A Tayside student has used his studies to create a horror game which captures imagination through the use of sound.
Alasdair Marnoch launched the audio-only game called FHear at Abertay University’s digital graduate show.
The 22-year-old created the game in which players are completely cut off from visuals and are forced to use environmental sounds and music to evade a malevolent creature.
Alasdair developed the game as part of the Dundee university’s Sound and Music for Games course and while the game can be enjoyed by everyone, it allows people with sight loss to immerse themselves in the game.
In FHear, players find themselves stranded in a dark forest and must use their hearing to identify the direction of a guide and escape the creature.
Music forms a key part of the game as it is used to heighten the sense of fear as the creature gets nearer.
“I grew up playing the violin and piano so I guess you could say that music has always been a passion of mine,” said Alasdair, who is originally from the Isle of Lewis.
“I’ve always enjoyed playing computer games and have loved learning about how sounds and music are used within the computer games industry whilst at university.
“Students at Abertay have been working from home, which has made the research and development stages of my project more difficult than it should have been.
“On the other hand, it’s cut out many forms of distraction in my life to focus all my attention on developing FHear.”
The final year student will graduate later in 2020 and hopes to use the experience to move into a career as an audio designer for a games development studio.
He said: “I’m going to start reaching out to games development companies and sound designers and see if there’s any interest in the concept.
“It will also be a great way of show prospective employees what I can do, within sound design, music and games development.”