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.