Eglinton app designer looks to the past for retro game

Game designer Mitch Perry. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Game designer Mitch Perry. Picture: Martin Kennealey

AN Eglinton resident has created a computer game, Beneath the Basement, inspired by retro platform games.

Mitch Perry launched the game on mobile apps on July 27, and said players had to fight and explore their way out of the two-dimensional scrolling, shadowy game.

Mr Perry said he had always been a fan of retro platform games, including Mario, Sonic, Contra and Mega Man.

“These games were hard,” he said.

“I wanted to make something similar with that arcade retro feel.

“So if you died, you would get ‘game over’ and would have to start from the start again.”

The high school network administrator and IT technician said the aim of his game was to avoid traps and collect lives across 20 levels while slaying demonic creatures that lurk below.

“In my spare time, I wanted to learn game design so I studied online tutorials and learnt how to do some coding,” he said.

“I made two little games to begin with a couple of years back; they were very basic.

“I decided I wanted to set myself a challenge and make a 2D platformer game, which would be my biggest project yet.

“I started prototyping the design back in March 2015 and l worked off and on the game since then in my spare time.

“I built the game using the Unity 3D game engine and Photoshop for creating all the art in the game.

“Being a solo developer, it was a lot of work for me but it was great fun.”

Beneath the Basement is available to download on the Apple App Store for iOS devices and on the Google Play store for Android devices for $1.49.

For more information, visit www.beneaththebasement.tk.

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