Steve here (the art guy.)
So by now you’ve met PENUMBEAR, I’m really excited about this game. It feels bigger than what we’ve done so far. We still haven’t made any firm decisions on what to do with it yet but it feels like it needs a bigger platform than iPhone - bigger physically. It looks and feels great on an iPad. It could work on PC, it could be something else. But for now we’re just kinda marveling at the possibilities the game holds. It’s really fun to play, too.
It’s been fun for me for several reasons. For one I get to draw a cute teddy bear that bops around the screen and has a giant koala nose, there’s not much to dislike there. The dark castle, the bright colorful lights, streaks of light and shadow crossing the screen, teddy bear collectables, fireflies, it’s all very visually dynamic and that interests me aesthetically. It’s also closer in gameplay to the kind of games I’ve been really into, kind of an indie modern puzzle platformer.
We’ve been starting and stopping games since Omegapixel. It happens. I go through it when working on books as well - something sounds interesting, you try it out, and it’s either fun to play and fun to make or it’s a chore. Sometimes in one aspect, sometimes in both. It’s better to just drop it and move on - especially if something comes along that feels fresh and exciting.
Penumbear isn’t the only game we’re doing - there is another game, I think it’s definitely iPhone. Again we’re not sure where it’ll end up. We’ve talked to a few different companies and publishers and there’s really a lot of options for any of these projects, with continued self publishing definitely still an option. It’ll be interesting to see where it all goes.
In the meantime it’s been a lot of fun sharing Penumbear progress; art, gameplay. Please comment on it if you like it so we can gauge interest. If you’d really like to see something let us know and maybe we can try it! We’re accessible on twitter as @tacograveyard and I’m on there as @steveemond, or comment on this blog. Blogs love comments like Cookie monster loves cookies. And he does love cookies.
ALSO: background painting youtube coming soon!