A Game Designers Dream

Warning: if you haven’t played Knifetank: The Hauntening yet, there are spoilers in this video. In fact, it is all spoiler.

As a small time game designer, it’s rare that I ever get to sit around when someone experiences one of my games out on their own. We released Knifetank: The Hauntening (iOS or web) in 2010, a couple years later I stumbled upon the above video of a player doing a walk-through. It’s one of the most satisfying experiences I’ve ever had. I love hearing his reaction to everyone of my bad jokes, to each creepy note that Crashfaster played, and to each page of art that Mike created. Knifetank is a short game, where you hunt around an empty mansion and discover clues. The way he describes his experience as he plays was totally lined up with what we wanted him to think. We led him hook line and sinker through the experience.

“Oh my gosh, I’m stacked with knives. I could become a rogue.”

In my short career as a game designer, this video is one of my highlights. Hearing him experience every plot twist, every puzzle, and every terrible pun out loud was wonderful. Huge thanks to Sebo for posting this wonderful walk through. I’m sorry we killed you twice.


Appy Halloween, Knifetank is out now for iOS!


Our newest game, Knifetank: The Hauntening is now available for iPhone/iPad. Get it free here.

The Hauntening is a bite size point-and-stab adventure game I made with some friends back in 2010. It started off as a web game, which is still online, but the app version has a few extra goodies and just feels sleeker. I’m really happy with it and proud as hell to have shipped two games to the app store this year.


SF Zine Fest 2010 pt 4: KnifeTank fan art

While sitting at my table at the SF Zine Fest a few people stopped and asked if I had any KnifeTank merchandise. I was totally caught off guard every time. I didn’t have any signs up about KnifeTank, nor did I tweet about having anything with me. Nevertheless, I did happen to have a few combo packs with KT patches, envelopes, and a 1 gigabyte USB with the albumhole.

I was also lucky enough to receive a few pieces of KnifeTank fan art from George Webber and Jeff Plotkin. Here is George (aka NoCashComics) piece:

KnifeTank by George Webber!

And here is Jeff Plotkin’s, which you can see in this recent video interview I posted yesterday:
KnifeTank fan art by Jeff Plotkin


KnifeTank: Don’t forget to vote

“Blood + oil = Knife + Tank”- Beefy (from the KnifeTank Theme Song)

We’ve seen some great reviews for our new web game, KnifeTank, including this fabulous piece on Download Squad and even a shout out on Kotaku. Thanks guys!

Voting for the BoingBoing Chiptune Challenge is nearly over. We’ve seen some heavy traffic on the KnifeTanks.com server, but our game is still sitting depressingly low in the poll. I’m thinking a lot of people have been enjoying the games listed in the poll, but haven’t always been clicking back to the BB page to vote. So we came up with this idea: if KnifeTank ends up with the most votes by the end of the contest (tomorrow night), we will give away the KnifeTank album for free for three days.

I’m really proud of what we’ve done with the game and it’s accompanying chiptune soundtrack, so if you liked our work be sure to vote. We are putting the final touches on the album right now, and hope to have it out in time for Friday night’s show. Aside from Crashfaster’s original 4 chiptune songs from KnifeTank, the album will also feature remixes by 8bit bEtty and minusbaby, as well as a new nerdcore rap track by Beefy and myself.

Just to be clear, if KnifeTank has the most votes by the time the BoingBoing poll closes this Wednesday night, we will be making the entire KnifeTank soundtrack available online for free. So be sure to vote!