The World’s Best Free-to-Play Games

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on May 24, 2014
The World’s Best Free-to-Play Games

The world has really opened up for gamers these past few years.  Free-to-play games offer all the basics for free: you deliver the cash (if needed) once you’re enchanted, when you’ve had the chance to get to know what you’re playing.  A number of online games have shifted to free-to-play models in recent years.  It’s …Read more

Building a Better Brain, One Game at a Time

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on May 19, 2014
Building a Better Brain, One Game at a Time

Do you have a New Year’s resolution to improve your brain’s performance?  If so, playing more games might just be the answer! In a previous article I provided an overview of the types of skills we develop from game play.  In this article I will take it a bit deeper, looking specifically at cognitive development …Read more

Narrative Design Case Study: Dark Manor

Posted by Lisa Brunette on May 15, 2014
Narrative Design Case Study: Dark Manor

Previously on the blog, we gave you an inside look at the fast-wheelin’, high-stakes world of narrative design! OK, so we gave you some examples and explained what we do. But wasn’t that fun? We know you’re hungry for more. We know you’re craving an in-depth look at one game put through the narrative design machine …Read more

Developer Focus: Artifex Mundi

Posted by Conor Murphy on May 8, 2014
Developer Focus: Artifex Mundi

In this week’s Developer Focus, I was able to speak with Krzysztof Szaton, Game Producer at Artifex Mundi to learn a little more about what makes them tick and how they make such great games time and time again. Artifex Mundi is the studio responsible for fantastic game series like Enigmatis, Nightmares from the Deep …Read more

Mobilizing Gameplay

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on May 5, 2014
Mobilizing Gameplay

It’s a bit hard for an old school gamer like me to believe that so much gaming now occurs on mobile devices. People are enthusiastically squeezing in their gaming whenever they can (I just hope no one is playing while driving!). Wired Magazine reports that mobile is rapidly overtaking consoles in sales and reach. Seems …Read more

Virtual Families – A Game About Life

Posted by Jessica Sachs on April 29, 2014
Virtual Families – A Game About Life

There is a hidden little world just inside your computer. There are little people who are lost and in need of adoption. There is an abandoned, broken house that with a little love and some happy occupants could be turned into a dream home. Unlock this world and help shape the lives and home of …Read more

What’s a Narrative Designer?

Posted by Lisa Brunette on April 28, 2014
What’s a Narrative Designer?

Perhaps you’ve seen the titles at the close of your epic Big Fish game adventure, once the end credits roll: “Narrative Designer,” and there’s even a “Manager of Narrative Design.” These sound like pretty fancy jobs, but what exactly do these people do? The answer: whatever it takes to bring you a great game story experience. We …Read more

Gabe from Penny Arcade Plays Fairway Solitaire More Than Any Other!

Posted by Conor Murphy on April 25, 2014
Gabe from Penny Arcade Plays Fairway Solitaire More Than Any Other!

It’s not every day when a gaming icon compliments your game. Rarer still, is to hear your game has truly “hooked” that icon into hours and hours of play. For our studios development team, that perfect day came when Gabe from Penny Arcade recently estimated that he’s “… probably put more hours into Fairway Solitaire …Read more

The Indie Strikes Back: Five indie games coming out in 2014 that will blow your mind

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on April 21, 2014
The Indie Strikes Back: Five indie games coming out in 2014 that will blow your mind

“Indie gaming” (games that are produced independent of a major publisher) has become a part of our gaming vernacular since 2009. There are two big reasons:   1) The rise of crowd-sourced funding through sites like Kickstarter has liberated developers to find money directly through their audience instead of pitching to a few big publishing …Read more

Spring is Here! Every iPad, iPhone & iPod Game is On Sale!!

Posted by Conor Murphy on April 18, 2014
Spring is Here! Every iPad, iPhone & iPod Game is On Sale!!

Spring is finally here and Big Fish is in the mood to celebrate. And what’s the best way to celebrate the changing of the seasons? A seasonal sale of course! Starting today and ending April 21st, all of our iPad, iPhone & iPod touch games are up to 50% off!! After you stock up on …Read more

Google Wear’s Great Grandparents: A Brief History of Wearable Computers

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on April 15, 2014
Google Wear’s Great Grandparents: A Brief History of Wearable Computers

What felt like a utopian cyberpunk dream is now becoming reality: wearable computers is a topic on everyone’s lips. Last year we were introduced to Google Glass, the first commercially available optical head-mounted display–which, unfortunately, has since seen a decline in interest. Perhaps it was the wallet-busting price point at $1500, maybe it was the …Read more

Enter the Fairway Solitaire “Blast Off” Tournament at PAX

Posted by Conor Murphy on April 8, 2014
Enter the Fairway Solitaire “Blast Off” Tournament at PAX

What could be better than a tournament of Solitaire? A tournament at PAX! Starting today, fans of Big Fish that are going to PAX East can get the chance to win an Xbox One, $1000 in cash, or an iPad mini in celebration of the launch of our newest mobile game Fairway Solitaire Blast. You …Read more