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Gogii Games is an independent Canadian video game developer and publisher headquartered in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. They currently employ 25 employees in Moncton as well as having full-time contract workers in Nova Scotia, Prague, France, and Romania.

History

Founded in 2006 by George Donovan, the company has launched eight to 10 games each year in more than 10 languages, across all platforms, from PC retail to Nintendo Wii and DS, as well as mobile platforms including iPhone and iPad.[1]

Games

The company makes primarily Hidden Object / Adventure games, targeted to adult females.[2] Gogii's catalog of games consists of more than 30 games - including franchises such as Escape the Museum, The Hidden Object Show, the Luv series (Puppy Luv, Pony Luv, Kitty Luv) - as well as Princess Isabella: A Witch’s Curse.[3][4]

Games developed by Gogii Games (partial list)
Title Release
Year
Platform Developer
Princess Isabella: A witch's curse HD 2010 iPad
Tripeaks in Paradise HD 2010 iPad
Robin's Quest 2010 PC, Mac
Secrets of the Dragon Wheel 2010 PC, Mac Silverback Games
Vaultcracker: The Last Safe 2010 PC, Mac
Escape the Lost Kingdom 3D 2010 PC, Mac
The Clumsy's 2 2009 PC, Mac Banzai Interactive
Happyville 2009 PC, Mac
Princess Isabella: A witch's curse 2009 PC, Mac
Empress of the Deep 2009 PC, Mac Silverback Games
The Mirror Mysteries 2009 PC, Mac The Easy Co.
Escape 2 Paradise 2008 PC, Mac

Awards

Princess Isabella was declared the 2009 Game of the Year by Big Fish Games, as well as being nominated in four categories at the 2nd Great Game Awards by GameHouse, where it won Top Adventure Game.[5]

Gogii Games Engine

In 2010, Gogii Games launched a site announcing the purchase of the Kanji Game engine - to be renamed Gogii Games Engine. It is a 2d C++ engine for iPad/iPhone, Mac and PC development.[6] The engine has been used in many casual games, including the Mortimer Beckett series.

Features

  • Support for multiple streams of music and cross-fading.
  • Supports Theora video to texture decompression, including synchronized audio, alpha channel and looping
  • Transparently uses DirectX 8 or 9 (Windows), OpenGL (Mac and Windows ) and OpenGL ES (iPhone and iPad)
  • Support for pixel shaders
  • Support for zip pakfiles, including password encryption
  • Support for multiple streams of music and cross-fading
  • Powerful Graphical User Interface components used in production games
  • 3d model loading for special effects in 2d games

Licensing

There are several licensing options for Gogii Games Engine, including Standard, Mobile, and Pro - each of which offer different levels of features and platform support. The Gogii engine is unique in that it provides a Publishing license - which offers the use of the engine free of charge when agreeing to use the company's publishing services.[7]

References

  1. Entrepreneur of the Year – George Donovan, Progress Magazine, Vol 6, Issue 8
  2. N.B. firm targets a new niche of gamers, NB Business Journal, By Kyle Mullin, May 20th, 2010
  3. IGN: Gogii Games, ign.com
  4. Gamespot Company Page for Gogii Games, gamespot.com
  5. GameHouse Announces Winners of Second Annual Great Game Awards, PR Newswire, July 20, 2010
  6. Gogii Games Engine, gogiigamesengine.com, retrieved September 10, 2010
  7. Licensing | Gogii Games Engine, gogiigamesengine.com, retrieved September 10, 2010

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