Game on! Derby student wins Arriva bus competition
A student from the University of Derby has won Arriva Buses’ national competition to design its official PC game.
Last year Arriva celebrated the launch of its new www.arrivabus.co.uk website by appealing for budding designers to create a bus themed game.
'Buster' is a winner
Chris McKellar, 21, who is studying for a BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming degree, has won the competition with his arcade-style game, ‘Buster’.
Buster challenges the player to line up three buses of the same colour and ‘bust’ their way through the rows. A multi-coloured Arriva bus wins extra points in the timed trial. The game is available to play online now by visiting www.arrivabus.co.uk/buster/.
Shocked and excited
Chris McKellar, who is originally from Cambridgeshire, said: “I was really shocked and excited to have won Arriva’s design a game competition.
“I spent four weeks on the project and it provided something challenging to do during the holidays. I’ve designed games before, but for projects at University – this is a real achievement for me.”
As well as seeing his game online and accessible to all via the Arriva website, Chris has won a bumper pack of goodies including a trip around UK games house, Crytek, and a brand new desktop PC worth £500.
Keith Myatt, communications and media relations manager for Arriva Midlands, said: “Chris is a very deserving winner of our competition. It’s fitting that he is based in Derby, with the city being the birthplace of Tomb Raider character Lara Croft!
“The Arriva game is a great way to keep our site relevant and interesting for all of our customers and ‘Buster’ has added a different dimension to the site. Visitors can now book their bus travel, find out information about our services and play our brand new Arriva game!”
The new Arriva website provides customers with increased information about services in their local area, and offers tremendous value for regular customers with savings of 10% off 4-Weekly Saver tickets.
In the picture
Chris McKellar jumps for joy as Arriva's Mark Preval presents him with his prize.
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