Survive an Apocalypse with Bowling Balls and Beer in This New Canadian-made Game

Posted by John Gray

It seems par for the course: one day it’s a gloomy forecast for the state of Vancouver’s gaming industry—studios being shuttered, talent going elsewhere, “curse those sweeter tax-credits in other jurisdictions." The doom and gloom is then offset with cheers and a chorus of “sunny days are here again” with the news of a major studio opening.

There is opportunity and life to be found in the gaming community when teams step up and deliver good quality games. Games that are fun, engaging, and entertaining help keep studio lights on.

The Vancouver gaming business is not some amorphous blob. It’s more than just big studios and big console driven hits, or in some cases really disastrous and costly flops. The social, mobile and indie game space is vibrant, and thriving with the likes of A Thinking Ape, Eastside Games, Blitzoo, and Silicon Sisters helping lead the way. Just try getting into the Full Indie or Mobile and Social game Meetups, because you’ll either wind up on a huge waitlist or enjoying a standing room only event.

Established and successful studios aren’t always guilty of living in past victory mode. Some studios do recognize the shifting landscape, and aren’t afraid of a little re-positioning.

Vancouver’s Slant Six Games certainly aren’t the new kids on the block, having opened their doors in 2005. They’re an independent studio, and are probably best known for their console games titles. This team is proving an “old dog” can learn some new tricks.

 

 

With home grown IP, they’ve just released they’re first mobile game for iOS, and plans for Android in 2013. The Bowling Dead is a 3D game free-to-play offering.

What’s not to love about zombies, clowns, and bowling? You can explore a post-apocalyptic world that’s been overrun by undead hordes of zombies and very few survivors. Welcome to Jimmy Skidmore’s world, where weaponized bowling balls and beer are the only effective defence against the zombies.

In The Bowling Dead, one man stands in the way of the complete annihilation of the human race. One man and his balls.

Company:
Slant Six Games
Website:
http://www.slantsixgames.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Slant Six Games is an award winning independent games development studio founded in 2005 by a group of industry veterans. Releases include Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, SOCOM: Confrontation, SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3 and SOCOM: Tactical Strike. The Slant Six proprietary game engine “Hexane” is a robust system adaptable to next generation console and mobile game development. Current titles in development... more

Company:
Silicon Sisters Interactive
Website:
http://www.siliconsisters.ca/
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Silicon Sisters Interactive is the first female owned and run video game studio in Canada. Founded and staffed by industry veterans with decades of hands-on experience, the company is committed to developing high quality, inspirational games with a decidedly female focus: games made by women and girls, for women and girls. Silicon Sisters’ first two projects are currently under development. more

Company:
Blitzoo
Website:
http://www.blitzoo.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Blitzoo is a leading independent developer of social and mobile games. We were founded in 2009 by seasoned gaming executives and are committed to providing games that are among the best in their class. Our focus is on creating deeply engaging experiences that tap into our core social instincts as human beings to compete, collect, share and compare. Escape with us as we dive deep into the refreshing and limitless... more


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John Gray

John Gray

John jumped into the startup world in early 2009, bringing his experience in business development and sales to companies creating new software products. He was co-founder and CEO of Mentionmapp, a visual analytics company that was acquired by OverInteractive Media in October 2011. Before that, he sold legal software and services (LexisNexis), medical devices (Auto Control Medical) and... more



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