A special episode of the podcast today, I had the unexpected opportunity to talk with the team at Rayark Games: the founder and CEO Ming Yang Yu, co-founder Jerry Chang and Managing Director Ed Courtroul. It was an international conversation with Ming Yang and Jerry in Taipei, Taiwan, and Ed in Tokyo.
Rayark Games is a growing development games studio known for their mobile games, first with music and rhythm games such as Cytus and Deemo. Last year in April they released a console quality action "Hack & Slash" game, Implosion: Never Lose Hope. The game went on to be downloaded millions of times on Apple iOS and Android and become 2015 Game of the Year in several countries.
in their review of the game, Touch Arcade wrote:
It's an outstanding game, and if you're reading this review because you want to know whether or not you should drop ten US dollars (or your local equivalent thereof) on it, let me cut to the chase for once. Yes, you should. Head over the the App Store, hit the button to purchase it, prepare a cup of your beverage of choice while it downloads, and get ready to settle in for a slick action game with superb production values and seriously well-designed combat. I can't recommend this game enthusiastically enough.
Their new project, and what really caught my curiosity beyond the great games they're already creating, is that they are now in the final stages of crowdfunding a feature length animation film based in the same universe as their last video game. I really encourage you to check out the Kickstarter project for more about it, and of course listen to the podcast episode to find out more about the leadership team at Rayark games and the inspiration behind the upcoming Implosion Zero_Day animation film.
You might still be able to support this motivated young independent team of creators on the Kickstarter project here. You can also follow the progress and updates about the film project on their website.
Some of the stuff we talk about in this episode:
Implosion Zero_Day on Kickstarter
Implosion Never Lose Hope on iOS or Google Play
Hack and Slash games
Devil May Cry (games)
God of War (games)
Howl's Moving Castle
Grave of the Fireflies
The Sixth Sense
Dungeons & Dragons white box (1974)
Magic: The Gathering card game
Dominion card game