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Computer design is a real blast for uni student Gary.

Byline: Dave Himelfield News Reporter

GAMES designer Gary Lloyd is having a blast with his latest shoot 'em up.

Sublevel Zero, the latest game by the Huddersfield University student, has been snapped up by long established games publisher, Mastertronic.

It's the latest title from Sigtrap, run by Gary and business partner Luke Thompson, at Huddersfield University.

In this first-person shooter, the pilot of a lone gunship must negotiate his or her way through a 3D labyrinth full of foes and puzzles to find ancient artefacts.

The game straddles the gap between retro and modern gaming with stylised lo-fi graphics and a chiptune (music made on vintage hardware) soundtrack, composed by Huddersfield music technology student, Will Bedford.

Gary, 25, designed the graphics during the final year of his games design degree at the university's The Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Centre.

He said: "Building the game has been an amazing experience so far, with overwhelmingly positive responses from fellow gamers.

"It is very humbling and it's great to finally reveal our progress."

Praising Huddersfield University's Enterprise Team, he said: "They have been invaluable. For anyone who is thinking of starting up a business go to the Enterprise Team and talk to them first.

"They offer knowledge, support and the opportunities to get funding. Without them, we wouldn't be here as Sigtrap."

Coder Luke added: "We wanted to blend retro and modern elements through the visuals, mechanics and audio. The awesome music composed by Will Bedford intensifies the gameplay experience.

"Sublevel Zero is a game we want to play and we'd love for fellow gamers to share in that experience. We're thrilled to finally be revealing Sublevel Zero to the public."

Established in 1983, Mastertronic is one of Britain's oldest video games publishers.

Stuart Morton, Producer at Mastertronic, said: "From the very first play of Sublevel Zero I knew we had something special. Since then it has only got better and better. This is a game people should be keeping a close eye on this year."

The game will be released later this summer on PC, Mac, Linux and Steam.

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Huddersfield University games design student Gary Lloyd

Scenes from Gary Lloyd's Sublevel Zero - a 3D labyrinth-based shooting game -which has been snapped up by Mastertronic

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 8, 2015
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