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Brian Badger roams around Leek in new computer game

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • The EDNA team, from the left, Luke Stannard, aged 27, David Edwards, aged 29, Anna Phillips, aged 29, and Suzanne Phillips, aged 23. Inset below, the characters featured in the game.

  • The EDNA team, from the left, Luke Stannard, aged 27, David Edwards, aged 29, Anna Phillips, aged 29, and Suzanne Phillips, aged 23.

  • The EDNA team, from the left, Luke Stannard, aged 27, David Edwards, aged 29, Anna Phillips, aged 29, and Suzanne Phillips, aged 23.

  • Zombie Snowmen

  • An example of the graphics being used in the Leek-focused video game - with the Butter Cross in Leek's Market Place.

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A COMPUTER game set in Leek is to be released in time for Christmas.

The Leek-based creative company EDNA is working to complete and then release a new computer game which will feature buildings and other landmarks in the market town.

The Butter Cross in Market Place is set to take centre stage at the start of the game, when players will be helping Brian Badger shoot Zombie Snowmen - all in the aid of saving Christmas.

Other local buildings set to appear in 'Brian Badger VS Zombie Snowmen (from Mars)' will include Bibelot, Over The Rainbow, and Pronto Dei, with more to be confirmed.

The computer game is the being produced by EDNA - The creative agency dedicated to wildlife and community, which has been operating in Leek since September.

Creative director David Edwards, who was brought up in Cheddleton, said: "We will be releasing this as a free game on ipad and iphone.

"In the past most of our work has focused on websites, film, photography and video, branding and 3D visualisation.

"Video games is an area we want to go into so this is an unpaid initiative to see what we can do. We still have our client projects which we are working on as well."

The cute character of Brian Badger roams around a market place, very similar to that of Leek's, looking for zombie snowman while doing the 'Gangnam-style' dance.

David said of the response he has had from businesses which have given the okay for their buildings to appear in the game: "What has impressed me is people's responses. Everyone we have spoken to so far has been very interested in what we are doing.

"Our aim is to have this game completed and submitted to Apple this week and hopefully accepted and then released before Christmas."

He added: "We have started from scratch for most parts of the game, in particular the characters. We started off by sketching them and then making Plasticine models of them before going onto our computers. We decided on a badger as the main character because they have not had a good time this year.

"We have kept the game quite simple as it is to be available on mobiles."

EDNA, which has its office in Derby Street, has clients across the world after its directors David and his partner Anna Phillips, started and built up the business in South Africa where the pair had been living for the past four years until moving back to their home area three months ago.

With a passion for both wildlife and community, the team at EDNA have already taken part in a public event in Leek - the Inspire Information day at Leek High School last month.

As well as working on international projects, the team has recently designed a new website for St Edward's First School in Cheddleton.

They have also worked with Leek musicians 'The Sound Surgeons' to create a soundtrack for the game.

For more information about EDNA and its projects, along with information on when the Leek-based game will be launched, go online to http://ednainteractive.net.

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