SQUIDS Wild West massive update is just around the corner…
You already know about Magnus our epic new Squid included in the update, but the update also includes a whole new chapter, Chapter 6: Little Big Squid, to learn more about him and explore the ruins of Thalas….
We are looking for some help on our next game. We can’t say much about the game, but of course it will be great and lots of fun to work on as we are pretty nice people at The Game Bakers. Here is the description of the mission. If you are interested contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Online/Network Programmer for Asynchronous Game
You will join our team as a freelancer, and be in charge of developing the solutions for players to play together in an asynchronous way on mobile devices and over the internet, in a cross-platform environment.
- Propose, implement and further develop solutions:
to manage asynchronous play between several players
to make system scalable (bandwidth and server space)
to offer ways for the players to connect and invite each others (social networks APIs & matchmaking)
to set up servers and ensure their reliability
to enable cross platform play (iOS, Android)
to make game support replays of the last turn played
- Debug and correct network issues identified by QC team or beta test
- Communicate and document your work to transfer knowledge.
- Experience on games like Draw Something, Words with Friends, Hero Academy.
- Ability to work remotely in a cloud based development environment.
- Mission to start in September 2012 with support needed until launch in February 2012. Exact duration of the mission to be determined with you according to the workload
- Our team is dispatched across the world, so you can work from anywhere. Or you can come and visit us in Montpellier, in the South of France!
- Fees according to industry standards, to be confirmed with you.
We are very happy – and a little bit proud since we are huge comic book fans – to announce that SQUIDS will be available on Comic Book in a near future. We can’t say much but we will explore much more about our favorite heroes stories, their adventures and their world in the comic book, which is an awesome format for that.
We really believe it is only the beginning of a series of announcement that should rejoice all Squids fans.
Check on our awesome partner APE Entertainment’s site for more information:
Yes, we are happy to announce that SQUIDS has won this year’s Art Direction Award at the European Indie Game Days. We are especially proud as the competition was tough with many very talented teams and great games. And it was pretty nice to receive the prize on « le vieux port » in Marseille, while the sun was setting down on the mediterranean sea.
You should see more coverage in the press (especially French) very soon.
Official press release below.
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Independent French studio The Game Bakers is proud to announce that their mobile RPG, SQUIDS, has won this year’s Art Direction Award at the European Indie Game Days, which took place July 2-3 in Marseille (http://www.eigd.org). Competing against a hundred of strong contenders produced by indie teams all over Europe, SQUIDS’ colorful graphical style, comical Squid heroes, and visually-rich underwater locations caught the attention of a jury made up of game industry greats (including Jeff Minter and Heather Kelley) to bring home the prize!
In SQUIDS, players lead a team of stretchy heroes into epic battles against shellfish that have been infected by a terrible black ooze that threatens the Squids’ lush underwater kingdom. Thanks to its combination of role-playing and tactical gameplay, SQUIDS has won over players by offering a much richer experience than the usual mobile fare. With more than one million downloads so far, SQUIDS was the surprise hit of 2011 and has become a must-have game on iOS platforms.
This award comes at the perfect time, because the art style that wowed players, critics, and the EIGD jury has just resurfaced in the latest installment of this epic saga, SQUIDS Wild West! Under the art direction of Jerome Renéaume, The Game Bakers have expanded the imaginative SQUIDS world to include new « old West » locations, new playable Squid characters, and exciting new gameplay. Just one week after its release for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, SQUIDS Wild West is climbing the App Store charts worldwide and is poised to follow in the footsteps of the popular original.
SQUIDS and SQUIDS Wild West can be found on the App Store at the following links:
SQUIDS Wild West: http://itunes.apple.com/app/squids-wild-west/id522145076
We are happy to announce that the Squids are back: bigger and better! The epic adventure continues as our band of stretchy heroes explore the underwater Wild West to recruit new heroes for their army and search for master Winnick.
