Video Game Hall of Fame Likely for Ottumwa, Iowa

Posted by Conor Murphy on May 4, 2009

Ottumwa, Iowa may be small in population, but it’s video game aspirations are off the charts. In a movement started by Ottumwa resident Chris Hoeksema, city officials met on April 29th and dubbed their city "Video Game Capital of the World". Plans were also launched for a new Video Game Hall of Fame featuring over 35-years of gaming nostalgia and world-record gaming competitions. Ottumwa is renowned as the home of the Twin Galaxies Arcade where in 1982, Billy Mitchell set a world-record high score on Donkey Kong during the Video Game World Championship.Read more

Big Fish Games Acquires Grubby Games

Posted by Conor Murphy on April 30, 2009

We are very pleased to announce the acquisition of Grubby Games into our Vancouver, BC Studio. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Grubby Games, they have made several very successful and award winning games including Professor Fizzwizzle, FizzBall, IncrediBots, and My Tribe. Patrick Wiley, VP of Big Fish Games Studios had this to say, "Grubby Games’ talents will help differentiate our Vancouver team as well as Big Fish Studios as a whole. On top of this, I am pleased to announce that Grubby Games Co-founder, Ryan Clark, will be heading up our Vancouver office."Read more

Felix the Ninja?

Posted by Conor Murphy on April 30, 2009

A funny thing happens when Big Fish Games employees have insomnia. They don’t lie in bed counting flying sheep (or flying fish), they get up and put their creativity to work! Dennis Kendrick, one of our Customer Support Reps, is a case in point. As he puts it, "I was bored, tired, and couldn’t sleep. Naturally, I decided to get on my computer and have a little fun." That ’fun’ turned out to be a wildly creative interpretation of our own Felix the Fish as...a ninja? Why a ninja, you ask?Read more

We’re Here to Help!

Posted by Conor Murphy on April 29, 2009

Online Customer Support has become quite the popular destination these days. Last month alone, the Big Fish Games Help pages had over 1.9 million visits! With all this attention, we thought it might be time to spruce up the place and take part in a little spring cleaning. But instead of breaking out the old broom and mop, we’ve put our developers and support gurus to work. They’ve pulled out all the stops in turning our once humble service station into a do-it-yourself depot.Read more

Big Fish Games Toolbar

Posted by Conor Murphy on April 27, 2009

We are proud to announce the release of the new and improved Big Fish Games Toolbar for Internet Explorer and Firefox web browsers! The Toolbar offers instant access to all of the most popular Big Fish Games locations including Game Downloads, Online Games, The Forums, The Big Fish Games Blog (of course!), and Help. You can also now search from anywhere on the internet thanks to the Toolbar’s integrated Search function, powered by Yahoo! There’s no need to navigate to a search engine any more. With the Toolbar, you’re already there!Read more

Cooking Quest Available for the iPhone

Posted by Conor Murphy on April 24, 2009

Big Fish Games’ Studios is proud to announce the release of Cooking Quest for the iPhone and iPod touch. Congratulations, you’ve been awarded a coveted entry for the Chef’s Challenge contest in Foodville’s Restaurant Row! Grease the cast-iron skillets as you gather ingredients to smoke the competition away. Manage your budget as you create multi-course gourmet meals in Foodville’s most elite restaurants. Can you stand the heat and become a Master Chef? Start at Chop City Steakhouse on Restaurant Row and find out in this time-management Cooking Quest.Read more

Big Fish Games in Seattle Business Monthly Magazine!

Posted by Conor Murphy on April 20, 2009

Big Fish Games was featured in the latest Seattle Business Monthly magazine. The article highlights "companies thriving in a down economy" in and around Seattle. CEO, Jeremy Lewis was featured on the cover and was interviewed for the piece. One interesting part of the interview came when Jeremy was asked who he is currently looking to for advice in this down economy. Warren Buffett? Bill Gates? Jack Welch? Find out how Big Fish Games' CEO extracts business guidance from the world's first leader in casual entertainment by reading the article at Seattle Business Monthly. You'll also get the chance to read about several other successful Washington companies who are finding innovative ways to deal with current economic challenges.Read more

Felix Goes to Washington!

Posted by Conor Murphy on April 17, 2009

Speaking with enthusiasm and candor, Felix the Fish addressed the Patent and Trademark Organization in Washington, DC yesterday. Dubbed, "The Ambassador of Fun", Felix introduced government officials to casual games as a way of helping reduce the overall stress level in Washington. "Given the fragile state of our economy and the inherent stress it brings to Washington, we felt it was our duty to offer elected officials a way to let off some steam. What better way to forget about your day-to-day problems than with an hour of free game play?"Read more

Cork, Ireland Chosen for European Headquarters

Posted by Conor Murphy on April 16, 2009

On Thursday, April 9th, we announced the opening of our new European Headquarters in Cork, Ireland. The new office will focus on multilingual game testing, customer support, and product localization. The creation of 100 new jobs is anticipated over the next three years. New job seekers will be required to have excellent customer communication skills, particularly in French, German and Spanish as localized games are offered for all three language speakers. Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Mary Coughlan said the decision by the company to establish its headquarters in Ireland was a major coup and would lend a positive slant to the IDA’s continuing efforts to attract investment into the country. She was stateside Thursday, April 16th visiting Big Fish Games' Seattle office during the morning hours.Read more

Hidden Mysteries: Buckingham Palace Available for the iPhone

Posted by Conor Murphy on April 13, 2009

Big Fish Games’ Studios is proud to announce the release of Hidden Mysteries: Buckingham Palace for the iPhone and iPod touch. In Hidden Mysteries ™: Buckingham Palace you must peel back the curtains on one of the grandest buildings in the western world to look for treasure and uncover its deepest secrets. Learn fun facts about several royal locations while you search for hidden objects and play ingenious mini-games. Follow romantic notes strewn across beautifully rendered scenes in this exciting sequel to Hidden Mysteries: Civil War. Learn fun royal facts as you play clever mini-games and use collected items to solve challenging puzzles.Read more

Hunt for Easter Eggs with Customer Support

Posted by Conor Murphy on April 10, 2009

The Easter Fishy surprised our Customer Support team with colorful eggs filled with treats hidden at their desks and now our representatives want to spread the holiday cheer. We’ve added in a few Plush Felix, and some Marshmallow Peeps to create a silly little hidden object game just for you. We hope this is a nice intro to a wonderful holiday weekend for each and every one of you!Read more

Felix’s Favorites Treasure Chest

Posted by Conor Murphy on April 1, 2009

Ahoy there Big Fish Games fans! Great news...last week, Felix agreed to allow us to dive for one of his many sunken treasure chests in Elliott Bay. The water was chilly and the currents strong, but we were able to uncover a rather large treasure chest and haul it back to the office. Turns out the chest was full of great limited-edition Big Fish Games loot! Just the kind of stuff we love to share with you. Get your hands on the booty by collecting Felix's favorite games throughout the month of April.Read more