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New Content! Jam City's 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff'

 

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By Dexter Woltman

Brunette Games has had the honor of working with top developer Jam City for a full year now, on five different titles either in release or still in development. One of our projects together gave me the chance to write new script content for the popular mobile game Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff. As a scriptwriting major in college, working on a franchise like Family Guy was the stuff of dreams, and now here I am, writing about the quest for stuff!

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Screenshot of the in-game dialogue

Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff is a mobile game in which players get to build their own version of Quahog, the central setting of the television show. The story begins with the show getting canceled again, leading to a fight between Peter and his infamous chicken nemesis. Reminiscent of Peter's encounters with the chicken in the show, their fight leaves the town in shambles. Following this, players guide the characters of the show as they work to rebuild Quahog.

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Official game artwork

I've been watching the television show Family Guy ever since I was, well, too young to be watching Family Guy. I've followed the beloved antics of the Griffin family for over a decade. When Brunette Games had the opportunity to collaborate with Jam City on its newest content, it was definitely a bucket-list item for me. And I'm not the only one obsessed with the franchise. In the time since The Quest for Stuff's initial release in 2014, it's acquired a steady following of committed players. 

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Even though Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff originally launched nearly six years ago, Jam City's devotion to the title has added a steady plethora of new content ever since. I've already written several events for the game, and one of my favorites is "Life's a Zoo." This one sees Peter Griffin opening up his own zoo and facing competition from his daughter, Meg. As per typical Family Guy humor, this release has plenty of jokes, references, and whacky adventures. It certainly pushes the boundaries more than other titles in the casual market, making it a blast, for me to write for, personally, since many of our other titles are much more, um, circumspect.

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To learn more about the game, hear it from the developers themselves with the official App Store description:

After another epic battle with the giant chicken, Peter Griffin has accidentally destroyed Quahog! Play for FREE and rally your favorite Family Guy characters (even Meg) to save the city in a hilarious new adventure. Or don’t, and regret it forever!

Game Features:

• It’s Free! Freakin’ free? Freakin’ sweet!

• Create a living Quahog that fits enjoyably in your pants

• Unlock hilarious outfits for your characters like Mermaid Peter, Bikini-Clad Quagmire, and Rambo Lois

• Send your characters on ridiculous quests

• Keep Quahog safe from pirates, evil chickens, and other invasions

• Peterfy your town with decorations such as The Petercopter, The Peterdactyl, and The Hindenpeter

• Unlock hundreds of brand new and classic animations

PS: You can play this game in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, and Brazilian Portuguese!

PPS: Don’t forget to watch new episodes of Family Guy on Sundays - only on FOX!

WHAT'S NEW

The Family Guy: Life's a Zoo Event is here! Watch out for the animals in this new event from the Writers of Family Guy!

A new feature is coming. Travel the multiverse with Alternate Quahogs!

Features:

-New Feature: Alternate Quahogs!

-General Improvements to Game Performance

-New App Icon

Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff can be played on iOS and Android devices. To try the game and play "Life's a Zoo" for yourself, follow either of the links below!

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New Release! ‘Solitaire: Farm and Family’ from Tuyoo Game

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By Dexter Woltman

As a casual game player who grew up on a farm and played a lot of card games, Brunette Games' latest collaboration hits especially close to home for me. New from Tuyoo Game is Solitaire Tripeaks: Farm and Family! Tuyoo Game came to us with an engaging concept that showed a preference for grounded storytelling. As often happens here at Brunette Games, they asked us to rework their existing script draft as well as further develop beyond that start with much more content. The result is an app that we think pushes the boundaries in casual game storytelling. 

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If you're looking for honest storytelling, Farm and Family is the game for you! The title balances real-life issues such as divorce, medical illnesses, and economic challenge with the straightforward charm and humor audiences have come to love. The story follows Rachel Brix, a former city girl who's trying to get in touch with her roots by saving the family farm. As Rachel remembers her past and propels new business ventures, she gets the chance to rediscover herself and be the woman she's always wanted to be. And by playing the role of Rachel's close friend, you get to be part of the story every step of the way!

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In-game screenshots of the game's dialogue

 Farm and Family uses a tripeaks style of solitaire. This means it builds off the classic formula to introduce new, exciting mechanics to the solitaire gameplay. Much like a causal match-3 game, every level provides a new type of challenge to overcome.

