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At a Glance: Bifrost Entertainment

IndieMonth | 87d ago
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Bifrost Entertainment is based in the cold harsh lands of Norway. The bridge connecting the mortal realm to Valhalla, Bifrost represents the link between the player and the game with the aim of delivering original and refreshing games to players of all ages, across platforms. Their award-winning first app, Maja and the Magic Mirror, will be followed by action title Myriad.

http://www.bifrostent.com/

Myriad is a stark naked action game where you make and break worlds. Your choices and actions bend time and are translated into space, as well as an exponential number of new threats. The more space, the more enemies -- until you detonate your newborn cosmos in a brilliant daisy-chain of destruction and start over again. Player actions conduct the soundtrack and give the world rhythm, each performance streamed or stored for future editing and sharing. Show off your record-breaking rounds, or invite people to watch as you conduct a symphony of colour, shape and sound.
http://www.bifrostent.com/#...

Play on: Coming to Windows, Mac and Linux with more platforms to be announced.

Mini Q&A
answers by Erlend Grefsrud, Co-Founder

Why do you make games?
For the challenge the opportunity to explore and maybe help define an emerging art form.
I think in terms of games -- some people have story ideas, some invent riffs or write melodies, their imagination finely tuned to particular modes of expression.

Mine is games. I come up with structures and systems for games, and I have to make them.

Why should people play your games?
They're aesthetically unique, and I don't just mean "they look neat". I care a whole lot about how things feel, how input and player intent and decisions are represented, amplified, diminished in the game, how the player shapes the game system.

I want to make games where players have lots of influence over the game rather than being funnelled through authored content. I want players to express and perform, not just trundle along I path I've drawn.

What element of game design do you hold above all others
Kinaesthetics, the raw moment-to-moment affect of motion. The parts of a game that encourage flow or zoning or whatever you wanna call it, the things that help you fully concentrate on and be absorbed by the game.

The way the game talks to the player not with words but with motion and dynamics.

Today’s Stories:
Interview with Bifrost's Erlend Grefsrud, Co-Founder Part One: http://n4g.com/user/blogpos...
Interview with Bifrost's Erlend Grefsrud, Co-Founder Part Two: http://n4g.com/user/blogpos...
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Day 26 | Bifrost Entertainment

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yoshiroaka  +   87d ago
The description of this game sounds crazy over the top. Bending time and and breaking worlds! I just hope the gameplay translates those concepts well.
LightDiego  +   87d ago
The visuals are stunning, these games has a cool soundtrack too.
coolbeans  +   87d ago
That's one of the most appropriately-named developers that have been on IndieMonth thus far.

Hmmm...I think a picture is missing that's intended to break up the dev's description and mini Q+A.
Derekvinyard13  +   87d ago
I want to see some sort of gameplay for this one
Crazyglues  +   87d ago
Nice Website for this company.. pretty cool

I like when he says, " I come up with structures and systems for games, and I have to make them." - I am the same way, I come up with games ideas, only thing is, I just wish I could make them..

-Has to be pretty cool to be able to do what you Love to do..

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oasdada  +   87d ago
It reaaly makes me wonder what wud be the answers of big budget studios for these mini Q&A's..? Anyway Really like this section of the blog
dedicatedtogamers  +   87d ago
The art style for this game is definitely interesting.
Volt4FUN  +   87d ago
Well Bifrost games has a really nice concept.
shadowvisa  +   87d ago
nice art
ichizon  +   87d ago
Grefsrud seems like a unique person, I'll give him that. It's good to have both innovative guys and iterative guys as developers. Their game seems to be bound by an old and tried genre at the roots, but with their own unique twist added to the way the gameplay unfolds.

I hope Myriad does well. I can especially see the Vita being a good platform for it. Just make it compatible with the stick controls as well, so the PlayStation TV doesn't make it entirely redundant.
Monster_Tard  +   87d ago
The game reminds me of a kaleidoscope, those toy scopes that you look through then twist the end to make the the colors and shapes change.
dictionary  +   87d ago
Gameplay video please? :)
SpeedDemon  +   87d ago
Looks interesting, too bad there is not a video of the game to watch, just pictures.
LukeFair  +   86d ago
The desing of this game kinda reminds me of Everyday Shooter, but Myriad is much more great looking! Also the "destroying worlds" concept seems like to be a lot of fun! I only need a gameplay videos now
DemonChicken  +   86d ago
As with eveyone else, love that art!!!

Hopefully it gets some vita love =D
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HammadTheBeast  +   86d ago
"For the challenge the opportunity to explore and maybe help define an emerging art form. I think in terms of games "

That's the sort of thinking needed in the industry with the stagnation of big-name games over the years.
MisterAV  +   86d ago
Good name for a nordic company XD
rambi80  +   86d ago
I would like to see some gameplay for myriad - it looks to be a twin stick shooter or something like that.
XtraTrstrL  +   86d ago
A game described like this, you really need to see some vid to back it up.
Disagree  +   86d ago
Neat..... discription #Kappa
PinkEye  +   86d ago
Is it possible for the admins at n4g to make a seperate window on the main page for these indie segments? Don't get me wrong: I love indie more than the crappy "AAA" games that think they are movies & forgot how to just be games; BUT these indie posts on n4g are pushing away the user blogs out of view. I think that's unfair seeing how hard some users worked on their user blogs despite juggling work, college, families, etc. Let's have separate areas for everything: Blog, Indie spotlight, Forums, Reviews, Top contributors, etc.
IndieMonth  +   80d ago
Hey, PinkEye! We understand, but no - there was no way around that for this time. :)

Thanks for understanding,
Cat
BiggCMan  +   86d ago
Just checked out Maja and the Magic Mirror. Looks like a great experience for kids!
RexDD  +   86d ago
Norway devs? It's nice to see something so different once in a while.
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FITgamer  +   86d ago
This is really cool sounding.
jpepsi24  +   86d ago
The Game looks really imaginative
Fullmetalevolust  +   86d ago
It's a nice intro to a very cool game developing team. The website has a few screenshots but no gameplay to be found.
It just adds to the mystery surrounding what the game is trying to accomplish. It sounds ambitious, hopefully it gets well executed.
Perhaps their artistic perspective will give us something unexpected, sometimes words limit what our imagination can do.
Darklurkr23  +   86d ago
I always wanted to play a game where the music changes the playing field live. Sounds cool :D
JoelandEllie  +   86d ago
Detonating newborn cosmos - that sounds evil....sign me up
Rinz  +   86d ago
"What element of game design do you hold above all others
Kinaesthetics, the raw moment-to-moment affect of motion. The parts of a game that encourage flow or zoning or whatever you wanna call it, the things that help you fully concentrate on and be absorbed by the game.

The way the game talks to the player not with words but with motion and dynamics."

That's a very interesting response. We don't usually think of Kinaesthetics when we think of game design.
Virtua_Awesome  +   86d ago
So you conduct the music in Myriad as well as play it? I wonder how that works... it must require some good multitasking by the player to play an action game at the same time :D And that's really cool that the game stores your gameplay sessions so you can share them. Myriad looks like a beautiful game; it just has such a eye catching look to it!
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