Mistaken Identity by Ken Wong
Spicy Horse is proud to announce the launch of its online art store. Now you can purchase original illustrations by the talented artists who power the studio – the same people driving the imagery for projects like “Alice 2”. The store currently features artwork by Ken Wong and Luis Melo. In the future we’ll include artwork from “Alice 2” and other studio projects.
Details from the store:
From the trusty band of artists at Spicy Horse comes the chance to own authentic pieces of art produced by our video game artists. Each image is specially licensed and produced on canvas for a lifetime of viewing pleasure, and each piece is licensed, numbered and signed.
Head over to the store and grab your own signed print today!
Spicy Horse Online Art Store
Spicy Horse Games has just launched its first iphone app “DexIQ”. Head over to the iPhone App Store now and BUY IT! You can also read more about it on DexIQ.com or take a gander at this informative product description:
Think you’re smart?
Think you have quick reflexes?
Your brain has two halves, shouldn’t your IQ test?
Presenting DexIQ, the first app designed to challenge your dexterity and IQ at the SAME TIME!
Two screens of independent game action unfolding simultaneously
Tests designed to challenge your reflexes paired with ones designed to test your IQ
32 individual mini-games combined into 8 levels of spasm-inducing cognitive battery
Compete against your friends to see just how dumb and slow they really are!
Compete against yourself to see which side of your brain is dominant!
Share your unique DexIQ score and achievements on the Plus+ Network!
So stop wasting time on games that only challenge half your brain. Take the DexIQ challenge NOW!
Just a little back story for those interested: This is actually the 2nd iPhone title built at Spicy Horse, but the first to be released. The concept was created by Ken Wong, our Art Director and built by “Spicy Pony”, our little internal iPhone development team. DexIQ represents our first attempt at becoming a serious iPhone developer of fun games and entertainment apps. We’re hoping our unique location in Shanghai, China will also allow us to build apps specific for China.
If you enjoy DexIQ please take a moment to rank it (5 stars!?) and write something nice about it. If you do it’ll make my day 🙂
DexIQ is the cool new iPhone app from Spicy Horse Games. The concept was created by Spicy’s own Ken Wong (Art Director on Alice 2, Grimm, etc).
DexIQ is currently going through the submission process with Apple. We hope it will get approved and released by end of year (2009). Once it’s on the app store we’ll do a full-blown launch. Consider this a sneak peak.
The Spicy Horse Logo
Brian Ashcroft from Kotaku has presented a really great interview with me and a few others from Spicy Horse. It details the history of my move to China, the formation of Spicy Horse, and our vision of the future of games in China. From the article,
It was 2007, and China was buzzing â€” with optimism and energy. “Chinese contemporary society is like a whirlwind,” says McGeeâ€™s business partner and art director, Ken Wong. “It seems to have changed in 10 years as much as America has in the past 40.” McGee and Wong, started boutique studio dubbed â€œSpicy Horseâ€ or â€œMa La Maâ€ in Chinese. Initially, they worked out of their homes on an island off the Hong Kong coast. “We moved into some really low-rent warehouse space in Shanghai upon our initial landing in the mainland,” says McGee. “From there we moved a few more times, ever growing the company, taking on more people, and evolving the culture.”
Be sure to check out the full article.
Many thanks to Brian for crafting such a cool article. And thanks to Kotaku readers for supporting interesting interviews like this 🙂
Spicy Horse Art Director Ken Wong has been mentioned on an art supply website called “PaperStreet Supplies“. Seems if you’re wanting to learn more about Ken while shopping for art products, this is the place to go. Alternately, you could visit Ken’s personal site for a similar experience without the shopping.
I’ve posted a clean version of the image that inspired the Grimm billboard on my flickr account.