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! 🐳

Three Years in the Making! Happy 3rd Anniversary, Whales And Games!


Happy 3rd Anniversary, Whales And Games! It’s been three years since we founded our studio and have developed over ten games since! We can’t thank every enough for being part of it!

Going into our 4th year, we want to focus again on games. Primarily, Bunny Splash Casino but we’ll also be developing other one-off projects for Whales And Games such as Roboto Repairaton! We’re also celebrating with a dedicated server event and participating in the GDC Relief Bundle helping developers in need!


Happy 3rd Anniversary, Whales And Games!

Happy 3rd Anniversary, Whales And Games! Just a few weeks ago we were celebrating the first anniversary of Whipped And Steamy. Now, mere weeks later, we’re commemorating the three-year milestone of our studio’s founding! 🥂

It’s been one huge adventure ever since we’ve gotten started with Whales And Games, from the time we got started with game jams and academic projects, to kicking off this new year full-time with the studio. We’ve had a lot of highlights over these past years releasing ten different games, supporting our ever-growing community and expanding our cast of characters!

Collage of our Past Years

While this year we don’t have any surprise announcements like sudden game releases, we still wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate this milestone! And it wouldn’t be a celebration of ours if we didn’t have some stylized artwork to share! Here’s Whalechan with a bunch of wrapped gifts picked just for you for our 3rd Anniversary! 🎁

Happy 3rd Anniversary Artwork

A Year of Footnotes and Details

Last year, most of our attention was focused on Whipped And Steamy • Cosplay Café, and its aftermath as well as the elusive Colossorama The Champions Update. However, as you know, the development of both of these projects didn’t go as smoothly as planned. Instead, we felt most of the shine last year was in the footnote details.

Collage of our 3rd Year

From our server activities, the crazy aftermath of Whipped And Steamy, to being spotlighted in events, to participating in Art Fight, having both of us co-founders meeting up in person for the first time! When we think about those, it looks like certainly had an eventful and thrilling year! For example, we constantly remind ourselves of some art we’ve received as part of Art Fight! Seeing so many people celebrating our characters fills our hearts with joy up to this very day! 💙

Credits from left to right and top to bottom:
‘Buns Buns’ by yolk-sac, ‘Jazzy and Bluessom’ by MDLune, ‘Cheqmate’ by CKoenig88, ‘Jazzy and Bluessom’ by Dxmyxix, ‘Whalechan’ by SweetKooky, ‘Caffie’ by tofumeat, ‘Whalechan’ by nyancatimusprime and ‘Monetizationman’ by mot-bot

However, we feel the actual ‘Games’ part of Whales And Games could have gone been better during the past few months, and we feel we could definitely be pushing for more game-related content! This year, we want to make a complete 180-degree turn, and put (almost) all of focus on the games again.


One Splashy Casino in Development!

If you’ve caught up with our anniversary post for Whipped And Steamy from earlier this month, we’ll now be focusing our attention mostly into Bunny Splash Casino, our new adult-oriented management simulation novel game and its new sub-brand of the Bunny Copulation alongside it!

We’re currently getting started with the proper development of the game, and over the next few weeks we will be closing in concept art, key art, finishing off design decisions and getting started with prototypes!

If you haven’t done it yet, follow our new Twitter and Discord for Bunny Copulation as well be sharing progress on it as they start happening!


While we will be relaying most of our attention on Bunny Splash Casino, we will still continue supporting Whales And Games and making new character-focused art! ✨

Like we’ve mentioned in the Bunny Splash Casino announcement post, we’re also currently getting some final changes done to the post-jam version of our Global Game Jam game, Roboto Repairaton before we get it released. These changes are practically done and once the game gets out there, it will mark our 11th Game!

In case you haven’t seen some footage of Roboto Repairaton from our social media yet, Roboto Repairaton is both a single-player and couch co-op robot assembly game! There’s a barely functional factory that can mend and fix all kinds of robots, but putting them all into repair assembly is easier said than done! Grab robot pieces across conveyor belts and assemble robots together, but watch out for factory malfunctions! 🤖

Roboto Repairaton will be the first of the game jam games we’d like to get underway this year, and we hope to get even more done as the year progresses! However, if there’s anything that experience has told us from this past year, is to stop promising bogus-dates until we’re absolutely sure. You’ll have to keep an eye out for those!


