Students’ Game ‘Shepherd of Light’ Surpasses 25k Downloads

Nov. 4th, 2019 | By Clare Schmidt

Shepherd of Light is a fantasy puzzle game released on September 4th by JPCatholic’s graduating class of game development students. Just two months later, the video game has already seen enormous success.

As of November 2nd, the game was downloaded a total of 26,703 times in 145 countries and territories. About 20% of players are from the U.S., with significant interest also coming from Asia, Western Europe, and Latin America. The game has received overwhelmingly positive reviews; of the 303 reviews on Steam, 95% are positive.

In Shepherd of Light, players control a young shepherd who loses his sheep and must brave a wolf-infested forest to get them to safety. Players must rescue sheep with unique abilities and utilize their powers to solve environmental puzzles. The senior capstone project was created over the course of nearly a year by a team of nine students, with additional help from other students.

Shepherd of Light is a huge milestone,” said Max Hulburt, Chair of the Animation and Game Development programs, “Not only for the students that created it, but also for the game development program itself ... They should be very very proud of this game.”

You can see a sampling of reviews below, and download the game for free on Steam here. You can learn more about the creation process and watch a Behind the Scenes video here.