Read another captivating insight into the Plymouth digital industry and an achievement for games company Total Monkery below!
Digital creative activity in Plymouth goes from strength to strength with local games company Total Monkery recently announced as one of eight businesses nationwide to be selected for Creative England and Microsoft’s Greenshoots Programme.
Up-and-coming indie developer Total Monkery has secured the support to enable the development of its original action puzzle game ElemenTales, due for release on mobile at the beginning of June 2015 with PC and Xbox to follow later in the year.
ElemenTales follows the adventures of four brothers who have been cursed to exist in the form of the classic elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water. The brothers must solve puzzles and collect hidden objects in order to progress through the levels, combining their talents but careful not to drain each other’s powers.
As with Total Monkery’s first release, MagNets (currently on Steam), they continue to combine colourful design with inventive and engaging gameplay and puzzle elements.
The Greenshoots support will enable the company, who were highlighted in Creative England’s CE50 report on innovative businesses in January, to continue to develop a solid base of original games. It also marks their first foray into the mobile market.
Total Monkery founder, Richard Weeks, also brings his wealth of industry experience (including time at Psygnosis and LucasArts) to his other role as an Associate Lecturer in programming at Plymouth University, and the company is keen to foster strong links with academia and support the broader development community in the region.
Jaspal Sohal, Head of Games and Digital Media at Creative England, commented. “A huge 95% of UK video games companies are micro or small businesses, and programmes like Greenshoots give these studios the boost they need to take their game to market.
“In this second round of Greenshoots we have an impressive group of innovative students who not only have brilliant ideas but also the business acumen to grow as a company too. And with Microsoft’s input we can also offer these developers a huge opportunity to receive advice and mentoring from a major platform holder.”
Read the full story from Creative England here.