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JULY 16th, 2013
Email: jay at hyperfocaldesign dot com
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Hyperfocal Design Releases V-HDRI Skies for Unity and SkyShop

Australia, SA, July 16th - Digital Art developer Hyperfocal Design has released the first ever HDRI (high dynamic range image) collections for Unity and Marmoset's SkyShop plugin. Their first two collections include skies from V-HDRI Skies, a mixture of day to sunset skies, and V-HDRI Magic Hours, a collection of sunset to night HDRIs. This real-time HDRI solution is made possible by Marmoset's SkyShop, which optimizes Hyperfocal's HDRI skies, enabling them to work even on mobile applications with Unity's game engine. These HDRI skies can be used within Unity for games development, real-time architectural visualisation and product design.

Jay Weston, founder of Hyperfocal Design says, “Having developed games myself with Unity, Marmoset's SkyShop really impressed me, I just had to develop a range of HDRI sky collections for it! The level of customization per HDRI within SkyShop is fantastic, you can alter diffuse, specular, background and camera exposure levels to suit your scene."

Hyperfocal's HDRI skies are perfect for games development, featuring a completely clear horizon line, so skies can be used with any type of environment, from mountains to dead flat oceans. Marmoset's SkyShop then enables users to combine their game's environment with Hyperfocal's skies for super accurate lighting and reflections, by rendering a scene to a cubemap.

V-HDRI Skies for SkyShop is available for $95 USD for 14 hemispherical skies, or $100 USD for Magic Hours, a collection of 20 sunset, twilight and night HDRIs. The two collections can be purchased on Unity's Asset Store, for more information visit Hyperfocal's site:

Marmoset's SkyShop is available on the Unity Asset Store:…

About Hyperfocal Design
Hyperfocal Design specializes in creating high end HDRIs and textures for computer graphics professionals, and prides itself on delivering only the best artwork at the highest resolutions.
Hyperfocal's customers include big names such as Digital Illusions, SteeleVFX, Codemasters and Fusion Creative.
For more information, visit the website at


Synthetic Nest’s partner studio Little Phoenix Interactive announced earlier this month that it’s new toddler app Cutie Monsters is available on Apples App Store, Google Play and the Amazon App Store.

Cutie Monsters is an interactive book and jigsaw puzzle app designed for tablet devices. It introduces children to number recognition, counting and includes simple 3 and 4 piece touch screen jigsaw puzzles to complete.
Little Phoenix Interactive asks children and their parents to join Blushy, Toothy, Golly, Taily, Blobby, Growly and Snouty on a fun first introduction to Cutie Monsters and the numbers 1 though to 10.

Specifically designed for the development needs of toddlers, Little Phoenix Interactive believes these interactive jigsaw puzzles and 10 page-counting book will help children develop the following skills:

-Shape and pattern matching
- Logic and observation
- Listening
- Fine Motor Skills
- Counting from 1 to 10
- Vocabulary

Cutie Monsters – Jigsaw puzzles (iPad only)…

Cutie Mini Monsters (iPhone)…

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New release from Gameloft Auckland studio

My Little Pony

Saddle up for adventure with Twilight Sparkle & friends!
After being locked away in the moon for centuries, Nightmare Moon is set free and spreading night across Ponyville! Only Twilight Sparkle and her friends can free Ponyville from her grasp and bring light and friendship back to the land. Help them rebuild the town and reach their dreams in exciting quests!


Melbourne, Australia - Pod Cubed, a new game studio by a dentist-turned-designer and two former EA developers, announce the development of their first iOS title, Worm Air.

Birds are attacking the Worm Air balloon, and you need to save the worms! Flick, pop, and zap the birds, and use their own powers against them to score massive combos. Travel to faraway lands and help the worms find a new home.

Pay to win? Forget about it, these worms don't take credit. Worm Air will be released on the App Store as a paid app in late 2012.

Pod Cubed was founded by an unlikely trio in May 2012. Pasteur Tran is a dentist with a passion for designing games who decided games are another way to help people smile. Dion Cuttriss and Owen Thomas are an artist and programmer who worked for various Melbourne studios including IronMonkey Studios (EA Mobile) before joining Pasteur to form Pod Cubed.

