19 episodes

Hey, Good Game explores the stories behind your favorite brainy games. Each week, we interview game creators and dig into what it takes to build a successful indie game, how to monetize, and how to get traction.

Hey, Good Game Nate Kadlac, Aaron Kardell, Joseph Rueter

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Hey, Good Game explores the stories behind your favorite brainy games. Each week, we interview game creators and dig into what it takes to build a successful indie game, how to monetize, and how to get traction.

    Waffle: How this game reached 500k daily players

    Waffle: How this game reached 500k daily players

    Episode 19: James Robinson runs the ever-popular game, Wafflegame.net. In his first-ever podcast, he shares the history of Waffle, where it is headed, and how it has reached 500,000 daily players.
    James discusses the game's design, user feedback, and the human-centric approach to game creation. Themes include his accidental success, and the future plans for Waffle Studio.
    Check out James's games and links:https://wafflegame.net https://www.facebook.com/wafflegamehttps://www.threads.net/@thatwafflegamehttps://twitter.com/thatwafflegame--

    (00:00) - Opening Remarks and Podcast Introduction

    (00:25) - Reflections on Interview with James Robinson

    (01:46) - Introducing James Robinson and Waffle Studio

    (02:40) - James Robinson's Gaming Favorites and Influences

    (03:50) - Early Programming Experiences and Creative Beginnings

    (05:59) - The Journey from Hobbyist to Game Developer

    (07:45) - Design Philosophy Behind Waffle

    (10:59) - Curating Puzzles: The Blend of Algorithm and Creativity

    (16:24) - Player Engagement and Feedback Insights

    (19:06) - Exploring New Game Ideas and Future Plans

    (22:41) - Reflecting on Offers to Sell Waffle and Future Aspirations

    (30:26) - Engaging with the Gaming Community and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

    (33:03) - Exploring Game Crossovers and Collaborations

    (34:40) - The Genesis of Collaborative Projects

    (36:24) - The Viral Journey of Waffle: From Launch to Popularity

    (42:38) - Navigating Trademarks and Copycats in Game Development

    (45:18) - Monetization Strategies and the Shift to Ads

    (48:28) - Expanding into Mobile Apps and Future Plans

    (54:02) - Building a Game Studio and Community Engagement

    (01:00:05) - Advice for Aspiring Game Developers

    (01:02:50) - Embracing AI in Game Development
    --Check out our brainy games:
    Sumplete - https://sumplete.comKakuro Conquest - https://kakuroconquest.comMathler - https://mathler.comCrosswordle - https://crosswordle.comSudoku Conquest - https://sudokuconquest.comHitori Conquest - https://hitoriconquest.comWordga - https://wordga.com

    • 1 hr 8 min
    “It's either Minesweeper or smoking, I can't write if I have to give up both.”

    “It's either Minesweeper or smoking, I can't write if I have to give up both.”

    Episode 18: Today's episode join me and lets explore the fascinating journey of Minesweeper through an interview with Damien Moore, the visionary behind MinesweeperGame.com. Delve into the origins of Minesweeper, the celebrities who played this game, its evolution, strategic gameplay, online community, and the intricate mathematics that define this beloved game.
    Check out Damien's games and links:https://minesweepergame.com/https://minesweepergame.com/forum/--

    (00:00) - Introduction to the Hey, Good Game Podcast

    (01:43) - Diving Deep into Minesweeper's History and Community

    (02:46) - Damien Moore: The Finer Miner's Journey

    (04:55) - The Evolution of Minesweeper and Its Competitive Scene

    (13:00) - The Technical Side of Competitive Minesweeper

    (21:43) - Minesweeper's Cultural Impact and Future Directions

    (25:57) - The Evolution of Minesweeper: From Mainframes to Microsoft

    (28:45) - A Personal Journey into the World of Minesweeper

    (28:59) - Microsoft's Strategic Move with Minesweeper and the Windows Entertainment Pack

