Frutorious, Games

Infinite State Games at TIGA 2012 – capers ahoy!

So, we had a great time at the TIGA 2012 awards. We didn’t win anything, but then we only entered two categories. It was absolutely hilarious seeing our game on the big screen along side all those other whopping titles, a memory which we’ll never forget.

It was a fantastic evening and we met loads of awesome, awesome people. The Stick Sports Ltd. team were ace, we got to chat to Gary Penn from Denki about TV detectives, and nice man from Edge magazine said he’d heard of our game! Hooray!

Lovely chandeliers at the Assembly Rooms in Bath

We know what you’re all wanting to know though… what was the food like?

Starter was celeriac with a pear and bits of blue cheese. It was quite nice.
Main was chicken with some potato. Lovely chicken, nice gravy. Charlie was particularly happy with the gravy.
Pudding was a really nice apple pie with a bit of ice cream, which is just what Barry fancied so he was happy too.

So even though we didn’t win, it was fun. We managed to flood the twitter feed at one point by orchestrating all our friends to simultaneously tweet about Frutorious. We also liberally scattered some fliers about encouraging game journos to support our tiny team and silly game. A few of them found their way onto the front of Future publishing but we have only the wine to blame for that.

Here’s a video of our evening’s highlights…

Other highlights included getting Bad Hotel’s nomination video soundtrack stuck in our heads (it was a spoof of M.E.T.H.O.D. Maaaaaaan but with B.A.D. H.O.T… Elllll.)
Also chatting to a lovely guy called George who made the lovely, zoney Cubes for iOS who offered to help us get our heads around Unity ūüôā

Next stop – losing the BAFTAS!

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Frutorious FREE till 5th November to celebrate TIGA 2012 awards!

FRUTORIOUS FREE FOR A BIT!

It’s the TIGA 2012 awards tonight in Bath and we can’t flippin’ wait! ¬†To celebrate, we’re making Frutorious FREE for a limited time, so tell all your chums they can GRAB IT for GRATIS before 5th of November! C’mon, let’s see if we can break that¬†elusive¬†top 100 ūüėÄ

Here’s the AppStore link¬†https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/frutorious/id524952395?mt=8

BLACK HOLES!

In the mean time, we’re also busy beavering away on levels for the update! One of the new things that’ll be in the update are BLACK HOLES! Making levels with these are super good fun, and we’ve been banging them out on our lunch breaks at work and in the evenings. ¬†Here’s a little video that’ll do a better job at explaining what they are like than I could in words…

THE BIG AWARDS QUESTION!

So all that’s left to do now is sit and wait to find out the answer to the question on everyone’s lips… ¬†What food they doin’ at the meal? Charlie will be hungry after the long drive and I know what he’s like – he’ll want a bit of gravy. ¬†Personally, I’m in the mood for a bit of ice cream!

Whatever is for dinner we know we’ll have a great evening. ¬†Still hasn’t sunk in that we’re going! ¬†We’re in categories with some really professional and¬†amazingly popular titles, so for a game made by 3 guys with day jobs which has only had a handful of downloads this is a proper immeasurably massive whopping great big deal ūüôā

GO DOWNLOAD FRUTORIOUS!

So yeah! ¬†Please go share this, tell your palz and family, tell all your internet-chums and that woman you say hello to with the dog. ¬†Impress hipster friends by introducing them to it, believe me, they wouldn’t have heard of it!

Here’s that link again…

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/frutorious/id524952395?mt=8

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All set for TIGA 2012!

We’re all totally pumped to have a good time at the TIGA 2012 awards. ¬†What’s super cool about it is that it will be the first time the team has actually met in person since the project started back in March. ¬†Barry Island and Charlie haven’t seen each other for the best part of six years!

We’ve also never been to anything like an awards ceremony. It’s gonna be a totally awesome reunion and party for us. We’ve also got ChetMega from Townhouse Records and his entourage coming along to enjoy the event along with some other VIP guests who’ve supported Frutorious all the way from the beginning.

ChetMega – the voice of Frutorious F.I.G.

Another cosmic thing is we think we’re the smallest team up for a TIGA award with only three dudes! It would be a total underdog victory if we won anything, but we think we’ve really captured in our game the run away independent spirit of videogames in both casual and audio design and hope that gets recognition ūüôā

We’re pumped. We’ve got Friday off. We’ve got our T-Shirts ready…

Look at our awesome t-shirts!

We’ve got our nomination announcement trailer ready…

We’ll be rockin the awards ceremony and representing at the after show. If you’re there too come along and say hi! Stop and have a drink! Pop out for a fag! Chat about games and music with us! We’re pretty awesome dudes, we’ll be the ones wearing Frutorious T-Shirts ūüôā

See you there!

Announcements, Frutorious, Games

No way! Frutorious is TIGA 2012 nominated!

