Funded project Lost Words, a puzzle game set between the pages of a diary and an imaginary world, has recently won three new awards – including Most Original Game – at an Game Connection Europe in Paris.
Lost Words has been created by Sketchbook Games, a UK Games Fund (UKGF) portfolio project from our third round of funding. Lost Words is a 2D exploration game in which players solve puzzles, using the words in aspiring writer Izzy’s diary. It is the brainchild of Mark Backler, the veteran games developer who set up Sketchbook Games two years ago. The story line is being written by Rhianna Pratchett, who has written for a variety of AAA games including Heavenly Sword and the last two Tomb Raider games.
Mark is hoping the recent prestigious awards can help propel the game to further successes:
“We’ve won previous awards, but to get three at one event was just fantastic and certainly helped when I was meeting publishers and distributors there.
“We’ve been so lucky to receive support from the UK Games Fund, which I think is one of the best sources of finance available for UK game development. They’ve been great to work with and I really can’t recommend them highly enough!”
Nearly 3,000 people attended the event in France, which brings together key players in the games industry to do business. As well as the award for Most Original Game, Lost Words picked up Best Indie Game (for independent games created without financial support from a publisher) and Best Casual Game.
Kirsty Gibson, Head of Community at UKGF, said:
“Lost Words continues to impress the critics, attracting accolades in some of the most competitive environments. We’re proud to have helped support the team behind the game and delighted to have them as part of our growing community.”
Earlier this year Lost Words won the Ukie award for the UK Game of the Show at Gamescom in Cologne. In these latest awards it was up against entries from across Europe and further afield, including France, Spain, Poland and Canada.