We continually aim to optimise our development techniques by using third party middleware
wherever we find it gives us an edge. For example, we've trialled many 'game engines'
Torque 2D and
DX Studio, and more recently
Playfirst which is a very lightweight
game framework and was used to produced our earlier Casual Games. In the past,
many of our PC games were developed using the
Our current game engine of choice is Marmalade.
Some of the engines we trialled are more suited to full blown 3D games and as such come with a larger
feature set, but involve a much greater overhead. Marmalade, enhanced by our own proprietary
comprehensive library of routines gives us PC and Mac out of the box as well as
Nintendo DS and
with minimal intervention and further development.
We currently use
Autodesk 3D Studio MAX,
Sound Forge and
for the art we create and music/sfx we use in our games.
We are a very approachable company and are based in Newcastle upon Tyne, the heart of the ‘Silicon Valley’ of North East England. We’re great fun to work for and we always welcome applications from Games Programmers, Computer Artists and Games Designers.
We continue to develop original downloadable titles which we self publish and also publish with 3rd party partners such as EA, Rockstar / Take2, THQ, Avanquest, Rondomedia, Konami, Koch Media etc . Our titles are distributed through many major online portals, including Big Fish Games , Wild Tangent, Game House , iWIN and Viacom. Most portals give users the opportunity to have a free trial which has revolutionised the way games are bought, putting the gamer in control. No longer can developers pass off poor titles in fancy boxes. The consumer can now preview the title and if it grabs their attention only then will they purchase it. The surrounding support network supplied by the leading portals also provides gamers with forums to communicate with each other and the developer in an open manner. Gamers help each other, supplying tips on how to get past some of the more tricky parts of the games and also with any issues they've found. The forums are also a place where gamers review the game in an unbiased way. All of these things help to shape the games we produce, games designed to be played by you!