Black Hole Master


Description

We are making Black Hole Master, a light-hearted remake of an old classic, except with a cosmic twist! The original game of Pong involved each player controlling a paddle which they would use to bounce a ball back to their opponent, in the hope they would miss. Each time the ball touched the opponent's side of the screen, the player would win a point. In this remake, each player now controls a black hole! The objective; to position their black hole on their side of the screen and utilise its gravitational potential to fling an approaching star back. Whoever lets a star slip past loses!

An early version of the game is now available for testing, see below. You can follow us on twitter and see our news and updates page for news on the development and to know when updates come out.

Client

Gravitational Wave Group, University of Birmingham.

Year

— 2016

Technology

  • Unity engine
  • Gaming
  • Multiplayer

Contributors


Controls:

  • On Windows/OSX/Linux
    • use two game controllers and follow the instruction on screen
    • press ESC to exit the 'endless' mode
    • press M to mute or un-mute the game
  • On Android/iOS
    • touch control for the black holes and the user interface

Requirements:

  • a friend to play with (local two-player only)
  • two game controllers (tested with Xbox 360 controllers)
  • Windows XP SP2+
  • Mac OS X 10.8+
  • Ubuntu 12.04+

History:

If you are curious about the history of this project, the original version of this game idea, Black Hole Pong, is still available for download.