4th & Battery is an experimental development house that was formed by PopCap Games. It’s basically a means for the designers and developers at PopCap to bring to fruition their more absurd game ideas, such as Unpleasant Horse for iOS devices.
The PopCap offshoot recently teamed up with the Make-A-Wish foundation – a group that strives to bring a smile to the faces of kids who are sick. One such kid is a nine year old boy called Owain Weinert; he has Leukaemia. Owain’s wish? To be a game developer.
Enter the folks from PopCap and 4th & Battery: they just made Owain’s game, which is a real time tower defence game called Allied Star Police.
When Owain arrived at 4th & Battery he gave the developers a PowerPoint presentation on his game idea. He’d gone into meticulous detail and completely amazed the people at 4th & Battery. According to the dev team’s Senior Producer Matthew Lee Johnson, “The minute he walked in the door he handed us a fully realized game design, figured out the last detail. He stuck with that vision, and directed the team through the development process like a pro… But we had no idea how smart he is — he came in and was using terminology we use every day to make games.”
Allied Star Police is available on the App Store right now and costs nothing. You can pick it up for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.