Sketchbook Games
Based in Colchester, United Kingdom

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Lost Words is multi-award winning atmospheric puzzler, set between the pages of a diary and a fantasy land. The game features a story written by Rhianna Pratchett and ties the narrative into the gameplay in an unusual way, by having the player character running on and interacting with words to solve puzzles.


Lost Words was first started for the Ludum Dare 26 game jam in 2013, which had the theme of 'minimalism'. Mark liked the concept and kept working on it in his spare time until he managed to secure some funding and left his job at Marmalade to work on the game full-time. He has since received a grant from the Wellcome Trust, support from Creative England, raised some SEIS investment through Games Co London and Goldfinch, as well as securing a grant from the UK Games Fund. This has allowed him to hire a talented team and the studio are now looking for a publisher for the game.


  • Story by renowned games writer Rhianna Pratchett
  • Use words to solve puzzles
  • Beautiful visual style
  • Dual settings of the pages of a diary and the fantasy world of Estoria


Trailer YouTube




Awards & Recognition

  • "Won the Reboot Develop Special Selection Indie Award, 22nd April 2017" Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • "1st place in the Reboot Develop Nordic Game Discovery Pitching Contest, 21st April 2017" Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • "Won UK Game of the Show Award at Gamescom, 23 August 2017" Cologne, Germany
  • "Won Rapture Gaming Festival's Best Indie Game Award, 14th May 2017" Colchester, UK
  • "Third Place in the Develop Big Indie Pitch, 11th July 2017" Brighton, UK
  • "Nominated for Most Innovative at the Casual Connect Indie Prize, 9th Feb 2017" Berlin, Germany
  • "Nominated for Best narrative at the Casual Connect Indie Prize, 9th Feb 2017" Berlin, Germany
  • "Won Most Creative/ Original at Game Connection, 14th March 2016" San Francisco, US
  • "Won Best Story at Game Connection, 14th March 2016" San Francisco, US
  • "Won Best Indie Game at Game Connection, 14th March 2016" San Francisco, US
  • "Won Game of the Show at Intel Buzz, 4th June 2016" London, UK
  • "Selected for Stugan, 21 June - 16 August 2015" Sweden

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

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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.

About Sketchbook Games

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.

More information
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Lost Words Credits

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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