By John Mills and Andy BurdettAdventure game developer James Tremblay says his team have created an “amazingly simple” dinosaur-related puzzle game that will let players “play” with the animals, in a way that hasn’t been done before.
Adventures in Dinosaur Adventure is a “very simple” puzzle game, said Trembles, who created it with his friends and family in the early 2000s.
“The problem we had in creating this was it was just a very simple puzzle game,” he said.
“It’s not like a puzzle game where you have to solve a puzzle, it’s just something you have and you can play.”
Trembles said his team decided to make the game because they wanted to “play with dinosaurs”.
“It was an attempt to play with dinosaurs,” he told the ABC.
“I don’t think anyone else has ever thought of doing this and I think there’s no other way to do it than by making a game.”
Tremmbles is a former computer programmer and a professor of computer science at the University of Sydney.
He worked as a programmer on Atari’s 2600 and Sega’s Genesis video game systems.
Tremblay said he had originally been inspired by an article published in the journal Science by two colleagues, one from Harvard and the other from the University at Buffalo.
He was working on an adventure game, and one of the scientists was trying to figure out how to make it more realistic.
“They started working on their game,” Trembes said.
“They wanted it to be more realistic, they wanted it so it was more interactive.”
Tremmbles and his colleagues wanted to create a game that allowed players to interact with the creatures, but the team was also concerned about the “cost of making the game” if the animals were too challenging.
“That’s when we decided we would make it for people who want to get to the end and get rid of them, because we thought that that was the goal of the game,” said Tremsbles.
“We didn’t want to make something that was a ‘wow, this is a cool thing, let’s play with this’,” he said, adding that there was a lot of input from his family.
“You can actually see it in the video of the kids playing,” Tremmbes continued.
Adventures of Dinosaur Adventure was released in August 2014.
It features four dinosaurs who travel in different directions, each with their own set of abilities.
Trembels said the game would be similar to the classics such as Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog.
“This is the kind of game that you would be interested in if you loved dinosaurs, but it’s not a Sonic game,” Tremsbels said.
The team also created a dinosaur that can walk, which was initially created as a toy for children.
“We wanted a dinosaur who could walk,” he explained.
“So, it could walk and run, it can run and jump.”
Trems Boulds said the team were “very lucky” to have the support of a “big, well-known, very influential company”.
“There’s a lot more support out there,” he added.
“There was a big company who was very supportive of us, and that’s how we were able to get this game off the ground.”
Trema Bould and her husband Mark found out about the game after the company posted a link on their Facebook page, and they decided to give it a try.
“Our son and daughter are really into dinosaurs and are really interested in dinosaurs and they’ve had a lot in their life that they’ve seen dinosaurs play,” she said.
She said she was amazed by the simplicity of the gameplay.
“When we play, they don’t go crazy, they just kind of keep playing, and then they start thinking about it and they say, ‘Oh, I can get this one,'” she said, referring to the dinosaur.
“And that’s really exciting.”
Tremberlles said he wanted the game to be fun for the player, but also that it would be a “great educational tool” for children who wanted to play the game.
“If kids can be in the right place at the right time and understand it, then I think they will be really, really interested,” he concluded.