Crack the Code

Crack the Code

Memory and quick thinking

Crack the code is a simple game of memory, logic, skill and quick thinking.  The player needs to unravel a 5 digit combination code before time runs out.

Crack the Code was developed as a collaboration between Shine Interactive and Big Brave Digital for a client. The game is designed for an exhibition space where people can try their hand at the game in quick succession.  It's designed to lure a crowd in by dramatic sound design.


3D Models: Blender 3D
Game Development: C#, Unity
Development Time: ±10 days

Agency: Big Brave Digital
Voice: Sias Jordaan
Art and programming: Peter Furstenberg

Lucy crawl-a-thon logo screen

Lucy The Caterpillar

Lucy The Caterpillar – Crawl-a-thon

Lucy the caterpillar was designed to keep kids engaged on exhibition stands while mom and dad has a chance to talk to reps about various Pampers products.  Shine Interactive made this vision come to life in association with Big Brave Digital.

The game was designed to be a craw-a-thon challenge where kids can crawl with Lucy to the finish line.  Purely for fun, and kids being kids, they were more intrigued with Lucy talking to them, that crawling completely turned into chaos!


Kids engage with Lucy
The Lucy crawl-a-thon
Blokaspaai Agtergrond


Die eerste Afrikaanse blokraaitoepassing (App) vir iPad en iPhone

Blokaspaai LogoShine Interactive is trots om die eerste Afrikaanse Blokraai-App vir die iPad beskikbaar te stel. Blokaspaai kombineer nou op unieke wyse die vreugdes van blokraaisels met tablet-tegnologie. Blokaspaai is nie ’n woordeboek of hulpmiddel nie, maar ’n volledige invul-applikasie wat die blokraai-entoesias die kans gee om pen en papier weg te gooi en die interaktiewe plesiere van ‘n tablet-blokraai te geniet. Blokraaie word in 'n hanteerbare elektroniese formaat aangebied vir alle ouderdomsgroepe. Alles gaan oor die genot van invul en nié die bemeestering van tegnologie nie.

Tydskrifte is deesdae op enige tablet beskikbaar as applikasie, maar die plesier van blokraaie in digitale formaat op jou tablet, ontbreek steeds. Blokaspaai het die kans aangegryp om hierdie leemte te vul vir spesifiek die liefhebber van Afrikaanse blokraaisels.

Blokaspaai werk soos ’n elektroniese publikasie. Sodra die toepassing (App) aangekoop word, kry jy ’n Bonusboek met ses blokraaisels gratis daarmee saam. Elke maand word daar dan nuwe blokraaibundels beskikbaar gestel wat direk en met groot gemak uit die applikasie aangekoop kan word.

Bo en behalwe Blokaspaai se eie BobaasBoeke, bied ons ook die werk van Suid-Afrika se mees deurwinterde en gewildste blokraaiopstellers aan. As jy ’n blokraai-liefhebber is, is die moontlikheid groot dat jou gunstelingraaisels opgestel is deur bekende name soos Anina Roux en haar XWord-span, of Yvonne van Eeden van Penpret. Blokaspaai se verbintenis met hierdie twee top-verskaffers verseker dat die beste gehalte blokraaisels deurlopend vir aanhangers opgestel sal word.

Die toepassing is rééds beskikbaar in die Apple App Store vir beide iPad en iPhone onder die titel "Blokaspaai". Die koste is slegs R 7.99. Alle verskaffers se boeke kan aangeskaf word teen R15.99 en beslaan 24 kopkrap-lekkertes.

The first Afrikaans crossword app for iPad and iPhone

Shine Interactive is proud to announce the release of Blokaspaai - the first Afrikaans crossword app. Blokaspaai combines the joys of crosswords with tablet technology. Blokaspaai gives any crossword enthusiast the opportunity to enjoy the pleasure of crosswords in an interactive tablet or smart phone format. Blokaspaai is presented in an intuitive digital format and is suited for all ages. Everything is focused on the joy of completing crosswords while the technology disappears into the background.

Most magazines are currently available in a digital format, but the joys of crosswords, especially in Afrikaans, is still bound to traditional media - until now. Blokaspaai took this opportunity to bring something special to market specifically aimed at enthusiasts.

The app works like any digital publication. As soon as you purchase the app, you get access to a bonus book with six crosswords completely free. Each month Blokaspaai releases additional bundles, conveniently available as an In-App purchase.

Over and above Blokaspaai's own bundles, we bring you the work of South Africa’s most popular crossword compilers. If you love crosswords as much as we do, the chances are good that you’ve encountered well known household names such as Anina Roux and her XWord team, or Yvonne van Eden from Penpret. Blokaspaai’s association with these two top brands ensure that we bring you the highest quality in crosswords on a continuous basis.

