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Games firm hooks Big Fish with Diner debut

By Brendan McDaid

A Londonderry company has landed a huge distribution contract for its first computer game.

Seattle-based Big Fish Games has become hooked on Derry company Black Market Games’ debut, Dead Hungry Diner.

Big Fish is an online marketplace for premium casual games.

The deal will see Black Market’s fast-paced puzzle and strategy game released in more than 150 countries and territories, just a year after the company was founded.

Sean McCafferty, lead designer at Black Market Games, said: “With Dead Hungry Diner, our goal was to create a charming, fun game that could be enjoyed by all the family.

“We looked at classic movie monster imagery to make our characters as easily identifiable as possible, as well as game mechanics that would feel innovative and yet familiar — and that's really what it is all about — the player's experience.”

Black Market’s maiden title has been praised for its polish and production values.

Popular pc gaming blog Rock Paper Shotgun called Dead Hungry Diner “casual gaming gold” and GameZebo gave the game a 4-out-of-5 star review and proclaimed: “It's without a doubt a shoo-in for players who enjoy time management games”

Lee Fallon, the firm’s chief financial officer,said: “We are delighted to have launched our first title with Big Fish.”

Black Market Games was established in 2011 as an independent games studio based in Derry.

For more details on Dead Hungry Diner visit: www.deadhungrydiner.com

Belfast Telegraph