Preloaded, the creative studio specialising in interactivity, has created a suite of educational online games for the Science Museum. Each of the games in the Futurecade is based on learning about science and technology, but the key thing is that they're easy to get into and fun to play. Bacto-Lab, Robo-Lobster, Cloud Control and Space Junker all have an old school arcade playability about them, and with it comes that retro aesthetic.

Chris Cox, designer at Preloaded, explains: "We wanted the games to have a classic arcade feel whilst retaining the look of futuristic simulations. It was important that the games look contemporary and striking, so our goal was to create as much energy and activity on screen as possible. We used a dynamic grid of tiles under the sprites, leaving pixel trails behind objects, creating ripples and explosions. The idea was to complement the exaggerated neon hues with a game environment that comes alive through player input."

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