Echo Logo

Echo is a video game without video. It was made at the Malta Global Game Jam 2014 by Bernard Brincat and myself.

Echo Teaser Photo

The game requires at least 2 people to play, and needs a mobile device and a laptop or tablet. One player plays as the bat; he or she is blindfolded and given a pair of headphones that are connected to a mobile device. The other player plays as the eyes; he or she is given a laptop or tablet that can send sounds to the other player, used to control his or her direction.

Echo was written in Javascript and HTML5. It involved lots of client/server socket programming, as well as the use of positional 3D audio. The server was written using node.js, while the clients were written using Phaser JS. I was in charge of the overall game concept, as well as the development of the client side, while Bernard took care of the server-side development.

Below, you can see a video of a game in progress.

Echo also happened to appear on local television! More specifically, the game is being played in the background during a spotlight on the Malta Global Game Jam (interviewing Patricia Pizer, who was the keynote speaker).

Source code and installation instructions can be seen here:

Echo was cited in academic literature in the following places:

  • Playing the Non-Human, Proceedings of Reconfiguring Human and Non-Human: Texts, Images and Beyond, Jyväskylä, Finland. Full conference proceedings here
  • Playing the Nonhuman: Alien Experiences in Alien vs Predator, Reconfiguring Human, Nonhuman and Posthuman in Literature and Culture, Chapter 5, pgs 108-124, editors Karkulehto S., Koistinen A. & Varis E. 10.4324/9780429243042-6. Author copy available here.