PR: Aardman Produces Magic Game For Hit CBBC Show "Wizards vs Aliens"
‘Take on the role of Tom and Benny and embark on a perilous adventure to save the world from the evil Nekross!’
BRISTOL UK, Monday 18th November – To support the launch of the brand new series of Wizards Vs Aliens on CBBC, BBC Wales Interactive and CBBC have commissioned Aardman to create a fun and fast-paced scrolling puzzle platformer which seamlessly blends drama, written by the TV show script writers, with gameplay. The game is now available on the Wizards vs Aliens site for fans across the UK.
Aardman, working alongside CBBC and BBC Wales, has created a series of fun, addictive and progressively challenging puzzle-based levels all held together by an engaging story with all the drama you would expect from an episode of the show. The games will not only increase brand engagement with the existing audience but will also provide fun, on brand, exciting entertainment.
Playing as Tom and Benny, fans embark on a thrilling adventure to recover The Eye of Bashtarr – before the Nekross can get their hands on it! The players’ aim is to work their way through a series of fun, fast-paced puzzles in as quick a time as possible, picking up collectables along the way to gain scores. The levels are split into three episodic chapters and are all set in beautifully crafted digital Wizards Vs Aliens environments.
Laura Chilcott, Senior Producer (Digital), Aardman Animations says “It’s been fantastic to work so closely with the production team and the Wizards vs. Aliens TV writers on this project. We’ve used lots of new techniques in the production of this game. From new creative storytelling techniques, through the use of in-game comic panels, to new technical solutions such as the use of a boned animation software. Producing the game has been a truly collaborative effort between Aardman, BBC Wales Interactive and CBBC and I think this spectacular game shows how successful this kind of collaboration can be. We’re really proud of the game and we hope everyone enjoys playing it!”
Play the Eye of Bashtarr now!
About Wizards Vs Aliens
Series 2 finds teen wizard Tom Clarke and his best friend Benny Sherwood in a desperate fight as the Magic-eating Nekross increase their attacks on wizardkind and more and more wizards are being captured for extraction.
Now facing new Nekross weaponry such as the fiendish Tracker Bots, Benny develops ingenious technology to help them in their struggle, while Tom tries to strengthen and hone his Magic.
But Tom and Benny don’t just have aliens to worry about as they run into strange new creatures from the Magical world of the Neverside – rhyming Hobbledehoys, scheming Trolls and a brutish Satyr bring new challenges for our heroes, and new targets for the Magic-hungry Nekross.
The battle between wizards and aliens escalates as the Nekross strive to meet the demands of the starving masses of Nekron and the devious Chancellor Kooth who rules the planet in their stead.
And Lexi faces personal challenges as she is torn between her duty to her people and her sworn enemy Tom Clarke, when they are thrown together in a struggle for survival beyond their imagination that will break hearts.
From the Chamber of Mysteries to the mountains of Tibet, Series 2 of Wizards vs Aliens brings astonishing creatures, bigger dilemmas and expansive storytelling to the CBBC audience. It’s Wizards vs Aliens, Round Two – are you ready?
14 x 30mins episodes broadcasting on CBBC every Monday and Tuesday.
Written by Phil Ford, Russell T Davies, Clayton Hickman, Joseph Lidster and Gareth Roberts.Executive Produced by Russell T Davies and Brian Minchin, and by Sue Nott for CBBC.
About Aardman Animations
Aardman, based in Bristol (UK) co-founded and run by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is a world leader in animation. It produces feature films, television series, television commercials and digital entertainment for both the domestic and international market. Their multi-award winning productions are novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm that reflects the unique talent, energy and personal commitment of the very special people who make up the Aardman team. The studio’s work is often imitated and yet the company continues to lead the field producing a rare brand of visually stunning and amusing independent and commercials productions www.aardman.com
About Aardman Digital
Aardman Digital is the interactive division of the multi-award winning studios of Aardman Animations. Combining access to world-class directors, animators and story-writers with passionate creative minds, technical wizards and gaming geeks, they bring the Aardman entertainment values to the propositions of external clients and partners. Aardman Digital has a wealth of experience in creating engaging online and mobile games, websites and social media campaigns for both entertainment purposes and combining integral learning objectives, for family audiences across a range of abilities. www.aardman.com/aardmandigital