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Ty Taylor and Mario Castaneda win the Seattle Independent Game Competition and are finalists in the IGF Student Showcase!

The Bridge Screenshot[UPDATE (!) "The Bridge is also a finalist in another competition: http://indiegamechallenge.com/2012-finalists/ (Be sure to vote for them!!!)]

TyTaylor and Mario Castaneda, 2011 EECS graduates, recently won the Seattle Independent Game Competition with their videogame, “The Bridge.” In August, The Bridge was a finalist in Microsoft’s Dream.Build.Play international videogame competition, where it was won the Honorable Mention for Innovation, and in October, The Bridge was a finalist for the IndieCade international independent game festival in Culver City, CA, where it was a nominee for Best Visuals. The game is also a finalist in the Independent Game Festival (IGF) Student Showcase for the 14'th presentation of its prestigious awards, celebrating the brightest and most innovative creations to come out of universities and games programs from around the world in the past year!

The Bridge is a 2-D logic-based puzzle game that forces the player to reevaluate their preconceptions of physics and perspective. It is Isaac Newton meets M. C. Escher—Manipulate gravity to redefine the ceiling as the floor, and venture through impossible architectures. Explore increasingly difficult worlds, each uniquely detailed and guaranteed to leave the player with a pronounced sense of accomplishment, while immersing the player into a captivating story. The Bridge exemplifies games as an art form, with beautifully hand-drawn art in the style of a black-and-white lithograph.

Ty Taylor started creating The Bridge as the course project for EECS 493 (Software Engineering), and Mario Castaneda started working on the game a few months later as the game artist for his art minor capstone at Case. Ty is currently a Software Development Engineer at Microsoft and Mario is currently working on degrees in Game Art and Animation and Virtual Modeling at the University of Advancing Technology.

The development of The Bridge has continued even after Ty and Mario graduated from Case. It is near completion and soon to be released for major game distribution platforms. It has also been entered into student game competitions as a CWRU game. For more info, see http://TheBridge.hypercubegames.net