21 July 2010
Tobe has a penchant for video games. Alas, this addiction landed him in hot soup with his girlfriend, who orders him to find a real adventure. So he embarks on a magical journey in search of lost treasures.
Sounds like good fun? Well, all and sundry can now join Tobe’s Vertical Adventure,an online game created by three Singapore Polytechnic (SP) graduates.
The game, published on the Xbox Live Indie Games Channel, is the brainchild of Muhammad Ikhwan bin Zainal, Soh Yi Heng, and Nicholas Sim Chan Kiat. The School of Digital Media and Infocomm Technology graduates are part of the pioneer batch of graduates who studied the Console Game Development module of the Diploma in Information Technology.
The trio had the good fortune of meeting Indie Game developer, Raymond Teo, through a contact made during their internship. Impressed with their game programming skills, Raymond invited them to work on the Xbox LIVE Indie game after their graduation.
“After learning how to develop games for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 during our diploma course, we were eager to work on a commercial console game. The experience was intense but we enjoyed it immensely,” said Muhammad Ikhwan.
Raymond, who founded local indie game studio Secret Base, had nothing but praise for the three graduates. “Overall, they were able to produce good results that exceeded expectations, especially Muhammad Ikhwan, who proved to be mature, responsible and demonstrated leadership qualities for someone of his age. I will definitely consider hiring him again in the future.”