Follow the game's progress at:

For enquires, contact

Pasteur Tran
Designer / Producer / PR / Dentist

At 23 weeks pregnant, a scan on Brianna Hammond's unborn child revealed an abnormality with her baby's heart. Diagnosed with Pulmonary Atresia with VSD (in layman's terms a closed vessel and a hole in the heart), Brianna's child will need immediate life-saving postnatal surgery. Independent game developer Samuel Cartwright has banded together with other local game developers to create Games for Growing a Broken Heart, a series of mobile games to raise funds for the Hammond family.

Brianna's child will undergo immediate postnatal surgery and need ongoing monitoring along with further surgery in later childhood and adulthood. To further complicate their situation Brianna and her family live at Airlie Beach in the Whitsunday region of Queensland and, at 36 weeks pregnant, she will travel over 1000 kilometres alone to the closest major hospital in Brisbane. The cost of this life-saving surgery and long-distance travel has placed a serious financial burden on the Hammond family.

Games for Growing a Broken Heart is a fundraising initiative started by local independent game developer and high school friend of Brianna, Samuel Cartwright, that aims to raise at least $5000 to cover Brianna's hospital and travel expenses through the sale of mobile games published by local independent developers and game studios. The promotion runs in conjunction with the Growing a Broken Heart fundraiser to be held at the Southport Workers Club on the Gold Coast on July 7 2012.

Samuel Cartwright's latest independent iPhone game “Doubloons!” will be released on the Apple App Store on July 6 2012. This fast-paced classic puzzle game brings an exciting, pirate-themed twist to the match four-of-a-kind genre. Twenty cents from each sale will go directly to the Hammond family.

Local Brisbane studio FreshTone Games, publisher of the “One Single Life” series of iPhone games has also pledged a cash donation. The acclaimed and controversial iPhone game “One Single Life” achieved over 2.6 million downloads, achieving a first for its kind in the retail gaming world.

Similar pledges for financial assistance are currently being sought from other local independent game developers and game studios.

Brianna is wife to husband Sean, and mother to 9 year old Ellah. Prior to her baby's due date of August 24 2012, Brianna will move to Brisbane without her family so that her baby can undergo a lifesaving postnatal operation.

The first stage surgery will occur one to two days after birth, where doctors will insert an aorta to pulmonary shunt to supply blood to the lungs while simultaneously fixing the valve that is absent or closed. Second stage surgery will be performed when the child is between six and twelve months old and involves the removal of the shunt, closing the VSD (hole in the heart), and the insertion of a lung valve and graft. The child will then need replacement pulmonary homografts in later childhood and adulthood.

Brianna's father was in the 6th RAR C Company from 1966 to 1967. As a medic on the front line in Vietnam, he suffered from exposure to Agent Orange. Brianna herself suffers from unusual medical issues that, along with those of her unborn child, are suspected to have resulted from this exposure. Brianna's father passed away before her birth.

Donations can be made directly to the Hammond family at:

Information on the Growing a Broken Heart event at the Southport Workers Club on the Gold Coast on July 7 2012 can be found at:

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The Beautiful Graphics and Simple One Touch Mechanics Make BANK JOB Perfect For Every iOS Gamer

Steal big Loot! Escape the Bank! Wear Stylish Hats! Play smooth Jazz!

Enter the world of Screwtape Studios latest game, BANK JOB.

Play as Paulie Barboza, the dastardly robber as he tries to escape the worlds most high-tech bank with as much loot as he can fit in his sack.

“The simple one-touch mechanic, beautiful graphics and jazz soundtrack, make BANK JOB a perfect game to play anywhere, any time.

This FREE to play game includes 20 ranks, 60 objectives, 10 purchasable upgrades, Game Center achievements, leaderboards and much, much more.”

Screwtape Studios is a new video game developer from Brisbane, Australia. We are dedicated to making immersive and entertaining games.
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Games for Gummie today introduces Cow Abduct! for iOS. A fun, simple, free to play mini game where the player tries to keep a UFO in the air as long as possible by abducting cows. Cow Abduct! features cute, vibrant graphics and simple, yet fun gameplay.

Peter the Martian has travelled to Earth in his trusty UFO to do some scientific research. But, he has just found out that he miscalculated the amount of fuel he would burn in Earth's atmosphere. His UFO is running out of fuel fast, but luckily, he has discovered that he can fuel his UFO with cows!! Help Peter keep his UFO in the air as long as possible by abducting cows to keep his fuel level up. Be careful of those pesky birds though, zap them before they hit Peter's UFO or they will drain some fuel on impact.

