NZ game studio PikPok nominated for BAFTA

Wellington-based game studio PikPok, the mobile division of Sidhe, is nominated for a British Academy Game Award, for its iOS and Android game Super Monsters Ate My Condo (SMAMC).

SMAMC is a casual puzzle game on LSD, where the goal is to match different coloured apartment blocks in order to defeat giant monsters. It's as crazy as it is addictive.

The game is nominated for the strongly contested Mobile & Handheld category, along with Incoboto (Fluttermind), LittleBigPlanet (Sony), New Star Soccer (New Star Games), and The Walking Dead (Telltale).

Development director Andy Satterthwaite says the entire office is excited about the nomination, and dubious amounts of celebratory candy is being handed out at PikPok's offices. Around 80 people work at PikPok, and SMAMC's core team consists of three people, including Satterthwaite, plus an audio designer.

"It's lovely to be recognised by such a big award. My mother might never have heard of some of our other industry nominations, but she's definitely heard of the BAFTAs," says Satterthwaite.

He says SMAMC faces tough competition in its category. The Walking Dead is up for seven gongs, and is a front runner for the Mobile & Handheld award.

Even if the company doesn't win, the publicity from the nomination will open up PikPok games, and mobile gaming in general, to a wider audience, says Satterthwaite.

"What's really amazing is seeing such a wide sweeping range of games being nominated in our category, which shows the potential of different genres of mobile gaming," he says.

PikPok says it isn't releasing sales or download figures to the public at this point.

The awards will take place on 5 March in the UK.