NMMU third-year IT students Nick Jordaan and Jason Cross have for the second time won first place in the Gaming category in the nationals at the ImagineCup, a global student technology programme and competition.
Nick, who matriculated at Theodor Herzl High School in Port Elizabeth and Jason, from Bay College in Plettenberg Bay, work under the supervision of School of ICT’s Prof Johan van Niekerk.
They are now through to the semi-finals for the Middle-East and Africa region and if they win there, they will once again be invited to the world finals in Seattle.
With their game of last year they won through from the semi-finals to then compete in the finals in Seattle.
Their game this year, “Of Dragons and Sheep”, is a 100% new game which they developed for this contest during their second year of study.
Thus far they have been placed first in the world with this game in both the Project Idea Pitch and Design Categories, and have been placed in the top nine with their project plan.
“Of Dragons and Sheep” is a fast-paced colourful 3D sides-scroller where the hero must save his beloved sheep from the vicious dragons, Nick and Jason said.
The player must face the challenges put forward by the dragons and must get to the safety of their castle while saving as many of their sheep as possible.
The hero has great powers, these will allow him/her to travel to another dimension where time is meaningless, however, they must be alert as dark and mysterious creatures lurk here as well.
Overall the player needs to pick up as many sheep as possible and get them to the castle at the end of the level.
A score will be produced based on time and dragons killed. This score is uploaded to an online scoreboard where players can compete to have the highest score.
Last year their game was “PYA - Maze of Gods” is a 3D-Labyrinth style game built to challenge the user's problem solving skills, reaction time and their ability to overcome the obstacles that they will encounter. The game involves in-depth lore and character profiles.
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