Happy 4th Anniversary, Whales And Games! Onwards to Unexplored Games!

Happy 4th Anniversary Whales And Games!

Happy 4th Anniversary, Whales And Games! 🎊🐳 Pinch us in the cheeks because it’s hard to believe that we’re already headed into our fifth year! In the world of indie game development, four years feels like a lifetime. We’ve come a long way during these last years, with our games and as the people behind them.

Highlights from our 4th Year
Highlights from our 4th Year!

Thank you to everyone that has supported us on the journey so far! From our family and friends to our community. From the people that have played our twelve games to the artists that keep celebrating our wonderful cast of characters!

As we wrote at the beginning of the year, there’s a lot we have in the plans for this upcoming year. In this post, we want to go a bit more in-depth into some of those plans! Before that, however, and as tradition calls it, we’ve got a celebratory artwork featuring our mascots dressed-up for the occasion! We’ve also had the opportunity to commission both Wearepopcandies and CuckyUncle for some custom anniversary artwork! You can find them both at the footer of this post! 🤗

This year we’re going with a red and yellow theme for our anniversary. The world needs more warm colours at times! 💖🐇

Happy 4th Anniversary, Whales And Games!
Happy 4th Anniversary, Whales And Games!

Last year, we mentioned how our third year felt like it had been more about achievements satellite to our games, than about game development itself. With our fourth year, our goal was to begin work on a commercial game. We wanted to do that, while also progressively returning to other game projects on the side as we went along.

Gladly, this past year, we surely worked on games! During our participation at Art Fight, we released Art Fight Duel, bringing together the characters from several digital artists. On Ludum Dare 47, we put adorable doggies into office chairs and created Woofice Chair. In the past months, we also participated in Global Game Jam and developed Townseek, an exploration trading game, which we’ve continued adding to.

And of course, there’s everything else too! Last year, we organized several community server events, we revamped several of our characters including Whalechan redesign, we launched our growing Instagram and LinkedIn pages, and we even hit 1000 followers on Twitter right before this post! 🎉

Art Fight Duel

However, what you’re likely curious about is Bunny Splash Casino. If you’re unacquainted with the game, during Whipped And Steamy’s anniversary, we introduced it as our first commercial game. Bunny Splash Casino is a full-blown, adults-only, erotic management simulation game. While being a new game, it follows the footsteps of character development we settled with Whipped And Steamy. 👀

Our first experiences with the game’s production were a bit rocky and we shelved it for a while. Back in November, feeling ready, we rebooted development. Since then, we’ve been working on it at a great pace! Currently, we’re working on character designs, creating key artwork and developing the core game!

Work-In-Progress Eden Strip Key Art for Bunny Splash Casino
Work-In-Progress Eden Strip Key Art for Bunny Splash Casino

We want to start bringing you news about Bunny Splash Casino regularly in the next few months. We will be doing it through its Twitter account (adults-only, mind you) and through these Voyage Journals! Even with its mature label and its initial development woes, this is a project that we’re really proud of.

The setting of the Eden Strip and its inhabitants are diverse and full-of-character! We can’t wait to show you the sexy shenanigans they’ll be getting into! 😊

Treasure Projects

Beyond the work that we have been doing for Bunny Splash Casino, we have also established a routine where we get the final part of each work day for side-projects and other ideas we want to do and develop as Whales And Games. This allows us to stay fresh and push new content even while we are working on Bunny Splash Casino.

However, all of the work and potential release dates that we have for these side-gigs are extremely volatile. They’re like little treasures we can work on the side of our main project if there’s an opportunity. Therefore, we call these Treasure Projects! ✨

As such, let’s get into some headlines of these that we’ve been working on during these past few months and where they are headed:

Townseek Screenshot
Fishing in Townseek
  • Let’s start with the aforementioned Townseek from the previous section. While we were originally going to release it after the Lunar New Year, we’ve decided to spend some extra time adding Fishing and extra polish to it! We hope to potentially release it sometime after our anniversary. 🎣
  • For the rest of the Whales And Games backlog, we also have Roboto Repairaton and the ever-infamous Colossorama – The Champions Update. They’re still on the plans and we’ve already made changes to both of them this year, but we’re not aiming to release them anytime soon.
  • Speaking of jam games, we’re considering participating in Ludum Dare 48 this month! If we do participate, you can look forward to a new game jam experience between the 23rd April to 26th April!
  • On our community server, we will be releasing our new Community roles next month! For the creative folks, we’ll be granting the brand new Community Creative! And for those of you there developing your own games, we will also have the Community Gamedev role. Stay tuned at our server for upcoming news!
  • Finally, over the course of the past years, we’ve experimented with rebranding multiple times, but never carried it through. Sometime in the next months, we really want to give a brand new fresh coat of paint to our logo and presentation, similar to what we have already done with Whalechan, Polite Whale, Dapperchan and our other characters!