It is with great delight and chests full of pride that we announce that Frutorious has been officially chosen as a finalist in two categories of the TIGA 2012 awards!

Here’s the official press release from TIGA¬†

The categories we’re in have some fantastic games and excellent examples of the best of British work, so being alongside them and having our game recognised by industry peers is really really cool. ¬†Proper job!

Here’s the groups…

CASUAL

SCE London Studio – DanceStar‚ĄĘ Party
Aardman Digital and Turner Broadcasting – Dino Donkey Dash: The Amazing World of Gumball
Reflections a Ubisoft studio – Just Dance 4
Infinite State Games РFrutorious 
NaturalMotion Games Р CSR Racing
First Touch Games Ltd – Score! Classic Goals

AUDIO DESIGN

Lionhead, Microsoft Studios – Fable: The Journey
Infinite State Games – Frutorious
thechineseroom – Dear Esther
Fireproof Games – The Room
Reflections a Ubisoft Studio – Driver San Francisco
JohnnyTwoShoes – Prevail

We just wanted to thank everyone who voted for us. ¬†You guys are all fantastic and we’re so grateful for your help in getting Frutorious and our tiny team nominated. ¬†Without you guys playing our game, helping us and sharing our updates and taking the time to vote, we wouldn’t have got here. ¬†It’d just have been me and Charlie voting and that would have been a sorry state of affairs.

Whatever happens at the awards, this is super exciting! ¬†We’ll be sure to let you know how we get on… in the mean time though, we’ll be cracking on with the update for you all ūüôā

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Vote Frutorious at TIGA 2012!

We need to make the shortlist in these TIGA awards so bad. ¬†It’d be amazing to be nominated as it’d really help give Frutorious and our teeny tiny games company the help we need to make better stuff for everyone!

We’re up for short listing in two categories, ‘Casual’ (small studio) and ‘Audio Design’ (small studio)

Here’s why you should vote for us in these categories…

CASUAL : (Small Studio)

Described by some as ‘Angry Birds meets Rainbow Islands’ – Frutorious is a flicky, bouncey platform game that sits along-side its AppStore casual companions with its head held high, despite having a budget of pretty much zero. (About ¬£6 on plasticine and felt!)

It’s a visually striking game with a charming art style made completely of plasticine and felt, including an introduction story showcasing hand painted artwork.

With a simple and intuitive ‘pull-back and ping’ style slingshot controls and a multiple rewards for each level, Frutorious is designed so that people of all ages and abilities can have fun and find their own level of challenge.

It offers a fun and original casual gameplay experience in the main game, and as an aside also features a game mode for those players who want the basic challenge elements in the game condensed into an uber-casual 8-bit style endless arcade mode ‚Äď Frutorious Pro

It has been featured on Indiegames.com, and was also chosen as one of the ‘three apps worth downloading’ on Appolicious.

We have loads of happy players who have given us over 30 five star reviews on the AppStore!

We believe Frutorious should be nominated for best casual game from a small studio because we’ve worked really hard with very little resources to make a game that everyone can enjoy: male or female, young or old, busy or bored. It also is embued with a particularly eccentric quirkiness that makes it feel distinctly British.

It is cheap as chips 69p/99c  to download, and it also features a huge amount of extra level content expandable via I.A.P.

AUDIO DESIGN (Small Studio)

We concentrated on making pure, joyful and catchy music to compliment our game.  We feel that the sound track is unique in its video-game inspired interpretation of funk and dub, proudly wearing its roots on its sleeve while perfectly complimenting the game-play and artistic aesthetic.

The Frutorious title theme harks back to 16 bit days of blue sky gaming, reminiscent of the soul of much loved arcade and home console games of the 90’s.

The in-game level music is a collection of synthy, videogame inspired dub and funk tracks, and we even created an acoustic version of the title theme which plays during the certain parts of the game.

From banging 8-bit anthems, through toe tapping but sinister dubstep, all the way to soulful acoustic guitar melodies… Frutorious is a musical delight. ¬†The sound effects perfectly compliment both the music and the game-play, consisting of a mixture of live recordings and synthesised noises… all coming together to create a sound that just¬†‘is video games’. ¬†

We also have the voice of up-coming UK rapper¬†‘ChetMega’¬†providing the in-game announcements by ‘Frutorious F.I.G.’ which amplifies the game-play thrill of achieving huge scores.

You can listen to the Frutorious official sound track here –¬†¬†http://soundcloud.com/swith-1/sets/frutorious-ost/¬†–¬†we’re sure you’ll be humming our Frutorious main theme in no time ūüėČ

You can nominate for us to be shortlisted here:

http://awards.tiga.org/awards_categories.php

Again, please please do the right thing and drop us a vote, it’d be totally rad if we won something!