    (29:45) - The Creative Process and Legal Challenges Behind Minesweeper

    (38:24) - The Cultural Impact and Mathematical Intrigue of Minesweeper

    (48:09) - The Future of Minesweeper: Archiving History and Embracing Community

    (48:51) - The Dream Board Phenomenon and Its Impact on Minesweeper Rankings

    (54:14) - Closing Thoughts and Where to Find More on Minesweeper
    --Check out our brainy games:
    Sumplete - https://sumplete.comKakuro Conquest - https://kakuroconquest.comMathler - https://mathler.comCrosswordle - https://crosswordle.comSudoku Conquest - https://sudokuconquest.comHitori Conquest - https://hitoriconquest.comWordga - https://wordga.com

    • 55 min
    GDC Unplugged: Our First Trip to the Game Developer Conference

    GDC Unplugged: Our First Trip to the Game Developer Conference

    Hey, Good Game podcast hosts Nate Kadlac and Aaron Kardell attend the GDC conference in San Francisco for the first time. They share their experiences at the event, interactions with different booths, and their plans for potential future participation.
    Check out Hey GG's games and links:https://www.hey.gg/https://lilsnack.co/https://poki.com/https://www.coolmathgames.com/
    --

    (00:00) - Welcome to the Hey, Good Game Podcast!

    (00:27) - First Impressions of GDC: Diving into the Deep End

    (00:48) - The Vibrant Community and Networking Opportunities

    (01:19) - Exploring the Magnitude of GDC and Casual Gaming Conversations

    (02:56) - Discovering Niche Interests: Braining Games at GDC

    (05:39) - Innovative Game Testing with Poki.com

    (08:24) - Highlights from the Show Floor: Epic, Discord, and Retro Gaming

    (10:47) - The Growing Influence of GDC and Future Plans

    (12:51) - Wrapping Up: Reflections and Looking Ahead
    --Check out our brainy games:
    Sumplete - https://sumplete.comKakuro Conquest - https://kakuroconquest.comMathler - https://mathler.comCrosswordle - https://crosswordle.comSudoku Conquest - https://sudokuconquest.comHitori Conquest - https://hitoriconquest.comWordga - https://wordga.com

    • 13 min
    From Crosswords to Squeezy: Jeff Chen's Creative Adventure

    From Crosswords to Squeezy: Jeff Chen's Creative Adventure

    Episode 16: Today's episode features an interview with Jeff Chen, the creator of the new game Squeezy, discussing his journey in creating the game, his experience in puzzle making and writing, including the challenges and successes. Jeff also shares his writing experience and the upcoming puzzle book collaboration with Stuart Gibbs. He emphasizes the importance of persistence, listening to feedback, and living with frustration for aspiring game creators.
    Check out the games and resources from this episode:
    https://imsqueezy.com/https://www.jeffchenwrites.com/https://www.xwordinfo.com/--

    (00:00) - The Journey of a Game Developer: From Ideas to Reality

    (03:35) - The Making of a Crossword Puzzle Master

    (10:18) - Exploring the World of Puzzles Beyond Crosswords

    (19:44) - The Birth of Squeezy: A New Puzzle Game Adventure

    (24:24) - Iterating Game Design: From Prototypes to Feedback

    (25:16) - The Challenge of Implementing New Features

    (25:25) - Navigating Player Feedback and Making Adjustments

    (27:16) - The Creative Process Behind Squeezy's Puzzles

    (29:28) - Ensuring Unique Solutions in Game Design

    (32:30) - The Origin and Evolution of Squeezy's Theme

    (35:05) - Marketing Strategies and Community Engagement

    (37:41) - Exploring Future Ambitions and Potential Partnerships

    (38:46) - Transitioning from Game Design to Writing

    (44:33) - Daily Life: Balancing Game Development and Writing

    (46:59) - Advice for Aspiring Game Creators
    --Check out our brainy games:
    Sumplete - https://sumplete.comKakuro Conquest - https://kakuroconquest.comMathler - https://mathler.comCrosswordle - https://crosswordle.comSudoku Conquest - https://sudokuconquest.comHitori Conquest - https://hitoriconquest.comWordga - https://wordga.com

    • 50 min
    Will Sudoku ever be stopped?

    Will Sudoku ever be stopped?