One of our goals this year is to continue working on Treasure Projects alongside our work in Bunny Splash Casino. We hope to continue participating in game jams, and continue creating new interesting side-experiences! 🙌

As a side-thing, at the beginning of the year, our team challenged itself to what we dubbed the Whales of Culture challenge. For each book read, movie or series watched and game played, each of us scores points.

While we’re doing it for self-gamification, we wanted to bring some of our personal selves into this anniversary report, and tell you some of our favourite media from past months! 👌

Transistor Screenshot
Transistor

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While everyone is raving reviews about Hades, I’ve been playing through Transistor, another Supergiant Games game. I don’t think that I’ve ever jumped into a New Game+ as fast as I did with this game. That’s two play throughs back-to-back! It’s beyond gorgeous, has a very intricate plot, and the combination of action RPG with strategy elements is genius.

Other than that, I’ve also been going through The Mandalorian after watching all Star Wars films for the first time since the start of the year. I really like the personality of the Mandalorian and his approach to solving fights, while also being an awkward lone-dad to Grogu. A fantastic piece to the Star Wars universe and very much worth watching!

2064: Read Only Memories Screenshot
2064: Read Only Memories

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Earlier in the year, I decided to finally play 2064: Read Only Memories to scratch my itch for a point-and-click adventure. It was a fairly straightforward game that touched sensitive topics in a cyberpunk setting. It’s quite well worth checking out if you’re a fan of the genre!

Now, let me tell you about Wandavision. The series ended earlier in March, yet I still have a certain jingle stuck in my head. The show’s comedy was top-notch, and while the superhero antics marred the experience somewhat towards the end, it still had some of the most creative ideas you can find in Marvel’s ever expanding repertoire!


4th Anniversary Art by Wearepopcandies
4th Anniversary Art by Wearepopcandies

Finally, we’re pleased to announce that, starting with this anniversary, we will be making reports on our current doings structured like these at the start of each month! This one is special being our anniversary celebration, but you’ll be getting a reef’s worth of news every month! Look forward to them! 👏

As development on Bunny Splash Casino continues, we will also be making dedicated extended reports for it on its own website. That way we can go into detail about the progress of R-rated content outside of the PG-13 limits of this website. You’ll still have to wait for it though. 😉

4th Anniversary Art by CuckyUncle
4th Anniversary Art by CuckyUncle

There’s a lot that we’re looking forward to in our fifth year! It’s hard to believe that, by this time next-year, we will be celebrating half-a-decade of Whales And Games. We really look forward to having one amazing report by then too

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Like always, you can always keep tabs on our progress through our Twitter and Instagram! Alternatively, you can also join our Discord community server! We’d love to see you there!

Keep wearing masks and stay safe! Here’s to a whale of a time and to this new chapter of Whales And Games! Cheers! 🐳

Happy Lunar New Year and Year of the Ox!

Happy Lunar New Year and Year of the Ox from Whales And Games!

🥮 Happy Lunar New Year! 🧧 Following the Year of the Rat, we want to wish everyone in our community happiness and prosperity for this year of the Ox!

Even if you don’t celebrate it locally, the Lunar New Year is a very important day for most of southern-east asia, and for Asian natives around the world! Over the last years, the holiday has also spread culturally, and we once again wanted to join in the celebration! 🐉

This year, we celebrate the ‘Year of the Ox’! Our Whaleverse characters had the opportunity to dress to the occasion! Isha allowed them to spend some-time with some friendly cows for the celebration! Polite Whale even put on a fancy top-hat for the occasion and dressed up as an Ox!

Happy Lunar New Year and Year of the Ox Celebratory Artwork featuring whaleverse characters, including Whalechan, Isha, Dapperchan and Dapperfish, with Polite Whale as an Ox in the background.

As part of the celebrations, we’re once again running a small community server event! If you’ve never looked up your Chinese Zodiac until now, you can go to the #find-your-chinese-zodiac room and find which of the 12-year-cycle zodiacs is associated with your birth year! By reacting with each zodiac’s respective emoji, which will add your zodiac to your username and give you a permanent Lunar Celebrator 🏮 role for you to keep in case you didn’t claim it last year!

Find Your Zodiac on the Whales And Games Discord

This small server event runs until the 20th of February! Afterwards, we will immediately launch the polished-up version of our Global Game Jam game, Townseek! Look forward to it!

Happy New Year! Here’s to a Whale of a 2021!

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Happy New Year! 🎆 As the holiday season comes to a close, it’s fair to say that the last year wasn’t easy. Even then we all withstood its misfortunes, pulling our best, the world kept spinning, and so did our lil’studio at Whales And Games!