We have spent a lot of time listening to you, SQUIDS fans, to improve the game and the result is here: SQUIDS Wild West is packed with twice as many missions as the first game, 4 new heroes, seahorses to ride into battle, new enemies, new gameplay ingredients, without mentioning a collection of new helmets… And also some handy new functionalities as the games saves synchronization via iCloud, a screen to compare your Squids, or the possibility to share your team on Facebook or Twitter.
Saddle Up, Cephalopods! SQUIDS Wild West Launches Today on the App Store
The Game Bakers’ new RPG for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
improves on the original SQUIDS in every way
PARIS – June 27, 2012 – Fresh from the oven, The Game Bakers’ latest delicacy, SQUIDS Wild West, is now on the App Store! This turn-based RPG continues the story that started in last year’s chart-topping SQUIDS while offering exciting new gameplay challenges and improvements, ensuring that SQUIDS Wild West will be a hit with returning fans and new players alike. The game can be downloaded today for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch: http://itunes.apple.com/app/squids-wild-west/id522145076
In SQUIDS Wild West, a team of springy heroes continues their epic adventure across the seven seas to put a stop to the black ooze sliming up their idyllic kingdom. Set in Seawood, the hometown of gunslinger Clint, SQUIDS Wild West features six new locations creatively constructed from items that have fallen into the ocean from the human world above. While exploring this aquatic frontier players will meet up with four new playable Squids, including feisty cowgirl Calamary Jane and the mysterious Chief Ronimo. Plus the group will encounter a bevy of new enemies, environmental obstacles, stat-boosting helmets, and wild seahorses that can be captured and ridden into battle.
The colorful cartoon artwork, humorous storytelling, and catchy music fans loved in the original SQUIDS are back in the sequel, along with a number of new features and gameplay improvements. Notably, this Universal App includes iCloud syncing, so players can access saved games and continue the adventure on any iOS device. Other online capabilities include GameCenter leaderboards, achievements, and the ability to post Squid teams on Facebook and Twitter. And user interface enhancements make it easier for players to customize their party, adjust a mission’s difficulty level, and unlock in-game items.
“One of the biggest perks of being an indie studio has been our ability to build a direct relationship with our fans,” says Emeric Thoa, The Game Bakers’ creative director. “We’ve received hundreds of emails from players telling us what they liked and didn’t like about SQUIDS and asking for new features. We have paid close attention to this feedback and even enlisted our biggest fans to beta test SQUIDS Wild West, to make sure we were on the right track. So we’re confident that players will have even more fun with SQUIDS Wild West than the first game.”
About The Game Bakers
The Game Bakers is an independent video game studio based in Paris and Montpellier, France. Founded and staffed by industry veterans whose credits include numerous AAA console games, The Game Bakers focuses on creative projects that combine traditional gaming values with the best of the mobile experience. Their first game, SQUIDS, has had more than one million downloads and can be enjoyed on iOS, Android, Mac, and PC. To learn more, visit the company’s website at http://thegamebakers.com. The Game Bakers are also on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/thegamebakers) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/thegamebakers).
As a teaser for the update coming very soon… the last hero reveal: Magnus.
Magnus was the most famous gladiator in all of Thalas, champion of the arena, undefeated for several years, he entertained the whole kingdom with the most epic fights and the most enjoyable shows. Magnus did not leave the city wen Baron took it over. Oh no, Magnus staid. And even the quake that followed the heroes return to Thalas was not enough to make him even think about leaving. Magnus intends to push back the dark blood from his city’s belly and restore her past glory. And you know what? He might very well be able to do it! Because Magnus is a Trooper, and we could say (he would certainly say it), Magnus is « the » Trooper. He is very strong, very heavy, with several stomps that inflict major damage and push enemies far. Emeric put him in his team for the Pro Mode, that tells everything!
> No Magnus wallpapers but you can enjoy very nice wallpapers inspired from the Main menu art. Download Squids Wild West wallpapers (for desktop computers, iPhones and iPad – .zip). They look like this:
Brad Plainview: Brad has big plans for the West, he dreams of building houses, schools and shops and turn Seawood into a flourishing kingdom. He just met someone who is giving him a lot of pearls to go dig very deep in the cursed mine, and get the black gold flowing… Brad is a trooper. Even though he cannot push ennemies as far as Sammo, he has a double stomp attack, which makes him very efficient against many ennemies!
