Factsheet

Developer:
MiniMega
Based in Australia

Founding date:
Early 2012

Website:
minimega.com.au

Press contact:
ben.huxter@minimega.com.au

Social:
Twitter
Facebook
Youtube

Releases:
Bonza Word Puzzle
Bonza National Geographic

Description

MiniMega is an Australian game development studio that publishes their own titles, and partners with licensed properties. Their current focus is on creating clean, elegant games for mobile. Their latest, "Bonza Word Puzzle" was recently 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 creates games for advertising. The business was a full-time operation creating games for clients like Kleenex, Woolworths, Optus and The Australian Government.

Going indie

MiniMega became viable doing work for hire, giving them the ability to invest it back into building something more. They released 3 experimental games, all within the mobile space. Pot Smash, Crazy Eggs and SLAP! A rip-off version of SLAP! appeared on the market in 2013. It had blatantly stolen artwork and game design from the original. The story went viral on Reddit and resulted in some added attention for the game.

Bonza Word Puzzle

In early 2013, MiniMega set out to re-invent the traditional crossword and design an experience for modern wordies. Bonza Word Puzzle was then released in March 2014. It’s a game that requires players to arrange word fragments to solve puzzles. An Alpha version of the game caught the attention of Screen Australia, who then helped fund the production of the game and support its development. Bonza quickly became an instant classic and earned a spot in the Apple App Store Best of 2014 list.

Bonza National Geographic

Bonza Word Puzzle caught the attention of National Geographic, who then partnered with MiniMega to develop a new title called “Bonza National Geographic”.

Games


Videos

Video Pitch: Funding application Vimeo


Images

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There are far more images available for MiniMega, but these are the ones we felt would be most useful to you. If you have specific requests, please do contact us!


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Articles

  • "Reddit Helped a Game Developer Fight a Rip-Off"
    - Chelsea Stark, Mashable
  • "MiniMega break some pots and some rules. Ok, maybe just some pots."
    - Jessica Conditt, Joystiq
  • "Redditors Rally Around Ripped Off Brisbane Indie Devs"
    - Junglist, Kotaku
  • "Someone Stole Original Artwork From Slap! And Then Made A Clone"
    - Chris Priestman, Indie Statik
  • "Brisbane indie devs who had their game stolen"
    - Razor, Zed Games

Team

Ben Huxter
Creative Director

Punya Huxter
Technical Director

Adam Corney
Business Director


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