It’s a surprisingly deep, interactive meditation on many of the daily issues we have in mind. Using simple touch-based minigames as a point of physical connection, Florence tells a moving tale that deals with love and loss, race, and growing up, all packed into an incredibly intense 45-minute experience. Whatever your taste in games, this is one we suggest you don’t miss out on.
Read more about the Mountains team on their homepage, here.
3) Halfbrick Studios
This might be hard to believe, but there’s actually an Australian export with more fans than Vegemite: Fruit Ninja.
Wait. What? That’s what we thought, too at first. But the iconic pineapple-slasher was Brisbane-based Halfbrick Studio’s breakout mobile title. With over 1 billion downloads, Fruit Ninja’s easily the biggest thing that ever happened to the Australian videogame industry. The game was so successful that Halfbrick was inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame in 2017.
Halfbrick has gone on to develop Jetpack Joyride, Dan the Man, and a whole host of Fruit Ninja spinoffs for various platforms. The studio’s been around since 2002 and had moderate success developing licensed titles like Avatar: The Last Airbender and Star Wars: Republic Heroes. But the huge success of Fruit Ninja has overshadowed just about everything else.
Check out Halfbrick’s homepage here.
Melbourne-based Playside Studios is one of those mid-sized mobile developers that just generally flies under the radar.
Their biggest hit, Dumb Ways to Die 2, netted over 75 million downloads. Building on that success, they’ve developed over 30 mobile titles over the past seven years. In addition to their IP, they’ve collaborated with the likes of Nickelodeon and Pixar on several licensed mobile spinoffs. While few of their games have had Dumb Ways to Die 2’s runaway success, nearly all of Playside’s titles netted over 100,000 downloads. Not too, shabby!
Visit Playside’s homepage here.
Gadgeteers take – Australian mobile game developers are bigger and prolific than you’d think.
Watch this space: we’ll return soon with a feature on top Australian game developers in the PC and console space.