Lost Words

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Description

Lost Words is multi-award winning atmospheric puzzler, set between the pages of a diary and a fantasy land. The game features a story written by Rhianna Pratchett and ties the narrative into the gameplay in an unusual way, by having the player character running on and interacting with words to solve puzzles.

History

Lost Words was first started for the Ludum Dare 26 game jam in 2013, which had the theme of 'minimalism'. Mark liked the concept and kept working on it in his spare time until he managed to secure some funding and left his job at Marmalade to work on the game full-time. He has since received a grant from the Wellcome Trust, support from Creative England, raised some SEIS investment through Games Co London and Goldfinch, as well as securing a grant from the UK Games Fund. This has allowed him to hire a talented team and the studio are now looking for a publisher for the game.

Awards & Recognition

  • "Third Place in the Develop Big Indie Pitch" - 11th July 2017
  • "Won Rapture Gaming Festival's Best Indie Game Award" - 14th May 2017
  • "Won the Reboot Develop Special Selection Indie Award" - 22nd April 2017
  • "1st place in the Reboot Develop Nordic Game Discovery Pitching Contest" - 21st April 2017
  • "Nominated for Best narrative at the Casual Connect Indie Prize Berlin" - 9th Feb 2017
  • "Nominated for Most Innovative at the Casual Connect Indie Prize Berlin" - 9th Feb 2017
  • "Won Game of the Show at Intel Buzz 2016" - 4th June 2016
  • "Best Indie Game at Game Connection 2016" - 14th March 2016
  • "Most Creative/ Original at Game Connection 2016" - 14th March 2016
  • "Best Story at Game Connection 2016" - 14th March 2016
  • "Selected for Stugan 2015" - Sweden, 21 June - 16 August, 2015

Features

  • Story by renowned games writer Rhianna Pratchett
  • Use words to solve puzzles
  • Beautiful visual style
  • Dual settings of the pages of a diary and the fantasy world of Estoria

Factsheet

Developer:
Sketchbook Games
Based in Colchester, United Kingdom

Founding date:
21 May, 2015

Website:
lostwordsgame.com

Press / Business contact:
mark@lostwordsgame.com

Social:
twitter.com/LostWordsGame
facebook.com/LostWordsGame

Releases:
Lost Words

Phone:
COMPANY_PHONE

Additional Links

The Wellcome trust
The Wellcome Trust announcing their funding and support for Lost Words. wellcome.ac.uk.

DN Focus Profile
A profile of Mark and The Last Word in the largest national newspaper in Sweden fokus.dn.se.

Polygon
An article about the Stugan programme at polygon.com.

Stugan 2015 on SVT
Swedish TV Station SVT takes a look at Stugan 2015 with a few cameos from Mark youtube.com.

Channel 4 - Sweden
Stugan 2015 Featured on Channel 4 in Sweden youtube.com.

Nordic Game Bits
An announcement of all 15 Stugan games including The Last Word nordicgamebits.com.

Description

Lost Words is multi-award winning atmospheric puzzler, set between the pages of a diary and a fantasy land. The game features a story written by Rhianna Pratchett and ties the narrative into the gameplay in an unusual way, by having the player character running on and interacting with words to solve puzzles.

History

Lost Words was first started for the Ludum Dare 26 game jam in 2013, which had the theme of 'minimalism'. Mark liked the concept and kept working on it in his spare time until he managed to secure some funding and left his job at Marmalade to work on the game full-time. He has since received a grant from the Wellcome Trust, support from Creative England, raised some SEIS investment through Games Co London and Goldfinch, as well as securing a grant from the UK Games Fund. This has allowed him to hire a talented team and the studio are now looking for a publisher for the game.

Features

  • Story by renowned games writer Rhianna Pratchett
  • Use words to solve puzzles
  • Beautiful visual style
  • Dual settings of the pages of a diary and the fantasy world of Estoria

Factsheet

Developer:
Sketchbook Games
Based in Colchester, United Kingdom

Founding date:
21 May, 2015

Website:
lostwordsgame.com

Press / Business contact:
mark@lostwordsgame.com

Social:
twitter.com/LostWordsGame
facebook.com/LostWordsGame

Releases:
Lost Words

Phone:
COMPANY_PHONE

Awards & Recognition

  • "Third Place in the Develop Big Indie Pitch" - 11th July 2017
  • "Won Rapture Gaming Festival's Best Indie Game Award" - 14th May 2017
  • "Won the Reboot Develop Special Selection Indie Award" - 22nd April 2017
  • "1st place in the Reboot Develop Nordic Game Discovery Pitching Contest" - 21st April 2017
  • "Nominated for Best narrative at the Casual Connect Indie Prize Berlin" - 9th Feb 2017
  • "Nominated for Most Innovative at the Casual Connect Indie Prize Berlin" - 9th Feb 2017
  • "Won Game of the Show at Intel Buzz 2016" - 4th June 2016
  • "Best Indie Game at Game Connection 2016" - 14th March 2016
  • "Most Creative/ Original at Game Connection 2016" - 14th March 2016
  • "Best Story at Game Connection 2016" - 14th March 2016
  • "Selected for Stugan 2015" - Sweden, 21 June - 16 August, 2015

Additional Links

The Wellcome trust
The Wellcome Trust announcing their funding and support for Lost Words. wellcome.ac.uk.

DN Focus Profile
A profile of Mark and The Last Word in the largest national newspaper in Sweden fokus.dn.se.

Polygon
An article about the Stugan programme at polygon.com.

Stugan 2015 on SVT
Swedish TV Station SVT takes a look at Stugan 2015 with a few cameos from Mark youtube.com.

Channel 4 - Sweden
Stugan 2015 Featured on Channel 4 in Sweden youtube.com.

Nordic Game Bits
An announcement of all 15 Stugan games including The Last Word nordicgamebits.com.