Catherine Unger, along with her sister, used to devour classic Nintendo 64 games like Banjo Kazooie, Zelda, Mario and after a brief stint learning how to make clover shapes in pints of Guinness at Harlequins Rugby Club, graduated from Kingston University with a degree in animation, which collided nicely with a boom in mobile gaming.
Catherine’s first job at Preloaded, specialising in educational games, taught her much about the industry that she still benefits from. Her breakthrough game, Tangle Tower, is a murder mystery point and click adventure, where she was able to be involved creatively at almost every stage, including concept art and character design. It marked her debut into writing, where she was able to put more of her ideas into the game. Catherine is often praised for her bold colour palettes, which she says are influenced by the emotions that she wants audiences to feel when they’re playing her games.
Apart from being so excited when she found out that she was a BAFTA Breakthrough that she instantly ordered a Domino's pizza, Catherine feels as though this is a huge validation from BAFTA, especially for someone who grew up on a council estate and has always struggled with self-esteem issues. She hopes that she can use this chance to learn from and speak to some of the people that inspired her including one of the creative minds behind Uncharted, Amy Hennig.