Welcome to Sketchbook Games

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Sketchbook Games are an independent game developer who have recently released their debut game, Lost Words: Beyond the Page, an atmospheric adventure about a young girl aspiring to be a writer set between the pages a diary and a fantasy land.

The game was nominated for an IGF award for Excellence in Narrative has won over 20 awards including Most Significant Impact from the Games For Change awards in New York, Best Innovation from the Develop Star Awards in Brighton and UKIE's UK Game of the Show award at Gamescom in Cologne.

Sketchbook Games were founded by Mark Backler who has worked in games industry for 15 years at companies like EA, Lionhead and Sony on games including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and the BAFTA award winning Fable 2.


Sketchbook Games believe that video games are one of the most powerful storytelling mediums and use them to create unique, moving experiences. They worked with renowned games writer Rhianna Pratchett on the multi-award winning Lost Words: Beyond the Page, an atmospheric adventure about a young girl aspiring to be a writer while dealing with the loss of her gran.

The game is set between the pages of her diary and a fantasy land and ties the narrative into the gameplay in an unusual way, by having the player running on and interacting directly with the words in the diary.

At a glance

Service options: Game development
Located in: UK
Address: Essex University, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ
Hours: Weekdays

In the News

BBC Look East Meets Sketchbook Games
June 16, 2021
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Sketchbook Games Get Nominations At Pixel Heaven 2020 Games Festival
November 11, 2020
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