Imagine Cup 2015: Malaysia Game Designers Explore Native Folklore and Rituals

Teachers have many creative options when it comes to teaching about other cultures, but today’s Imagine Cup team – Malaysia’s SwinDesign — has designed an immersive game to do just that. Their game, “Tou: The Sacrifice” is a horror exploration game inspired by the folklore and rituals from the Melanau tribe. Players navigate around the map searching for clues and solving puzzles to proceed to further levels. The game uses both 2D and 3D design.

“We didn’t want to use a very conventional approach for making a horror game,” team member (Landon Chia) explains. “We wanted to fully utilize the mobile phone and its gyroscopic capabilities, so it can be an immersive experience.”

Chia and his teammates, Stella Wang and Sim Jia Ying, along with mentor John Hii, are part of a very select group of nine finalists in the Imagine Cup’s competitive Game Design category, from Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus. They’re majoring in Multimedia Design from the Faculty of Business and Design, and the 2015 Imagine Cup is their first visit to the U.S.

“Meeting other students is amazing,” (Chia/Hii) says. “[Especially] meeting people with the same passion to come up with good products and innovative ideas.”

One of the team’s members, (Stella Wang/Sim Jia Ying), is a member of Sarawak’s native Malanau tribe, and was inspired to share her people’s story.

“Since I was young, I’ve explored the rainforests in Sarawak,” says (Wang/Ying), “so the art style is very curvy and very organic for the game environment. I wanted to combine the local style in the game, so people get immersed in the game and get to know the culture of Sarawak.”

We’re excited to see what this enthusiastic group of game designers has in store for the future. Enjoy today’s Daily Edventure with Team SwinDesign.

Team SwinDesign

2015 Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finalists, Games Category


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