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« on: March 11, 2011, 11:24:30 PM »




>>>>>NEW! RELEASE PREVIEW TRAILER!<<<<<


Screenshots: (scaled down, click for full resolution)




History:

Spunk and Moxie is a game I started working on in March 2011, following the release of The Indie Game Legend. Spunk and Moxie was first conceived in 2009 as a mini-game to be featured in Solipsius, a project that is currently on hold. The original mini-game was a platformer called SpeedDisk and featured the mechanic of a disc in perpetual forward motion with the only input being jump. In 2010, this mini-game was adapted into a Flash/Flixel demo by Luke Arntson (chthulhu32) and became known as SPUCK (Speed Puck). We submitted the demo to Kokoromi's Gamma IV competition and failed, Luke lost interest in the project and I felt devastated that yet another one of my projects was dropped. Fortunately, my roommate Carter Randolph picked up the project while learning XNA. We formed our studio Chocolate Homunculus and were both on our way to making our very first mobile game.



Having met the talented artist Dan Fessler at TIGJam 2010, we became fast friends and discussed the possibilities of working together. I was interested in seeing what he could do with the game's aesthetic, which was rather simple at the time, and Dan was interested in taking a stab at this project. Initially I wasn't expecting the art to be much more than just a more polished version of what was already there, but our approach to development had suddenly taken a more market-considerate stance after teaming up with Dan and his partner Nicolas Coderre, who would be handling the iOS port of our game and much of the business side of things. Before I knew it, we were signing contracts with each other.



Dan and Nic, collectively known as Tilt Studios, insisted that to appeal to a broad audience our game had to have more personality. Therefore, the player character being a disc had to go. We really weren't sure on what direction to take things and we originally tried for a steampunk aesthetic, with the player character being a tiny man riding in a disc, but this didn't seem to translate too well at the resolution we were using. Eventually, I decided that the player character should instead become a lovable pile of goo named Spunk. Though I mischievously snickered at the controversy this might stir up, I realized it might not be the best idea, so I polled the TIGSource community. It was there that Alec S. (Stamos) gave me the idea to introduce a second character and call the game Spunk and Moxie. It was settled.

Today, I am happy to announce that our game has been in development for over a year 20 months and it is very close to being released. Our current projected release date is set for August 2012 November/December. This game will be released on Windows Phone and iOS and features:

- Two playable characters, with more hidden ones to unlock
- Unique, one-button platforming through 30 different levels
- Three modes of difficulty to appeal to both casual and hardcore players alike
- Three world themes, including a Warehouse, Factory, and Laboratory
- Collect crystals to buy power-ups that grant new abilities like flying and air-dashing
- Search for hidden keys to unlock secret content in each level
- Compete with other players around the world for the top scores and best times
- Race against top players' ghosts
- More features introduced with updated content!


Spunk and Moxie - Coming Soon to a Mobile Device Near You!
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2011, 11:27:19 PM »

windows phone you say?
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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2011, 11:47:28 PM »

Yes... How's the market?
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2011, 06:09:24 AM »

Not very good.

You can find similar stories throughout the net.
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2011, 09:34:39 AM »

Unfortunately the above is true. But in other news I'm excited that your working on this again!
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2011, 06:31:36 PM »

Original post updated. Also, the game is being ported and published on iPhone now with art by Dan Fessler.
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2011, 07:17:59 PM »

Backronyms ahoy!

This shit is gonna be the shit
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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2012, 09:07:18 PM »

So it's been a little over a year since we've last updated this thread.  A lot of you know what we've been up to, but I figure I may as well post some screenshots for ya.

After going through a few working titles and figuring out the theme of our game, we've decided on Spunk and Moxie.  It's taken a whole lot longer than what we originally intended - partly due to having a day job, and partly due to us really wanting to make this as polished and high-quality as we can.

It's been an adventure for sure.  Paul truly has done something special with the design of this game and I'm glad to be a part of it.  We're on the finishing stretch now.  Finishing theme 3 and getting ready for launch on Windows Phone and iOS by the end of next month or perhaps mid August.

Screenshots: (scaled down, click for full resolution)



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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2012, 12:26:25 PM »

also, in case you guys missed it, here was our IGF submission video (now quite outdated)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzfqBz-sUSA
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« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2012, 01:26:25 PM »

Whoops, I forgot about this thread Facepalm Thanks for the update, Dan.
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« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2012, 02:03:14 PM »

Oh, hey, a DevLog.   Beer!

Good luck, guys.
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« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2012, 02:59:07 PM »

Updated the original post and was sure to give you credit for the title, Alec Grin
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« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2012, 03:02:56 PM »

Awesome!   Hand Thumbs Up Left Grin  Also glad to see that the game has come along so much, and the release date isn't that far off.  Looking forward to playing.
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« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2012, 07:01:26 PM »

looking forward to it. is it still on target for an august release?
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« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2012, 07:06:50 PM »

Yessir!
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