Hortalius

Hortalius is an atmospheric exploration sandbox that’s not your garden-variety survival game: A scientist is teleported to an ‘alien planet’ only to discover that he’s been shrunken and is actually lost in someone’s back garden. 

Hortalius blends the core exploration, resource-harvesting and base-building gameplay of games such as Subnautica with a mystery narrative that unfolds as the player explores the world.

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INCubator

INCubator is a tongue-in-cheek take on the classic business management simulator genre, blending the visual stylings and well-loved humour of Two Point Hospital with the wacky world of startup culture.

Players will design their startup, bid for contracts, hire staff, and balance hefty workloads and stressed staff.

Can you meet your goals as a successful entrepreneur while looking after your team?

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Predestination

Predestination is a turn-based sci-fi 4X game that blends classic 4X gameplay on a 3D galaxy map with deep planetary colonisation gameplay and tactical fleet combat.

Explore the galaxy, colonise habitable worlds, meet alien races, design your own ships, and wage war.

Available now on Steam – click below to see our Steam page and learn more.

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About Us

We are brainy nerds with a deep passion for all things gaming. 

Established in 2012, our well-seasoned team of creatives punch above our weight and work on ambitious projects folks can get excited about.

The proof is in the pudding – our award-winning efforts have gained the respect and support of Creative Europe, UK Games Fund, and NI Screen. 

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The Brain and Nerd Gang

Meet our team of brainy, nerdy, super-talented individuals

Brendan Drain

Director & Lead Programmer


Tina Lauro Pollock

Director & Producer


Steven Lauro Pollock

Art Director


Erinn Morrow

3D Artist


John Hannon

Environment Artist


Zoe Hamilton

Programmer


Travis Morrow

2D/3D Artist


Shannen Hewitt

Junior Producer & QA


Andy Sheppard

Junior Programmer


Isabelle Sagel

Community Intern


Scott Lucas

Junior 3D Artist


Ricky Taylor

Programmer


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Whatever your question, the Brain and Nerd gang is all ears 

    Achievements and awards

    We’ve done some things to shout about

    NI GAME AWARDS – BEST STUDIO
    BRAIN AND NERD – 2019/2020
    MCV DEVELOP WOMEN IN GAMES AWARDS – BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
    TINA LAURO POLLOCK – 2020
    BCS NI – YOUNG IT PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
    TINA LAURO POLLOCK – 2019
    NI GAME AWARDS – COMMUNITY AWARD
    BRENDAN DRAIN & TINA LAURO POLLOCK – 2018
    NI GAME AWARDS – GAME OF THE YEAR
    PREDESTINATION – 2018
    …AND WE’VE WON THE SUPPORT OF:
    OUR KICKSTARTER BACKERS
    ARTS COUNCIL OF NORTHERN IRELAND
    NORTHERN IRELAND SCREEN
    CREATIVE EUROPE MEDIA FUND
    FUTURE SCREENS NI
    UK GAMES FUND


    …AND MORE TO COME