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Mikengreg is an independent video game development team of Mike Boxleiter and Greg Wohlwend. Their games include SolipskierGasketballand TouchTone. On Point - Danny Baranowsky - Parallax two met in a game development class at Iowa State University and later began to collaborate on the Adobe Flash game Dinowaurs.
When the project was funded, they founded Intuition Games with other college friends in Ames, Iowawhere they worked on small Flash games such as GrayLifecraftand Fig. Dinowaurs was one of the first games signed for the Kongregate platform.
Their other games involved controlling the weather, influencing individuals in a riot, and riding a bicycle. Boxleiter and Wohlwend worked on several additional games that were put on hiatus. Its success let them take a more experimental approach towards their next game, the free-to-play Gasketball.
Mikengreg ran out of money during the game's development and the two lived on friends' couches. The game was reviewed favorably upon its August launch, but did not earn near the developers' estimates. Their next game, TouchTonespent two years in development. Boxleiter and Wohlwend met in an experimental video game development class at Iowa State University.
Upon discovering their close interests, they began to work on an Adobe Flash game named Dinowaurs while they completed college. Boxleiter graduated in with a degree in computer science, and Wohlwend a year On Point - Danny Baranowsky - Parallax with a degree in graphic design. They concluded that they needed a company to make money while they worked on the game with collaborators,  and around May founded Intuition Games at the university's Research Park.
They saw Flash games as an easy entry point into full-time self-employment, but planned to eventually work on console platforms such as WiiWare. Before Dinowaursthe team made a game about a destructive porpoisewhich was abandoned when Dinowaurs received funding. In their development process, Boxleiter and Wohlwend both proposed and worked on each other's ideas, and would drop the ideas they found unexciting. The two also built games from keywords and brainstorming, and would flesh out the game mechanics through "heated" argument.
The pair agreed to an assessment of their partnership as " left-brain right-brain ", and agreed that "editing"—the process of iterating through revisions—was central to their joint work.
They thought of themselves as artists and of their work as experimental. Intuition's first game, Dinowaursis a strategy and action game where two players compete as dinosaurs to seize the most cavemen settlements on a single screen. Captured settlements provide resources for upgrades to the players' dinosaurs. The object of this arms race is to kill the other dinosaur. They struggled with long-distance communication, but used a project management website and Skype to stay in touch.
When looking for a platform, Intuition originally pitched the game with a clay dinosaur to Adult Swim —who was funding Flash games—but was declined for not being "edgy enough". He asked the team to wait for their new Director of Games to be hired, who ended up being Intuition's contact at Adult Swim. The contact had liked the idea and thought the game worked better for Kongregate than did for Adult Swim,  and so funded the game by November as one of the first five for the Kongregate platform.
The package was a one-year browser exclusivity agreement that let Intuition keep the intellectual property. Dinowaurs was finished in two years for a release. Their later games would only take a few months apiece in comparison. Intuition released Effing Hail and Gray around April The hail grows in size when the wind is used to suspend it in air. The game was published through Kongregate. It took about ten hours to prototype the controls, and they tested a ten-wheel bike before deciding on two.
The scrolling camera was inspired by a game Boxleiter had been playing called String Theoryand they added the soundtrack last. From left, clockwise: Screenshots of GrayFig. Intuition attempted to fund their next game, Liferaftvia crowdfunding site Kickstarter. The game is set in a single day within an "abandoned testing facility Liferaft was built for release in three episodes: her escape, "revelation", and "resolution". They expected development to take six months between November and February In March and under the moniker Mikengreg, Boxleiter and Wohlwend's 4fourths was chosen among six games out of more than submissions for inclusion in Kokoromi 's Gamma IV showcase.
Submissions were based on the theme of "one button games". One player on each team controls the ship's vertical height and the other fires the guns, which aim towards the center of the screen. Since every player only has one button, the vertical height controls boost the ship vertically when the button is pressed and leaves the ship to slowly descend when unpressed.
The teams On Point - Danny Baranowsky - Parallax together to shoot at and destroy enemy boss ships that travel through the center of the screen. Teams can also shoot each other's ships as friendly fire is activated. Mikengreg announced Liferaft: Zero and Solipskier in November The former is a "prequel teaser" to the Flash platform game Liferaft that they had announced the previous year, a game of trial-based challenges with wall-jumping and grappling  wherein girl clones attempt to swing and jump around test chambers to reach and ring a bell.
Their first game as Mikengreg was Solipskier where the player's finger draws the ground for the on-screen skier to pass through a level filled with gates, tunnels, and walls. The game concept came from a brainstorming session about parallax scrollingand was revised in fits of creativity. They paired the parallax scrolling with speed and began to prototype.
They then decided to develop for iOS in addition to Flash, and to release both versions simultaneously. Boxleiter spoke at the Game Developers Conference Indie Soapbox on how indie stars were made from hard work and not from the Independent Games Festival. He added that winning an award at the festival for Solipskier was an insignificant aspect of his career.
Riding the earnings from Detroit Rock City - Kiss - NipponMikengreg continued to pay themselves their same salary but now had the means to try new ideas.
Instead, their pressure was internal. Gasketball was released for iPad on August 9, Not as many players paid for the On Point - Danny Baranowsky - Parallax as expected. After Gasketball 's release, Boxleiter and Wohlwend planned a celebratory road trip On Point - Danny Baranowsky - Parallax a game jam in Victoria, British Columbia. The game did not fare as expected, so Boxleiter wanted to use the jam to create "something new, The story is told through a series of reflection puzzles wherein the player swipes the screen to reflect a beam around a room to its intended destination.
Mikengreg felt that their first theme of light, prisms, and audio signal too closely mimicked "a hacking minigame from a bigger AAA game like BioShock or System Shock ", but eventually paired the concept with a satirical Edward Snowden theme following the mid global surveillance disclosures. It was his first effort at professional writing, and it took him five months.
He and Wohlwend would conference after each chapter for coherency. LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver wanted the story to explore the "questions They called this philosophy the " Derek Yu of Spelunky school On Point - Danny Baranowsky - Parallax game design ".
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Mike Boxleiter and Greg Wohlwend. Liferaft: Zero. Main article: Solipskier. Main article: Gasketball. Main article: TouchTone. In TouchTone 's puzzles leftthe player rearranges the items on screen to redirect a beam of light to its destination. The player is at the center of a story about government surveillance told through hacked emails rightwhich are unlocked by completing puzzles.
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