The latest online game from Spicy Horse, Crazy Fairies, is topping the charts in just a few days since its launch. And since launch the game has been playable (cross-platform!) on Spicy’s own game portal SpicyWorld, Kongregate and facebook. Best of all, it’s exceeding everyone’s expectations!
During a two week period, the Crazy Fairies’ facebook page went from thirty to more than five-thousand likes. On Kongregate, it easily made it to the main page and it’s a top-game this month. We canâ€™t wait to show you all the mobile versions (iOS and Android), coming in August!
In case you’re wondering what “cross-platform” means for you… it means you and your friends no longer need to be separated by hardware (PC or Mac), platform (web, Kongregate or facebook) or device (Android or iOS/phones or tablets). You can play in real-time across all these platforms and devices from anywhere in the world against ALL the other people who are playing the game around the globe. It’s one big happy online world!
“Console guys are running scared,” says Will Wright in an interview over on Games Industry. In the interview Will is asked for his thoughts on cloud gaming, to which he replies,
Will Wright: I think that is going to be the future. People have so many devices they carry around. They have their tablets, their smartphones, their PC at home, their Xbox – I think that having a game that’s accessible on all these devices at any time is going to be much more sticky than something you have to go home and play on your PC or only play on your iPhone. I think in that general sense, it’s going to hit a much broader group of players than dedicated games.
I couldn’t agree more!
Play anywhere on anything against everyone using a single persistent account. With all the gaming devices we’re surrounded by and ubiquitous network access connecting them all together it’s surprising how no game has yet to achieve this goal. There have been a couple of near-hits like Buddy Rush; though these offer a single login and gameplay across multiple platforms they don’t offer simultaneous multiplayer. This last feature is (in my opinion) a sort of holy grail which has the potential to unite gamers across all platforms and devices inside shared persistent worlds.
Cross platform real-time multiplayer links together what were once the separate islands of iOS, Android and web into a single mass community. This will improve player acquisition and retention – and help make marketing dollars spent on a single product more effective across all platforms and devices. It should also result in more engaged (happy) users who are no longer blocked by platform/device barriers when wanting to engage with their friends in the cloud.
This goal has been Spicy’s focus since we left the world of AAA console titles and entered into the F2P, online market. This week I’m happy to announce our first (and I believe the world’s first) truly cross-platform/device game launch with “Crazy Fairies: One World“.
We’ll launch CF into Closed Beta the week of July 16th. If you’re interested in checking it out, head over to the website, register and jump right in! About a month after the launch of the web/online version we’ll publish mobile versions for iOS and Android devices. And as soon as we get our hands on the latest Unity tech you should expect to see an Ubuntu build as well!
This is the first official gameplay trailer from Spicy Horse’s upcoming online action game, BigHead BASH! The game just went into Closed Beta, which you can sign up for at the BHB Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bigheadbash
If you’re a fan of online multiplayer action games, BHB is worth checking out. It’s pushing the concept of F2P Facebook games into exciting new territory – combining stunning 3D artwork, intense action, real-time multiplayer gameplay, social elements and more… It’s the Facebook game of the future!
The past year at Spicy Horse we’ve been pretty quiet about the projects we’re working on. There’s that secretive development of a PopCap IP – which if I even mention beyond those few words will result in pain, then death at the hands of an angry Borg-Zombie lawyer hoard. But we do have our own, original IP in development and no one telling us to “put a cork in it” about those.
First out the gate will be “BigHead BASH“. BHB is an action oriented, social online game with virtual items. Set in a toy store, the game revolves around side-on multi-player shooting matches. Players purchase toys and weapons from the shop, fight them, collect them and swap them. Licensed content will play a role in driving what sort of toys are seen in the shop; we’re signing deals with brands, bands, toys and games. Some very cool virtual toys are already in the pipeline.
Over the weeks to come you’ll start to see a lot more “action” around the title. Starting immediately we’re releasing a series of very cool wallpapers and concept images. A game play trailer will hit the ‘net before too long. And, if all goes well with development, we’ll soon launch a Closed Beta among a small group in our fan community. By early 2012 the game will be live on Facebook and several other social-online platforms around the world.
We have high hopes for the game – it’s among a handful of titles being developed with Unity for play on Facebook. We think Facebook gamers are looking for “more”: more action, more dimension, more variety and more FUN. BHB is our first shot at satisfying that demand. And it’s our first purely online game. It should be an interesting journey – and we sincerely you’ll join us on the ride. We’re looking for players, supporters, critics and even haters to help us shape the features and fun of BHB.
Spicy Pony is proud to announce the release of DexIQ for iPad. The original DexIQ on iPhone was the Pony’s first game release – and in the months since its release found lots of fans around the world. Its unique split-screen dexterity and IQ tests established a cool new model for touch-driven games. But no point stopping there…
DexIQ on iPad takes split-screen action to a whole new multiplayer level. Four simultaneous games on one screen, for two-player head-to-head action. If you thought playing two games against yourself was fun – wait till you’re in a four-way gaming battle with your friend! Take a head-to-head DexIQ challenge or choose your own combos from dozens of cool games.
Brain not able to imagine four simultaneous games? Check out the trailer:
Don’t just sit there freaking out! Get DexIQ for iPad and iPhone NOW!
iPad version with 2 Player split-screen madness
iPhone version with 1 Player split-screen fun