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Hipster Whale
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Hipster Whale logo on the splash screen
Country Based In Australia
Notable Games Crossy Road, Pac-Man 256, Shooty Skies
For the in-game character, see Hipster Whale (Mascot).

Hipster Whale is an Australian indie game company, founded by Andy Sum and Matt Hall.[1] Other members include Ben Weatherall[2] Giselle Rosman,[3] Tom Killen, and Mel Aggenbach.[4]

Currently, Hipster Whale has developed three games: Crossy Road, Pac-Man 256, and Shooty Skies.[5]

HistoryEdit

Origins Edit

After meeting at GCAP 2013, Matt Hall and Andy Sum stayed in touch and discussed concepts for new games. After making a few early prototypes, they decided to form the company Hipster Whale.[6]

The name "Hipster Whale" was inspired when Andy Sum and Matt Hall met at GCAP (Game Connect: Asia Pacific, Australia's annual game development conference) conference in Melbourne, and they were sitting in this free to play talk at the back of the room, and were doing these squiggles. Andy Sum drew a whale, as they were talking about free-to-play and whales, and Matt made it a hipster with a cup of coffee, a little hat and a goatee, and the two had this hipster whale idea from way way back, and it was funny to them, so they went with that for a company name.[7]

2014: Crossy Road Edit

Crossy Road Logo
Hipster Whale began working on their first game, Crossy Road, in late 2014. Originally, the developers planned to spend only 6 weeks developing the game, according to Matt Hall, but decided to dedicate a further 6 weeks after realizing the potential that the game had.[8] However, the whole process went well over 12 weeks.[9]

Hipster Whale took inspiration from many games when creating Crossy Road. The Free-to-Play aspect came from Dota 2[10], while other inspirations include Temple Run, Subway Surfers, Disco Zoo, Flappy Bird, Skylanders, Tiny Wings, FEZ and Frogger[11]. The name and concept of the game is from the joke "why did the chicken cross the road?"[12]

Since the initial release, the team have continued working on Crossy Road as their only game, releasing various content updates (including the Australian Update and the Chinese New Year Update) and bug fixes.

In an interview for PocketGamer, Hipster Whale stated that they had "books filled with ideas" for future projects, which Matt Hall says they plan to work on alongside future updates for Crossy Road.[13]

2015: Pac-Man 256 Edit

Pac-man2

Bandai Namco has commissioned Hipster Whale to develop their next game, Pac-Man 256. Inspired by the 256th level glitch in the original Pac-Man, the game will be an endless runner.[14]

“We are thrilled to be working with the creators of the huge hit Crossy Road in creating a new PAC-MAN game for his 35th anniversary,” said Bandai Namco Vancouver’s Daisuke Hattori, the game’s project manager in today’s press release. “We’re already seeing incredibly strong, hooking game play in the early prototypes, and cannot wait to share this experience with everyone!”[15]

Pac-Man 256 is now downloadable on the app store. The characters in Pac-Man can be unlocked in Crossy Road as mascots.

2015: Shooty SkiesEdit

Shooty Skies logo
Shooty Skies is developed with the help of Andy Sum and Matt Hall. It was released in 2015 and is now downloadable via the App Store. Several of its characters made their debut in Crossy Road.[16]

MembersEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Even though their first official game is Crossy Road, Andy Sum has created GAME OF THE YEAR: 420BLAZEIT vs. xxXilluminatiXxx [wow/10 #rekt edition] Montage Parody the Game under his own name for the 7 Day FPS Challenge.
  • Andy Sums' contact email is listed andy@hipsterwhale.com.[17]
  • The chicken who crosses the street is an homage at Activision's video game Freeway for Atari 2600.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Crossy Road's official site
  2. Croosy Road's official site
  3. [1]
  4. Crossy Road Credits Screen
  5. Mighty Games Group
  6. Crossy Road Presskit
  7. http://www.redbull.com/us/en/games/stories/1331701011749/crossy-road-hipster-whale-interview
  8. LifeHacker - Why Crossy Road's Developers Launched On Android Through Amazon
  9. http://www.redbull.com/us/en/games/stories/1331701011749/crossy-road-hipster-whale-interview
  10. GameSpot - Crossy Road's Suprising Success, Future Secrets, Dota 2 Connection
  11. Matt Hall on Twitter
  12. App Store
  13. PocketGamer: Making of Crossy Road
  14. http://www.polygon.com/2015/5/22/8646873/pac-man-256-hipster-whale-bandai-namco
  15. http://www.gamezebo.com/2015/05/22/crossy-road-makers-partner-with-namco-for-pac-man-256/
  16. Shooty Skies' Official Website
  17. GAME OF THE YEAR: 420BLAZEIT vs. xxXilluminatiXxx (wow/10 #rekt edition) Montage Parody the Game

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