Southern New Hampshire University’s (SNHU) own Neal Laurenza has been working for years on a game called “Bacon Man” with his team known as Skymap Games. With the game nearing its completion, Neal agreed to be interviewed by Penmen Press to afford him the opportunity to highlight some of the game’s defining traits, as well as share some insight on the development process and the team’s overall experience.

When asked to highlight fea­tures that Bacon Man offered, Laurenza confidently said, “Ba­con Man offers a sense of hu­mor that dates back to Ren and Stimpy… a lot of games can be funny, but not in a way that is subtle and maniacal.”

“Bacon Man” is an action-plat former where players con­trol the wide-smiled Bacon Man as he travels the land hoping to reclaim his stolen throne. The complex plat forming style of this game calls back to such fa­miliar classics as “Mega Man X” and “Super Mario Bros” while also managing to forge a unique style of its own. Laurenza said, “Bacon Man will offer complex controls, but will not hold your hand. Bacon Man encourages the unique combination of ex­ploring the world, and exploring mechanics.”

Another unique aspect of “Bacon Man” is that the devel­opers at Skymap chose to forego the option to add online multi­player. Local multiplayer will be included as an all but primary feature in the game. When asked about the decision to remove on­line play, Laurenza said, “There is a disconnect when you cannot turn to your friend and see their teary eyes. We’re big believers in keeping that competitive ele­ment.”

Being at the heart of the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) sea­son, the stressful yet rewarding process of preparing a booth is all too familiar to the developers at Skymap. In preparation, Lau­renza gathered a group of SNHU Game Design students to test the demo, and track down in-game glitches and bugs so they could be removed in time for the expo.

“A successful PAX is a lot of things to a lot of different people,” Laurenza said. His team will be trying to find a healthy medium between media atten­tion, and the approval of the consumer. They are also explor­ing the middle ground element that makes up consumer media, such as YouTube and other so­cial media platforms.

“Bacon Man” is going to launch in 2016 on Steam, Xbox One, and one other platform that has yet to be announced.

(image credit: Bacon Man)
Mustapha R. Price
Mustapha R. Price is now an alum of Southern New Hampshire University, pursuing his Masters of Fine Arts with the new Genre Fiction program. An advisor for COCE students, Mustapha has a history of game journalism behind him and a bright future sharing his stories with the world.

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