NEW DETAILS:

Air Force sexual assaults: Wright Patt reports increase

Hamilton start-up’s game up for national award


Local electronic-game maker Wraith Games hopes you and your friends will play its first major game to be released for sale, Collapsus, and then vote for it as the best independent game that will be released next year.

“Last year, we were actually chosen as (Slide DB, a mobile and tablet games website’s) best up-and-coming game, along with four other games,” said company founder Jay Kidd. “The thing with that is, Slide DB is a much smaller competition, whereas (the gaming website) Indie DB’s Indy-of-the-Year award is massive.”

Kidd hopes Collapsus can win in the category of Best Upcoming Game.

MORE: Miami University competes in varsity level video gaming 

Collapsus is a game where players win points by destroying blocks to connect four of the same kind in a row. Unlike most games of the kind, when the player turns the phone or Fire Tablet 90 degrees in either direction, or 180 degrees, the gravity of the game changes 90 degrees, or 180. Also unique: Eight players can compete simultaneously.

For that to happen, people must vote the game into the Top 100 of the games before Sunday evening, Dec. 10. Those who rank among the Top 100 will move to the second round, where votes are reset to zero. Voting on the final round ends in late December.

Wraith Games is part of the Hamilton Mill business accelerator, which helps startups grow with help of mentors and other assistance.

RELATED: 8 start-up tech firms bring their ideas to Hamilton

MORE: Hamilton water-cleaning startup may save money and lives

“So far, Collapsus has gotten a lot of traction,” Kidd said.

To play a pre-release version of the game for free (a donation is suggested), go to https://wraithgames.itch.io/collapsus .

Voting for the game can be found at indiedb.com/games/collapsus .

Here’s an earlier story we wrote about Wraith Games: Local startup releasing first major video game

Here’s another: A local gaming company racking up awards is working to help more play

The company hopes to complete the game late this year, with the release for sale during the first quarter of 2018.

Wraith Games “started when I was in high school,” Kidd said.

“We were just a group of friends who decided to make some video games. We had absolutely no clue what we were doing,” he previously told the Journal-News.

Kidd started at Fairfield High School and graduated in 2008 from the Butler Tech School for the Arts in Hamilton. By graduation, Wraith had about 30 “small-game prototypes that we’d worked on, that we ended up releasing online for free,” he previously said. “… It was a learning process.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Superheroes stage holiday shopping spree at Target 
Superheroes stage holiday shopping spree at Target 

Christmas shoppers can usually find superheroes on toy shelves at Target. But, here’s a twist: shoppers at a Kansas City area Target discovered superheroes shopping for toys at Target. Iron Man, Thor, Supergirl, Snow White and Captain America were among the comic book heroes shopping for kids Sunday night at the Target in Mission, Kansas, ...
Fairfield Twp. man killed in weekend crash
Fairfield Twp. man killed in weekend crash

A Butler County man was killed Saturday night in a two-vehicle crash on Hamilton-Middletown Road in Liberty Twp. FIRST REPORT: One dead after 2-vehicle crash in Liberty Twp. Jeff McMurray, of Fairfield Twp., died at the scene of the accident that happened at about 8:20 p.m. in the 4200 block, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. A...
Middletown McDonald’s demolished; new restaurant to reopen in 2018
Middletown McDonald’s demolished; new restaurant to reopen in 2018

For the first time in decades, there is no McDonald’s on Verity Parkway in Middletown. That location is being demolished as workers are building another McDonald’s at the same location, according to a company spokesman and city records. RELATED: McDonald’s spending $2.1 million on 2 Middletown restaurants McDonald’s is expected...
Snow squalls could cause white-out conditions Tuesday
Snow squalls could cause white-out conditions Tuesday

The Storm Center 7 team of meteorologists are forecasting the potential for isolated snow squalls to impact the region Tuesday, which could create for reduced visibility for some drivers in the area. The timing of the snow squalls is looking to be for the first part of Tuesday.  The moisture will be coming from Lake Michigan and  when the...
Middletown police take children in need shopping for Christmas
Middletown police take children in need shopping for Christmas

A long line of Middletown police vehicles stood in front of the Meijer store on Towne Boulevard early Saturday morning, but it was the opposite of an emergency. Children’s smiles — rather than police-cruisers’ pursuit lights — were flashing, as officers and other police employees took 61 children around the store, mainly to...
More Stories