New app star de­vel­op­ing

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WELLARD game de­vel­oper Chris Hitchins has re­leased a game, Star­lost.

“As a gamer my­self, I started off cre­at­ing some­thing I thought I would like to play,” he said. “When I had some­thing playable, I re­leased it as an ‘al­pha ver­sion’, which soon gained trac­tion with around 200,000 down­loads.

“A com­mu­nity around the game formed and that helped im­mensely with mo­ti­va­tion to fin­ish the game.”

Mr Hitchins said game de­vel­op­ment started as a hobby, which he turned into full-time work.

“I sup­ple­ment my in­come with web­site de­vel­op­ment as well,” he said.

Star­lost is the first ti­tle for Mr Hitchins and busi­ness part­ner, Ken­neth John­son, from Bal­divis.

Their busi­ness is Hood­winked Stu­dios and they work from their home of­fices.

“We would love to set up a stu­dio in WA to de­velop qual­ity games,” Mr Hitchins said.

“As long as there’s a vi­able fu­ture for game de­vel­op­ment in WA, we’ll be around.”

Star­lost has now been re­leased as a free to play game. Visit playstar­ or search ‘star­lost’ in the Google Play Store.­mu­ni­ d482291

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Wellard man Chris Hitchins with his game, Star­lost, which has al­ready scored 200,000 down­loads.

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