August 2011

Octodad Comics: Career Day 3

That can't be good for his insurance.

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Octodad Comics: Career Day 2

Here comes page number two of the ongoing tale.

Octodad does not have a driver's license.

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Octodad Comics: Career Day 1

Hello, Octodad fans! Starting today, we’ll be updating every Monday with an Octodad comic! Expect a mixed bag of new stories, one-off jokes, and whatever else our team comes up with. We don’t have a comic-viewer up yet, but we will soon. Enjoy!

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Kickstarter Campaign Successful, new version of Octodad 1 with bonus levels, and the future!

Well, our Kickstarter campaign is over and  thanks to our lovely fans it’s been an immense success! We’ve hit a massive 121% of our original goal!

In order to properly celebrate this occasion we’ve decided to release an updated version of Octodad 1 with TWO NEW LEVELS! Right now only the Windows v1.5 is available due to some issues with Mac’s Lion OS, but Mac owners can expect their own v1.5 in September. Now these levels aren’t for the feint of heart and are a bit of a challenge, but they do bring a bit of closure to the first game’s story.

All you have to do in order to play these brand new levels is download the new version of the game from our website here.  After you get past the treacherous ladder challenge you’ll sneak yourself into the spacious expanses of the mysterious basement to complete Scarlet’s anniversary gift.

These levels are a bit gritty, but we thought that it would be better to end the game as we originally intended to for the Independent Games Festival rather than keep them in our archives any longer. These levels are a labor of love and even though we can’t let you see too much from Octodad 2 yet they should whet your appetite for the time being.

Another cool thing about this new version of the game is that there are some pretty substantial performance increases. These should allow more people who may not have been able to enjoy Octodad before to take a romp on through the first game.

We’ll soon be sending out some surveys in order to get all the information needed to send you all your super cool prizes. Remember to keep an eye out for our upcoming web comic series, check our blog often, and we’ll be feeding you all with further tidbits about Octodad 2 soon!

Love <3,
Young Horses

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What Indie Dreams Are Made Of

When we began to create Octodad, we never thought that one day we would be here working on a bigger and better sequel while being supported by the community at large. Although development is going as scheduled, I think we’re all in bit of a stupor as to the fact that it’s really happening. I myself can’t believe that I’m actually in a sense getting paid to MAKE VIDEO GAMES. I know that most of us have been dreaming of doing just this almost our whole lives and now that it’s finally here, it’s no less than a breathtaking endeavor.

Our largest inspirations for making games probably come from our wacky senses of humor. We’re always joking around about something in order to not go completely insane while being cooped up in one room for so long with the same couple people every day. Not that we don’t love one another to death, but something has to keep it light in here while we take on what is probably the largest challenge of our young lives. All of us spend somewhere between 30 and 50 hours a week working on the game so we’re pretty much a family at this point. :)

We’ve been rolling along now for a few months taking care of a bunch of pre-production business and getting the Kickstarter ready to go, but now we’ve gone into full-on development! It’s pretty damn scary, but also incredibly exciting at the same time. I personally have been having a bit of a rough start due to my computer crapping out at random times, but luckily I’ll be ordering a new one for development soon. I’ve been making due for a while now just hitting save as often as possible, but it’s getting a bit ridiculous at this point.

Young Horses Office

Young Horses "Office"

Recently most of us moved into a new place and we’ve designated this dining room as the Young Horses office space. We’ve got about six desks in here at the moment and there’s another on the way, but as you can see we’re nice and cozy. It’s pretty great being able to just turn around to ask a question or discuss something with a part of the team at any time. Up until now we’ve mostly been communicating via things like Skype, gChat, and email which just can’t match the efficiency of face-to-face.

Scrum and Problem Solving Area

Where problems are solved and plans are made.

Like I said before, we’ve already been hard at work as you can tell from both the boards behind Chris’s, our lead artist, desk. We’ve just made it through our first real sprint and things are looking good!

Chris's Desk

Chris's Desk

To the left you can see Chris’s fancy Cintiq which he spends countless hours on doodling up all sorts of Octodad wizardry for all of you. I’m also loafing about in the background there writing this very post.

Our mantle.

Our indie mantle.

Our mantle is covered with Octodad related goodies at the moment including a couple of the Kickstarter prize prototypes that we’ll be throwing into production quite soon. Devon, who’s one of our fancy programmers, sits on that shiny green ball all day and bounces along while typing like some sort of mad man. We also managed to slip away from the IGF pavilion at this year’s GDC with our cool marquee intact!

– Phil

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