Friday, September 27, 2013

Undiscovered App #39: Penguin Pile-Up - An Indie Dev Debut

Penguin Pile Up
Every once in a while we get a request from indie devs to have a look at their apps and possibly consider it for a review. The other day we got one from Christian West, developer of Penguin Pile Up, and his email was one we felt deserved some recognition for how well he conveyed his sincerity and effort in building his first game as an independent developer.

Here is what he had to say:

I've just finished my first game as an independent developer, releasing it is without a doubt the most challenging thing I have ever done. I've worked on titles such as Geometry Wars Galaxies, Tumble, South Park and Burn Zombie Burn, but this game represents me and what I can achieve on my own. I am scared but incredibly excited.

I've taken what I learned making Tumble for PlayStation Move and applied that to making a great physics based stacking game, with some extra variety thrown in for fun. Surprisingly, this is a genre that hasn't been conquered (not to the level of other physics based games). Penguin Pile-Up can fill that gap, people enjoy the game with a sense of nostalgia. It reminds them of the games they started playing on their phones a few years back. However, I've worked really hard to add a great level of polish and visual feedback you'd only see on today's devices.

I hope the screenshots and trailer attached to this email appeal to you. Hopefully you feel it’s worth covering (and hopefully reviewing) on http://www.undiscoveredapp.com. I’d love to hear what you think and with any luck you’ll enjoy it.


Penguin Pile Up screen shots

After having played it, we agree that it's a very polished piece of work. The interface was smooth, easy to use, and the game needed no explanation to figure out. Just pile on the penguins as high as you can until you reach the required threshold for the level, and then you move on. In the early stages, we'd have to say that the game was almost too easy, but future levels addressed that, as piling on became more difficult with the presence of more inclined surfaces and obstacles you need to build around. Kids would have a great time playing with this, so if you're in the market for a great family-friendly app, give Penguin Pile Up a try, especially since it's free to download.


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