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Northern Ireland talent wins at Game Connection’s Development Awards

Congratulations to Northern Ireland game development studio Italic Pig, which won Best Casual Game at the Game Connection’s 2016 Development Awards this week for the project Mona Lisa. The award ceremony took place earlier this week in Paris.

Mona Lisa, created by Italic Pig’s Kevin Beimers, is a stealth and forgery adventure that sees Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous creation brought to life as Renaissance Italy’s greatest art thief.

Mona Lisa’s game concept pitch was a recipient of a prestigious development award from Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme, which, along with support from Northern Ireland Screen, has been used to fund the development process over the last year, utilising local homegrown talent to create a game with huge international appeal, whilst also helping to bolster the burgeoning games industry in the country.

The ambitious game sees you playing as Mona Lisa, a Renaissance robot of Da Vinci’s own design and a graceful and gadget-filled marvel of engineering perfection. When Mona is not busy breaking into 15th century strongholds and forging some of the greatest works of art that mankind has ever created, she is exploring the streets of Italy trying to solve a mystery that even Robert Langdon would struggle to make sense of.

Congratulations once again to Kevin and the wider team.