news
 
 

New web site - coming soon!

December 16, 2013 - Matt

There's definitely a new website coming soon. And we haven't been saying that for about 2 years. Honestly!

There's been lots of things going on - and Flash looks like it's all but dead these days. Most (well, all) development work here has shifted directly into HTML5 Canvas now. Flash is dead! Long live flash! Or not. HTML5 does much the same job, just with a bit more added pain.

So... for all your HTML5 needs, please give us a bell.

In the meantime, before we release our amazingly amazing new HTML5'ified website to the desperate hoards of PM fans out there (/waves at mum) here's some light music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCo1Ffn9_u8

 
 

Server Hack-athon

September 24, 2013 - Matt

We've been am hacked... again :o| So, images are currently broked, but we'll be back up in no time (ha!).

Seriously though, for the people that are doing this, just stop will you? We work hard for stuff just to have someone like you come along and make you start again. I realise I'm talking to the ether, but c'mon, can't we all be, well... nice to each other?

/hugs Edit: ...and we'd like to point out, for the record, we do *not* sell replica watches... no matter what all the links said

 
 

OMG, it's a game

April 23, 2013 - Admin

It's been almost a year since we first mentioned about our foray into a mobile game, originally called "Mayan Mayhem", well, we're almost there!

Due to unfolding events (i.e. the birth of the martian baby) things have been slightly pushed back for the release of our game. But... we're almost there now, honest! Now retitled OMG: Original Mayan God, the story is:
You are Kukulkna, the Original Mayan God. The lesser gods Ix-Chel, Chak, Ah Puch and Backlum Chaam have broken the ancient amulet of the Mayan calendar and stolen the shards to try and usurp your power as the OMG.
Here's some tasty sneaky peakys of the game:



So... watch this space
 
 

Plastic Twitterings

April 23, 2013 - Admin

It's about time, but we've eventually plucked our fingers out of our proverbials and joined the twitterati. Well, we're on twitter now.

So, have a look at our feed, tweet at us (we'll try and tweet back, but it may come out as more of a twunt) and do whatever you do on twitter. Oh, and follow us. That's good that is. @plasticmartians
 
 

Database problems resolved

April 22, 2013 - Admin

Normal service has been restored, everyone breathe a sigh of relief, the martians are back in buiness.

 
 

Database problems

April 20, 2013 - Admin

We're currently experiencing some database problems - sorry about that! Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

While we try and rectify the issue (i.e. kick the server into submission), why don't you have a play of our game Plakka Cakka

We'll soon be launching our brand spanking new site in super-dooper HTML5-o-vision as well, so check back soon (ish!)
 
 

North East Expo

April 15, 2013 - Admin

Looking forward to dropping in at the North East Expo this wednesday. Lookign like an interesting event, loads of people going.

 
 

HTML5 all the way!

January 2, 2013 - Admin

Flash is dead, long live Flash. Well, not really, but it certainly looks like it's well on its way out when it comes to websites and stuff unfortunately. Hence the reason we're moving into newer pastures.

HTML5 is growing in popularity... it's not perfect but with excellent frameworks like CreateJS there's a real opportunity for some serious game development on the platform. Watch this space for further developments (and a new website in HTML5 of course!)

But don't worry! We're still doing lots of things with flash. AIR apps for mobile, web games, offline stuff, Stage3D, Starling, Nape, you name it, we're still using it!
 
 

CBBC ahoy!

October 4, 2012 - Admin

We're excited to announce that we'll be doing some work with CBBC at their plush new offices in Salford Quays!

Should be an interesting time working with them on their myriad of flash games, have a look at their current games site and also their lovely new purpose built HQ at Media City, Salford Quays
 
 

Martian baby is born

July 20, 2012 - Admin

It's official, the first Plastic Martian Baby is here! It's the start of the Martian invasion, run for your liiiiiiives!

Born 18th July 2012 he's a healthy little chappie, a proper Plastic Martian in the making. Mother martian is slightly knackered but proud.
 
 

It's a Maaaaad world

April 18, 2012 - Admin

We're very pleased to announce the kick off of a very large project with our friends at Maad Digital.

