Harry grew up playing Sonic the Hedgehog, but it was Final Fantasy 7 that showed him the true power of games to present worlds and characters that teach players something about themselves. The game made a profound impact on him, but it wasn’t until he had the chance to experiment with innovative game engine Unity that he started to think seriously about launching his own game. Alto’s Adventure launched in 2015, an endless snowboarding story with simple game play, and it was a huge hit.
Harry was proud of the game but a little apprehensive about giving up his quiet life in Devon to be part of such a demanding industry. The success of his debut game proved to be a baptism of fire, but Harry says he’s learned to embrace the opportunities around him, and feels particularly supported and validated to now have BAFTA in his corner.
Harry is delighted by the impact the Alto series has made, and stresses his games aren’t just designed for entertainment – he receives letters revealing they have helped players through difficult times in their lives including bereavement and anxiety. Harry hopes to build on his success by establishing his own games studio, putting everything he’s learned to good use and gathering a team to make more titles.