Game Development/Design Internship (remote, part time)

We are seeking a self-motivated individual with a good work ethic looking to gain experience in a small games studio. This role involves developing and testing game assets and levels in our new unpublished game.

What You Will Be Doing:

- Level Design/Basic mechanic scripting
- Testing and editing Unity scenes
- Asset importing/editing and testing

Located in Dublin 3, Fierce Fun is an indie games studio specialising in mobile & online games. As we are small and startupy (yes its a word), we provide a supportive environment for a student/graduate Developer to gain early experience in a game studio.

Ideal requirements:
- 3rd level games/software qualification or studying for one
- Good experience in Unity (will need to show this)
- Experienced game player with in-depth knowledge of PC/FPS games
- Good communication & documentation skills.

Terms:
Duration 3 months
Days: 1 to 2.5 days per week – up to you 😊
Hours: Completely flexible
Expenses will be covered.

To apply, email below with your details:

 

Game Development Services

Fierce Fun provides a complete range of game and app development services. Our professional team have experience in designing bespoke games for clients in a variety of sectors including game publishing, education and virtual reality. Our multi-stage design process allows us to produce complex games for both core and casual players. We use proven cross platform technology such as the Unity game engine, Adobe Animate and HTML5 JavaScript game software. If you are looking for an experienced, reliable and cost effective game development company, please contact us for further information.

Distance Zing coming soon to Android and Apple phones

We are working on a mobile version of Distance Zing for both Android and Apple phones and tablets. The main work is in adjusting the controls from the PC version. We think it might be even more fun playing on your mobile. Image - you could be out social distancing AND digitally distancing in our game.... wow, wow, wow.... Remember Distance Zing is a game to remind us all to keep social distancing when we are out and about. Keep 2 meters away from everyone and we all stay safe!

The mobile version will be ready in the next few day.

Distance Zing

Distance Zing

Like everyone else, we have been practicing social distancing for what seems like an eternity. Guess what we found out… its not very social. While most people get it, a good few just carry on as if nothing has changed. Walking or running right beside you as if somehow, they are immune to the virus. So, we decided to create a little game to remind everyone to social distance at all times when you are out.

To succeed in the game, you must maintain a 2 meter from everyone in a busy city, while collect the rarest of the rare paper…. you will see it when you play the game. So you have to avoid groovy grannies, wrecked wrestlers, mega mice and runners …. lots and lots of runners.

Distance Zing allows you to practice your digital distance skills in the virtual world so you can be a 2-meter zinger in the real world

Enjoy it, stay safe and keep your distance !

 

Mindframe Arena PC version – free download on Steam

We have just published the PC version on Mindframe Arena on Steam. Now PC gamers can enjoy the fast frenetic fun of our tactical board game. Featuring 6 different classes of Tecs, over 100 levels and 6 worlds, Mindframe Arena is an ideal family game to pass the time during this lockdown period. Each Tec character has their own personality, board moves and special spell. To win, you need to master the spells and abilities of your Tec team. Also you need to find the quickest route to the opponent's spawn point.

Mindframe Arena is free to play and is fun for all the family!

Unity Developer Contract

Development of a small 2D Unity WebGL game. It is a game for young children, designed to teach them the importance of maths and statistics, using a sports theme.

The graphics, animated sprites and game design will be supplied by us. The developer will need to work remotely with us on Unity Collaborate or ship a weekly source project. It is a fixed price contract and the fee will be dependent on experience. The project duration should be around 4/6 weeks.

Requirements:
- 3rd level qualification (preferably games)
- Good experience in Unity and C# including detailed UI work, animations, gameplay, well organised code, assets and scenes, bug fixing, etc
- A portfolio of game projects
- Good communication skills
- Contribute to the game design and testing

Located in Dublin 3, Fierce Fun is a games start-up specialising in mobile apps & online games, for Apple, Android and HTML5 platforms. We provide a supportive environment for new developers to gain experience in a game development company.

If you are interested, send your CV and a cover letter to: support@fiercefun.com

AgriKids Virtual Reality App

Fierce Fun was contracted by AgriKids to create a virtual reality app as part of their digital product range. AgriKids was founded with the vision to create a concept that would engage, educate and empower children to become farm safety ambassadors. Through this ethos, the company has developed a collection of innovative products for children to create dialogue and positive awareness in homes and classrooms on farm safety awareness and practice.

As a highly innovative farm safety promoter, AgriKids were looking to explore the potential of virtual reality apps to educate children about real farm safety issues. The design brief was that the app should allow users to freely move around a virtual farm. The app would teach users what the different safety signs mean and where they belong. The virtual farm would need the follow areas:

  • Chemical store
  • Slurry pit
  • Bull Pen
  • Electrical point
  • Farm entrance
  • River / Water area

The VR app was developed for the Oculus Right was tested at several agricultural events. It proved very popular with young children and their parents!

App Screenshots here:

Game Rating for Parents

As the graphic quality and production values used in console games are on a par with movies, it is important for parents to consider which games are suitable for their children. Children can play games on a variety of devices from consoles to mobiles. Regardless of the device, the game’s rating should be checked to see if it suitable for young player.