We're covered in NDA's at the moment, so can't say too much, but it's a large scale e-learning SCORM based project (in flash, of course). Should be fun for all the (martian) family! Have a look at Maads site
 
 

Mayan Mayhem

April 4, 2012 - Admin

It's here (almost). Our first "proper" mobile game is nearing completion. Excited much?

It was about time that we released a mobile project. Our head martian worked with mobile tech "back in the day" when it was all J2ME this, and WAP that (no, really). Things have changed ever so slightly since then, and our release nearing completion is the product of an experiment gone ever so slightly beyond what it was supposed to be. Initially planned as a demo of mobile tech and a rewrite of our (surprisingly excellent) Plakka Cakka it has morphed into a full on game. Here's the premise:

The world is about to end. The Mayan Apocalypse is upon us. Forecast millennia ago by the, err, Mayans, it predicts that out world will be CAST ASUNDER. Or something like that. Anyway, you are a Mayan god. And you have snakes. And it's now your job to save the world! Battle earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, meteors and more in a physical challenge that will have you screaming for retribution.

So there you have it. Snakes, earthquakes, the end of the world. What more do you want? Stay tuned, we'll have some news soon.

 
 

GRG Christmas

December 14, 2011 - Admin

The all new GRG Christmas game is live! Developed in short time frame to be sent to GRGs client base, it shows off an addictive high performance flash physics engine, developed using Box2D.

 
 

Energy Hero

December 1, 2011 - Admin

Our latest game has been released! A physics platformer made for those lovely people at Digital Fibre and Grass Roots Group

Energy Hero is a unique physics platformer where the player follows the adventures of Gaz and Ellie as they explore a house and make the house more energy efficient. Take control of a character and travel around an engaging 2D world inhabited by huge spiders, rabid vacuum cleaners, manic shower heads and more! The game utilises physics to simulate loads of different things, from falling boxes to dangling wires, swings to bounce pads.

The game is being deployed in call centres around the UK for a particularly large gas and electricity supplier. Players play the game using points obtained in the real world, and uses a powerful incentive system developed by Digital Fibre and Grass Roots Group.
 
 

Sub-a-Dub

February 23, 2011 - Admin

Sub-a-Dub, everyones favourite underwater cow-spotting game has been released! After an extremely short development period, Plastic Martians have released Sub-a-Dub available to play for free! Simple, yet extremely addictive, it shows off loads of things that make Plastic Martians great/!

 
 

Dragon Rider

September 17, 2010 - Admin

A new game developed by Plastic Martians for Dubit Limited. A simple side scrolling avoid-the-walls "copter" type game, it also features multiplayer facilities and multiple game modes. Graphics were provided by the superb artists at Dubit and they certainly add a certain flair to the game!

The game was designed as a plugin to one of Dubit's wonderful online massively multiplayer worlds.

 
 

Plastic Cactus

July 1, 2010 - Admin

Well, it had to happen sooner or later. When we released a mochified version of Plakka Cakka something went seriously wrong with its innards - and appeared to bork on several websites. So... after much head scratching a very quick rename was decided to the slightly less interesting Plastic Cactus. Both games are virtually identical apart from the name, so if you see them out in the wild don't get confused! they're one and the same!

One new addition to Plastic Cactus is the inclusion of the Games Chart widget, we're going to be monitoring its progress over the coming weeks but we're excited about the extra traffic it looks like it should generate. Head on over to www.gameschart.com for more information.

Games Chart
(BETA)

 
 

Motoring on

May 17, 2010 - Admin

Plastic Martians is not dead, I repeat, the Martians are alive  There's been loads of interesting things happening over the last few months, some exciting new projects with some exciting new people. Plakka Cakka and Plastic Christmas made it off the drawing board and onto your computer screens. We've also been busy with a load of other projects, all that can be said at this point is "meeow" and look at the image.... all will be revealed!!

 
 

Moving

July 16, 2009 - Admin

We're moving! We'll no longer be in central Manchester but are moving "oop north" from the 30th July 2009. New address will be:

Stokoe House
Market Place
ALSTON
Cumbria
CA9 3HS


Manchester may be gone, but not forgotten! There's still loads of links between Manchester and PM so keep in touch. It's not like we're dropping off the face of the planet (although it sort of feels like it).

