We’ve been using an html5 game engine called Phaser for over a year. It’s open source and was created by a photon storm.Our experiences with Phaser have been fantastic. We’ve tried several frameworks but found Phaser the best game engine to develop our games from the usability and performance points of view.Now Richard Davey, the man behind Phaser, has started a campaign to collect money to be able to dedicate more time enhancing his incredible framework.Please check this out:
Our latest game is here. After the success of FootChinko any other studio would have done a sequel, but we decided to produce bananamania, surrealism in its pure state.
Hopefully players like it. We don’t know if it’s a good game, as players have to decide on that. But one thing is for sure: it’s a game that goes round and round in circles.
Its peculiarities start at the preload scene, as it lacks of the typical preload bar or a number measuring the loaded percentage. Progress is just a collection of unconnected dots that grow to conform a big pixel banana.
It’s original! We’ve taken the risk of not producing a match 3 or the clone of a successful mobile game, which is exactly what publishers love and finance.
Opposite to the html5 casual games currently published, it doesn’t target a particular kind of player. Everyone who is bored of playing clones of clones is welcomed to bananamania.
Its title is too long. Many publishers misspell the name when answering our emails.
The home scene is too elaborated and detailed, sometimes we think that we’ve invested more time on that scene than in the whole game.
It lacks a story and its setting is unrelated to the game play.
The score text, which on any other game would be just readable and noticeable, gains prominence and spins, hurting even the game play itself by doing that.
3 of its 6 levels are hidden to the player, he/she doesn’t even know that they exist! and a semitransparent and disabled arrow button leads nowhere.
Its high graphic weight doesn’t correspond to its simple game play. Graphic assets and game play are quite unbalanced. The simplicity of the game mechanic rests value to the amount of work put on the pixel art, visual and audio effects instead of praising them (as a couple of publishers think).
The basis of the game mechanic is breaking the player’s flow continuously. Opposite of what game design books recommend, bananamania is ridiculously difficult and keeps on offering frustration without any rewards to the player (as real life sometimes).
The player can’t control the game characters, which is uncommon, just throw them bananas.
The player encounters hazards without previous warning.
And last but not least, maybe just one person in the world will be able to finish the game. So much effort on a single player in the era of the online masses, doesn’t make any sense from a materialistic point of view.
Too many contradictions in your head? Don’t go bananas and play bananamania. Here is the link:
We develop casual games, which in narrative terms means that, generally, stories tend to be overlooked in our field:
- Some odd pigs stole your eggs and you immolate your people (birds) to erase their kind.
- Someone leaves a hungry critter at your doorstep and you feed it a la “Home Alone”.
- You use a machine-gun as a jetpack to burst into a factory and gather some cash that would allow you to get a green mohawk haircut (??).
The list could go on and on, and the quality of stories would diminish until we got to: “a sugar-dealer majordomo invites you to move candies around”.
Before going any further we must say that despite their minimalist stories, these four games rely on a solid gameplay that’s been proven highly motivating for millions of players.
Although we may not be great story tellers, and we definitely have replicated some naive approaches to casual games, we certainly care about making casual games move forward…
In the pathway we have figured out that we can tell amusing stories using not just the intros of the game. In this case, we’ll talk briefly about the narrative possibilities of level menus.
Once again, the previously mentioned games have no significant stories, so there’s no way that their level menus can build up something that is missing from the beginning.
Three classical models of casual games level menus: slots with numbers, In-App-Purchases focused screen, and pointless map. (While you can talk about a journey using a map, in most games it’s just an excuse to give a sense of progression and use different background settings in the game. In the best of cases, every new area will unlock new game mechanics vaguely related to its emplacement, but still though there’s no underlying story about a travel.)
Here there are some story-aimed level menus we used in the past.
Meet Barcenas, the treasurer of a major spanish political party. In the game Chorizos de España, this merry fellow has gathered tons of black money and needs to carry them to Switzerland, the nation where blood-stained money sleeps tight. Traveling by plane is not safe for his purpose, so you have to drive all your way through.