Like all of our major celebrations, we are also running a small Discord server event alongside all of this! Participating on it will grant you the Anniversary Guest 🎉 role!

Head over to the #commands channel in the server and leave a nice celebratory message using the !celebrate command to claim it! We have all the instructions over at the server!

We also have some of our games as part of Game Dev World’s GDC Relief Bundle over on itch! Like many other developers, our opportunity to attend the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco was postponed because of COVID-19 pandemic concerns. While it didn’t affect us as much, a lot of disempowered developers were financially hit hard with travel and visa cancellations. Thus, we wanted to help contribute to ease their woes.

While you could already play them for free, the bundle features our Whipped And Steamy • Cosplay Café, Jazzy Beats, Onigami and Super Sellout, alongside a bag of 163 other goodies including games, assets and music! Bundle donations are purely for charity and will go directly to developers in need to help cushion the impact that the sudden changes across the world have caused!

If you have some extra pocket money around that you’ve saved for having stayed at home, we’d be thankful in the name of all of the game developer community if you could dedicate some of it to the cause! 🙏


We have a great year on the horizon, and we want to make sure we start the year on the right note and aim to continue helping the world! Over the next few weeks we will be getting development in Bunny Splash Casino and sealing-off Roboto Repairaton for shipping, and we’re looking forward to a year full of pleasant surprises!

Thank you once again for a happy 3rd anniversary and year year, and we hope that you stick along for another one discovering a sea of fun! As always, you can keep up with our Discord community, Twitter or Facebook page for more!

Finally, remember to wash your hands and stay safe! Cheers! 🐳

Happy Anniversary, Whipped and Steamy! Here’s ‘Bunny Splash Casino’, its spiritual successor adults-only game!


Whipped and Steamy • Cosplay Café is celebrating its first anniversary! One year ago we launched an adult game and it’s been a wild ride since. We’re planning on updating it, but decided it’d be better to focus on a new game entirely.

We’re soft-announcing ‘Bunny Splash Casino’ and the ‘Bunny Copulation’, our new adults-only game and brand. You can start following its channels on Twitter and Discord as we get started on the project!


Happy First Anniversary, Whipped and Steamy • Cosplay Café! One year ago, we decided to create a completely different game to those we had done before and took a jab at developing an adult-themed game during the one-month game jam of Strawberry Jam 3

What resulted from the it was the game we originally called Cosplay Café, an adult-parody visual-novel mixed in with light-management elements. Set in a world where adult media is king, Cosplay Café gave us the liberty to try a whole new level of world characterization and character depth that we hadn’t tried before. Touching on topics normally regarded as taboo gave us a lot of room to explore themes that we felt we’re not often explored in video-games, and opened a lot of opportunities for original writing.

Ever since we’ve shipped the original version of Cosplay Café, things certainly have been a wild ride. We re-branded the game to its new name of Whipped And Steamy, won the Strawberry Jam across five different categories, got awards and selections for events, made a explicit-collaboration with another game and much more. It’s flattering to see how many milestones Cosplay Café hit as a single-month project.

Not only that, but Whipped and Steamy and Cosplay Café have changed us as developers, as a brand and changed the way we look at the strengths and uniqueness of our games. Last year was a very big puzzle in-regards to ‘What’s next?’ but we believe we’ve finally found where we want to go with our projects.

But before we go further, we’d like to highlight the celebratory art we made for the game’s anniversary, of course! 

Happy Anniversary, Whipped And Steamy!

What’s the plan going forward? What’s happening to Whipped and Steamy?

We’ve talked about back in our December Status Report about how we were originally planning on developing updates and expansions for Whipped and Steamy • Cosplay Café, but we unfortunately hit some personal road-blocks that led us to freeze development on the game. 