StokoeHouse

 
 

Skillsarena

July 16, 2009 - Admin

We're very proud of a new project which went live recently, something out of the ordinary for Plastic Martians Ltd.! The project was commisioned by Turtlez Ltd. for the end client Skillsarena Ltd. and basically consists of an online word testing application. Now this might not sound very interesting or exciting, but the project had some pretty unique elements to it:

- written in 98% Flash and 2% Javascript
- a complete simulation of the Office 2003 suite - complete down to individual button clicks, menus and dialog boxes
- user/test candidate can interact with the test exactly as they would interact with the real thing
- right click actions and control key combos supported!
- written entirely in Actionscript 2 - meaning a lower Flash player threshold of flash 8

It really is a world beater in that respect! No other simulation package in Flash comes close. Users can simply log in to their tests and start interacting with them with no downloads necessary!

Have a look at www.skillsarena.com for more information.

 
 

Flashy

July 16, 2009 - Admin

Plastic Martians Ltd. is proud to announce the launch of it's new site! Designed to showcase our extensive Flash knowledge it combines practicality with kittens in a seamless blend of style over content

Have a play around with the site. We're still adding bits and changing other bits, so don't be afraid to drop us a line if you see anything wrong/would like to suggest a cool new feature. We're always glad to receive feedback from people, it makes us feel all warm and gooey inside. Unless you're reporting a bug of course, then it gets a bit messy. Report you glowing praise/utter contempt to info@plasticmartians.co.uk

The site was written in Actionscript 3 using the standard development environment of the wonderful FDT Eclipse plugin from those lovely people at powerflasher.de and Eclipse itself. Graphics were actually designed in Flash 8 and the whole thing pulled together with yoghurt pots and bits,   of string (well, ANT and mxmlc to be precise)

 
 

More projects!

May 17, 2008 - Admin

Amazingly, after a short/long absence the site has been updated. We've added a few projects to the work section, so have a browse around and see if anything tickles your fancy. There's a number of other projects currently under development, all will be revealed in due course!
br /> New projects:

blimeyweremarried.co.uk - a flash photo gallery with a twist
Scratchcard projects - exactly what it says on the tin
Bee Movie Game - an interesting advergame written to coincide with the release of the film Bee Movie

 
 

Lucky dip

December 5, 2007 - Admin

Yes, Plastic Martians is still alive. Just very very busy. There'll be a few new projects going up soon... to give you a bit of a taster here's some low res screenshots to whet your appetite... bet you can't wait.



           
   
 
 

Playable demos

June 5, 2007 - Admin

There's some new games in the work section. Why not have a peruse? There's a few playable games, and a couple of non playable descriptions, if you want more information or want to get full playable versions of the game, please contact us and we'll get access sorted out for you.

Enjoy.

 
 

Plastic Balls

June 4, 2007 - Admin

It's true, there's more games on the way! Rather than sitting doing nothing for the past 3 months we actually have been producing something relatively interesting. Things to look out for include some fantastic new games for clients such as Komodo (Extreme Ironing), Williams F1/Endemol/Futurecorp and Digital Fibre (Extreme GP). Also looming on the horizon is a long awaited update to Plastic Balls - we're hoping to get a technology demo out sometime in the next couple of months. It should be good!

That's it for now. Keep checking back for updates - there will be more than there have been.

 
 

Site live

January 19, 2007 - Admin

We lost the "site is now live" link somewhere. Normal service has now been restored!

 
 

Plaque Man

January 19, 2007 - Admin

A week has passed, and another game is written. Have a look at Plaque Man the greatest Isometric pac man game in the world. Ever. Now with improved jumping ability.

Designed and developed in around 2 weeks for Fayd Solutions, the game raises the bar for quick casual gaming in Flash. That's 2 weeks from inception to completion - all design, graphics, sound and coding. We hope to reuse some of the techniques used to develop the game in future Plastic Martians developments. As ever, watch this space!

 
 

We're still here!

January 9, 2007 - Admin

Yup, we're still here! Some teething problems with the site have been ironed out and we should be able to go full steam ahead now... with a bit of luck.

Expect some more content to come soon, we'll be adding it as and when we  have time (say, Christmas 2008).  Links to the games are the most requested addition that we'll make very shortly - although initially this will be behind a passworded area on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further details.
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