“[Treefort Wars] is very approachable.” – Will Wright, creator of Sim City™, The Sims™, and Spore™

Developer: Annex Labs – a student team from ISU
Platform: PC
Genre: Real-Time Strategy
Involvement: Art Director, 3D Modeling, Texturing, Logo Design

What is Treefort Wars?

Treefort Wars is a real-time strategy game with water balloons and squirt guns. The object of the game is to start a club with other neighborhood kids, design and build a treefort, and wage a water-war against rival clubs.

Treefort Wars was developed by a group of students, including me, for a game design class at Iowa State University. The group consisted of 4 artists and 5 programmers. We designed the game concept and implemented a prototype within 2 months for submission to the Independent Games Festival Student Showcase.

IGF Student Showcase Finalist at the GDC ’04

Out of 56 entries from around the world, our game was chosen to be 1 of 10 winners and exhibited on the Expo floor at the 2004 Game Developers Conference in San Jose, CA.  Will Wright, the man behind Sim City™, The Sims™, and Spore™ came to our booth and told us it was “Very approachable.” Yes! :D

The IGF student showcase finalists on Game Tunnel

Treefort Wars on The Great Games Experiment