2018 Round-Up: The adventure begins...

Happy Holidays, everyone!

We’ve had such an amazing influx of players and followers since the launch of Hilda Creatures, and we couldn’t have asked for a more fun and challenging first year. If you don’t know too much about BIGUMAKU, we’re the gaming label of Minilab Studios, and we’re located right next door to Nobrow/Flying Eye Books in East London (who publish the Hilda comics). Here’s our first year of game dev in a nutshell…

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We launched our new brand! The decision to separate out our children’s products (Minilab) from our games for wider audiences, is what started BIGUMAKU. We knew we wanted to experiment with more game mechanics and more complex designs, and this was the ideal way to do it. We grew our team throughout the last 12 months or so to include all sorts of skills and experiences, to make sure our next games would be the best we’d ever produced!

Designing an actor in Muvimi…

Designing an actor in Muvimi…

We launched our first app: Muvimi! Back in the summer, we released our cartoon video maker. Inspired by dress-up games and storytelling games, we added our own interpretation: players take charge of a movie studio after the old Director retires, and need to create their own movies in several genres and styles to make stars of their very own custom actors. You can design your actors to look like you and your friends, or just about anyone, and there are currently three themes to choose from, which each have several sets within them (Hometown Drama, Fantasy Tales, and Sci-Fi Adventure). We saw many users take to YouTube with their creations, and it was really inspiring to see what could be done with the tool.

“Hello, want to come on an adventure with the Sparrow Scouts?”

“Hello, want to come on an adventure with the Sparrow Scouts?”

Finally, just a couple of months back we created the tie-in idle game for Netflix Original Series, Hilda! This is the one most of you will probably be more familiar with - Hilda Creatures. Our casual collection game launched on the App Store a couple of weeks after the magical series first became available to stream on Netflix. Then, a few weeks later we followed it up with both an Android port and a Festive Update to keep the warm-and-fuzzies going while we all wait for Season 2!

What’s next…? We’ve been discussing new ideas here in the studio for the last few weeks, and are on the cusp of starting something new for the new year…but don’t worry, there’s plenty more on the way for Hilda Creatures too! Another location, perhaps? Extra things to do while you wait for visitors? We’ve been listening to your feedback and can’t wait to share the next phase of the adventure with you…

Have a great winter, and we’ll be back on the blog in the new year with the next updates! Follow along our game dev journey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @BIGUMAKU.