During that frozen-development period, we started considering the future of the game and what we could do with its themes. Whipped And Steamy left us with a taste to explore the adult game genre even further, and we felt the management side of the game could see a complete remake from the ground up to feature even better gameplay.

Pool Results for the future of Whipped And Steamy

Taking into account that realization and the different ideas we had for Cosplay Café expansions, as well as feedback we got from the What would you like to see next? from the last report, we decided it’d be best to go from Cosplay Café into a completely new follow-up project.

As we started scrambling and putting ideas together, thinking about how we could keep some familiarity between Whipped And Steamy and this new game, we realized that we had already accidentally made the pitch of the game we wanted to make ourselves before. That idea was actually embedded within Cosplay Café all-along!

If you haven’t caught on yet based on the screenshots above and from all the build-up, we’d like to make the ‘soft-announcement’ that we’ve begun working on Bunny Splash Casino!


Soft-Announcing ‘Bunny Splash Casino’ and the ‘Bunny Copulation’!

Bunny Splash Casino is our spiritual-successor to Whipped And Steamy, a full-blown, adults-only, erotic management simulation novel! Bunny Splash Casino was designed from the ground-up with a new emphasis on management and simulation gameplay and featuring an even stronger adults-only label on top. It takes all of the ideas we’ve had for Whipped And Steamy and turns them into an even stronger game.

If you’ve gone through Cheqmate’s story in Whipped And Steamy, you already have some idea of what to expect, and sure enough, Cheqmate will be taking the lead as the main character of this new game. You can even notice her (and Buns Buns) new updated design for Bunny Splash Casino featured in the anniversary artwork! Likewise, given the previous familiarity talk, we also plan to have some other characters and ideas from Cosplay Café appear in Bunny Splash Casino some way or another.

As teased in our Lunar New Year celebrations, this is the game we have planned to be our first commercial game, and we’d like to release it on storefronts (Steam, Itch, …) later down the road. When time is right, we’ll be talking about how we plan to manage demos, roadmap and more. Yet, at this moment, it’s still too early to make any formal announcements.

Given how Bunny Splash Casino is going full hands-on with adult content, we thought it’d be best to subsidize it to it’s own sub-brand. This way, you know exactly what to expect when you look up either. 

For that matter, we created Bunny Copulation, our (appropriately named) new brand that will focus exclusively on adult-only media like Bunny Splash Casino. It’s still the same crew you know from Whales And Games but with new channels specifically marked for when nobody’s around!

Despite this announcement, Bunny Splash Casino and the Bunny Copulation are still in their early days. This announcement is more of a ‘Yes, we’re working on something!’ than a full reveal, and we’ll showcase more of the game as it starts taking shape as we’re only now preparing to begin hands-on development.

In case you’d still like very-very-early-access look into what we’re doing, you can follow us on our new dedicated Bunny Copulation Twitter and Discord! Be wary of the ‘Adults Only!’ label on them though! These channels will also be the new place for Whipped And Steamy discussion and art going forward!


What happens to ‘Whales And Games’?

Even with our newfound plans with Bunny Copulation and us beginning development on Bunny Splash Casino, we still want to carry forward with the main Whales And Games branding that we’ve built across the last years. 

While our efforts will be focused primarily on developing Bunny Splash Casino, we’re still eager to continue developing other safe-for-work projects! We want to continue participating in game jams, making Whales And Games art, and to continue developing other one-off projects as time moves forward (we do want to make that Trivia game).

In fact, we’re already currently working on improving our Global Game Jam game, Roboto Repairaton, with some few quality-of-life additions, and that one will be coming out soon as well!

As impressive as it seems, our Whales And Games’ third anniversary is coming up on March 30th and there is a lot changing going forward. Earlier this year, we finally had the opportunity to start investing into Whales And Games full-time, and we will be going hands-deep (no pun intended) into Bunny Splash Casino development and beyond!

We hope that you look forward to what we have in store! As always, you can join our usual Whales And Games discussion channels over on Twitter and Discord, or if you want to keep up with brand new Bunny Copulation news, you can also join its new respective Twitter and Discord!


Q&A, because you likely have a ton of questions again?

You can find the Q&A on the second-page of this post!