Chris de Castro is a designer animator exploring indie game development, focusing on games based on reality and personal narratives.
After a decade long career in visual effects, film, animation & installation Chris de Castro entered a game incubator held by the Hand Eye Society in the summer of 2014 and fell in love with game development. Encouraged by the response of of the first demo, The Wizards of Trinity Bellwoods will be completed as a mobile game to be finished summer 2016.
The Wizards of Trinity Bellwoods
In Toronto, Canada there is a park called Trinity Bellwoods that during the summer months is filled with drinking hipsters. Over the years a growing group of can collectors have worked the park and have become an integral part of park life. They are affectionately nicknamed the “Wizards” with their collection bags and occasionally carrying a wand they magically make the can disappear.
In The Wizards of Trinity Bellwoods you play as one of the wizards waiting for hipsters to finish their drinks, collect the cans and sell them using the money to improve your home. That will unlock more people and activities in the park following the gentrification curve of the park from 2003 to present. Plans are to have Toronto made music of that era unlock as well creating a cultural history of downtown Toronto. Other wizards will unlock and you can discover the lives of this subculture in the city. The first will be about the immigrant story, most of the wizards are elderly Asians that live with their families. Part of this will reflect the personal life of the creator, Chris de Castro, being the first born generation from an immigrant Filipino family.
The first demo was built with Game Maker during The Hand Eye Society’s Artsy Game Incubator in the summer of 2014. It was demoed at TAAFI 2014 and was well received, enough to go decide to develop a complete game in Unity. The 2nd demo was brought to GDC 2015 and the 3rd version was played at TCAF 2015.
Logo & icon
"Animator brings summer in the west end to life by putting you in the shoes of a local can collector"
Aiden Johnston - Now Toronto
The Wizards of Trinity Bellwoods Park
Lise Hosein - Jazz FM91
Jorge Figueiredo - Toronto Thumbs
Become a Park Player
Anne Booth - Narcity
The TCAF showcase is a microcosm of Toronto's supportive indie game community
Elena Gritzan - Now Toronto
Team & Repeating Collaborator
Chris de Castro
Design & Development Hipster
Support & Guidance Ranger