Video game players who want to help playtest some of the latest student ideas coming out of UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy can try their skills this summer when they meet up with a few rusty robots, a bumbling mall cop and some other characters on campus.

Participants will be able to play the five different games, meet the graduate students developing the games, and help shape the final projects with feedback.

The games to be tested are:

  • “Lanterns,” an adventure game in which five knights must rescue a world covered in darkness using the last remnants of light.
  • “Mall Cop,” a party game involving four sneaky shoplifters attempting to steal everything they can before the bumbling mall cop catches them.
  • “Totem,” which lets a player fight as a powerful shaman and use magical powers to destroy an enemy totem.
  • “Junkers,” a digital card game in which players build up their rusty robots with equipment and power-ups to beat the bolts out of their rivals.
  • “Life Unfolds,” a simulation game about growing up and learning skills from loved ones.
  • The developers will be on UCF’s main campus recruiting players the day of the playtests:

  • June 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Student Union, Cape Florida Ballroom 316CD.
  • June 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Technology Commons, main lounge and glass cubicles.
  • July 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Student Union, Key West Ballroom 218CD.
  • The academy was named the No. 2 graduate game-development program last year by Princeton Review and its 412 graduates are working at more than 120 companies around the world

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