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Light Up, Lightbulb!

Event: Young Games Designer AwardsDate: Saturday 29 June 2019  Venue: BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, LondonHosts: TBC-Area: Game StillsBAFTA/Celeste Herron/Eva Simpson/Lara-Anne Herron

Light Up, Lightbulb! (Desktop/Console - Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch) – Celeste Herron (15), Eva Simpson (15) & Lara-Anne Herron (17), Glasgow

“Light up, Light Bulb! is an exciting and heart-warming tale centring around you, the player, and a colourful cast of characters that aid you in your adventure. Explore the world from a light bulb's point of view and restore the light like a true hero!”

When a family goes on vacation and hires an irresponsible pet-sitter that leaves the lights on, the house is plagued into darkness as the existing bulbs die out. It's up to the player and their squad of light bulb friends to restore all the lights in the house. Overcome several puzzles, hazards, and mini bosses all a while avoiding the persistent cat as he attempts to permanently halt your progress.

The game will be set in and around a family home. The house has an attic, a nursey, a bathroom, a kitchen, a living room, a basement and a garden. Each area of the house will have appropriately themed levels to play in with all their unique hazards. The player can play as either Lightbulb Lad or Lightbulb Lass. There are six members in the party: Lady Lampest, the Watt brothers, Volt Vladamir, Ele, and Tricity. Lady Lampest has an extendable neck that allows the players to reach high up places in the level. The Watt brothers are useful in puzzles that require multiple buttons or levers to be pulled simultaneously. Volt Vladamir is an offensive character with the ability to shock enemies. Ele as a glide and soft fall ability which allows her to clear large gaps. Tricity is stout and fits easily under low doorways. There are the common enemies that are mice and insects. The mini bosses are the parrot, the fish, and the toy robot. The main villain is the lazy, but persistent, house cat (Sir Sniffysnoo).

On the PC the controls are the 'A' key for a special (switching between characters), 'Z' key to interact (press buttons and pick up objects), space bar to jump and the arrow buttons to move. An alternative PC control set up is the space bar for jumping, the left mouse clicker for interacting, the right mouse clicker for specials, and moving the mouse around to move. For the Nintendo Switch the left control stick is for moving, the 'L' button for specials, the 'A' button is to interact and the 'B' button to jump. For the PS4 controller, the left stick is to move, the left '1' button is for specials, the 'o' button is for jumping and the 'x' button for interacting. For an X-box 1 controller, the left stick is used to move, the left shoulder button is used for specials, the 'B' button is used for interacting and the 'A' button for jumping.

This game would most likely attract young children (of both genders) between the ages of 9-16 but can also attract an older audience. The cute and colourful characters emit a cheerful and energetic vibe and help to tell a compelling story. The gameplay will remind players of platformers such as Mario and Little Big Planet but the party component of the game (the ability to switch between characters with different abilities and strengths) will spice up the genre.