Latest Edition to IM Incubator Works With Renowned Games Writer Rhianna PratchettAugust 25, 2016
The latest addition to the Innovation Martlesham incubator, indie startup Sketchbook Games, has recently announced that they are working with renowned games writer Rhianna Pratchett on their award-winning debut game Lost Words .
Lost Words is a 2D exploration game that takes place between the pages of a girl’s diary and an imaginary fantasy land. It sees players interacting with different words to solve puzzles and has a strong focus on narrative. In the fantasy world players use different words to affect their environment, such as burning obstacles out their way using the word ‘fire’, or using the word ‘hope’ to illuminate their way through dark caves.
Rhianna Pratchett has been a professional writer for 15 years having worked on games such as Bioshock Infinite, Overlord, BAFTA nominated Heavenly Sword, Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider (Writer’s Guild of America – Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing, DICE – Outstanding Achievement in Character).
Lost Words was chosen for the first year of the Swedish games accelerator Stugan in 2015 and also won three awards for Best Indie Game, Most Creative and Best Story at Game Connection San Francisco in 2016, as well as winning Game of the Show at the Intel Buzz Workshop 2016 in London.
The founder of Sketchbook Games, ex-Lionhead game designer Mark Backler stated, “We are crafting this title to evoke a variety of emotions in the player and want it to be a meaningful experience that people can really fall in love with. We’ve already had some amazing reactions from players”.
The company have received a development grant from the Wellcome Trust as well as additional funding from Creative England.
Lost Words is being developed for Steam, PS4, Xbox One and mobile platforms. For more information you can find the game on Twitter at @LostWordsGames or on Facebook. Subscribe to the mailing list here.