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Games, games everywhere – Earthworm Jim

Games, games everywhere – Earthworm Jim

This post is number 12 from the series of articles we started about games that have taken too much of our time (some of them still do). Today we talk about Earthworm Jim, a 2D sideways platform game developed by Sega. The first time I remember playing this game…

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A look at 13 successfully monetized free to play games

A look at 13 successfully monetized free to play games

One of the things Kwalee is interested in for games currently in development is getting free to play right. That means finding the right balance between what people pay for and what they play for. While a lot of Kwalee staff have good knowledge of…

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Over 3000 people taking part in @McFunkypants’ #onegameamonth

Over 3000 people taking part in @McFunkypants’ #onegameamonth

At the end of 2012, Christer Kaitila invited several of his friends and people he knew to play a new kind of RPG game in the year to come. He called it one game a month and the goal is pretty straightforward. He also put…

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The Kwalee team is now on Pinterest

The Kwalee team is now on Pinterest

Having no more space to place any extra pin boards, we decided to move all our hobbies, lists and collections online. And what better place to do that than on Pinterest. Our boards will contain but not be limited to games, mobile, gadgets, nerf guns,…

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On the wishlist: The Impulse controller

On the wishlist: The Impulse controller

There are hundreds of wireless controllers on the market that you can buy to get that retro feeling when playing games on your mobile phone. However, you wouldn’t go on holiday with your iCade in the backpack. Even the beautiful 8 bit retro gamepads can be…

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We played a lot in 2012. Looks like we’ll be playing even more in 2013

We played a lot in 2012. Looks like we’ll be playing even more in 2013

Last year, we played a lot. Counting up all the hours spent on games, it is safe to say we could have built a house in the same time. But we did not and by the looks of what we will be able to play…

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A short piece on music in games

A short piece on music in games

Back in November of this year, I had the pleasure to go and see the “Final Fantasy: Distant Worlds” concert in Edinburgh. It did not disappoint. It was one of the most beautiful and inspiring concerts focused upon a game franchise I adore and I…

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What will you be playing over the holidays?

What will you be playing over the holidays?

All the people here at Kwalee are getting ready for the holidays. You can tell because the closer we get to the 21st, the more people talk about what games they will be playing or what gadget/joypad/console/gizmo they have bought. Console here, pc there, mobile…

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Planet Kwalee Podcast: 13th December 2012

Planet Kwalee Podcast: 13th December 2012

In this week’s episode Ian and Alexei are joined by Alex Bleau and Jay Lytwynenko. They discuss about the Hobbit and why Jay loves the movie so much, Alexei’s new joypad adaptor for the iPhone, Farm Fighters update from Alexei and Jay, games we have…

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Free to Play: Pay me! An ethical discussion

Free to Play: Pay me! An ethical discussion

The recent industry discussions and media spotlight on the merits of free-to-play gaming have largely centered around whether this is the most appropriate monetization model for producing commercially successful games. The choice whether to make a game freemium or paid-for is a tricky and often…

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Most resented cliches in the gaming industry

Most resented cliches in the gaming industry

We had a bit of fun on monday talking about cliches in the gaming industry and in games. It is annoying when you are in the flow, you love the game, you are completely immersed in the experience, and then it happens: the game has…

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Fun remakes of great games

Fun remakes of great games

Almost everyone in the office has played Tetris and Mario at some point. Some of us still do. So imagine our excitement when we discovered a game studio that took the time to make great remakes of both. We are talking about Maurice Guegan and…

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Planet Kwalee Podcast: 15th November 2012

Planet Kwalee Podcast: 15th November 2012

In this weeks episode Ian and Alexei are joined by Kwalee programmer Evan Harris. They discuss Grand Theft Auto 5, Curiosity The Cube and we speak to Evan about Farm Fighters and how that’s all coming along and as always plenty of game banter and…

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David Darling speaks at Launch 2012

David Darling speaks at Launch 2012

The annual Launch Conference at the Birmingham Science Park kicked off this week,  a handfull of the Kwalee team headed over to sit in on the speeches from industry experts and support our very own David Darling as he sat on a panel with Will…

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Andrew Graham on course to change the games industry with completely new game mechanic

Andrew Graham on course to change the games industry with completely new game mechanic

Andrew Graham, the man responsible for the design and coding on the original Micro Machines is set to change the way we play games on portable devices forever. Andrew has created, in the game known internally as ‘Teapot‘, a game mechanic unlike anything seen previously….

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Video game art: Rayman Jungle Run

Video game art: Rayman Jungle Run

It was always my intention in this series to delve back into the vaults of videogames history to give great examples of game art, delicately extracting the subtle nuances of games from the past to strengthen my case for games as an art form. However,…

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Planet Kwalee Podcast: 1st November 2012

Planet Kwalee Podcast: 1st November 2012

A slightly different format now the Podcast has been handed over to Ian Kane and Alexei Lundgard, more music, more banter, just more! In this weeks episode Ian and Alexei are joined by Adam Philbin and Barnaby Smith. They discuss Barnaby’s recent tutorial articles focussing on…

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Pussy Flip 1.2 News

Pussy Flip 1.2 News

As part of the Pussy Flip 1.2 update we’re adding in a nice selection of collectable badges for players to earn. Some of these will be easy to earn, some of them more difficult, and some of them are a secret! Your badges will be…

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September 2012: Kwalee’s indie game story so far

September 2012: Kwalee’s indie game story so far

Kwalee is now just over a year old! Bruce Everiss, CMO, describes what we’ve learned so far and where our iPhone adventure will take us in the coming months. Our first game, Gobang Social, is a a big version of noughts and crosses where you…

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Games We Like

Games We Like

When we’re not working on Gobang Social, or PUSSY FLIP, we love nothing better than to play some awesome games. Kwalee is joining fellow indie developers, The Pickford Bros, in their efforts to encourage small game developers to help promote each other’s games. The Pickfords…

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