Distinctive award hope

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Distinctive Developments, the Sheffield based mobile phone games developer, has had two of its games shortlisted for the prestigious Game of the North Award in this year’s Big Chip digital industries awards.

Hockey Nations 2010, which was named as one of the top 500 Apps by the Sunday Times, earlier this year, and Dead Runner are both in the running for the Game of the North Award.

Distinctive was founded in 1994 and began developing games for the Playstation One and Nintendo 64 games consoles. In 2001 it saw growing opportunities for games for mobile devices and today the company lays claim to being the largest independent mobile games development studio in Europe.

In addition to its Sheffield headquarters, Distinctive has offices in San Diego, in the US and Gliwice, in Poland and employs a total of 35 people.

Hockey Nations was the first full six on six Ice Hockey game for the iPhone and iPod touch and incorporates animation using motion capture.

Dead Runner is a first person game in which the player has to negotiate a haunted forest before being overcome by evil. The game has been hailed by Appadict.net as “A somewhat creepy, yet exhilarating, almost Blair Witch like experience.”

The Big Chip Awards are organised by Manchester Digital, the trade association for digital businesses in the North West, and have been opened up to the whole of the North this year.