February 2015. Plymouth, UK. Up-and-coming indie developer Total Monkery has secured support from Creative England and Microsoft via the Greenshoots programme to enable the development of its original action puzzle game ElemenTales, due for release on mobile at the beginning of June 2015 with PC and Xbox to follow later in the year.
ElemenTales follows the adventures of four brothers who have been cursed to exist in the form of the classic elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water. The brothers must solve puzzles and collect hidden objects in order to progress through the levels, combining their talents but careful not to drain each other’s powers.
As with Total Monkery’s first release, MagNets (currently on Steam), they continue to combine colourful design with inventive and engaging gameplay and puzzle elements.
The Greenshoots support will enable the company, who were highlighted in Creative England’s CE50 report on innovative businesses in January, to continue to develop a solid base of original games. It also marks their first foray into the mobile market.
Total Monkery founder, Richard Weeks, also brings his wealth of industry experience (including time at Psygnosis and LucasArts) to his other role as an Associate Lecturer in programming at Plymouth University, and the company is keen to foster strong links with academia and support the broader development community in the region.