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Students Launch Fundraising Video Game Project

A group of 25 students from The University of Sheffield have embarked on an ambitious project to develop mobile games for charity, despite having no prior experience in the industry. Dubbed Project Pixel, this team has acquired skills in programming and sound production along the way.

Games and Availability

Their first game, Color Dash, is available on both Apple’s App Store and Google Play. A second game, Flight Frenzy, will be released later, with all profits going to charity. Both games are endless runner-style games where players avoid obstacles and collect objects. Additionally, two more games, Turtle Odyssey and Chef’s Last Stand, are currently in development.

Inspiration and Support

The idea for Project Pixel came from friends Aamir Ali and Najaaz Nabhan. They believe that passion and a willingness to learn are key to achieving success. To help get Project Pixel off the ground, the students sought advice from Sheffield-based video game developer Sumo Digital, known for working on games like Forza Horizon 4, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and Crackdown 3.

Industry Perspectives

Jake Habgood from Sumo Digital expressed support for the initiative, stating: “The games industry will need diverse skill sets and ideas to successfully engage new audiences and create innovative new products. This is a great initiative, and we wish the students every success.”

Vision and Future Plans

Mr. Nabhan, an international student from Sri Lanka, emphasized the widespread appeal of gaming: “We know that gaming is a part of so many people’s lives, whether they play casually on their phone or more competitively. We wanted to tap into this to raise funds for charity. There are many students who make video games, but we haven’t seen a team of this size at any university making games for charity.”

The specific charities that will benefit from the profits will be decided later this year.

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