A 16-year-old Suffolk school pupil was "excited and surprised" after reaching the final of a prestigious BAFTA Games award.

Gaming fanatic Tommy Bell was selected in the 15-18 Game Making category for his Goloop Fishing game and got to attend the awards ceremony earlier this month in Piccadilly, London, with his mother Nicki.

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The recognition was the first for the Framlingham College student, who has aspirations of pursuing a career in gaming.

He said: "I heard that I was chosen sometime in June and I was very excited that I had done it and I was very surprised because it was my first time entering and I did not expect to become a finalist."

The game he created is a casual fishing game where players have to catch lots of different types of fish and can earn money doing so.

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He created the game in five months using the video game engine Unity and worked mostly on his own, which included designing all the artwork, while he had some support with the music for the game.

He worked on the game outside of school hours and during lunch breaks using his coding skills and said many of his friends were also keen gamers.

During his visit to London, he saw some of the big players in the gaming industry, including the people that sponsor the BAFTAs and American video game publisher Warner Bros Games.

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His favourite game to play is Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, where the player controls the fictional character Link as he searches for Princess Zelda and fights to prevent the Demon King from destroying the world.

He liked this game because it was an 'open world' game where players could approach objectives freely, as opposed to more linear or structured gameplay.

"My goal is to work in gaming," Tommy added.