The app is already available in the App Store for iPad and iPhone under the title “Blokaspaai” for R7.99. All additional bundles are available at R15.99 and each contains 24 crosswords.

Blokaspaai is also available in English

Blokaspaai op iPad
Blokaspaai op iPhone
Money Drop set in red

Million Rand Money Drop

Bringing the magic to life

The Million Rand Money Drop is certainly one of the most talked about new shows on SA television, but not many viewers realize just what it took to bring this epic game alive and in the process meet the strict international standard of the game.

Peter Furstenberg in collaboration with Julio Costa, Blond Productions and Endemol reveals a little bit of the magic behind this incredible production.

Engineering a masterpiece

Many people watched the international version of Money Drop at some point in time.  Adapting it for SA screens was by no means a small task.  What many viewers don’t know is that none of the software that runs the show was brought over from abroad, but rather developed right here in South Africa.  When two incredible minds like Peter and Juilo get together to produce the software, graphics and mechanics for this show, you have to know it’s going to be good.

The set features a number of devices such as carefully calibrated scales and trapdoor mechanisms. These devices all seamlessly talk and respond to a robust back-end, which in turn, interprets and renders real-time generated graphics to a staggering seven separate video surfaces on set, issue instructions to lighting and also control a large part of the audio.

It’s real-time, baby!

With a fast paced game like the Million Rand Money Drop where anything can happen at any given point in time, you know you have to really think out of the box if you want to get the right image to the right screen.  Creating a real-time environment for a single screen is hard enough, but controlling the real-time output to no less than seven video screens… now that’s something special.  And when we say real-time, we mean real-time.  Not a single pre-rendered animation video is featured on the set at any given point in time!  That includes the logo as seen above! Every time you see it, it’s generated real-time!

The incredible power and flexibility Unity 3D was roped in to get the rendering and graphics programming done.  Several render nodes, all carefully co-ordinated by a central controller make sure the right image gets to screen. Unity 3D has certainly proved itself in recent years in the Independent Game Developers arsenal as an incredibly powerful platform to create some spectacular games.  It seemed like a natural choice to go with a robust game engine that has the support and power behind it to build and program the graphics for the Money Drop.

No one can deny the results are spectacular!  The graphics produced for the real-time game on set certainly measures well above the strict international standards and benchmarks set for the game show.

It’s all about the mechanics

Million Rand in play

This is what a million Rand in play looks like!

Rendering the graphics to screen is one thing, however the success of the game revolves around more than that.  This is where other systems come into play.  Each of the pods in the game features a carefully calibrated scale to measure the amount of money on them.  This information is fed to a central controller where everything is very carefully considered and verified.

The controller software developed by Julio and Peter keeps the entire game in check.  At any given point in time we could tell how much money is in play.  Book-keeping in this game is certainly a very high priority!  It’s all about precise control.

Once the time comes to step up and see what drops, another amazing system, custom built for the show, kicks into play.  Opening those trap-doors at precisely the right point is essential to create all the drama and intrigue for the show.

Lights, audio… GO

Besides the mechanics and real-time graphics, the system also managed another very important aspect of the show… the lights!  As the game runs, the controller software issues instructions to the lighting desks to control the moods in the room.  Watch how the lights change with pin-point accuracy when a category is selected… or when the timer starts… or when there’s 10 seconds left and when it finally runs out.

Money Drop set in pink

Let’s add some more ambiance with the sound effects and the various audio beds during game play.  Yes, we incorporated those too… The system makes sure the right sound effects get triggered to accompany the game play.

An amazing journey

The Money Drop (Nigerian Version of the game) and Million Rand Money Drop certainly was an opportunity of a lifetime to bring to life.  Not only has everyone involved proved that we can set the bar above and beyond the international standard for this game, but also the fact that we have some of the most talented people right here in SA!

On a personal note, to Julio, thank you buddy for taking a chance in me…  You have given me the break I have been dreaming of all my life.  Working with you on this project has been one of the most incredible things I have achieved in my career this far and one of the most rewarding work relationships I’ve ever had.  Here’s to the next one!

To all the incredible guys at Blond productions, you guys rock!  You have outdone yourselves at every level.  To the guys and gals at Endemol, especially Josh, job well done!  Endemol is one of the few companies out there that is an absolute pleasure to work with.  Eugene and the guys in the van… what a ride!  I loved every minute being on set during the filming.

Peter Furstenberg
Shine Interactive