The narrative resource of the journey fits perfectly here. The real character made these very same travel to carry loads of 500-euro bills to Lombard Odier’s offices in Geneva. So if point A and point B are relevant to the development of your story, and there’s a story about a journey to be told… don’t fear the stiff and overused maps: they are your answer, master Frodo!
Do you remember The Death appearing on “The seventh seal” challenging the knight to a chess match? … no? Well… remember the scene of Death playing Battleship in Bill & Ted’s bogus journey? Well… anyway… Death knocks on your door, and before you can even challenge her to a game in exchange for your soul, she proposes a basketball match, just for fun, with her and her three friends: Famine, War and Pestilence.
It may not be quite elaborated, but in Apocalypse Baskeball’s story the individual appeal of the characters is quite relevant. Instead of presenting 4 different game modes, we emplace the player against 4 challenges, 4 cocky demi-gods that make fun of you from the very beginning.
All in all, it’s pretty simple. No deep diving into ellaborated plots or metaphorical stuff, and still, with little effort there’s enough space to reinforce the theme of your game via the level menus. We just sneaked into the possibilities (we are certainly no masters at it), but there are so many opportunities for you to build part of your story using this screen. So when you discover yourself planning a 3-starred-slot levels matrix, or a map to nowhere, just take a couple of minutes to see if you are loosing a narrative opportunity there.
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Here’s the game trailer of Krazy Race, soon available on web, Appstore and Google Play.
Developed using Citrus Engine and Starling.
Now that we are about to release our Kiba and Kumba racing game, here’s an infography about the evolution of racing games, since 1988 (RC Pro AM) until nowadays (GTAV?). Click image to expand info.
This new entry makes more sense to be written in spanish, so here we go…
Conoce al hombre detrás del mito. ¡El genio de la evasión de capital! …mmm… no hablo de Pepiño, ni de Iñaki, ni de Fabra, ni de Griñán, ni de Oriol, ni de Millet, ni de Guerrero, ni de Sepúlveda, ni de Chaves, ni de Rato, ni de Correa, ni de Guerra, ni de Roldán, ni de Conde, ni de De La Rosa, ni de Botín ¡¡ni siquiera del Dioni!! Hablamos ahora de Bárcenas, y hablamos del saqueo masivo de un país tan grande y generoso que puede permitirse muchos de estos personajes. ¡Incluso diría que muchos más!
Estamos ante un panorama desolador, estamos viendo el impune desfile de: CHORIZOS DE ESPAÑA (y olé).
En próximos capítulos (actualizaciones) podrás meterte en la piel de otros presuntos mangutas, pero ahora es el momento de ayudar a Luis Bárcenas a trasladar su fortuna a las oficinas de Lombard-Odier en Ginebra, Suiza. No sabemos en qué planea gastarse todo ese dinero, si en crear un satélite artificial de confetti concentrado, o formar un ejército personal de clones de Cristiano Ronaldo. No nos incumbe. Allá cada cual con sus vicios, sólo importa que necesita nuestra ayuda y no se la podemos negar.
Recorre los paisajes de la azotada meseta española. Haz turismo por aeropuertos fantasma, obras faraónicas muertas de risa, hospitales masacrados y traslada toda tu fortuna sin perder ni un céntimo por el camino. Aquí no encontrarás enemigos que se interpongan, (alfombra roja para el emprendedor) sólo estáis tú, tu pastuqui, y tu pericia. Y qué mejor manera de realizar este maravilloso periplo que hacerlo a ritmo de pasodoble de organillo.
Siente el cierzo en las patillas, el olor de los billetes de 500, el ritmo pachanguero del Casiotone y embárcate en esta aventura fiscal. ¡Al fin, la corrupción está al alcance de pobres como nosotros!
Ayer, en pleno brote psicótico, los esforzados miembros de Ravalmatic subimos la primera versión de Chorizos de España a Google Play para poder ser descargado en móviles y tabletas Android. Próximamente se publicará también la versión iOS. ¡Os mantendremos informados!
Wow! Players loved our last game.
These days is very difficult to get the attention and involvement of players but our Scary Lilly seduced them. Lilly motivates us to improve MMO’s concept and make it more appealing and entertaining.
Since the game concept and the code is almost the same as MMO-1, all the merit belong to the artists. They really did an amazing job.