Hans Hans the Biking Viking – Battle for Asgard

May 29th, 2013

A few months ago NDiTeravision launched Hans Hans the Biking Viking in Columbia and it has since been getting built up and expanding ever since! Hans Hans is a website based Unity game which, while still region locked to South America only, has been doing great and we’ve been seeing some wonderful users come in and play their best. The game is a large scale multiplayer game similar to Fat Princess which pits teams of users against each other. With 3 playable characters and numerous weapon/skill combinations, this game has numerous teamplay possibilities all wrapped around the child friendly brand of Hans Hans!

The following is a great little video showing gameplay from our late dev/launch period. Zephyr Games was responsible for the Game Design behind this project and we hope to have other great news on Hans Hans as the game expands!

Zephyr Games is back from DC

May 24th, 2013

This past week Zephyr Games participated in a Fly-In to DC with ACT and Moms/Dads with Apps. It was a wonderful experience and Kenneth Johnson, the owner and game designer here at Zephyr Games, was able to meet with a wide variety of staffers for members of the House and Senate, as well as Anna Davis from the FTC and the FTC’s team responsible for COPPA enforcement.

There are a lot of things to say, but first we’d like to thank Katie Parker and Val Delp from Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand’s office, Rebecca Kelly Slaughter from Senator Charles Schumer’s office, and Dana Miller from Representative Nita M. Lowey’s office for taking time out of their day on Tuesday to see us during what was an obviously VERY busy day with an immigration bill, IRS hearings, a defense appropriation bill and numerous other events winding their way through the house and senate. We’d also like to thank Anna Davis and the COPPA enforcement team headed by Kandi Parsons for taking the time out to see us.

Meeting with our representatives from the state of NY was a great experience, and we really felt that they understood our concerns regarding the upcoming due dates on COPPA compliance (coming up very soon on July 2nd!) and appreciated our efforts to go above and beyond on compliance with the creation of our new Parent Zone initiative. Something our fans will be hearing and seeing more of over the next month as we roll it out to our various products and the children’s development world at large.

In meeting the FTC we were also very happy to hear how supportive they were of our efforts, and we look forward to looping them in as we get closer to the official launch of the Parent Zone. It’s great to hear that you’re on the right track when you start down these larger efforts and our developers and designers on the effort to date (Developed by Interactive Monster’s Kevin Loughran and designed by Wesley Gunn Creative’s Wesley Gunn) truly appreciated it. We also got a sense from talking to the FTC COPPA team of the scope of the enforcement job that they are having to tackle, and with only a month left to go and the confusion out there in the children’s app world it is obvious to see how people are beginning to panic a bit and nerves are getting frayed at times. Our take away is that these are people who are serious about their job as consumer advocates and while they definitely work to enforce the law they are understanding of the burden that may be getting placed on independent and smaller developers.

We will be posting in the next day or so a blog post by Kenneth Johnson outlining some of his “to-do’s” or general things every game developer should know/do before the July 2nd date in order to get themselves in a good place for the rules and regulation update. It’s a very complicated new world and not everything is entirely figured out but it does seem currently that there are some basic steps each developer can take to drastically reduce their potential exposure with the new rules and we should all be making the best effort possible.

Here are some links to the offices of those who were kind enough to see us during this trip!

Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand’s Office
Senator Chuck Schumer’s Office
Representative Nita M. Lowey’s Office
Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen’s Office
FTC Division of Privacy and Identity Protection

And for another great writeup on their experience in DC by a developer that we visited DC with, check out the post on Dads With Apps by Scott Weiner, the President of Weiner Family Studios, and a founding member of Moms With Apps.

Legend of Fat Ninja Featured by AppoDay!

February 7th, 2013

FatNinja IconLegend of Fat Ninja is happy to annouce that it’s feature with AppoDay was a big success! We have seen over 38,000 new users in the past 24 hours, and are happy to say that we were able to have this happen on the same day we rolled out the new version 1.3.0 which brings four new playable characters into the game! Interested to know more about them? Here is information on each of them!

The Sous Chef:
Sous Chef
Kaminoha, AKA Sous Chef, is a junior Ninja who has been training with Kurejita (The Fat Ninja) at the Iron Skillet Academy. He is now on out on the road with Kurejita helping to make The Fat Noodle the premier noodle stand in Japan. Perhaps he might even become the hero himself one day? Only with your help if so!

Lady Fortuna:
Lady Fortuna
Lady Fortuna is an experienced ninja who has long relied on her skills and uncanny luck to rise to the top in the martial arts world. When she hears of Kurejita’s adventure she decides to show her peers that there is more than one great ninja at the academy. Throwing on her best Toque Blanche, she now travels Japan with the goal of greatest chef in all of Japan in mind. Help her make it so with Legend of Fat Ninja!

Senor Nuts:
Senor Nuts
The oddest ninja of the group, Senor Nuts was a hermit living around the Iron Skillet who was coaxed into living and training with the others via the kindness of Lady Fortuna (and absurd amounts of peanut butter) He has since become a formidable ninja in his own right, and is able to ride the winds like none other!

Speedy Anchovy:
Speedy Anchovy
Speedy Anchovy, a feline samurai of some reknown, was once the proud chef behind the 9 Lives Pizzeria in Tokyo. But after an unfortunate health code violation regarding hairballs, Speedy became a wandering ronin. In stumbling across the Iron Skillet Academy though, he found new meaning to life and now sets off determined to make a fresh start of cooking and become the greatest samurai-turned-ninja chef ever. Help him to reach his goal!