Belfast Telegraph

Developers begin fighting for piece of gaming app pie

By Clare Weir

A Belfast video games developer is building on the popularity of shows like Game of Thrones, Blackadder and Horrible Histories to launch a new application for Apple products.

Mixing medieval combat with the latest in mobile technology, Knighty Knight allows players to joust against digital combatants or 'have at' their friends, and is peppered with humourous dialogue.

The game, which is available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, is the brainchild of William Bar of Billy Goat Entertainment, based on the Malone Road.

"I wanted to come up with a simple game and when I was younger I loved the Horrible Histories books, which were then made into a television series, I also enjoyed Blackadder and Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail," he said.

"I tried to adapt the theme of a simple jousting match into a game and try and use that sort of dark humour too.

"Game of Thrones was another influence and in fact the guy we hired to do the voice parts was an extra for the show and is seen on screen comforting his wife after a knight is skewered in the neck during a jousting match - so he was well-prepared."

The enterprise was supported by Northern Ireland Screen, which also helped entice HBO to return to Northern Ireland to film the second series of Game of Thrones, which is proving a huge hit on the paid-for channel Sky Atlantic.

Mr Barr, who studied 3D animation at Swansea Metropolitan University and worked for a production company before setting up his own studio, added: "It's great that these shows are so popular and I am hoping the game will appeal to young men and men who are young at heart, and capitalise on the fact that people enjoy watching that sort of show.

"At the moment it is only available via Apple technology, as are all our games, but we are hoping to roll that out to other platforms if it takes off."

Knighty Knight costs £1.79 and is available via the Apple iPhone App Store.