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Whale Tales

Event: Young Games Designer AwardsDate: Saturday 29 June 2019  Venue: BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, LondonHosts: TBC-Area: Game StillsBAFTA/Davidzo Makaya/Scarlet Cefai-Price/Maewen Le Coguic

Whale Tales (Mobile & Tablet) - Davidzo Makaya (14), Maewen Le Coguic (14) & Scarlet Cefai-Price (14), Aylesbury

“A 3D simulation game highlighting the constant struggles a stray whale has to face as it makes its way back home through an endless jungle of pollution in the world’s oceans.”

Our game follows the heart-warming journey of a young whale who has been separated from its pod. It has to learn how to avoid and deal with the perils that come with navigating through a pollution-filled ocean as a result of the human race’s negligence. The whole game consists of 1 continuous level which progressively becomes more difficult. To accurately stick to our theme of raising awareness of ocean pollution and how it affects sea life, we have decided to fill the backdrops with sea native animals like jellyfish and tropical fish, as well as plastic bags and waste. The aim of the game is to complete the long level, eating enough food to satisfy the whale’s hunger and as little plastic as possible. Players will have a variety of different whales to choose from as their avatar during the game and have the ability to learn about and pick from more as they begin to score more points.

As the player passes from checkpoint to checkpoint, the area of the world that they are in will change, and therefore, so will the ocean - there will be a map at the top of the screen showing the player where their avatar is, and giving them some basic statistics/information about the real, current state of that particular body of water. Educating the younger generation (especially) on the importance of safeguarding and protection within our oceans, the game tackles the cardinal matter of marine contamination while still having a straightforward concept with an enjoyable gameplay.

We performed some market research, and in doing so, we have come to the conclusion that the majority of players under the age of 12 have said that they would rather have an animated whale character, whereas adults were more inclined to play a game with realistic graphics. Therefore, to ensure that the game really is suitable for people of all ages - we would like to make the game’s main illustrations accurately animated, and the backgrounds realistic and colourful.

We have decided to make the target audience non-specific to any age. We encourage anyone who wants to further their knowledge in the field of marine conservation to give our game a try! We’ve ensured that our game does not incorporate ANY elements of violence, gore or horror, making it an age-appropriate app that could potentially be useful in schools to teach students, as a form of entertainment or just as fuel for the curious minds out there!