The best kind of bonding is over extra long work days, being in the same room non-stop with people, and cranking out a kick ass game. Recently a group of us from Akupara went to the Global Game Jam in North Hollywood, which is one of the 600+ locations that all participated in the Global Game Jam at the same time.
Teams get formed, and each team had 48 hours to create a game from scratch based on a particular theme. The theme for 2017 was “Waves,” so our team (which included both Akupara and new friends), created a game based on the popular stadium cheer called “the wave” where people raise their hands at proper timing in conjunction with others to create the effect that the crowd is making a wave.
One of the first games Akupara Games is working on publishing, is horror adventure game Keep in Mind. We approached indies at Little Moth Studios because we saw some huge potential in the title and the company. The game had previously been released for GameJolt, but we’re working with Little Moth to completely revamp and re-release the title on Steam. Stay tuned for more…
Keep in Mind follows Jonas, a tormented alcoholic who seeks refuge in sleep from the life crumbling around him. One night, he awakens to a shadowy mirror world where beasts lurk and the stars don’t shine. Lost and scared, Jonas must face all those twisted beasts if he ever wishes to return home and learn the truth about this darkness.
I’ve done it again, I’ve started another game studio. The studio is called Akupara Games.
Back when I started Night Light Interactive in 2012, I was a recent college grad, and looking to mainly create a portfolio piece to help launch my career in games. It was an incredible learning experience, and built the foundation of my knowledge in development and publishing.
Several years later I’m starting a new studio for completely different reasons. Over the past seven years I have created a lot of games. I have had a lot of successes, and a lot of failures. There are so many things I wish I had known when I had been creating games.
The player controls a full party of heroes such as a Warrior, Mage, and Cleric, but their spells and attacks are activated by chaining together notes like you would in rhythm games like Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero. Each hero has their own lane of music, and the player can switch between lanes at any time to select the hero they want to attack with.
By David Logan
On 29, Jun 2016 | In Website | By David Logan
The completely revamped Trolls website launched today, along with a brand new trailer. I produced the site with Adam from TVGla, partnering with Dreamworks. The site features bios on all the characters, video content, and the latest news on the movie. In later phases, sections will be added for games and a shop.
Trolls features a star-studded cast with original music from Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick. It’s an animated comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures. It will release November 2016.
Have you ever wanted to work for the infamous Conner4Real? Use the Job Generator and find out what your hilarious position would be in his Conntourage. Click “Generate” and spin a “slot-machine”-like wheel of job opportunities. After you get your title, you can share to Facebook and Twitter, or suggest the job for one of your friends.
Phase 1 of the Popstar EPK Site launched last week for Universal Pictures. The site has a unique design which look like a magazine. Every element from the font treatment, to the imagery complements it.
In addition to the site’s development, TVG has been churning out social assets for Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We’ve had a few really unique opportunities partnering with Snapchat on featured geofilters.
By David Logan
On 31, Mar 2016 | In Desktop | By David Logan
The Metronomicon is a rhythm combat game which I’ve been producing for the past year with the LA based studio Puuba (previously I worked on The Weaponographist with them). The game’s been picked up by publisher Kasedo Games, and will be coming to Steam (PC/Mac) in 2016.
The game features a full 50 song soundtrack with incredible bands, including an exclusive track from Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence, an unreleased track from Shiny Toy Guns, along with tracks from YACHT, Perturbator, J-Punch, Dj CUTMAN, and many, many more.
In 4 days TVGla very impressively got a Teaser Site up for Universal‘s new movie, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Alongside the teaser site launch, Universal also released the first Trailer for the movie. I’ll continue to work with TVGla on a massive 360 campaign for Popstar which includes a full blown website, several micro sites, social, and a banner campaign.
Popstar features The Lonely Island crew with Andy Samberg as the lead actor, and a ton of celebrity cameos.
By David Logan
On 02, Mar 2016 | In Website | By David Logan
Today was a pretty exciting day for Stephen King and The Dark Tower fans, because not only was the movie confirmed to be in preproduction, but lead actors Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba were announced as the main characters, “The Man in Black” and Roland Deschain.
Entertainment Weekly wrote a great story outlining our social campaign, involving creating original Twitter handles, and even getting Stephen King to write a tweet.