While we were attending Pocket Gamer Connects in London, we visited Clayburger’s booth. We were impressed by the creativity of their unique game characters made of clay.
Tell us about Hopply, the first hand-made clay mobile game.
When me and Peter started Clayburger, we had a clear vision. Making games with hand-made clay graphics will be our way of doing things. Currently, we are finalizing our first mobile game Hopply. It is a fast-paced casual endless hopper.
Bringing Play-doh to London’s Pocket Gamer Connects
We created main game characters during one late afternoon in our kitchen. After we have finished, the Play-doh was everywhere. One would expect that game developers do not spend time making sure kids don’t eat too much clay. I was so wrong about that. My two-years old son couldn’t miss a chance to intrude our creative session.
When we decided it was time to show Hopply to public, we wanted to be smart about how we do it. We brought a lot of Play-doh to London’s Pocket Gamer Connects. Our proposal to conference attendees was like this: “Try our game and then if you want, you can make your own character from clay. If we like it, we might use it in Hopply. And you don’t get paid of course :)”. People loved that deal. To our big surprise, a lot of times the characters were just awesome. Cute, funny, creative. We ended up with 73 original models.
Much bigger challenge was converting the actual physical objects made from clay to game assets. Fortunately Peter put together a nice bunch of code and scripts to handle it almost effortlessly.
The next step we are planning to do is to give a unique chance to all of our fans. They can make their own hand-made clay character, put it in a box, and ship it to us. There will be an instruction video about “how to pack it safely” on http://hopply.clayburger.com/