Sweaty Chair Studio
Based in Sydney, Australia

Release date:
5 Sep, 2019

Apple App Store


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Projection: First Light follows the adventures of Greta, a girl living in a mythological shadow puppet world, as she embarks on a journey of self-enlightenment with the assistance of legendary heroes from each culture she explores. Accompanied by atmospheric visuals and an ethereal soundtrack made with antique instruments used for shadow puppet performances, Projection: First Light takes players on an inclusive voyage through the history of shadow puppets as it evolves through Indonesia, China, Turkey, and 19th century England.


Head developer Michael Chu explained his inspiration was from playing with shadows on the wall as a child, and realized there were a lot of ways shadows could be used in game development. After deciding on the shadow puppet style, they researched it by visiting puppeteer Richard Bradshaw, who gave them a tour of his workshop and gave them a demonstration of creating a shadow puppet as a reference for artist Yosha Noesjirwan. Noesjirwan also gained insight for the Indonesian shadow puppets through his parents. We met Michael in many game jam and became friends even before Projection. We liked the concept of Projection since it was prototyped in the game jam back then. We were very excited about the partnership with Michael and his team when he found that the programming requirement getting higher and higher while they created the levels. It was also a challenging and interesting job to work with a lot of shadow and lighting effect while keeping high performance of the game in low-end mobile devices.


  • Manipulate shadows which become solid
  • Four different time periods, Indonesia, China, Turkey, Greece, and 19th century England
  • Every character is a shadow puppet
  • Characters and foreground are black while the background is in sepia, replicating the style of tradition shadow play


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Awards & Recognition

  • "Indie Showcase" PAX Australia, October 2017
  • "Finalist" Casual Connect Seattle, Auguest 2017
  • "Finalist" Play By Play, April 2017

Selected Articles

  • "Projection: First Light brings shadow puppet platforming to Apple Arcade"
    - Cameron Bald, PocketGamer

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About Sweaty Chair Studio

We make mobile games with a focus on real-time interactive 2D/3D graphics, music, storyline and above all, fun.

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Projection: First Light Credits

Brian Zou
Artist, Programmer, Business


John Zhang

Rey Victorio Sarmiento

Christian Mcfarlane

Alex Le
Game Designer

Matthew Chin
Music Composer, Freelancer

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