Monday 2 September 2019

Manchester United: Treble Quest - Part 1

Fuzzy Duck, a Media City (Salford, UK) - based design house hired me to work on a project for Manchester United Football Club. Exciting, not only because my hastily-typed stream of emails actually yielded a client, but of course Manchester United probably rank in the top 3 of organisations that I can now claim on my CV. ...The other two being Microsoft and Huawei, however whilst those two global giants got unpolished, scribbly storyboards, (the Microsoft one's in particular being mostly unused by the client) this footy project is something I can show off without cringing.

 The final product is an interactive 
touch-screen game located on a 
large display in the Manchester 
United Store, Old Trafford. 

Think of it as Football Manager-lite. The player has to guide Man U through to winning the treble cups in the year 1999. The three cups being The Champion's League, FA Cup and Premier League trophy.

Essentially you get to be Sir Alex Ferguson; 
chewing gum and po-face, not essential. 
His image is all over this game.

Assistant Manager Steve McClaren also turns up
to blow his whistle in your face.

This is what happens if you completely screw it up.
Seaman is from South Yorkshire, where I once lived.
I know this because drunken knobs were chanting it
back in the summer of Euro '96. 

From left to right: Peter Schmiechel, Jaap Stam, 
Dwight Yorke, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, 
Denis Irwin (sorry Denis, but it is you honest), 
Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, 
Andy Cole, David Beckham the arm and legs of some other guy. 

I won't spoil the ending just yet, you have to go and play it, score some goals and whatnot. Go, now!