If you are looking for a way to really wind down over the holidays, or a way to escape the pre Christmas chaos, may I recommend Bake Escape? This post contains an iPad giveaway too, but first things first…
It was a real pleasure to be asked to be play and write about Bake Escape, the new match three game everyone is talking about. I also got a sneaky look around Exient’s Studio, to meet the team following up their successful global launch of Angry Birds: Transformers, with their first self-published title, Bake Escape.
It’s super cake time!
I am really not a gamer, but a day spent cracking the first 21 levels of Bake Escape, as well as some actual baking, was a brilliant, brilliant way to properly wind down this weekend. I have always turned my nose up at puzzle games, but I clearly underestimated the impact of complete, immersive distraction (and trying to beat your friends).
The facebook connectivity means you can see where some of your friends are in the game, and try and beat their scores. You can even tell them on facebook that you beat their high score. Mwa ha ha!
There’s Actually Mummy (level 9) and Mummy Barrow (level 6), my friend A on level 10. There are also lots more people playing and exchanging tips on Twitter #BakeEscape. I’ve loved the cake puns and banter as much as the playing.
Bake Escape, as you might have guessed, has a fab baking theme, so lots of smashing up cakes, then some cookie crunching and some jam splatting. The totally unique sliding gameplay, in which whole columns slide horizontally and vertically, is very satisfying, and really gets you problem solving.
Meet Bake Escape’s Artist Becky Smout
I met Becky Smout, the 24 year old designer who created the bear, the rabbit and Victoria Sponge the endearing characters in Bake Escape.
I think there is a slight misconception that because we work in the games industry, we all sit around and play games all day (which my parents think I do). At lunch times and sometimes after, y’know, for research purposes, but in the midst of all that, we all work really hard to get the best product we can, we all want the game we’re working on to succeed and I think a huge part of making a fun game is having fun while making it.
I really love the Paris setting, I think the artwork is really inspired, so I asked Becky where she gets her ideas from.
Even though a lot of my work is digital now a days, traditional media will always hold a huge part of my heart so I always try to weave a bit of a traditional process in. Normally the use of shape and colour are the big players for catching my eye. The internet is a great thing, social media even more so! I get to follow a lot of inspiring artists which is good for a quick fix of inspiration, Lois Van Baarle and Jon Klassen to name a few favourites. But saying that, nothing beats a well illustrated book , that’s always a winner too!
The characters are really charming too, how do you develop them?
I like to make them little stories, what is their purpose, how did they get to where they are today and what’s their personality like? This normally is a really good framework to start creating a character, visual language should give a lot away without them moving or having to say anything and I find knowing a little about them before I start the drawing process really helps.
What does the fox say?
This leaves me I guess to deal with the issue of whether the game is addictive, maybe a little, oh okay a lot, but I can’t think of a better time of year to totally immerse myself in guilty pleasure or two, can you?
Smash some Cookies with Me
If you want to join me, pop here to download Bake Escape for your iPhone/Pad, it is FREE! I’m still getting used to games again, you’ll have caught up in no time!
Win a Mini iPad
To celebrate the launch there is an iPad Mini up for grabs, just follow the rafflecopter, and do check out the #BakeEscape hashtag for other giveaways too!
5 bonus points for downloading the game and tweeting a screenshot of what level you are at.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
See the game in action here -
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