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The first game on Android on Victory Day

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The time is way past midnight. Everything seems calm. Its the middle of September, 1971. The location is Shonir Char(islet), an inconspicuous fictional village under Barisal District, Sector 9 of independent Bangladesh. But Shonir Char is of great strategic importance to both the nefarious Pakistani Army, who are currently occupying it by force, and the Freedom Fighters who want to secure this crucial outpost. Surrounded by Madhumati River, the village has suddenly become critical because of the recent emerging char (river islets). The Pakistanis have also set up a watch-tower which gives them visibility of any enemy approaching their stronghold.

Thats where the Android game “Heroes of 71” begins. The gamers have to fight from these three separate positions to stave off the enemies with the arms and ammunition they have at their disposal. Developed by PortBliss, a BUET-based freelance game development unit, “Heroes of 71” is just the start of an exciting endeavour. Project Manager and Technical Development Head, Masha Mustakim, says, “The set-up is fictional yet it takes significant references from history. We plan to replicate exact scenarios and real battles from our Liberation War into games, maybe in the later version of Heroes of 71.” Portbliss Games started working on the idea of this game six months back but they went onto development two months earlier. The game development process accelerated after the inclusion of Rakibul Alam Sulov into the team, who is the Technical Artist and Art Lead of the project. The programming team consists of Arifur Rahman, Avik Chowdhury and Abdul Jawad, under the efficient lead of Apratim Kumar Chakrabartty. The art team has Rakibul Hasan Toor, Papan Jit Dey and Rehab Uddin Shawon, aside from Sulov. Tapesh Chakrabartty took care of sound and SFX. The story was conceived by Omar Rashid Chowdhury.

At the break of midnight, a group of five Freedom Fighter commandos approach Shonir Char by first swimming through the dark waters of Madhumati and then crawling on the sand dunes of the bulging char. They approach the enemy outpost with poise and composure, and then suddenly attack the camp, raving with the ferocity of a tiger. They attack with LMGs, HMGs, standard-issue rifles and hand-grenades. They take the advantage of surprise attack and cause massive casualties of the Paki Regiment. The Freedom Fighters also lose one of their own. One Freedom Fighter commando takes control of the watch-tower and the rest keep firing on the enemy until they are forced to retreat. The Freedom Fighters clinch the initial triumph just with a five-person attack but they know its temporary; without the backup of a full-scale force, the outpost will again fall to the Pakistani forces who are now regrouping at the hillocks, a few kilometers west to Shonir Char. One Freedom Fighter commando goes back to bring reinforcement and the rest of them take advantageous positions: one at the watch-tower, one at the bunker beside it and another on the rooftop of the school. They keep on fighting a lone battle against the enemy to deter their steady advance.

Developed with game engine Unity, this exciting game was launched on Victory Day (December 16, 2015). Initially launched on android platform, itll be available on iOS in no time. So, what are you waiting for? Do you have what it takes to defend your country?

Author: Ishan Hasnat – Bangladesh

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