The free-to-play iOS and Android sport has cute characters and a sweet theme, riffing off the sweetness of Cookie Jam and Sweet Crush Saga. However Candy Escapes has totally different gameplay that’s been baking over the previous two years. It’s accessible at present.
The sport comes from a Carlsbad, California-based workforce led by Michael Witz and Dan Lin, who labored on Cookie Jam (which debuted in 2013).
Jam Metropolis acquired their studio, Mob Science, and Cookie Jam years in the past, and it continues to function the favored cookie puzzle sport. Their pedigree enabled Redemption Video games to get a $5 million funding from Supercell, the Finnish maker of the wildly common Conflict Royale and Conflict of Clans video games.
“It has been fairly the journey,” stated Witz in an interview with GamesBeat. “It’s an identical sport with collapse mechanics and constructing features just like Gardenscapes. We’ve additionally created our personal authentic story, in a magical land with little hamster-morphic characters.”
With Candy Escapes, Redemption Video games has crafted an identical puzzle sport with distinctive and themed challenges, authentic story and characters, and accessible gameplay for everybody.
The lead character, Pleasure, is a magical bunny who used to work as a teenager in a bakery in slightly village referred to as Candy Escapes. Sadly, after the nice Sugar Crash, all of the shops needed to shut down.
Because the participant, you’ve got develop into the brand new proprietor, and also you get to design and rebuild these scrumptious shops and produce to life a thriving new city. Alongside the way in which, you must open up an ice cream parlor, a chocolate retailer, and a espresso home. You additionally get to befriend a zany and cute solid of characters, resembling Scoops, a foolish Penguin that appears to at all times get into mischief. The aim is to create a thriving village of candy outlets.
“I suppose it type of matches into Sweet Crush Saga-kind of sphere,” Witz stated. “We don’t have a map. Somewhat, you unlock totally different zones. You earn stars within the puzzles and then you definitely spend your rewards on the shops.”
Whereas it may appear designed to focus on girls and ladies, Witz stated that a number of males, like him, play these video games as nicely.
“I’m channeling my inside grandma,” he stated.
The unique Cookie Jam launched with fewer than 100 ranges. However Candy Escapes is launching with 500 ranges, over 25,000 strains of story, gigabytes of artwork and animation — each 3Dand 2D — and a number of reside occasions that may maintain issues recent.
The workforce can even crank out new content material and occasions to present Candy Escapes an extended life.
Witz stated the desk stakes now embrace making an ideal sport, artwork, theme, know-how, analytics, reside operations, and a user-acquisition technique that may coordinate all these collectively to usher in worthwhile cohorts of customers at scale.
Idea Artwork Home and 5518 Artwork Studios contributed artwork to the venture, and Ophir Lupu and Blake Rochind served as advisers at UTA. Redemption has 23 workers in Carlsbad, not together with contractors.
As for Supercell, Witz stated, “They’ve been a giant inspiration for us. We try to function as a studio primarily based on how Supercell operates. It’s a really flat construction.”