The team of University of Northampton Games Art and Computer Games Design students behind the fantastic Employee of the Month game have come with a list of their all-time favourite video games.
Andrea Maestri – third year Games Art student Life is Strange
“One of my all-time favourite video games, Life is Strange, is one of few indie games exploring a story-driven experience with interactive choices in a Teen Drama style. I love the art style and how games can spread emotions to the players.”
Adam Cooke – third year Computer Games Design student Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time
“This is my favourite game as it revolutionised the way I felt about video games. The game had a in-depth story that arcs perfectly when finished. The game was extremely large compared to other games around at that time. I enjoyed playing the game and still continue to enjoy it today.”
Li Huang – third year Games Art student Persona 5
“My favourite video game at the moment is Persona 5, a Japanese role-playing game that combines dungeon-crawling with being a high-school student. It only came out earlier this year – but the cast of colourful characters fighting against society’s wrongs and the effortlessly clean art style immediately make it stand out. I’m still only halfway through this beautiful game but I can’t wait to complete it.”
Joshua Jayme – third year Computer Games Development student Hollow Knight
“My favourite game is Hollow Knight by Team Cherry. It’s a beautiful and challenging metroidvania, set in a seemingly post-apocalyptic bug world. From challenging bosses and obstacles, to the beautiful levels and orchestras that serenade your battles, I love every bit of this game – especially the boss fights! This game is a modern masterpiece, that sadly does not receive the fame it deserves.”
Aaron Sait – second year Computer Games Development student Age of Empires II
“I’ve always loved planning and managing multiple things at once and that’s why AoE II is my all-time favourite game. It was hard to decide between Age of Empires II, Sid Meier’s Civilization V, Total War: Warhammer II and Xcom 2.
All are ether real-time strategy or turn-based strategy games, but Age of Empires 2 had to win because of the sense of nostalgia it gives me. ”
Andrea, Adam, Li, Joshua and Aaron go under the collective name of Team Cup of Char, and have developed the highly addictive Employee of The Month multiplayer game – watch the trailer below:
The game was initially developed by the team when they were competing at the Brains Eden games jam during the summer – and it was selected as one of the jam’s top five games.
The game sees players compete to paint as much of an office as possible in their individual colours – but if one of them is holding their boss – a baby – then their ability to paint is disabled, until they pass the boss to another player.
The game has been warmly received by gamers at UK games expos – including the UK’s biggest games event, EGX, and Play Expo Manchester.
Joshua said: “The reaction to the game has been really positive. It’s such a great feeling to watch gamers you’ve never met before pick up a controller and start playing something you have created, and enjoy it so much. We’ve been thrilled with the reaction.”