SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kongregate, a leading social Web games site featuring robust community features and user-uploaded games, today announced it has funded five premiere development studios to create original, large-scale Flash games exclusive to the site.
Set for release next year, Dinowaurs by Intuition Games, Remnants of Skystone from Flipline Studios, Lila Dreams by Creatrix Games, Zening from developer Michael King and Argue (About Everything) from development duo Adam Schroeder and Roger Bankus are first in a series of game development projects that Kongregate has greenlighted under its new Premium Development Program.
“With our Premium Development Program, we’ve set out to find and sponsor some of the most talented small studio and indie developers today,” said Jim Greer, CEO and co-founder of Kongregate. “These original and exclusive Flash games will build on the compelling social and community-based experiences already available on Kongregate, but on a larger scale. For developers, Kongregate provides a wonderful launching pad for new content, where funded developers still retain full rights to their games and share in a percentage of Kongregate’s revenue.”
In development by Intuition Games, Dinowaurs is a multiplayer trajectory shooter in which cute, innocent cartoon dinosaurs battle unknowingly to the death in real-time. Dumb and ignorantly sweet, these dinos don’t think a thing about their cruel, barbaric human handlers strapping things like missile launchers, cannons and even aircraft carriers to their backs to wage war – inadvertently causing their own extinction.
Remnants of Skystone
Created by Flipline Studios, makers of Papa Louie: When Pizzas Attack!, Remnants of Skystone is a platform adventure MMO that sends players on a mission to reclaim their world from the hostile alien Mimics. Players can choose one of three different customizable character types: the grappling hook-wielding Crags, the nimble tree-climbing Tribals and the steampunk Jetpackers. As players progress through single-player and real-time cooperative adventures, they find Material Orbs that can be worked into furniture and accessories for their virtual houses in SkyTown.
Developed by Creatrix Games, Lila Dreams is a platformer MMO that takes place inside the surrealistic and often grim mind of an eleven-year-old girl named Lila. Players become mental warriors named Memekin, each aligned with a particular emotional state. Real-life crises will plague Lila, resulting in drastic changes to the weather and the appearance of platform-based labyrinths where players get the chance to battle creatures from within Lila’s psyche, compete to raise their faction’s influence and ultimately affect Lila’s life on the outside. Will Lila make good choices fueled by hope and optimism, or make bad choices as she spirals into hate and jealousy?
Created by developer Michael King, Zening is a futuristic strategy game that casts the player in the role of Katrina, a hospitalized war journalist who begins having startlingly vivid dreams of war and battle with horrific fantasy creatures. With the help of other ensnared dreamers, Katrina must fight through the monsters to uncover the terrible truth behind the dreams. Zening also features team deathmatch multiplayer modes, two- and four-player combat, webcam support and a fully voiced narrative.
Argue (About Everything)
Developed by Adam Schroeder and Roger Bankus, Argue (About Everything) is a multiplayer real-time strategy game that allows players to pick either side of an argument and duke it out on the field of battle. Featuring customizable characters, customized arguments and a web-page-embeddable argument status widget, players can attack with Passionate statements, refute their opponents with Facts, or rely on Reason to win fast, five-minute battles that will determine the final answer to any argument
Kongregate’s broad range of nearly 2,000 user-submitted Flash and Shockwave games from over 760 developers worldwide cover action-adventure, puzzle and strategy, role playing, sports, and more. Participating developers range from first-time game makers, like Paul Preece, the 34-year-old creator of the extremely popular Desktop Tower Defense, to independent studios like Pixeljam Games, whose Gamma Bros title was nominated earlier this year for best Web browser game at the IGF. Kongregate also showcases games from talented high school and college students, including David Silver (True Darkness) and Kevin Barrios (Buzzwerd), who created Prehistoric, as well as Brad Borne (DrNeroCF), the developer of Nuclear Eagle and fan favorite The Fancy Pants Adventure. Any game developer can add original titles to Kongregate’s library through a simple and seamless process. Additionally, Kongregate shares a percentage of its revenue with participating developers. The site currently boasts one million unique visitors per month.
Kongregate is a social Web games site that combines nearly 2,000 user-submitted games with compelling social and community features. Based in San Francisco, CA, the company was founded in 2006 by brother-and-sister team Jim Greer, a game industry veteran, and Emily Greer, an interactive marketing executive. Kongregate is funded by Greylock Partners and leading Web 2.0 angel investors, including Reid Hoffman, a LinkedIn co-founder and social networking pioneer; Joe Kraus, co-founder of Excite and JotSpot; Jeff Clavier, one of the most active Web 2.0 angel investors; and Richard Wolpert, an early investor in GameSpy and the former president of Disney Online; among others. Visit Kongregate at www.kongregate.com.