Mommy's Best Games, Inc. is an independent game developer founded in 2007. This is a view behind the scenes of our game development and marketing!

Nathan

Monday, April 25, 2022

Announcing Game Type DX

Parkour!
I'm thrilled to announce the remastered and enhanced version of our face-paced, high-score shooter Game Type coming soon to PS4/Switch/Xbox One, later this year.

You may be saying "wow, Game Type is a terrible name", and I agree! We actually named the game that, because it was the same name Microsoft used to access ALL GAMES FOR SALE on the Xbox 360, way back in December 2011. 

Can you imagine making a video game console, and leaving the majority of games to be stuck behind the simple name "Game Type"?
And the picture of the tile was a woman, doing a high-kick, in a green hoodie. That's super weird! 

360 History

Yes, that's a real screen capture from the Xbox 360 dashboard! There were a few categories like "New Releases", but if you wanted to find XBLIG or even XBLA games, you had to click there first! 

To help combat this, and get some attention to the problem, we quickly make a very fun little shooter and called it "Game Type". 

And now all these years later, to complete our DX pack of Shoot 1UP DX, Explosionade DX, and Weapon of Choice DX, we've added lots of new content to create Game Type DX!

Have a look at the announcement trailer which tells the history, but also shows a bit of the new content.


Microsoft Changes

Game Type, the game, received wide gaming press coverage, bringing large amounts of media attention to the problem.

Microsoft shortly revised the menu system, removing the poorly named menu tile, making it easier to find XBLIG and XBLA games again.


From internal sources, MBG has been told that their Game Type protest game really did help push Microsoft to change their console for the betterment of Indie Games.

 


Deluxe Treatment

With new enemies, new game modes, leaderboards, and achievements, Game Type DX is the complete package, and a fascinating time capsule of gaming history.

 

Key Features for Game Type DX in 4K

  • Loop-tastic speed insanity! Every time you beat a level, the game speed increases!

  • Time Pulse gameplay -- Slow down time and turn enemy bullets into score drops!

  • 2-Player local co-op for extra firepower, and extra Parkour!

  • 3 Game modes: "Standard", "Parkour Remix", and "Surprise!"

  • Surprise Game mode features new level layouts every time you play.

  • Online Leaderboard! Show up often. Show Off your play skills!

  • The new DX version of the game has lots of powerups and even POWER DOWNS!

  • DX version also features loads of corny video game jokes to discover in the fake dashboard section.

  • PARKOUR!!!

Alright friends, we'll be announcing a release date soon, and a pre-order option. Stay tuned!

Friday, January 14, 2022

3, 2, 1, Contract!

 Yes, I meant to write "contract", instead of "contact" :D

The past few months have had me spending time on two new secret projects! They are quality, original, action Mommy's Best Games productions and I'm super excited to share them! Sadly, I've decided to not share them prematurely. They must remain in secret for the time being. Which means, for November, December, as I worked on them, I couldn't find a way to do a blog post, without sharing information about those games. 

 Girls Make Games

But in the meantime, I've taken on another contract game design job. I've worked with Girls Make Games for several years now. They are a good company which helps get teenage girls into game development. The girl teams create an idea, and as a bonus, GMG contracts out the final development to finish their concept and release it! It's a pretty neat thing to be a part of. 

Previously I've finished several games with Girls Make Games. Most recently we released "Find Me" onto Steam and consoles. It was great to see that project come to life on my own PS4! And it's gotten some great reviews as well. 

Here is the PS4 store link.

Steam Link : https://store.steampowered.com/app/1263060/Find_Me/

 


 

I ended up doing a lot of the programming, gameplay design, and level design for the game.

I'm happy to say Indie Gamer Chick reviewed it and loved it! 

 

https://indiegamerchick.com/2022/01/02/find-me-ps4-pc-review/

Find Me has remarkably tight and responsive controls and some of the most intuitive jumping physics I’ve seen. That double jump? Perfect. One of the best I’ve ever seen, indie or otherwise. I’ve played games by seasoned pros who couldn’t get the movement, speed, and precision as fine-tuned as Find Me has. Sublime effort, everyone. The best thing I can say about Find Me is the controller will vanish in your hands. It’s a total non-issue, as it should be.

I'm pretty thrilled with that review of the gameplay controls! I feel proud about that. 

 


My current contract project is for "What They Don't Sea". It's a new Girls Make Games fully funded project. I'm heading up programming and design again for that. I can't reveal the new look of the game, but it's shaping up great. The game is about a young girl that is exploring the ocean and looking for renewable resources.

But rest assured I am also still working on completely insane Mommy's Best Games original games! I plan to reveal some news bits of them in the next few months.