Go check out the Wits Incubator at Comic Con and playtest some local games

  • Various game developers will be showcasing their projects at the Wits Incubator located at stand E753 at Comic Con Africa 22
  • Fat Pack Joe is mobile game with an incredible physics engine being developed by Attribute Graphics
  • The game is expected to launch in 2023

This Heritage Day weekend will see Comic Con Africa’s triumphant return follow a hiatus thanks to COVID-19.

There is no shortage of things to see, merchandise to buy and esports to enjoy but we stumbled a rather small unassuming stall in the Gaming Hall.

That stall is the Wits Incubator and throughout the weekend, studios from within the Tshimologong Gaming Incubator will be showing off their games.

We were lucky enough to playtest a 2D, two button game called Fat Pack Joe. The game is being designed primarily for mobile as South Africa (and the African continent at large) is mobile first. The game demands mastery of its physics engine as players tap two buttons to ascend a level collecting power ups and avoiding obstacles along the way.

Fat Pack Joe, a mobile game in development at the Tshimologong Gaming Incubator.

“We wanted to challenge players with how they perceive mobile games. What we found is that when it comes to mobile games most of them allow you to turn off your brain and play the game, we wanted to challenge players,” explains one of the developers at Atrybute Graphics, Gift (pictured left). “We wanted a to make it a competitive experience and that was our main driver.”

The game is still in development but it feels remarkably polished. The graphics are very basic but this is a mobile game being developed for the local market so we don’t expect AAA level graphics here. The physics engine is incredible and after a few short minutes with the title, we were zooming through the level, albeit poorly.

You can head down to the Wits Incubator at stand E753 at Comic Con and there will be various developers from the incubator showcasing their games all weekend. If you have a chance to test out Fat Pack Joe, we highly recommend you do.

As for the future Fat Pack Joe, Atrybute Graphics hopes to launch the game next year through the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

The developer will also be present at Africa Games Week taking place from 1st to 3rd December.

The Tshimologong Gaming Incubation Hub was launched in June of this year. Atrybute Graphics is one of the developers which won a Hackathon that took place during the 2021 Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival together with Skinnyboy and Southgame Studio.


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