I’m not usually one who likes to look back at the past. I’ve got more of a “what’s next?!” mentality. But reflecting on your progress does have it advantages. It’s also super cool! Just look at this visual history of Castaway Paradise. 1.5 years of improvements captured in one image.
Today we’re happy to announce that Christian Batist has joined Stolen Couch Games as a member of the advisory board. We couldn’t be more happy about this. Christian has a great deal of experience when it comes to user acquisition, monetization and business development. He has worked on one of the most successful virtual worlds ever: Habbo Hotel. He knows our target audience and he knows how to make a great game.
This is what he has to say about it:
I have been working with the owners of Stolen Couch Games on monetization and business development topics since September of 2012, but we have recently come to a more official structure, where I will join their board of advisers. I will focus on monetization and business development, but I will also assist in making connections with potential investors.
Stolen Couch Games have a really committed and extremely talented team, and it is a pleasure working with them on their Castaway Paradise game.
After more then a year and a half Castaway Paradise has been released to the public. Well, sort of. From today Canadians with an iPad can grab a free copy of the beta version of the game from the App Store. This release should be seen as a soft launch, a beta test.
This huge milestone marks a mid point in the development of the game. For the first time we’re asking the general public to play the game and give us feedback. Even-though the game isn’t bug free and numerous features are still missing. We think that the feedback we will get from Canadian players will bring the game to new heights. Players from other countries will have to wait a few months before they can get their hands on Castaway Paradise, but it will be well worth the wait.
Instant vacation on your own tropical island! Decorate the island, play dress up, collect bugs, grow crops and help your new neighbors. On Castaway Paradise you can do whatever you like. Enjoy outstanding 3D graphics, fun quests & characters and great gameplay.
- Fully 3d animated graphics
- Decorate your very own island
- Customize your character
- Hundreds of items to collect and use, and decorate with!
- Befriend the quirky villagers
- Farm, fish, catch bugs, earn money, collect, plant trees do whatever you like!
When Stolen Couch Games started out we wanted to create great accessible mobile games. Since then we released three games. Kids vs Goblins got great reviews and Ichi was downloaded over 600.000 times. But we wanted Stolen Couch Games to become more than just another indie developer. We had to change our ways in order to compete with the best. We thought hard, consulted experts, prototyped a lot and finally we figured out what we had to do. We are going to create the next generation of multi platform casual games! Together with industry veterans like Christian Batist (Habbo Hotel) and JP van Seventer (W!games) we now have a great business up and running.
Free to play games, like farmville, generates the most revenue of all apps on mobile platforms. Popular free to play games earn more than $500.000 a day. But there is a huge audience not yet served by these games.
Free to play games are mostly point and click games with basic graphics and well designed money sinks to entice players to spend a lot of money. But these types of games are losing a lot of their appeal. A huge audience wants deeper gameplay and a more sophisticated game world in which to play.
We will develop games upon a framework of our own design to gather to these players. This scalable framework will allow us to quickly develop free to play games unlike any in today’s market. Our games are unique as they combine great gameplay, story driven content and great 3D graphics.
Castaway Paradise will be the first game we will launch with our framework; a game for teenagers and up in which you get to experience life on a tropical island. You can befriend quirky villagers, catch butterflies, collect bugs, fish, farm, decorate your house and more.
We have been working on our game framework since may 2012 and we are almost done with our first game Castaway Paradise. We need an investment of €200.000. We will use this money to expand our team and put an aggressive marketing plan into action.
Earlier this year we got our first investment. This deal allows us to soft launch Castaway Paradise in Canada later this year. But we need another investment to launch Castaway Paradise world wide and test our framework.
If you are interested in investing in Stolen Couch Games do not hesitate to email us: Eric at stolencouchgames.com . Or take a look at our business plan here.
What do the following movies have in common: Mission: Impossible, Minority Report, and Top Gun? That’s right. Tom freaking Cruise, explosions, guns, exploding guns (probably), and they are not filmed in a game. “What?”, I hear you think. “Not filmed in a game? Pfftsj, that is the lamest thing I have ever heard.” And that is true. That is the lamest thing you have ever heard.
So, we have implemented a new feature in Castaway Paradise. It is called Everyplay. With this you now have the option to record everything you do in the game. From playing a quest to recording the cool decorations in your house. You can publish the video right-a-way to the interwebs and share it with your friends!
Take a look at this video:
This is a nice and relaxing video where the player is decorating his house. Soothing isn’t it? This is probably also the first time you have heard the music in the game. There is much more music, but we will let you hear that another time. The camera in the (almost) top left corner indicates that you are recording and pressing the camera again will stop the recording. Making a movie has never been easier!
Obviously, you cannot wait to make your own videos. Be it a tour of your island, or a remake one of the greatest movies ever made in the history of Steven Seagal: Under Siege*. However, to remake a movie, you need props and objects to fill a set. We realized this and we instantly made a set full of nautical objects and uniforms, so you can Seagal’s masterwork yourself!
Dress your actor as you like and place the objects on the set. Nobody can any longer stand in your way to make your own movie. We hope you will like this feature. If you have any feedback on Everyplay, the nautical set, or the game in general, feel free to leave it in the comments. And.. Hey Tom! What is it? Aaaww, come on, please stop crying. Your movies are not that lame. Alright, alright, sorry. It’s unfair to compare you, or anyone for that matter, to the greatest actor and movie maker of all time. Steven freaking Seagal: The man who only needs one emotion.
The one true hero
*Disclaimer for all the die hard Seagal fans: the best Steven Seagal movies are obviously Exit Wounds and The Glimmer Man, but I used Under Siege for the sake of the nautical set.