The DEVICE 6 soundtrack is in Game Music Bundle 7! For 1 buck (ONE!) you can get the music from loads of other great games such as Broken Age and Banner Saga. That is an insane deal for sure, but we suggest you give more than just that, to support these amazing composers. Hurry up, the bundle ends in next week!
We’re working and iterating on the idea of our next game a lot on the moment (and making really good progress; we already have something beautiful on device!). But we’re not ready to talk or show about it yet, so in the meantime we thought you might enjoy this little video as it is pretty Simogo related.
This is some gameplay from a pitch prototype called Brisby & Donnovan from the studio Southend were we used to work at. Simon created the idea, art and sound for it, in early 2010 before we left to start Simogo. So, this is not a Simogo-project, and will (most likely) never see the light of day, as Southend no longer exist :(
Anyway, It would be a shame for it to go unseen, so we wanted to take the opportunity to show you at least one little snippet of the fun and lovely things that were brewing inside Southend. Enjoy:
We have now made Year Walk available for you Mac-owning non-steamers! Hop on over to the Mac App Store to get it!
So much has happened in so little time! As we arrived home from London and the BAFTAs with Daniel and Jonas two weeks ago, just days later we set sail for San Francisco and GDC. We had no less than 4 nominations for DEVICE 6 in the IGF awards (+2 honourable mentions, which makes us the first studio in the history of IGF to have a presence in every category), 2 nominations for in the Game Developer’s Choice Awards, 5 nominations in the Pocketgamer awards as well as the IMGA, for both DEVICE 6 and Year Walk (CRAZY!).
While our week was actually just meeting old and new wonderful friends, we also had a demo-kiosk at the IGF pavillion to setup and attend. But truth to be told, we didn’t attend it that much, instead we stood from a distance and spied and took photos. In the previous two years we had just demoed our games, but this time we wanted to make something a little more special, so we had decided to create an analog version of the game that we called the DEVICE 6 IGF TEST KIOSK. Basically, the visitors would have to find clues in printed text snippets, three-dimensional lenticular images, fake plastic iPhones (Yes, that’s a thing) with printed text insert, a mysterious box with an audio device that would play a sound when a button was pushed, and loads of (fake?) lenses and microphones bugging the booth. Solving the puzzle by inspecting this and looking in unsuspected places would eventually lead visitors to a secret webpage.
One of the funniest things for us (in hindsight that is, we were quite upset when we found out), was that we got a Booth Violation Notice for covering up logos with our big print piece. Some of the more friendly arrangers helped us sort it out, and we ended up doing some modifications to our kiosk which actually made it a whole lot better. Check out the gallery below to see some pics of the thing in action!
Joystiq actually covered our odd installation, and posted this video:
One of the biggest events was of course to win an IGF award for DEVICE 6′s Audio. We decided that the award belonged to Daniel Olsén, and left it with him in San Francisco. BUT! We also won an IMGA for Excellence In Art Design for Year Walk, so we got to keep one award at least.
As if all of this and the huge feature in the App Store weren’t enough, when we came home we found out that DEVICE 6 HAD SOLD 200.000 (TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND!) COPIES ON THE APP STORE. Wow.
So, to round it off, we really just want to thank everyone that has played and helped making our strange little text-map-meta-game-adventure-thing into a huge success for us. We, honestly, could’ve never believed it would reach so many people.
So from the bottom of our tiny fragile hearts,
Back in the office! We’ve had a wonderful week at GDC (with an igf award being one of the many highlights), and we’ll try to do some kind of round-up post soon, but we quickly wanted to show you this:
App Store let us be the first to choose a couple of games we like in their new series Indie Game Showcase. An honour and no easy task; there are many more games we would’ve loved to be on that list. Anyway, do check it out, there might just be one or two games that you’ve missed!
With the new look for our site, we felt now was a good time to get some new business cards. But, you know, business cards is a silly thing, so we thought we’d make something fun with it (and honestly, we’re not very business-y at all), so we decided to make Puzzle Cards instead of Business Cards.
The main idea with these cards is that we both have a set of two cards, with different puzzles, most of them requiring that you’ll use the two cards together, like a key for a cipher. So each puzzle is a little cipher for phone numbers, e-mail, web adress and names. We’ve placed them in tiny envelopes, and ordered a Simogo stamp, so it feels like a cute mini top secret dossier. We think these turned out pretty nice, have a look at the gallery below for more photos!
We are very happy to tell you that YEAR WALK FOR PC AND MAC IS NOW AVAILABLE ON STEAM!
We probably do not need to tell you what’s new again. We just want to quickly tell you that this new version is made with much much love during the last four months, and we dearly hope both Year Walk veterans and newcomers will enjoy it.
Long overdue, but here it is: The New Simogo Site! As you can see, we are no more blue, and all the old friends, such as Borderworm and Headermonkey are gone. They are… in a better place now.
Jokes aside, we didn’t feel the old site portrayed what we are making (and frankly it was feeling rather old…), and we wanted something that felt more timeless. What do you think?
We are still ironing out the last bugs, so please bear with us. If you see something odd, please, do let us know!
Big thanks to Victor for helping us out with the new site!
You better hurry up, because the DEVICE 6 posters are available right NOW at Fangamer!
The Island Mystery at The Twin Castles
A 18″ x 24″ reproduction of a cover for an unreleased paperback, found in large quantities in several boxes at an abandoned printing shop in Sheffield. The back cover describes the adventure of a cunning woman named Anna who wakes up on a remote island. A list of other titles such as “The Clue in the Stuffed Crocodile” and “The Talking Mannequin Cipher”, suggest that there were several “Interactive Mysteries” produced in what appear to be called the “HAT series.”
Simulation Area 1 & 2 Area Plans
We uncovered these curious 24″ x 18″ plans printed on natural matte paper onboard of Lily Christine, a fishing boat that mysteriously sailed ashore unmanned at Port Denison, December 2013. We’re not quite certain what purpose these plans serve, but they seem to outline some sort of operation by an organisation named HAT, and includes detailed floor plans and history for locations known as the Bear Bridge, West and East Castle.
While the plans themselves appear to be new, the history described hark back to the early 20th century, and one Arkwright family.