2024 Games Resident
Owl Machine

Project partners: Mars Bleach

Screen Queensland’s Games Residency is a year-long program for early-career game developers, focused on developing the skills and knowledge required to develop new games and games studios.

The first of its kind in Australia, the residency program is run in partnership with Workforce Australia Self-Employment Assistance provider Birdifi Bridge, with participants provided with co-working space, access to leading industry experts, business mentoring and income support.

About Tex

Tex is a games developer with an interest in designing small games focused around novel mechanics and unique player experiences. They have developed a decent collection of games, with a mix of solo and group work. They recently graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor in Games and Interactive Environments.

Primary skillset: designer, generalist

Residency Goals

Owl Machine are aiming to develop the project significantly over the course of the year. On a personal level though, I am hoping to gain practical experience in all aspects involved in the development of a commercial indie game, from initial prototyping and design, through to production, marketing and quality assurance.

Residency Project

Key Fairy is a 2D pacifist bullet hell with hand drawn black and white art and an air of eerie whimsy. Play as a dancing fairy tasked with bringing peace to the fairy-tale forest, making friends with the monsters trying to eat them while discovering the world’s trinkets and secrets. Armed with a sewing needle grappling hook and a big heart, Key Fairy is a game made to delight and deeply challenge in equal measures.

We are halfway through development of a vertical slice, and have had several rounds of play-testing and iteration so far.

Screen Queensland Games Residency