a stroke of luck

New multiplayer papervision game

I’ve just released my entry into the Nonoba Multiplayer API Kick Off competition. It’s a multiplayer take on the old memory cards game where you have to turn over pairs of cards and try to remember what was under each one. The multiplayer aspect makes it much more frantic and fun as other players are looking at the same cards at the same time as you and you don’t want them to steal your pairs!

It will probably make more sense if you try it out yourself so go ahead and click the image below to play multiplayer memory mayhem!
My good friend Leigh Kayley did the designs (including illustrating all of the cool animals) and I built the game using Papervision, PureMVC, GTween and the Nonoba multiplayer API.

While I was building the game I did a little prototype for the score board transitions using papervision which you can see by clicking the image below. Click anywhere in the movie to give a random player some random points (and so maybe rearrange the scores) and press any keyboard key to toggle some mouse following behaviour.

Papervision 3D score panels test

Unfortunately in the game you can’t really see the 3d transitions on the scores so I thought I’d upload this for people to look at. And I’ve also uploaded the source code for anyone who is interested. It’s probably not the best because it was a prototype stuck together quickly but it may be useful to someone…


I’m pleased to say that Multiplayer Memory Mayhem won third prize in the multiplayer kickoff competion on Nonoba… Yay!

Wellcome Trust competition

A few months back I heard about a competition being organised by Ico Design, BD4D and the Wellcome Trust. The idea behind this competition was to “produce an interactive Flash piece that is playful and engaging using at least 2 words from the Word Soup”. The “Word Soup” is a collection of words that form part of the branding for the Wellcome Collection.

I managed to scrape together a little bit of time so I put together an entry. It was a mashup between the provided words and Flickr. I built it using Flashr and skinned it with a nice clean design knocked up by my good friend Leigh Kayley (based on the look and feel of the scramble game we found on the Wellcome collection’s site).

The entry is described quite succinctly in an article in Design Week so I’ll borrow their words:

Kelvin Luck asks us to look at images plucked from Flickr and choose from the wordsoup which one was used to tag the picture. It is harder than you think: what word could describe a masked woman in a spangly bikini who is wielding a chainsaw? Clue: it is not what you might think.

If that doesn’t explain it then you can play it yourself and see if you can get on the high scores. It can be frustrating at times because some people tag their photos a bit randomly but that adds to the adictiveness :)

Last night I was invited to the launch event for the new online exhibits site (where all of the competition entries are showcased) and the announcement of the competition’s winners. I was very surprised and pleased to find out that my entry got the second prize! Yay :)

I’d recommend checking out the site to see the many cool entries and the very nice innovative interface for finding them (also courtesy of Ico Design)