Category Archives: Game Design

WebGame: SteepleChaser

{{unknown}}ROLE: Senior Developer & Designer, Client Liaison Kiers was commissioned by Fishtank to create their website and webgame. The webgame was a small project to complement their website with something fun and simple – perhaps to compensate any time spent waiting on the phone. Its simplicity matches their corporate style, the audio is also stripped down, and there are only a couple of keys that control gameplay.

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WebGame ‘Club BBC’ | BBC

ROLE: Creative Director, Flash Developer, Project Manager, Client Liaison Over 12 months, 6 flash web-games were created as part of a promotional campaign to increase awareness of the BBC Club’s promotions and facilities. Each game reflected the particular promotions of that 8 week period – New Years Resolutions, Valentines, Spring Lottery, Summer Fitness, Halloween, Christmas. In addition to writing the online campaign and putting the development team together (using inhouse and outsourced talent) Kiers led the development of these projects over the year. This work…

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WebGame ‘HONOLOKO’ | European Environment Agency

MY ROLE: Creative Director, Team Leader, Flash Developer, Project Manager, Client Liaison

AWARDS: GOLD, Worldfest Media Awards. RECOGNITION award, US Environmental Protection Agency

Honoloko is a flash web-game created for the European Environment Agency (EEA) in partnership with the World health organisation (WHO). The project was developed as an entertaining educational experience for children between the ages of 9 – 12 and attempted to increase their impact their actions could have upon their health, and the environment.

Creative direction and concept creation was led by Kiers, his work also included directing the development team on creative styles, and programming solutions. He led a team of 3 illustrators, 2 animators, the musician Henry Olsen (formerly of Primal Scream), 2 backend engineers from IME, and a project manager working with WorldWide Pictures) over a period of 6 months. It was launched by Bert Jansen and Kiers in Budapest at the Conference of European Ministers for the Environment, and since then has received many positive reviews by press and other agencies alike.

After several focus groups in London and Copenhagen, the product was released in 26 European languages as a web-game and CD-rom, and was supported by other merchanding (posters, t-shirts, USB drives, mouse mats, and postcards) – which used the isometric graphics that were originally created for the game.

A short clip showing a player enjoying the game in Portuguese.


WebGame ‘STEEPLECHASER’ | Fishtank Recruitment

ROLE: Creative Director, Flash Developer, Project Manager, Client Liaison Steeplechaser was created as ‘a fun way to waste the time while on hold’. The agency Fishtank sponsors a hot-air balloon in a local event and the game uses this as the central theme – navigate your balloon over the spiky Bristol skyline and away from birds. Kiers created the flat 2D artwork style for this game, directed the audio creation, and wrote the flash coding.

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