Factsheet

Developer:
Total Monkery
Based in Plymouth, Devon, UK

Founding date:
September 1, 2012

Website:
totalmonkery.com

Press / Business Contact:
contact@totalmonkery.com

Social:
Twitter page
Facebook page
IndieDB Company page
Google+ page
Blog page
LinkedIn

Releases:
MagNets

Address:
Room 107, Roland Levinsky Building
Drake Circus
Plymouth PL4 8AA

Phone:
+44 (0)1752588958

Description

Total Monkery is an independent game development company and family-run business with a healthy fixation on mockery, puns and primates. Created in 2012 by game development veteran Richard Weeks, Total Monkery aims not only to produce high-quality games, but also to foster new talents, collaborate with passionate indies and contribute value to the industry we love.

History

Origins

Total Monkery was started by Richard Weeks. Richard has been working in games for over twenty years, both as a permanent employee for games companies such as Psygnosis and LucasArts and later as a contract programming consultant. Keen to have greater creative control, Richard began working on his own projects with a view to one day forming his own studio. From this, Iliara was born, a puzzle game about the living, moving cave paintings of an alien world.

Incorporation and Iliara

Surprisingly shortly after, Total Monkery came into being - named after a throwaway monkey/mockery pun in a conversation to a friend. In September 2012 it became a limited company and the primary occupation of the Weeks household, and Iliara became the training ground for a brave new team - initially made up of Anya Trounce, his partner's daughter and at that time only a hobbyist artist, and Will Davis, her boyfriend, who had studied programming at University but whose personal circumstances had not allowed him to pursue a career in games. After several months of on-the-job training and work on Iliara, and after securing some contract work, it became apparent that Iliara was not a throwaway puzzle game but a deep universe that would only reach its full potential through development of a strong online community and a sensible, well-funded development schedule.

MagNets, and Total Monkery Today

After some consideration, the team decided that Iliara would have to wait until Total Monkery was a self-sustaining business, and in order to do that they would have to start smaller. They began working on another one of Richard's many games concepts, first with concept artist and friend Phil Corbett and then with the team. Although once again an ambitious and unusual project, Richard felt confident he could apply his broad experience and the team's increasingly confident skills to deliver a great game, so with design document in hand, Total Monkery took a pitch to the 2012 indie developers’ pilot fund for PlayStation Mobile, a competition at which they came runner-up, and then Creative England's Gameslab, where they they secured a grant to begin development. Development of MagNets began in November 2013. Total Monkery's current staff includes Andrea Chandler (Managing Director and fiancée); Anya Trounce, (Artist and Andrea's daughter), Will Davis (Programmer, and Anya's partner) and Frederick Fitzpatrick (Artist and brave non-relation).

Projects


Videos

Gameplay Trailer 18/09/14 YouTube

Greenlight Trailer 20/06/14 YouTube

Pre-Alpha Trailer 20/03/2014 YouTube

Development Week One 8/11/2013 YouTube


Images

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Awards & Recognition


    Devblog
    Total Monkery's Devblog, manned by Anya anf written by everyone. totalmonkery.com.

    Press Release - MagNets Demo and Competition
    Press Release: MagNets Demo and Competition totalmonkery.com.

    Press Release - MagNets Announced
    Press Release - MagNets Announced totalmonkery.com.

    Iliara.com
    Iliara Minisite: iliara.com.


    Team & Repeating Collaborators

    Richard Weeks
    Technical Director

    Andrea Chandler
    Managing Director

    Will Davis
    Programmer

    Anya Trounce
    Artist

    Frederic Fitzpatrick
    Artist

    Phil Corbett
    Concept Artist, Freelance - MagNets

    Matthew Beakes
    Concept Artist, Freelance - Iliara

    Dan Stubbs
    Artist/Level Designer, Freelance - MagNets

    Christopher Megamegaman Stevens
    Music - Iliara

    Jamie Hamshere
    Music - MagNets


    presskit() by Rami Ismail (Vlambeer) - also thanks to these fine folks