There are various game rating systems used around the world. PEGI (Pan European Game Information) is the system used in Europe and Ireland. Essentially PEGI is an age rating system used to classify games. It is similar to the film rating system where you are tags such as PG (parental guidance) and R (restricted). Age ratings are a simple way to help parents decide if the content is appropriate for their children.

PEGI does not take into account the difficulty of the game – it only considers the age suitability of a game. So, if you buy a PEGI7, there is no guarantee that your 7-year-old will like it.

Game Rating

Here are the PEGI Ratings:

PEGI 3
FOR THE YOUNGEST – VERY MILD
The content of apps with this rating is considered suitable for all age groups. Some violence in a comical cartoon context is acceptable. A child should not be able to associate the character on the screen with real-life characters; they should be distinctly fantasy. The app should not contain anything that are likely to scare young children, including bad language.

PEGI 7
FOR DEVELOPING CHILDREN
This is similar to PEGI3 but may contain some content that could possibly be frightening for children. There can only be very mild violence in a PEGI 7 e.g. think falling into water, getting hit of the head – again, more cartoon like, nothing realistic

PEGI 12
MORE REALISTIC
With this rating, the games are becoming a bit more realistic. They may show violence of a slightly more graphic nature towards fantasy characters, or non-graphic violence towards human-looking characters or animals. The game character will look more lifelike. Their clothes and attire will be more typical of male and female game characters. Any bad language in this category must be mild and fall short of sexual expletives.

PEGI 16
REAL LIFE CONTENT
Once the depiction of violence or sexual activity reaches a stage that looks the same as would be expected in real life, this rating is applied. Stronger inappropriate language, encouraging the use of tobacco or drugs, and depicting criminal activities can be content of apps that are rated 16.

PEGI 18
ADULT ONLY
The adult classification is applied when the level of violence reaches a stage where it becomes a depiction of gross violence and/or includes elements of specific types of violence (motiveless killing, violence towards defenseless characters or sexual violence). It may also include graphic sexual content, discrimination or the glamorisation of illegal drug use.

Hopefully you find this these rating useful when considering game content for your children. Another tip would be look at the game trailer and screenshots before purchasing a game. The game trailer will give a quick overview of the gameplay and is useful in assessing its suitability.

Playing Online or Mobile Games – Protecting your Children’s Privacy

The traditional view of safe gaming content for children is having non-violent content without any adult themes. Much like movies, parents should follow the rating guidelines attached to the game. The PEGI (Pan European Game Information) rating system is widely used in Europe and Ireland. As a parent, you should not let your child play a game that is not PEGI rated.

However, PEGI only considers appropriate gaming content. What about your child’s online information? Even without registering an account, most games track your gameplay data. Free-to-play games rely heavily on advertising, so they track as much player data as possible. So how do you protect your child’s online data?

Well to start, you need to make sure that the publisher/developer of the game has an available privacy statement, regarding their content. They need to acknowledge and comply with GDPR and have a nominated Data Protection Official. GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) are the regulations in EU law on data protection and privacy. Essentially GDPR  aims primarily to give control to individuals over their personal data .

Also, parents need to be aware of games that need registered accounts. Children (under 13) should not set up game accounts. They should be setup by the parents. For older children and teenagers, parents should still be aware of any game accounts registered. Even though they may not be commercial accounts, younger players could still be supplying personal information via the account. For many game companies, information in the new currency and players of all ages need to be aware of this.

 The best advice for parents is to stay involved when your child is gaming. Like all online content, it is very important to maintain an open dialogue with your children on their online activities.

Fierce Fun plans to make Irish kids smarter!

Press Release for Mindframe Arena: 16 January 2020

Fierce Fun plans to make Irish kids smarter

It’s time to wean the kids off Fortnite and try a new game developed in Ireland

Who would have thought that video games can help in your child’s development? Well, they can as part of a ‘balanced diet’ of educational content. Irish game developer Fierce Fun has just released their digital board game Mindframe Arena - a ‘Smart and Safe’ game designed for a family-friendly environment.

As games like chess can be off-putting for some children, Mindframe Arena is a great way to introduce children to intellectually stimulating activities such as board and strategy games. Based on classic board games like chess, Mindframe Arena requires skill and strategy to play – yet it is easy and fun to learn. Research has shown that playing board games can help in the development of problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Peter Lynch from Fierce Fun states “From showing the game at events and conventions in Ireland, we found that 7 to 10-year olds really enjoyed it as did their parents.”

Irish parents can rest assured with the following Smart and Safe game features:

  • No in-game chat or messaging
  • No graphic violence
  • No analytics or tracking
  • Parental purchase & social media locks

Mindframe Arena is available  as a free download on Google Play and the Apple Apps Store.

Apple App Store Page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mindframe-arena/id1490433142#?platform=iphone

Google Play Page
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.FF.MindframeArena&hl=en_IE

YouTube Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzC3_gNplPM&t=21s

Media Kit URL:
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvOVpBTawgOGgq1D5tAa1oJpBE7kIQ?e=DL1OfL