Backflip Studios was one of many video game developers to grace the programming of Popculture Classroom’s Denver Comic Con this year. They brought along with them three games; Dragonvale, Transformers: Earth Wars and My Little Pony: Puzzle Party. Backflip Studios is based out of Boulder, CO and employs a great team of experienced developers. Producer, Greg Stone joined us during the 2015 Denver Comic Con for a panel about breaking into the video game industry.
The game, Dragonvale is what drew me to the large, Backflip Studios booth at Denver Comic Con. The dragon-farming game was one that I have played for a few years and built my dragon kingdom up pretty intensely before moving onto other games. Backflip representative, Michael was nice enough to chat with me about Dragonvale, letting me know they just introduced the newest legendary dragon, Gaia. I was happy to hear the game was still going strong with updates.
Dragonvale has an update every month and the quests are updated around that time, as well. Seeing the new dragons and content inspired me to whip out my iPad and open up Dragonvale for the first time in a while!
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Michael was most excited to give me the scoop on the newest Backflip game, Transformers: Earth Wars, which just released on June 16.
The most epic part of our conversation was Michael’s enthusiasm for the game, but also the cast. “The original voice actors Peter Cullen and Frank Welker who voiced Decepticon and Optimus Prime (respectively) from the cartoon were able to come back and voice the famous Transformers for the game,” he told VGNS at the Con.
Michael also explained that Hasbro has been very good to them and many of the voice actors from the original show are back for this game, so keep your ears open for familiar voices. This is also the first Transformers game that can be played as both the Autobots or the Decepticons, wherein past games limited players to the Autobot side.
Distinctly different than other Transformers games, Earth Wars is a farming simulator, but also a guild battle game similar to Clash of Clans. Players can build the most epic base per whichever faction and then battle enemies of opposite factions within a guild or Solo. As always, war can be declared between guilds where the whole team contributes points to win the rounds. The storyline is different per faction, as well, offering a variety of gameplay dependent on whether you play as Autobots or Decepticons.
My Little Pony: Puzzle Party
My Little Pony: Puzzle Party is in Beta and should be released in the near future. Testers are “loving the game and doing so well that they are already requesting new levels,” according to Michael. The game is similar to a match-3-style game with moving blocks to line up in order to complete levels.
A tablet was on-site for Con-goers to try the game, which was colorful, addictive and true to the My Little Pony animation style.
To learn more about Backflip Studios and other games they’re working on, you can check out their official website.