Fly’n, the robot and the fox

Posted on May 11, 2012

Last week, we decided to leave the submarine and take the train to go to the edge of the world. I mean Lille, in the north of France. More precisely, at the Headquarter of Ankama, a huge game / animation studio that created Dofus and Wakfu, two cross-media universes that are really famous in France. The company grew from 3 to 400 employees in 10 years and keeps being creative, and that’s rare enough to be mentioned here.

We also had the great pleasure to play their new game: Fly’n.

Fly’n is a platform game created by a small team of 10 people that evolves like “a studio inside the studio”. We spent few hours playing with Fly’n and its friends, small creatures also called “the Buds” that can run, jump, glide, “sing” and… well we can’t say too much about the game mechanics but we really had fun. The game is cute, colorful, and charming, just like its team.

We also had a great time talking with the team and sharing our thoughts about videogames and videogames development. Yes, it’s always a pleasure to talk with other devs and it will be today’s advice: if you are an indie dev, or a not-so-indie dev, talk with other devs and don’t be afraid to share ideas!

The game is still in development so it needs to have some adjustments and polish, but french players will be able to play it for the very first time at the Ankama Fan Fest in Lyon on May 19-20.

Seems like Tetrobot and our fox have found new friends.

Thanks to Ankama, the Fly’n team and Sylvain, aka Crou, the art director who made this nice illustration!

Who will play Saira tonight ?

Last week, in order to celebrate Nicklas Nygren‘s birthday, we set up a little contest to allow one of you to win a full version of Saira. And we’ve got a winner : Guillaume Gautier, one of our french readers.
I should have wrote “Congratulations” here, but “GG” is definitely the best expression right now.

The question you had to answer was :
“How many screens, made by Nicklas Nygren himself, does Knytt contain ?”
Did you all found the answer ? Just to let you know, so you can go to bed tonight being a little bit less ignorant then yesterday, Knytt contains 378 screens. Nicklas did 358 screens and the 20 others have been made by Ville Kallio.

Interesting, isn’t it ?

Saira (Nicklas Nygren)

Posted on January 6, 2010

We are game developers, but we are also gamers. And we believe that it’s important to “promote” other indie game developers’ work.
Like Saïra, the last game released by Nicklas Nygren, alias Nifflas, that also created Knytt and Knytt Stories.

Saïra is a really unique 2D platformer that mix hand-drawn artwork with photographs. You play as Saira, a photograph reporter, that travels through an unknown galaxy, searching for her lost friend Bobo.

The game is all about exploration and puzzle-solving, no combat. These are, with talent, the best ingredients to create a great and peaceful game. Not to mention the use of sounds and musics that is, as always with Nifflas’ games, really wise and efficient.

And you know what : today is Nicklas’ birthday. To celebrate this day, Nicklas decided to give everyone the opportunity to buy Saira for $12 USD (down from $17 USD) and the possibility to buy a gift code for $1.50 with each purchase. But be quick, cause this deal will last until January 20th.

Well, we also decided to celebrate Nicklas’ birthday by offering our own gift code to one of you, blog readers ! The only thing you’ve got to do is sending us an email answering this really simple question :
How many screens, made by Nicklas Nygren himself, does Knytt contain ?

You can send your mail until January 15th. Then, the winner will be randomly choosen among the rigth answers. Google is your best friend, don’t forget about that, sailors.

Since then, please try the Saira‘s demo version…and spread love all over the world!