.An epic puzzler delving into the hidden worlds of espionage and the dark underside of global business’ relations with governments. Accompany outspoken politico and ‘toff’ dissident James Newton Wellbeloved aka Newt as he runs from a kill order and at the same time has to unravel and foil a labyrinthine and outrageous international plot that leads him into the far reaches of alternative archaeology and – for a lifelong skeptic- a mind blowing immersion in so-called ‘psychic’ techniques.
Straandlooper plans to produce and publish the games for iPad, iPhone, iPod, PC and Mac, and is currently seeking the funds to scale up for full production.
The short films will form part of the growing and well received Small Tragedies collection, a lifestyle/issue based black comedy strand, around which thecompany hopes to built its first venture into ‘social’ apps.
“It’s an exciting time for Straandlooper. We’ve made massive strides with the publication of the Hector games and are looking forward to expanding our catalogue with great new stuff for the same general audience.” As for Hector, the world’s most flawed DI currently in deep cover, on anextended binge, in rehab, or all three, quipped - “Straandlooper? Who gives a toss. Where’s me kebab?”