After five months of development, culminating in a six day marathon session held at the 2012 Gadget Show Live, Commando Kiwi walked away as winners of Epic Games and Train2Game’s Make Something Unreal competition. The four finalists, picked from last November’s Epic Game Jam, were tasked with building an original iOS game based on the Fighting Fantasy series of gamebooks. For their efforts, Commando Kiwi won a full source Unreal Engine 3 license for iOS to be used for a future project.
Industry heavyweights such as Peter Molyneaux, Jon Hare, and Cliff Bleszinski offered advice, mentoring and constructive criticism to all four teams with the final judging performed by Fighting Fantasy creators Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. The four games ranged from third person action adventures to tower offence to first person combat puzzlers, with The Warlock of Firetop Mountain: Lost Chapters from Commando Kiwi chosen as the game that showed the most commercial potential and best adhered to the Fighting Fantasy gamebook upon which it was based. All four games will be made available on the App Store within the next few months, with a portion of proceeds going to The Prince’s Trust.
G4 spoke to Epic Games European Territory Manager and Make Something Unreal Live mentor Mike Gamble via phone and to Kiwi Commando Producer and Team Captain Jonny Robinson via email about the competition.