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If that's not enough to get you interested, hear it from the developers themselves. Below is the official App Store description of the title:

Relax yourself in this fantastic solitaire tripeaks card game and start your own adventure with our heroine Rachel!

Rich contents in different levels:

  • Hundreds of challenging levels
  • Collect enough fragments to finish the jigsaw level and get rewards
  • In Molly’s Kitchen, complete the challenges to feed the hungry kitty

Combination of classical and creative gameplay:

  • Classical Solitaire game
  • Various special puzzles such as Gear cards, Kitty cards, Balloon cards… More interesting things for you to discover!

Heart-warming stories:

  • Help Rachel operate the abandoned farm and create your own business. Listen to the Brix family about their old memories and help them come through the difficult period

Other features:

  • Help Rachel collect more stars to level up her farm
  • Try your luck in the Fortune Wheel to win big surprises
  • Explore treasures in the mean marmot’s cave every day

More exciting content for you to discover. Come and join Solitaire: Farm and Family now!

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There's lots to discover in this endearing title! Download now, and tell us here at Brunette Games what you think!

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Redemption Games’ Scoops: From Fan Favorite to Fan Fiction

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By Dexter Woltman

What’s not to love about an adorable penguin who makes ice cream? When Redemption Games’ phenomenal Sweet Escapes first launched, the story centered on a bunny, Joy, doing her best to fix up some sweet shops that have hit hard times. Joy quickly met various friends to help her on her journey, one of whom is Scoops, a sweets-loving penguin.

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Nearly a year of content later, Joy’s world is brimming with colorful characters and a plethora of delicious sweets. Along the way, Scoops grew from a humorous companion character to a sensational fan favorite. He’s played an active part in almost every storyline, and audiences just can’t get enough. Some fans have even gone the extra mile and written fan fiction about him. But what was it that made our lovable penguin friend so popular? Surely, it’s not just his fancy scarf?

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From the very start, Scoops was always a scene-stealer. His obsession with sweets and humorous antics stole the hearts of many. Add Redemption Games’ adorable character design and goofy animations, and the game became an instant fan favorite. But along the way, Scoops’ character started to show a lot of promise beyond cracking jokes. By the time I was involved in writing content for the game, I recognized a lot of potential in our goofy penguin. I didn’t just see him as the comedic relief who likes to make jokes about all the sweets he can eat. I saw him as the heart and soul of Sweet Escapes, and I capitalized on it.

While most characters in Sweet Escapes appear every few regions of content or so, Scoops has had the privilege of maintaining a consistent presence in the game. He’s been there from the start, and, well, he’s still there. So, when it came time for me to write for him, I knew there was more we could do with him. I took a look at his quirks, his many jobs and love of sweets, and I expanded on them. In my eyes, his very specific tastes didn’t just have to translate to sweets. They could apply to all sorts of things. Scarves, occupations, proper lighting—Scoops is ahead of it all. For me, it wasn’t just about dialing up the jokes. It was about making the world his joke. And from that, Scoops' role in the story grew. He's there to contribute conflict, growth, and mystery.

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So now, more than a year later, Scoops is still a highlight of the game. He gets personal story arcs as he searches to find his role in the group. He doesn’t just make jokes. He’s a real character with flaws and skills. Sure, he has a great eye for decor, but he’s also going to make a fit when that painting is two inches too far to the left. And yes, he’s a penguin who holds a great love for the sea, but that doesn’t mean he knows how to swim with it. That alone leaves his various pirating exploits land-locked for the time being. Scoops is remarkably complex, yet very simple all the same. He just wants to be happy. And in the end, isn’t that what we all want?

Over the last year since the game's release, Scoops has grown from comedic relief to comedic sensation. Audiences love him, and so do we here at Brunette Games. It’s been a long journey, but luckily for fans, that journey is far from complete. So, if you haven’t gotten the chance to see our lovable penguin in action, it’s never too late! Download Sweet Escapes on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store now!

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For more information on Redemption Games' Sweet Escapes, visit the official website here!


New Content! Redemption Games' 'Sweet Escapes' Sails to Dessert Island

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By Dexter Woltman

While new releases are always something to be ecstatic about, Brunette Games is just as excited about new content that keeps our favorite titles going for years to come! Redemption Games’ Sweet Escapes is a blossoming tale of charm and puzzles. It follows the bunny Joy and her adorable animal friends as they work to fix up all their favorite sweet shops. Not only does the game have plenty of puzzles and humor, but now it has an all-new map!

