bookendvr
bookendvr
  • Bookend Press Kit



    Fact Sheet:

    Studio: Paper Crown Interactive

    Founding Date: November 2017

    Based In: Santa Cruz, California

    Website: http://bookendvr.com/

    Press/Business Contact: bookendVR@gmail.com

    Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

    Supported OS: Windows

    Supported Hardware: Oculus Rift

    Available On:  Itch.io, Game Jolt, Indiexpo.net

    Platforms: VR

    Release Date: June 9, 2018




    Description:

    Bookend is a VR title in which the player harnesses their imagination to interact with their favorite pop-up book, The Little Witch.

    Explore the book's world and help the protagonist, the little witch, Abigail, as she's pursued by an angry mob trying to stop her mission that could either mean saving the world -- or ending it.

    • Guide Abigail along her quest as an external influence in a unique second person perspective.
    • Directly interact with the story and solve puzzles by using pop-up book items such as tabs and trees.
    • Re-imagine your childhood through The Little Witch coupled with an enchanting score and whimsical artwork.


    History:

    Bookend is the capstone project of a team of students at UCSC. We wanted to play with the expectations players have in VR by taking away what they think they can do; therefore we deliberately limited the amount of interactions the player has with the world of The Little Witch, only allowing it through use of items in the pop-up book. Guiding the protagonist Abigail along her story, but not actually controlling her, lends a second person perspective to the game we really liked. Our presentation of the game's idea received a high amount of interest at a later recruitment fair, resulting in one of the largest 170 teams in 2018 at twenty members. Our work since January 2018 has earned praised from players and professors alike, such as earning a place on the head of the Computation Media Department "Games of Distinction"; list, which are "Games that provide an engaging gameplay experience, and exhibit one or more forms of novelty in their design." We also received the Peer Choice award and placed second on the Visual Art Award from the Sammy Showcase, UCSC's game showcase.


    The team has been incredibly dedicated to this project from the very beginning, and we're looking forward to players enjoying our world.

    Videos

    30 Second Trailer

    1 Minute Trailer

    Final Watermarked Trailer

    Awards and Features

    Awards:

    2018 Sammy Showcase

    University of Santa Cruz 2018 GameGo Grant Recipient


    Features:

    The Media Indie Exchange 2018 E3 Showcase

    Game Jolt Coverage

    Indiexpo.net Coverage

    Itch.io Coverage

    • June 2018: Featured on the "Fresh Games" section of the Itch.io homepage

    Designers

    Edmond Le*
    Nicole Maines*

    Jared Ono

    Writing and Design Assistance

    Clive Lithgow

    Jay Patel

    Kevin Saenz*

    Musicians

    Kiefer Nemeth*

    Jacob Darby

    Eliza Convis 

    Artists

    Linda Nguyen*

    Kevin Saenz*

    Ran Tao

    Jay Patel

    Mallory Strout 

    Artist (cont.)

    Lyn Kline

    Liam Dugard

    Siena Mayford

    Alexandra Winters

    Keenan Hampton 

    Programmers

    Enrique Molina*

    Jonathan Alcantara*

    Justin Tran*

    Yuqiao Jiang