First off, we wanted to thank everyone for the support that you’ve given us through the past year! Thank you for your comments, reviews, art gifts, trades, commissions, and your participation with our community! It’s these interactions that our studio is built-upon, and we treasure each and everyone one of them. 💕

Collage of 2020 Highlights with fan-art we've received, artwork we've made and games we have developed!

As we start this new year, there’s a lot of stuff we want to announce and tell you what we’ve been up too! If we were to make a quick bullet list, it’d be something like this:

  • We’ve rebooted Bunny Splash Casino’s development, our adults-only management-simulation and visual novel game, back in November! We’ve also ditched the Bunny Copulation brand and want, even with the game’s themes, to be proud that it is a Whales And Games project!
  • We want to give a fresh coat-of-paint to the Whales And Games branding over the year! We’ve refreshed our characters and some of our presentation last year, and now, we want to bring it to our core brand as well, especially as we start hosting commercial projects.
  • We want to address our previous projects like Roboto Repairaton and Colossorama! If possible and without conflicting with Bunny Splash Casino’s development, we’d like to finally release them.
  • Global Game Jam is coming up and being online for the first time! We definitely want to get in on that game jam!
  • And much more…!

These are very exciting times for our team! However, if there’s something we’ve learned with Whales And Games is that we frequently get ahead of ourselves. As much as we’d like to get into the details of each point, we want to get what we’re working on is bright and shiny before we show it off to you!

Collage with teasers for our 2021 projects, and games we are developing!

Our 4th anniversary will be happening in just a couple of months in March! When we get there and over the course of the next few months, we’ll tell you about what we’ve got on the blender! 😉

Hold on a bit longer to your sails, alright? If not, come down to the deck at our Whales And Games Discord or follow us on Twitter! We’ve been sharing development details more casually over on those places, so if you want a few sneak peeks, feel free to join in!

If you’re looking for Bunny Splash Casino news there’s also its own Discord and Twitter! Since it’s an adult-only game, we thought it’d be better to keep them in separate, age-gated channels.

Here’s to a happy new year, and a whale of 2021! 🐳

Season’s Greetings! All aboard the S.S. WAG!

Season’s Greetings from all of us aboard the S.S. WAG!

Season’s Greetings from all of us at Whales And Games! 🐳 Even with this years’ adversities, our team wishes you a fantastic holiday season and that you enjoy these days to their best! 🥰

Our own Whaleverse crew will be helping spread the Whalidays joy! As soon as they’re able to get the S.S. WAG going, that is!

If you’re celebrating these holidays, we’d love you to help spread the season’s joy too! As a small Discord community event, we’ve got a temporary #whalidays-wonders channel!

Come and share with us something about your holidays tradition until the 6th of January, such as a photo of your christmas tree, special food you’ve prepared, seasonal artwork you’ve made, or anything that you think fits your customs! In exchange for doing so we’ll gift you with a permanent ‘Whalidays Merrymaker 🎁’ role for you to keep!

Enjoy the festivities and have a wonderful time!

Whaloween is here! Join us for spooky celebrations!

Trick or Treat! Join us our Whaloween celebrations!

Trick or Treat! 🦇 🍭 It’s officially the spookiest day of the year, as Halloween crawls up to us! And this year, we’ve decided to give our Discord server its own spin to the festivities with Whaloween! Prepare for a chill inducing server-event running from the 30th October to the 16th November! 🍬

We made sure to give it our all at what we believe is our best server event yet! Let us show you what we’ve got hiding under the bed! 🛏️

Monster Teams Discord Channel for Whaloween

🎃 Want to see the real spin on Whaloween? We’ve commissioned/art-traded different artists to give our mascots a Halloween makeover! The final pieces are going to be showcased at the whaloween-gallery channel and our Twitter later tonight!

🎃 Monster teams are back with all new monsters! This year the contenders are Fairies, Undead and Werewolves! Pick a monster on the monster-teams channel and strive your team to victory! We will award the team with the most members by the 16th November with a special Whalechan design after that team’s monster at a later date!

Spooky Playlists Discord Channel for Whaloween

🎃 Help us build the spookiest playlist ever! Share some of your favourite eerie tunes, scary films and even videogames on the spooky-playlist channel! At the end of the event, we will compile a list of everyone’s favourites!

🎃 Trick’ord Treat! Discord has brought various spooky monsters to our door-step and you can trick-or-treat them for special Halloween items! The event only lasts until the 2nd November, but you can read all about it on the trickord-treat channel! There’s a special role for the member with the most complete collection!

🎃 Finally, you join us on the 6th November at 9:00PM for a special haunted gaming night! We will be playing all sorts of haunted spooky (yet undecided) games on gaming-ghouls channel to bring out the true spooky-gamer spirit!

With all of these activities planned, we invite you to join our Discord or following us on Twitter and come enjoy Whaloween to its best! 🐳