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Join Joy and her sweets-loving friends as they cruise to Dessert Island, a new location filled with mystery, character, and most importantly of all, sweets! Do volcanoes and shipwrecks await our loveable friends? Can Joy save the island for all its hamster inhabitants? Find out yourself by playing the update now! Our loveable penguin Scoops can’t wait to sail ahead, and neither should you.

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It’s never too late to hop on this quirky, fun adventure. Don’t just take our word for it; see what the developers themselves have to say about everything that awaits you in their new official update description:

WHAT’S NEW

Come back to Sweet Escapes with this new update!

And we're off! Join Joy and friends as they explore the new land, Dessert Island! Make new friends, build new decorations, and take on delicious new puzzles!

NEW EVENT

Love is in the air! Come celebrate Valentine's Day in Sweet Escapes with exclusive decorations, prizes, and offers!

NEW PUZZLE PIECES

Candy Frogs! Collect Candy Frogs before they hop up up the puzzle board!

Soda Bottles! Collect blocks of matching colors to fill the soda bottle. When it's full, it'll burst and clear everything in its way!

NEW STORIES

New Chapters added every Tuesday!

Bug fixes and sweet game improvements!

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For more information, visit the official website here!


New Release! ‘RollerCoaster Tycoon Story’ for Atari and Graphite Lab

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By Dexter Woltman

It’s no secret Brunette Games works with amazing clients from all across the world, but this new release hits far closer to home. Developed by Atari and Graphite Lab, RollerCoaster Tycoon Story launched this week as part of the latest installment of the classic Atari franchise. Not only did Brunette Games write the dialogue and in-game text, but we had the honor of working hand-in-hand with Graphite Lab through every step of the script process.

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Like Brunette Games, Graphite Lab is centered right here in St. Louis. They have some amazing talent in their studio, and our two companies’ relationship goes beyond the walls of work. So much so, that one of their employees and I are actually neighbors! RollerCoaster Tycoon Story was one of my first big original writing projects, and getting to sit down and talk with their team face-to-face as we developed the narrative was an experience I’ll never forget.

St. Louis is slowly growing its own gaming community, one both Brunette Games and Graphite Lab are happy to be part of. We had the great opportunity to work together, and RollerCoaster Tycoon Story is the product of that collaboration. For the first time in the series, this new release has a rich narrative built around exciting Match-3 puzzles. Even more, Graphite Lab has evolved the typical Match-3 genre by including a rails mechanic never before seen in these types of casual games. A third St. Louis studio, Fat Bard, provided music and sound effect support as well, making this a truly homegrown effort all around.

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If that’s not enough to sell you on this new release, hear it from the developer themselves with the official App Store description:

Welcome to RollerCoaster Tycoon Story! The legendary Eagleland theme park has fallen into despair and it’s up to you to restore it to its former glory by solving exciting Match-3 puzzles. Based on the beloved RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise, RollerCoaster Tycoon Story uses an innovative rail match system to earn tickets that can be used to complete tasks such as repairing rides, cleaning up park grounds and rebuilding shops. Partner with Sam, your dependable mechanic and other park staff to help restore the land around the park, unravel hidden mysteries, meet interesting characters and become a true RollerCoaster Tycoon.

Features:

• Hundreds of Levels: Match three or more pieces using the rail match system to complete fun puzzles or earn powerful boosters. Complete more complex puzzles to uncover special items including the famous Screechin’ Eagle booster.

• Exciting Story: Finish each round to progress through the storyline and advance to the next level. As you continue to play, additional zones of the park will unlock revealing classic RollerCoaster Tycoon rides like the Log Flume water ride.

• Renovate and Decorate: Improve sections of your park by removing debris, adding decorations, and investing in research to further upgrade rides, attractions and more.

• Endearing Characters: Interact with multiple characters including Sam the maintenance worker, Maggie the mechanic, Tyler the panda mascot entertainer, and many others.

• Daily Rewards: Earn bonus rewards each day for restored rides and attractions. More rides, more money!

• Leaderboards: Top the global leaderboards and compete against friends.

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Also, did I mention you get to name a pet squirrel? Download now, and tell us here at Brunette Games what you think!

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For more information, visit the official website here!