GamE DEVELOPMENT

LOST MY MUMMY IS THE FiRST GAME TO BE PUBLiSHED BY MY COMPANY ‘LOST MY GAMES’! THE IDEA FiRST CAME ABOUT WHEN I WAS AT MY PARENT’S HOUSE PLAYiNG THE ‘GUMBRELL FAMiLY TRADiTiONAL’ GAME OF ‘SMASH UP’. THiS GAME IS OLD, IT IS TiRED, BUT IT REMAiNS LOVED BY ALL OUR FAMiLY. THE QUESTiON THAT I SET MYSELF WAS, WHY? WHAT WAS IT ABOUT THAT GAME THAT MADE IT WORK FOR GENERATiON, AFTER GENERATiON?

THE KEY, IT TURNS OUT, WERE THE ‘CHANGE IN SPEED’ CARDS. THiS MADE THE GAME MORE INTERACTiVE, MORE COMPETiTiVE AND ULTiMATELY MORE FUN! NOW I REALiSED THiS, I JUST NEEDED TO DESiGN A MORE MODERN TWiST ON THiS CONCEPT AND THEN I WOULD BE ABLE TO CREATE A GAME THAT WiLL HOPEFULLY BE PLAYED BY MY GRAND CHiLDREN, AND BEYOND.

IN THiS IMAGE YOU CAN SEE THE CARDS FROM THE ‘SMASH UP’ GAME AND THEiR EQUiVALENTS IN THE THEMED DiCE THAT I HAVE CREATED FOR ‘LOST MY MUMMY’ – THE ‘LOW gEar – half spEEd’ RED DiCE, THE ‘ordinary SPEED’ BLUE DiCE AND THE ‘TOP gEar – doublE SPEED’ GREEN DiCE! I HOPE THAT MY GRANDPOP, WHO HAD ‘SMASH UP’ IN HiS CUPBOARD OF GAMES WHEN I WAS A CHILD, WOULD BE PROUD OF MY VERSiON!

I THEN NEEDED A THEME FOR THE GAME AND THiS WAS ONE OF THE EASiEST DECISION THAT I HAD TO MAKE! MY DAUGHTER, LiKE ALL CHiLDREN IN THE UK AT SOME TiME DURING THEiR ‘JUNiOR YEARS’, WAS LEARNiNG ABOUT THE EGYPTiANS. I KNEW THEN, THAT MUMMiES WERE THE ‘BEST BiT’ ABOUT EGYPTiANS (FOR KiDS) AND THUS ‘LOST MY MUMMY’ WAS UNRAVELLED TO ME!

MY COLLABORATiON WITH VANAND ANDREASiAN WAS THE NEXT, VERY IMPORTANT, DEVELOPMENTAL STEP. THiS TALENTED ARTiST WAS ABLE TO TAKE IDEAS AND CONCEPTS THAT WERE IN MY HEAD AND MAKE THEM COME ALiVE (ON PAPER AT LEAST). THE MUMMiES, THE CANOPiC JARS, THE AMULETS, THE DEATH WiSHES -SKETCHES sEamlEssly TURNED INTO THE BEAUTiFUL CARDS THAT MAKE UP THE GAME. I HOPE THAT MY OTHER GRANDAD, WHO LEFT ME INHERiTANCE MONEY, WOULD ALSO BE PROUD THAT I SPENT IT ON THE ARTWORK FOR LOST MY MUMMY.

I HOPE THAT YOU ENJOY PLAYiNG ‘LOST MY MUMMY’ AND THAT YOU WiLL CONTiNUE TO SUPPORT ‘LOST MY GAMES’ IN FUTURE TiTLES.