Gameplay is simple, yet so fun! Press and hold a cow to abduct it, and tap birds to zap them out of the sky. Compete with friends, and the world with Game Center leader board support and see who can keep Peter the Martian in the air as long as possible!

Cow Abduct! was developed as a 2 week mini project. Read about details of the rapid development on Games for Gummie's blog here:…

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.3
* 6.2 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Free to download and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Cow Abduct! is advertising supported, with an optional $0.99 (USD) in app purchase to remove advertising. Review copies are available on request.

Melbourne, Australia - Games for Gummie today is pleased to introduce Shuriken Chicken 1.0 for iOS, their new, stylized, side scroller game where players control a ninja chicken. All backgrounds, objects, and characters are made from hand cut felt, then photographed for use in the game. There are several 2D animated layers, as the black clad chicken with a red comb tries to run as far as possible, leaping over or sliding under obstacles, and bouncing off trampolines and springboards. He eliminates enemies in the way using shuriken, ninja throwing stars. Players start with three lives and try to run as far as possible with the help of power-ups along the way and quick reflexes.

Feature Highlights:
* Unique art style, all graphics were hand cut from felt and photographed.
* Fun, action packed, and highly addictive gameplay
* Simple gesture based controls: swipe up to jump, swipe down to slide, tap to throw a shuriken
* Collect sweet shuriken power-ups
* Over 30 Game Center Achievements
* Game Center leaderboards: compete with friends and the world to see who can run the furthest distance

Players control Shuriken Chicken using three simple gestures anywhere on the screen: swipe up to jump, swipe down to slide, and tap to throw shurikens. After negotiating the spiked, steel cubes on the ground and hanging from above, more difficult and deadly obstacles lay ahead. Ninja wizards, ninja ghouls, ninja robots, and flails on pendulums must be overcome. Power-ups include laser shurikens and rapid-fire throwing stars.

Gameplay is smooth and responsive, and the stocky chicken never stops moving his feet until he loses all his lives. The many sizes and colors of felt in different layers create a randomly textured world that is both beautiful and unique. The designer has created elaborate objects like rockets made up of more than 10 felt pieces, which add aesthetic pleasures missing from ordinary games. Truly as much a hand-made, labor of love as an iOS game can be, Shuriken Chicken contains endless, witty, visual surprises and hour after hour of challenging, fast-paced gameplay.

"Shuriken Chicken lives the ninja life; short, full of intense action, and respawnable," commented Chen-Po Sun of Games for Gummie. "Truly fun and addictive, you'll have trouble stopping at just one game."

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later (iOS 5 tested)
* 16.9 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Shuriken Chicken 1.0 is $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Review copies are available on request.

iTunes link:…


April 11th, 2012 - Binary Space today announced the launch of Zombie Outbreak Simulator, available now for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Zombie Outbreak Simulator lets you customize your own zombie outbreak, running on Google Maps (R). Watch a zombie outbreak unfold in a real world environment and alter the outbreak parameters to your liking. Do you prefer old-school slow movers, or the new fast movers? Is the population armed? How well can they shoot? Customize your own outbreak then watch the chaos unfold.

With new iOS exclusive features, you can now zoom in and out on the action to keep track of the infection as it spreads across the map! Watch from a high satellite view to get an overview of the infection, represented by green dots for civilians, red for zombies and blue for police. Or zoom right in and watch as civilians run for their lives, shoot at zombies and inevitably become infected. Keep track of the people's only hope - local law enforcement, as they fight back against overwhelming odds.

"a killer timewaster" - Gizmodo
"zombies plus Google Maps equals fun" - Games Radar
"a splendid idea, no matter how omnipresent zombies may be" - Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Zombie Outbreak Simulator is available for $1.99 from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It is available at

About Binary Space
Binary Space is a small, Australian game developer comprised of Jay Weston and Saxon Druce. Saxon and Jay both worked together at a AAA PC developer, Ratbag Games for a combined 8 years, releasing Powerslide (1998) and Dirt Track Racing (1999). Binary Space has released 2 flash titles, Zombie Outbreak Simulator and Class 3 Outbreak, along with an iOS version of Zombie Outbreak Simulator. Their games have been played a combined 3 million times.

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