Factsheet

Developer:
Minimega
Based in Australia

Founding date:
July 2011

Website:
minimega.com.au

Press contact:
press@minimega.com.au

Social:
Twitter
Facebook

Releases:
Bonza Jigsaw
Bonza Word Puzzle
Bonza Planet

Description

Minimega is an Australian game development studio that publishes their own titles, and partners with licensed properties. Their focus is on creating clean, elegant games for mobile. "Bonza Word Puzzle" was recognised by Apple in the App Store Best of 2014 list.

History

It started in advertising

Ben Huxter and Punya Huxter started their career within the advertising industry. Ben worked in the creative department while Punya worked in the production team. From there, it was clear that games had become a major part of the media landscape. In late 2011 Ben and Punya took this knowledge and partnered with Adam Corney to form Minimega; a game development studio that created games for advertising. The business was a full-time operation creating games for clients like Kleenex, Woolworths, Optus and The Australian Federal Government.

Going indie and Bonza Word Puzzle

Minimega became viable doing work for hire, allowing them the ability to invest it back into building something more. In early 2013, Minimega set out to re-invent the traditional crossword and design an experience for modern wordies. With backing from Screen Australia, Bonza Word Puzzle was released to critical acclaim in March 2014. It's a game that requires players to arrange word fragments to solve puzzles. Bonza quickly became an instant classic and earned a spot in the Apple App Store Best of 2014 list.

Bonza Planet and Bonza Jigsaw

Minimega has since released two new titles in the Bonza franchise, both continuing the theme of developing new approaches to the modern puzzle experience. Bonza Planet (formerly Bonza National Geographic) was a licensed partnership with National Geographic released in 2015. When the license term ended in 2017, Minimega and National Geographic amicably parted ways and the title continued under the name Bonza Planet. Bonza Jigsaw was released in 2017, delivering an elegant version of the jigsaw puzzle experience.

Games