Client: Adastra Creative / CBeebies
We were asked to make a game for one of CBeebies’ longest running and most popular live action programmes, Grandpa in my Pocket. A TV show about a Grandpa and a magical shrinking cap – so much opportunity for fantabulous adventure!
With a new series in production including a new cast, the game needed to introduce the show’s viewers to the brillioso new grandchildren, Josh and Elsie. We worked very closely with Adastra to write a narrative that leads into a fun puzzle game: Mr Mentor’s Spectopular Lolly Popper.
After shrinking Grandpa down to his miniature size, the player and Grandpa must fix Mr. Mentor’s eponymous machine. The machine is an assortment of colourfully named parts, which all work in a specific order to create ice lollies. If the player inadvertently places The Wizzywoodlesome Fizzabizza ahead of The Fantastible Freezer Wheezer, then the machine won’t work… Instead it will spurt fruit juice all over the screen which the player will have to wipe off with their finger.
During testing, we found that many children would deliberately assemble the machine incorrectly in order to play with this fun feature! We built several levels using different fruit and with an increasing number pieces of the machine needed to fix it.
At the end of the game, the narrative is rounded off as the player unshrinks Grandpa by removing his shrinking cap. Working on this project was absolumply wonderbubble and we hope to have the opportunity to work with Grandpa again!
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