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by Liz on March 9, 2014
In October 2012, the night our Art Director, Joe, finally made the move to Boston, our newly formed Tap Lab family sat around with other Boston startup folk to hack together something awesome – all in the name of Vampires.
It was the 2012 Vampire Hackathon, and we decided we’d spend one sleepless night breathing life into a ridiculous idea we couldn’t stop talking about: Yeti Hunter.
Maybe it was the hilarious Bigfoot calls, maybe it was our long-time love affair with the Sasquatch – whatever the reason, as we turned our attention to new projects after the launch of Tiny Tycoons in March 2013, we knew we had to make a game about hunting Sasquatch.
Amy quickly turned our half-baked daydreams into the real life North American Bigfoot, complete with goofy smile and boisterous personality, Yeti Hunter became Bigfoot Hunter, and Ranger Rosie was born. Ara solidified the defining characteristic of the game – the photo taking mechanic that makes the hunt feel so true to real life – and suddenly whole new worlds came alive with critters and Bigfeet, from the Forbidden Rainforest to Sasquatch Shores.
Almost a year later, our obsession with tracking down the legendary beast is official. Join the Hunt as we make build the magical world of Bigfoot Hunter!
Thank you for all of your support in the past – you are our inspiration, our motivation, and the reason we love what we do! Now get ready for the adventure of a lifetime…
by Liz on March 5, 2014
SXSW hasn’t always been a top destination for gamers, but 2013 marked a banner year for the SXSW Gaming Expo – it’s massive success last year proved that Austin, and the thousands of South By transplants in attendance, love games as much as they love tacos (don’t quote us on that).
Here’s a foolproof SXSW attack plan for the gamers headed to Austin this weekend.
THE NIGHT BEFORE
If you’re in our realm of the universe, this is when you pack your suitcase. The forecast is good, so pack light – but bring a rain jacket.
TIP 1: Leave room! You’ll want to bring home fun merch, souvenirs and freebies.
TIP 2: Make sure to bring your 3DS, iPad etc, so you can try out the games on the floor, join a local multiplayer match and kill time waiting for sessions to start.
TIP 3: All the chargers. Now might be the time for Mophie case.
TIP 4: Snacks! You won’t have time to eat, and while you should set aside a lunch or two for local fare, most meals will be on the go.
Stop what you’re doing and install the SXSW GO app! It will be your new personal assistant for the remainder of your time in Austin.
Head to schedule.sxsw.com ahead of time to star your favorite events – browsing the full schedule on mobile is a challenge.
Foursquare is a great way to find trending events or track down your friends, and we’re big fans of the app here at The Tap Lab!
Twitter will be your other resource – most events have corresponding hashtags, which you can use to track a particular happening to see if it’s worth the trip cross-town. Use #SXSW to keep tabs on last minute must-sees.
WANDER WITH PURPOSE
The Gaming Expo will be ground zero for your SXSW misadventures. It’s located at the Palmer Events Center, a short pedicab ride across the river from the heart of SXSW. Here’s our list of must-see panels and events to keep you on track!
For a full list, check out Heavy.com’s guide to the Gaming Expo .
Image via SXSW.com
FRIDAY MARCH 7
11AM Gaming's Next Gen: Will AAA or Indie Games Win? New companies are changing everything -- what challenges will big-budget franchises face, and will they overcome them? Features Casey Lynch's beard!
12PM SXSW Indies Corner Go Indies! Head to the SXSW Indie Corner before 8PM to get your hands dirty with a few amazing new games and vote for the Gamer’s Voice Award.
1PM Wanna Jam? The SXSW Game Jam goes all weekend! Sign ups begin 1PM at the IGDA Booth, and the finals happen Sunday night.
2PM Turning Your Gaming Passion Into Profits! Wait, you don't have to be a programmer to work in gaming? These guys have built incredible careers around unlikely passions in the gaming world, and want to help you do the same.
8PM SXSW Interactive Opening Party. Last year's event featured amazing live music, light shows and interactive art. Surprises are, no doubt, in store.
SATURDAY MARCH 8
Now that you’re settled, take the morning to wander the booths at the Gaming Expo!
9:30AM MySpace to Games Why did MySpace Co-Founder Chris DeWolfe jump from the major social network into the volatile business of gaming? Mashable's Adam Ostrow is about to find out!
1:30PM Marvel: Your Universe! Marvel Editors and VPs will discuss the role that fans play in the development of their material, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and more!
4:30PM ComiXology: Take Comics Further at the GEEK Stage will feature the comiXology founders as they unveil the next big thing in digital comics and graphic novels.
6:30PM Exploring the Future of Virtual Reality on the GEEK Stage will feature Oculus executives discussing what's next for VR.
8PM: First ever SXSW Gaming Awards! Hosted by SMOSH and iJustine and featuring new videos by Rooster Teeth, the awards will celebrate art, animation, technical achievement, narrative and more.
SUNDAY MARCH 9
11AM: I’ll Show You Mine if You Show Me Yours! #1stGameEver is coming to SXSW to share hilarious stories of game designers' first ever videogames. This one, you can’t miss – and we’re not just saying that because we’re on the panel!
12-5PM: Oculus Loft Grab lunch on the go and head to the Brazos Lofts on 5th St to check out virtual reality games, films and music on the latest Oculus prototypes! On second thought, hold off on the lunch.
1PM: Marvel: House of Ideas The GEEK Stage won’t quit! Marvel Entertainment has big announcements to make; be sure not to miss the big reveal.
5PM: The Story of the Indie MEGABOOTH Get up close with the Indie MEGABOOTH team for a Q&A on their journey to make the little guys a big deal!
6:45PM Game Jam Finals Don't miss the finale in Exhibit Hall 1!
7PM: The Bonus Round will feature Anamanaguchi and Itch holding it down for an amazing outdoor show.
Image via Alternative Press
See You There!
Want to touch base at SXSW this year? Shoot us an email, or get in touch on Twitter at @thetaplab, @tapdave and @elizacormack. Let's chat!
Here's to the growing gaming community at SXSW Interactive! See you at #1stGameEver!
by Liz on February 10, 2014
We take a lot of pride in our focus on player feedback, and we sincerely appreciate it when our players take the time to send suggestions for how to improve the game we all love!
That said, we're a pretty small team, so prioritizing new features is essential to make things happen. After launching a few major updates, we've finally released the most requested feature in Tiny Tycoons: Global Chat.
Alongside the global chat option is a Local Chat feature, so players can engage with each other near the map to discuss properties for sale, bids etc. Today we also released Daily Rewards for all players, so check back daily to collect your new goodies!
As always, we'd love to hear what you think. Get in touch on the Facebook page if you have any feedback on the new update! For details on the new chat feature, check out the FAQ here!