Ronimo: the wise leader of the Squids of the West, has been fighting wave after wave against all kinds of intruders on his lands, and is now determined to stop the Ooze. He will ride Blackstar, the untamed seahorse, in the battle. Ronimo is a scout like Steev. Even though he only dashes once, he has a high stamina so he is very mobile, and he is also resistant with a good attack.
Calamary Jane: a strong-willed and cunning inhabitant of Seawood, Calamary Jane does not have her tongue or her sugarcane guns in her pocket. In the West, there is nothing more important than your land and your friends, and Calamary Jane is fiercely defending hers. She has a heated history with Ronimo over the protection of her ranch…
We are delighted to announce that your favorite Squids adventures will continue this summer with SQUIDS Wild West on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Get a sneak peek today by downloading SQUIDS free update with some exclusive new content.
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Yeeeee-haw! SQUIDS Wild West Gallops Onto the App Store This Summer
Get a Sneak Peek of the New SQUIDS Game Today via Free iPhone / iPad Update
PARIS – May 23, 2012 – The Game Bakers, creators of the fan-favorite mobile RPG SQUIDS, are announcing that the next chapter of their undersea saga, SQUIDS Wild West, will release for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch this summer. Even better: eager players can get an early look by downloading SQUIDS’ latest free update from the App Store, which includes three bonus levels set on a SQUIDS Wild West map.
SQUIDS follows a band of unlikely heroes who must protect their idyllic underwater kingdom from the destructive black ooze settling over the seas. Set in the western kingdom of Seawood, SQUIDS Wild West takes the group into deeper, more dangerous waters as they regroup against oily crustacean enemies and search for a fallen comrade. They’ll help the feisty Calamary Jane save a besieged frontier town, explore native Squid lands and a volatile mine, and start to understand the evil they’re up against—but not without paying a terrible personal price.
SQUIDS Wild West will be a Universal App with more of the gorgeous cartoon art, jaunty music, and humorous storytelling that made SQUIDS a fan favorite. Like the original, SQUIDS Wild West combines tactical RPG-inspired gameplay with the convenient interface of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Although turn-based battles are easily fought using an Angry Birds-style “flinging” mechanic, SQUIDS Wild Westprovides a much deeper challenge than the average mobile game. Strategy and skill is required as players use environmental elements, the Squids’ strengths, and enemies’ weaknesses to succeed. With devious new enemies, four new playable characters, and nearly twice as many levels as the original SQUIDS, the upcoming sequel also has many fun gameplay surprises—including seahorses that you can corral and ride into battle!
In today’s free update, SQUIDS players can dive into the Wild West with three missions that take place in Seawood. This exclusive sneak peek introduces a new Squid hero: Cleef, a vengeful gunslinger with secrets to hide. And a formidable enemy, the massive Buffalo Shrimp, will rear its ugly thorax. The update also features a new Game Center achievement, a new level cap, and enhanced social media functionality. Those who own the original SQUIDS on iOS can download today’s free update from the App Store, while new players can buy the game (with the SQUIDS Wild West demo included) for just $1.99:http://itunes.apple.com/app/squids/id467904350
The original SQUIDS has been downloaded over a million times and has ranked as the App Store’s #1 RPG in 65 countries. Since its October 2011 release, it has maintained a perfect 5-star fan rating on the App Store. It is also available for Android, PC, and Mac.
We are happy to announce that our tentacular SQUIDS is now spreading on PC. The PC version has intuitive mouse controls and enhanced graphics optimized for screen resolutions up to 1900×1200.
SQUIDS for PC also incorporates much of the bonus content released for iOS earlier this year, such as additional missions and stat-boosting helmets—all with no in-app purchase required. It can be downloaded right here or on most of the online stores (Gamestop, Desura, GetGamesGo, Oneplay, Gamersgate, Indievania and more to come…).