An epic assignment has turned into a big win for computer game enthusiasts Michael Jia, Linzi Zhu and Raymond Wu.
The year 9 students from James Ruse Agricultural High School created turn-based role-playing game Epique, which took out third prize in the years 9 and 10 category of the Young ICT Explorers competition in August.
"It's a pretty simple story," Linzi said. "You're on a quest to save your sister from the clutches of an evil dragon."
Michael, who coded the game, said the group used sprite-based graphics and RPG VX Ace software to complete it.
"It's similar to other RPGs of its genre, such as Final Fantasy," he said.
"It's sprite-based, so it all looks pixilated, but almost retro-style, like the old Pokemon."
Raymond acted as project manager, while Linzi wrote and developed the plot.
In Epique, main character Elan Monette marches through a forest and battles various monsters with the help of sidekicks Rose Michaud, a powerful mange with healing and damage capabilities, and Jack Fitzroy, a strong and silent rogue.
The group has no plans for a sequel, but would like to polish the game, which they allow friends to download.
‘‘We had a strict schedule, but we’re pretty proud of what we’ve accomplished,’’ Raymond said.