Great Artists Steal

Run along the edges of photo-frames and steal famous masterpieces before your ink runs out!

‘Great Artists Steal’ is a hand-drawn platformer in which you play a scribbled character in a 2-dimensional scribbled world, trying to steal famous masterpieces. Steal a new painting in each level before your ink runs out.


Fact Sheet

Game:
Great Artists Steal

Release Date:
Estimated February 2020

Genre:
Platformer, Indie

Developer:
Handprint Games

Founding Date:
May, 2018

Location:
Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Platforms:
 Steam – Estimated February 2020
 Nintendo Switch – TBA
 PS4 – TBA
 Xbox One – TBA

Website:
handprintgames.com

Press / Business contact:
Romy Binkhorst
romy@handprintgames.com
0141 237 7480

Company Description:
Handprint Games is a small indie game developer based in Glasgow, Scotland, that was founded by Gary Fallon and Jamie Yacoubian. It endeavours to create fun and immersive original games that can be enjoyed by casual and avid gamers alike. The studio has already released two games for mobile, a memory and reaction boxing game called ‘Punch Perfect’ and ‘3EALITY’, a challenging sci-fi platformer.

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‘Great Artists Steal’ is a hand-drawn platformer in which you play a scribbled character in a 2-dimensional scribbled world, trying to steal famous masterpieces. Steal a new painting in each level before your ink runs out.

 Navigation
Run along the tops of the frames, slide down the edges and jump between frames. Careful of the paintings hung on a nail – they can only take your weight for so long.

 Enemies
Red enemies spawn unexpectedly and will attack using ranged weapons. Blue enemies patrol the environment and if they spot you, they will give chase and use melee attacks.

Weapon
You carry a giant fountain pen, which can be used for melee and ranged attacks (stick them with the pointy end or lob some ink at them).

Health / Ammo
The ink you have left is both your health and your ammo, so be sure to collect the inkpots to top up your ink along the way!

Progress
After each level, the newly stolen masterpiece is added to your collection and will become one of the paintings you must navigate around to reach your next target.


SCR1BBLE has hand-drawn every visual asset for the game on white card with a fineliner pen (although we assume he went through quite a few pens). He passed these along to Handprint to go into the game.

Each of these pages has been scanned into the computer using a high quality scanner. The white background of the paper was removed in Photoshop to leave game assets with transparency around them. Any animated components were then lined up in Photoshop frame by frame and exported to the Unity game engine.

Character animations have been rotoscoped. Over 200 frames of character animation were required for the player abilities demonstrated in the trailer. Here are a few of the completed animations:


Handprint Games is a small indie games startup based in The Whisky Bond in Glasgow, Scotland. SCR1BBLE is a local artist in Glasgow who has always wanted a pseudonym. Standing by the canal outside The Whisky Bond smoking a cigarette, SCR1BBLE and Gary from Handprint Games got to talking and soon realised that there was an opportunity to combine their media. Being fairly new to the scene and struggling to get people to look at his drawings, SCR1BBLE came up with the idea of trying to make them into a game – a kind of interactive gallery – with the help of Handprint Games. That’s how ‘Great Artists Steal’ came about!

“We aim to become part of Scotland’s rich history of game innovation. From Golf to Grand Theft Auto, Scotland’s games have shaped generations. We intend to leave our print on the industry.”

– Jamie Yacoubian, co-founder Handprint Games


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