    Episode 15: In today's episode features an interview with Jeff Widderich, the president of Syndicated Puzzles, who discusses his background, experience on Dragon's Den, game creation, the challenges faced in the puzzle industry, and the future of game design. Widderich shares insights on the importance of spatial thinking, the necessity for new and innovative puzzles, the competitive nature of puzzles, and the potential for multi-solution puzzles. He emphasizes the need for game designers to remain independent and the significance of creativity in puzzle design. Additionally, he addresses the influence of trends, the struggle to break through in the game industry, and his perspectives on the Sudoku industry. Widderich also discusses geographic influences on his business and expresses his desire for new energy and innovation in the puzzle market.
    Check out the games and resources from this episode:http://syndicatedpuzzles.com/https://www.str8ts.com/https://sudokuwiki.org/
    --

    (00:00) - The Art of Negotiation and Podcast Introduction

    (01:32) - Diving Deep with Jeff Widerich: The Puzzle Visionary

    (02:18) - The Birth of Straights: A Puzzle Revolution

    (04:59) - Collaboration and Innovation: The Making of Straights

    (07:49) - From Art to Games: Jeff's Creative Journey

    (12:55) - Board Games vs. Sheet Puzzles: A Comparative Analysis

    (16:25) - The Architectural Mind Behind Game Design

    (22:05) - Syndicated Puzzles: A Journey Through App Development

    (26:04) - Discovering Talent and Preparing for Dragon's Den

    (26:32) - A Unique Approach on Dragon's Den

    (29:34) - The Aftermath of Dragon's Den Success

    (32:27) - The Importance of Timing in Game Design

    (36:28) - Navigating the Puzzle Industry's Challenges

    (43:51) - Advice for Aspiring Game Creators

    (45:39) - The Future of Game Design: Multi-Solution Puzzles

    (51:14) - The Struggle for Innovation in Puzzle Publishing
    --Check out our brainy games:
    Sumplete - https://sumplete.comKakuro Conquest - https://kakuroconquest.comMathler - https://mathler.comCrosswordle - https://crosswordle.comSudoku Conquest - https://sudokuconquest.comHitori Conquest - https://hitoriconquest.comWordga - https://wordga.com

    • 53 min
    Nerdle: The Math Game Bill Gates Loves to Play

    Nerdle: The Math Game Bill Gates Loves to Play

    Today we're excited to sit down with Richard Mann, the CEO and founder of Nerdle, a math game similar to Wordle. Richard discusses the development of Nerdle, the challenges of creating math games that are fun for kids, the game's advertising model, the launch of a new game called 2D Nerdle, and the importance of user feedback.
    We also dive into how Nerdle is run as a family operation, and why many of the ideas for the game happen over dinner.
    Check out Richard's website:https://nerdlegame.com/
    --

    (02:02) - Introducing Richard Mann, the CEO and Founder of Nerdle

    (02:33) - Understanding the Game Nerdle

    (03:12) - Richard Mann's Journey and Love for Games

    (04:55) - Richard's Career Path and Transition into Gaming

    (07:26) - The Creation of Nerdle and its Variants

    (08:39) - Contrasting B2B Business with Nerdle

    (11:58) - Bill Gates' Endorsement of Nerdle

    (14:57) - Designing and Branding Nerdle

    (20:53) - Passion for Nerdle and It's Impact

    (21:10) - The Evolution and Variety of Nerdle Games

    (22:36) - Balancing Business and User Engagement

    (23:41) - The Popularity of Classic Nerdle and Other Games

    (25:24) - Making Math Fun: The Nerdle Approach

    (27:25) - Nerdle's Impact in Schools and Charitable Initiatives

    (28:22) - The Process of Validating New Game Ideas

    (30:57) - Engaging with the Nerdle Community for Feedback

    (36:37) - The Role of Advertising in Nerdle's Business Model

    (40:14) - Introducing the Latest Game: 2D Nerdle

    --Check out our brainy games:
    Sumplete - https://sumplete.comKakuro Conquest - https://kakuroconquest.comMathler - https://mathler.comCrosswordle - https://crosswordle.comSudoku Conquest - https://sudokuconquest.comHitori Conquest - https://hitoriconquest.comWordga - https://wordga.com

    • 42 min

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