DEVELOP AWARDS: Mike Bithell receives Use of Narrative prize

DEVELOP AWARDS: Mike Bithell receives Use of Narrative prize
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

July 12th 2013 at 11:55AM

Indie developer collects accolade for story behind puzzle platformer Thomas Was Alone

Mike Bithell has won the award for Use of Narrative at the Develop Industry Excellence Awards 2013.

The indie developer took the prize for the story in hit puzzle platformer Thomas Was Alone, and beat finalists including The 39 Steps (The Story Mechanics), The Room (Fireproof Games), Dishonored (Arkane Studios), Crysis 3 (Crytek), Xi: Continuum (nDreams), ZombiU (Ubisoft Montpellier) and Wonderbook: Book of Spells (London Studio).

Mike Bithell has won much praise from the industry and players alike for Thomas Was Alone, which leads players through a tale about the first self-aware artificial intelligence in a computer mainframe, as represented by a number of polygon shapes.

The title features a narrator that explains the story as players progress through the game, voiced by Danny Wallace. The game's music was composed by David Housden, who was also nominated for the Creative Contribution - Audio award.

You can view the full list of the Develop Awards winners here.

Event partners for this year’s Develop Awards include Platinum Partners Crytek, Deep Silver and Microsoft, Gold Partners Testronic, Amiqus, UKIE, Perforce Software, Sumo Digital and Pitbull Studio, Drinks Reception Partner NaturalMotion Games, Table Gift Partner OPM Recruitment, Event Partners Nova Scotia Business Inc and Playmob, and Award Partner ARM.