Congratulations to Adam Pace and Thomas Robson, NextGen students at Sunderland College, who were recently finalists for the prestigious BAFTA Young Game Designers Awards 2018. The pair, who have just completed their first year of the NextGen AIM Awards Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills, joined 40 other finalists at the inspirational awards ceremony in London on Saturday 7th July 2018.

Adam and Thomas, both 17, were two of only ten nominees in the Game Making Award for 15 to 18 year olds, which recognises exceptional young game designers. The eventual winner of the category was Prithvi Kohli, 17, for his game Super Boson. 

Tom said of his nomination:

"Being nominated was something I never thought I would ever manage to achieve. I was a first-year student with barely a year's game development experience, so getting a nomination for a nationwide award like the BAFTA YGD just seemed so far out of reach.

“But because of all the amazing support and feedback I have had from my lecturers and classmates, here I am as a BAFTA Nominee. It's them I have to thank for getting me to this point, and I'm sure they'll help push me even further in my second year of studies."

Adam said of the experience:

“It was an amazing feeling to find out that I was nominated, after the hard work put in. The skills you develop when making a game for YGD is worthwhile on its own but the things it can lead I couldn't believe. I met some great people at the ceremony who gave good insight and feedback on Coob Dools. It’s the best feeling to be able to watch people playing and enjoying your game, after the whole experience I'm definitely going to try again.”

Chris Jeffrey, Adam and Thomas’s tutor at Sunderland College, said of the nominations:

“It's absolutely incredible for the students, I was more than thrilled to mentor them and guide them through it all. I can't wait to do it again next year with both the new 1st year and continuing 2nd year students.”

Play their nominated games

(In order to play the games, you will need to have Unity installed on your computer. It’s free and available to download here:

All Alone by Thomas Robson

All Alone is, in Thomas’s own words: “An atmospheric 2D platformer, exploring the struggles that come with mental illness through metaphors and ambiguity.

“The player must explore a dark forest, suspended in time. In this endeavour, the player must avoid falling into pits of dark mist, avoid enemies, as well as various other hazards. The game consists of 4 levels, each with its own unique design, mechanic, or setting.”

All Alone is played via your computers keyboard.

Coob Dools by Adam Pace

Adam’s nominated game, Coob Dools, is a fast paced, retro-inspired 2-4 player platform shooter.

Adam said of the game:

“Cool Doobs pits 2-4 players against one another in battle across 4 different levels. Battles are short and fast paced to keep everyone involved.

“Coob Dools was a huge stepping stone for my game development skills. There was an array of different types of graphics needed in Coob Dools and I had to experiment a lot while creating them. I’m really proud of the game’s overall aesthetic.”

Coob Dools needs a controller to play it, we recommend an official Xbox 360 wired controller that plugs into your computer’s USB port.

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