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Mystery Case Files: The Making Of a Two-Headed Monster

November 23, 2015 — by Industry Contributions


Eipix Entertainment is a game development studio based in Novi Sad, Serbia. Founded in 2005 by a small group of friends, today it is a home to about 300 people. With the current output of 25 hidden object puzzle adventure (HOPA) games a year, it’s safe to say it is the most productive HOPA studio in the world, with its sights set on branching out into other video game genres.

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Astro Lords: Oort Cloud – The Release Postponed Because the Game Evolved

November 23, 2015 — by Industry Contributions


The company of ARATOG was founded in early 2012, and is based in Odesa, Ukraine. Their CEO and founder  Arseniy Nazarenko  has been in the games industry for almost 13 years. He started at Nival in the Blitzkrieg 2 project, and has also worked at NikitovaPersha Studia‘s outsoucing company, having made dozens of titles for leading industry companies for various platforms. In 2006 Arseniy also headed the Ukrainian department of Vogster Entertainment and the Crime Craft project. His last for-hire project was the browser MMOG strategy My Lands, released in 2010. And only after this one Arseniy got a possibility to start his own studio and project. Now ARATOG also includes 15 other people united by their passion for games and game development; a passion that has pushed them to use Unity to develop cross-platform games, including Web, PC ( Web, Mac OS, Linux), iOS and Android with single server on cluster technology.
Their first big project is Astro Lords: Oort Cloud, and it’s this story that Arseniy shares.
In addition to this game, the company has produced a variety of others, such as Hungry Mouth and Crazy Sapper. 

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Skatelander: How To Make The Most of a Showcase

November 5, 2015 — by Industry Contributions


Founded back in September 2011 by 4 friends and gamers, underDOGS Gaming Studio is one of India’s most lean game development and publishing companies. With already 6 games for Android, they have released their latest game Skatelander on iOS and are doing quite good. It’s a game that started as a 2D project and turned into an endless 2.5D experience. It was nominated for “Best Game Art” at Indie Prize Casual Connect Singapore, and UnderDOGS’ founder Vaibhav Chavan now tells how this influenced his studio and the game. 

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Let The Cat In: From a Casual Game to a Social Action Project

October 7, 2015 — by Industry Contributions


Eforb was founded almost two years ago and started as a small team… Today there are around 50 people on board including freelancers.
Everyone recalls the time when Eforb just appeared in the world with smiles on their faces. What made them a self-sufficient startup with a clear vision of the roadmap and the products that they’re proud of? The team’s product manager Nika Paramonova shares the story of their new and cute game Let The Cat In, that turned into a social action project.

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Zygobot’s Accidental Odyssey: The Divey Jones Series

September 30, 2015 — by Industry Contributions


The story of Divey Jones: Bitey Shark (and, more specifically, the entire line of Divey Jones games) stems from one of those circumstances where you really don’t know you’re making a game until it’s almost done. You think you’re just prototyping an idea, you think you’re just tinkering and learning new tools and skills…and suddenly you have a viable product. You look at your teammates and say, “Hey, with a little push, this could be a shippable game!” –  Zygobot founders and developers Roy Papp and John Amos thought. John tells what happened next.

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Dissonance: A Thesis Project becomes Indie Prize USA 2015 Most Innovative Game

September 25, 2015 — by Industry Contributions


Dissonance is a puzzle-adventure game developed by Zi Li as her Master thesis project at the University of Southern California. After spending 6 months exploring different concepts during thesis preparation class, she started a digital prototype. The goal was to make a fun game that exposes people’s cognitive conflicts. The development team spent several months exploring some balanced core mechanics. Eventually, they came up with the idea of using dimensional spaces to reflect the psychological concept of cognitive dissonance.

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Penguins Of The North: Impressions and Learnings for the Developer and Players

September 24, 2015 — by Industry Contributions


OWLNIGHT (all uppercase letters) or usually known as mamoniem (all lowercase letters by the way) is that entity that is focused on making weird indie games. You can call it a company, team or a mini studio: it’s just one guy making games all the time (with some support from his great wife, friends and people around) & passionate about anything that is related to games. Muhammad A. Moniem made this decision a long time ago: that he will start making games in his free time rather than doing freelance work. It was a hard decision. It was hard to replace what brings money with what takes money, but he decided to go for that risk.

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Star Chef: Your Early Adopters Should Define Your Roadmap

September 21, 2015 — by Industry Contributions


“I want to tell you an incredible story, not just an indie postmortem with lots of great numbers, pretty pictures, tutorial funnels, core loops, etc. of yet another great game. This should be something different that hopefully you have never read before”, says 99Games‘ business performance manager Filippo De Rose as he shares the story of Star Chef, the game he showcased at Indie Prize USA 2015.