Final Salvo

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Whao! 25 posts! Our time together this year is done! Based on the Mayan calendar, the apocalypse was supposed to happen yesterday. It didn’t! I promise to be back on the 12th of January next year with more posts covering the gaming scene. Next year will be when we will have to play it to the bone. The first West African Global Game Jam will be holding next year in Lagos. You can find all the details here. I will continue to blog in the years to come. No matter what!

For my last post this year I will leave some interesting findings that I made this week. First off Mozilla Gameon has been launched. My zeal for HTML5 is once again justified! If you have a game in HTML5, do try and submit to the competition the deadline is February 24 2013. Also, please check out the top 10 developers by Gamasutra as expected, no one from Africa made the list. Lastly, I found this great post on the top five practices for building HTML5 games by Microsoft.

How do you close the curtain on a life changing experience? How do you say goodbye even if it is just for a while? Me I will start by saying thank you to Oluseye Soyode-Johnson who gave me the idea to start a blog. Really without that push none of this would have happened.

Milestones

Hello World was the first post ever on this blog! I jumped head first into the pool and had to learn how to swim by not drowning! A novel experience for a programmer but one I don’t intend to repeat any time soon. Business Framework was the first time I used images on this blog. I remember using “trial and error” or as we programmers will eloquently say, I figured it out!

Concerning interviews, I had the priviledge of being one of the first bloggers to interview Hugo Obi of Maliyo Games. It was also my first interview on the blog. The second interview was with Bayo Puddicombe of Pledge51. All these interviews where done before I left Nigeria.

Beginning Game Development was where it really came together for me. I still don’t understand the intersection of forces that makes this the best post so far on this blog. A programmer I have absolute respect for Femi Taiwo even complimented me on that post. For programmers, the regard of mere mortals pale in comparision to regard of your peers sorry Oga Femi, I meant your seniors :-).

Wetin Dey Shele was the first time I had a guest writer on the blog. My friend Oge Nnadi did all the work for me. All I did was really copy and paste his content onto the blog. We also featured the launch of Windows 8! since that one posts, I have to continue maintaining that I do not work for Microsoft :-(.

The State of the West African Gaming Space was an honest look at the West African gaming space which at best is emerging (and that is me being polite!). On this blog, we also feature the upcoming famo.us which would be launched next year.

Conclusion

Overall, the year was a good year for the blog. I will be going underground until January 12 next year. In that time, I hope to finish the conversion of my first game Ise to HTML5.

The story of the gaming industry in West Africa is unfolding. I am not a writer! Perhaps I cannot write the story adeptly. But I can write it completely and I can write it truthfully. See you next year!

Titi Tilapia

Titi Tilapia

This week I will be looking at Nigeria’s First Video Game: Titi Tilapia! I first saw the game earlier this year on a friend’s laptop when I was in Nigeria but did not pay much attention to it. In recent times, it has grown to become a phenomenon. The years to come will see where it heads!

Titi Tilapia is a fun adventure game where the player will play Titi, a bright purple and white-striped tilapia gathering eggs underwater  in order to save them from Okoro the Octopus who intends to control the entire ocean.

The Story

Okoro the Octopus has taken over the once peaceful waters off the shores of Nigeria, he now rules with an iron hand and intends that nobody will rise against him, to ensure that he is set to gather all the eggs of all the fish in the sea,

But not if Titi can help it.

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Gameplay

You play Titi Tilapia trying to beat a time limit and collect all the eggs at a level. As you progress through game levels, your time becomes shorter. The game also becomes challenging as minions such as stingrays and electric eels are introduced later in the game.

In between levels, you can also play as Tonye the tortoise. These levels will essentially involve sliding down a slide (with his shell)  at high speeds (based on gravity) eggs will be randomly placed to the left and right of the slide (the player has to get the required number of eggs as he slides down or start the level again). These levels have no time limit.

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Demo

You can get the demo version here. Come next year, the team has promised that the game will be launched. Can’t wait!

So there you have Nigeria’s first video game! Next week I will be rounding up for the year! As the year rounds up, I can only express my gratitude to everyone that gave feedback on this blog. Do join me next week.

Sonbim Games

The Blue Marble

Yesterday was phenomenal! Ghanaians had their 6th elections in the 4th republic. It was also the 4oth anniversary of Apollo 17 which was the eleventh and final mission of the United States Apollo Program. The above picture represents the one of the last few shots taken by the spacecraft

The gaming space in West Africa is heating up! This week I got to interview Idamiebi Ilamina-Eremie of Sonbim Games. In case you don’t know, Sonbim Games are the company behind Titi Tilapia Nigeria’s First Video Game! Enough talk on with the interview…

When did you first conceive the idea for Titi Tilapia?

My friend and I Jeff are gamers, and were working together at Ideacentric Global in Abuja, I had since discovered a game development platform but had never used it, I discussed it with Jeff… and we were like “We could Actually make a Game” but it should be really simple so that we don’t start the project and give up along the way if it simply becomes too large… Next thing you know… I got the idea of a Fish gathering eggs within a time limit… Jeff came up with the name Titi Tilapia… Then I called Fola, my friend, we were all 3D modelers and Animators, so art wasn’t going to be our problem, we would be more challenged with programming (we still are), but if there’s anything Nigerians are it’s resilient. We must find a way and we did. (I learnt…) no shaking… After that other things just fell into place…

How long did it take to build the game?

Actual Development  on Titi Tilapia started in August 2011, We released the demo in January 2012… Took reactions from people, took a break (since we all do other things to pay the bills) and went back to Development in August 2012, We are set to release the full game in January 2013 at the first Lagos Global Game Jam

Why did you build Titi Tilapia?

Titi Tilapia for us started as just a fun project, we also were excited that we could be pioneers in PC game development in Nigeria… then we released a demo, and it just blew up… So many people were interested… That’s when we decided it could be something serious.

Can we expect a version on Windows 8?

Because of our development platform, we don’t have any native windows 8 apps planned, but of course it will naturally work as a regular Windows application that is installed the old school way.

Is all the development done locally?

All development is done locally, From Programming , 3D Art to the 2D art,music sound effects, our team is a bunch of friends who just want to prove that this can be done here.

What awards has Titi Tilapia won?

Since we haven’t officially released the game, we are yet to win any awards, but we hoping we win a bunch in 2013, Fingers crossed…We aren’t looking at making the next “God Of War” or anything like that, so for us, even just finishing the game and having people actually play it will be amazing .

Can we expect more games next year?

Definitely, and i don’t want to let the cat out of the bag but let’s lemme just hint that our next title is a racing game that will be instantly recognizable as uniquely Nigerian, and it will be multi-platform (PC,Android, IOS,Mac) .We have learnt a lot, and  made a lot of mistakes in the development of Titi Tilapia,  So by our next title, we hope to have everything done properly.  We’ll also be developing an episodal game for an upcoming Nigerian blog. 2013 is looking pretty exciting

Where can a copy of the game be downloaded from?

Just the demo is available now… You can go to the site to get the demo.. The full game will be launched in January…

That’s all for this week! Next week I will be featuring the game on this blog.