Sketchbook Games
Based in Colchester, United Kingdom

Founding date:
21 May, 2015


Press / Business contact:


Lost Words



At Sketchbook Games we believe that video games are the ultimate storytelling medium. We want to make games that move our players and provide them with groundbreaking emotional experiences. We are working with renowned games writer Rhianna Pratchett on our debut game.


Sketchbook Games is a multi-award winning studio that was founded by games designer Mark Backler, who previously worked at EA, Lionhead, Kuju, Marmalade and Sony. The company are based at the Colchester Games Hub and currently developing their debut title in collaboration with Fourth State. The game is an atmospheric puzzler called Lost Words (originally The Last Word), which is set inside a diary and sees players solving a variety of puzzles using the words on each page.



The latest Lost Words trailer: YouTube



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Awards & Recognition

  • "Third Place in the Develop Big Indie Pitch" - 11th July 2017
  • "Won Rapture Gaming Festival's Best Indie Game Award" - 14th May 2017
  • "Won the Reboot Develop Special Selection Indie Award" - 22nd April 2017
  • "1st place in the Reboot Develop Nordic Game Discovery Pitching Contest" - 21st April 2017
  • "Nominated for Best narrative at the Casual Connect Indie Prize Berlin" - 9th Feb 2017
  • "Nominated for Most Innovative at the Casual Connect Indie Prize Berlin" - 9th Feb 2017
  • "Won Game of the Show at Intel Buzz 2016" - 4th June 2016
  • "Best Indie Game at Game Connection 2016" - 14th March 2016
  • "Most Creative/ Original at Game Connection 2016" - 14th March 2016
  • "Best Story at Game Connection 2016" - 14th March 2016
  • "Selected for Stugan 2015" - Sweden, 21 June - 16 August, 2015

Selected Articles

  • "Emotional upcoming platformer turns words into architechture"
    - Nicole Pacampara, Kill Screen
  • "Rhianna Pratchett's next game is an indie platformer set within the pages of a diary"
    - Kirk McKeand, PCGamesN
  • "Ahead of his Develop:Brighton talk, the developer behind promising title Lost Words discusses why devs must keep pushing for innovation"
    - James Batchelor, Develop
  • "The Last Word takes home three prizes from San Francisco event"
    - James Batchelor, Develop
  • "Number one for me from the Xbox area was The Last Word, a charming, personal platformer set partly inside a diary"
    - Rob Holt, passthecontroller.co.uk
  • "This week we talk to Mark Backler at Fourth State, about upcoming puzzle-platformer The Last Word"
    - Rob Holt, passthecontroller.co.uk
  • "Ipswich games developer has last word with US awards spree"
    - Judith Gaskell, Business Weekly
  • "This game is an emotional journey that grips you. @jantonsson almost started to cry. Beautiful Game! A Must Follow."
    - Gordon Van Dyke, Raw Fury
  • "Just played Mark Backler's The Last Word - it's beautiful and absorbing! Got totally drawn in playing it."
    - Peter Harries, https://twitter.com/PeterHarries

The Wellcome trust
The Wellcome Trust announcing their funding and support for Lost Words. wellcome.ac.uk.

DN Focus Profile
A profile of Mark and The Last Word in the largest national newspaper in Sweden fokus.dn.se.

An article about the Stugan programme at polygon.com.

Stugan 2015 on SVT
Swedish TV Station SVT takes a look at Stugan 2015 with a few cameos from Mark youtube.com.

Channel 4 - Sweden
Stugan 2015 Featured on Channel 4 in Sweden youtube.com.

Nordic Game Bits
An announcement of all 15 Stugan games including The Last Word nordicgamebits.com.

Team & Repeating Collaborator

Mark Backler
Game Designer, Founder

Rhianna Pratchett

Benni Hill (Advect Productions)

Luke Peek
Visual Effects and Technical Artist

Billy Wimblett
Concept, Environment and Character Artist

Chris Rickett (Dlala Studios)

Lynne Liu
Art Director

Maurice Suckling
Narrative Director

Rudi Kolenc

David Housden

Joe Brammall

Akash Thakkar
Sound Designer

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