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Games, games everywhere – Rebuild

Games, games everywhere – Rebuild

On monday we started this series of articles to briefly talk and recommend a game once every 2 days. Not just any games, but those that we have spent a lot of time playing (to the point of obsession and even losing weight and sleep)….

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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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Games, games everywhere – Wonderputt

Games, games everywhere – Wonderputt

We should have started this article series on Friday when it started snowing but Monday is good as well. So what is G,GE about? Well, in case it wasn’t obvious, we play a lot of video games: mobile, console, desktop, paid or free, old games, new…

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Planet Kwalee Podcast: 17th of January 2013

Planet Kwalee Podcast: 17th of January 2013

For our second podcast of 2013 Ian is joined by his estranged co-host Alexei Lundgard once again, as the old team reunite and also recruit Barnaby Smith to come and share his thoughts with us. They get stuck in to the female gamers debate, the…

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Ed Vaizey, the creative industries Minister, will visit Leamington Spa

Ed Vaizey, the creative industries Minister, will visit Leamington Spa

In a debate that took place in the house of commons on the 10th of January this year, Chris White MP mentioned that the creative industries Minister Ed Vaizey is planning a visit to Leamington Spa, an important centre of the video games industry for…

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Making of: Jetpack Joyride, Pudding Monsters and many more

Making of: Jetpack Joyride, Pudding Monsters and many more

Most of the times we try to study and learn about the story and success of a game by observing or analyzing it’s effects. We see the impact and final stage of the game once it is launched and try to decipher and find out…

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That Pussy Flip to Flip the Cats name change

That Pussy Flip to Flip the Cats name change

The name that you give a game is immensely important. It is what people use to identify a complex human experience, so when you see the words Grand Theft Auto, Halo, Mario or Tetris they have a resonance that goes well beyond the simple letters…

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Planet Kwalee Podcast: 10th of January 2013

Planet Kwalee Podcast: 10th of January 2013

We’re back! For our first episode of the Planet Kwalee podcast Ian kane & Alex Bleau will be joined by the team behind Kwalee’s second title ‘Pussy Flip’ soon to be re-named and re-launched. James Munro and Pedro Caria will be filling you all in…

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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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Showcasing the newest addition to the Kwalee Nerf gun armoury

Showcasing the newest addition to the Kwalee Nerf gun armoury

The Kwalee team likes.. no… loves Nerf guns – and using them on the marketing team. So you can imagine the excitement when new toys arrive. We did want to make a sort of commercial for Pedro’s newest Nerf gun, but words are not necessary…

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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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Kwalee at the end of an exciting year and what to expect in 2013

Kwalee at the end of an exciting year and what to expect in 2013

It is now about 18 months since David Darling first put Kwalee together, so with the changing year I thought I would tell you what we have achieved thus far and what is going to happen next year. The important thing, which is mostly invisible…

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Planet Kwalee Podcast: 20th December 2012

Planet Kwalee Podcast: 20th December 2012

In this week’s episode Ian and Alex are joined by James Horn in a very special Christmas podcast! Featuring our very own Pop Stars contestant James Horn singing his own version of Sir Cliff’s ‘Mistletoe & Wine’ with his own parody lyrics ! And on…

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Calling All Musicians!

Calling All Musicians!

Are you in a band? Are you an electronic music producer? Perhaps you just like to whistle a lot? or maybe you have been wanting to dip your toe in to the musical pond for a while? Then we may have something that might interest…

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Kwalee featured yesterday on BBC Midlands news

Kwalee featured yesterday on BBC Midlands news

  BBC Midlands did a news story yesterday about  mobile games and the Leamington ‘Silicon’ Spa games cluster featuring Kwalee and Hardlight Studios. Of course, you can see that everyone did their best at looking focused and serious.

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A slice of Raspberry Pi

A slice of Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a cheap, credit card sized computer developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The Pi is intended to stimulate the teaching of basic computer science to children in schools, coinciding with the recent plans to scrap the current ICT curriculum. So, why…

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Hotline Miami: How a great gaming experience could be even better

Hotline Miami: How a great gaming experience could be even better

This article is about the original experience that you get when playing Hotline Miami. But first, let’s talk about Bastion, another great game. Bastion has a unique setting and an interesting story. But that is not the best part. Bastion’s ground is generated while your…

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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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