The Portfolio of Jóhannes G. Þorsteinsson

A programmer, game developer, sound designer and a musician in north Iceland. Makes noises & games. The man behind Kollafoss Game Farm and the annual Isolation Jam.

Hero Battle Arena


Lead sound designer

Abandoned local multi-player, action game adorned with 16-bit, retro-style graphics, for the XBOX 360 platform. As the name suggests, it’s a fast-paced, battle arena game where up to 4-players may choose between four different heroes (each with their own unique special attacks and play-styles) and duke it out in various game modes, from versus and co-op, to Zombie War (a wave based zombie survival mode).

The game was created by a group of game dev students (under the name Respawn Studios) from the Swedish University of Skövde as part of our final first-year game project in 2011.

The resulting alpha version of HBA was submitted to compete in the Swedish Game Awards that same year. It was later nominated for “Game Of The Year”, and during the subsequent prize ceremony it finished in third place.