WWDC: “daWindci” wins Apple Design Award 2012
Wow! What a lift off! Not only did this balloon fly right up to #1 in the German iPad charts – now, Apple recognized the unusual gameplay and wonderful and atmospheric design of “daWindci” with the highest honor: The 2012 Design Award, handed out at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco this week.
Munich, June 2012
Johannes Roth from daWindci developer Mimimi Productions is thrilled: “We are totally excited! Our debut title ‘daWindci’ for iPhone and iPad won the Apple Design Award, which is probably the highest honor in the mobile gaming world right now.” Together with Mimimi, daWindci-publisher Reality Twist celebrates these great tidings of joy which reached the office at Tuesday morning. “It’s absolutely incredible to see Game Director Dominik Abé at the Apple stage right next to companies like Halfbrick, Disney or National Geographic”, says Sebastian Grünwald, producer at Reality Twist.
In daWindci the player becomes the captain of a hot air balloon and a weather god! By using finger gestures that are painted on the touch screen of the iPad or iPhone, you’ll be creating breathtaking winds, hurricanes or produce impressive lightning and push your hot air balloon to the desired location. Many challenging levels, physics puzzles and a special workshop mode to customize the own hot air balloon guarantees hours of fun.
It seems to be such a great “fun”, that it was now honored by the Apple company at their Worldwide Developers Conference. It’s lined up together with products like Deus Ex or Limbo. The Apple Design Award (ADA) marks the icing on the cake of what can just be called a perfect run of the product. Conceived back in 2010, Reality Twist signed the students’ team when they realized the potential of “daWindci”.
Reality Twist CTO Thomas Wagner remembers: “We saw the product and found the idea pretty amazing. The concept seemed just perfect for touch devices like the ones we were developing for – but not for their current platform, the PC. The students loved to bring the idea to iOS, but they didn’t have the necessary infrastructure, licenses and resources to do so. That’s when we offered our help to these students and teamed up in order to make daWindci a reality for iOS.”
Right after its release, press went bananas for the game: „Beautiful gameplay. I love the soundtrack. The graphics have full retina-display support. And if you have an iPad 2 – man, this is so awesome!” said US-based webpage AppBuddy.com about the game. And even Germany’s largest computer magazine ComputerBild has reviewed the game and loves the “moody graphics”, the “atmospheric guitar soundtrack” and the “outstanding navigation”. When ComputerBild searched for negative points of “daWindci”, it found not a single one. The list goes on and on.
“As a small independent publisher working together with a student team like Mimimi here, we always try to stay fair and respectful with them when we go into cooperation”, explains Reality Twist CEO Clemens Hochreiter their success strategy. “We don’t believe in acquisitions or pulling someone over the barrel like some other publishers would probably try to do.” Instead, Reality Twist tries to help them to achieve their goals and their vision and believes in good partnerships afterwards. Now, these partnerships pay off for both sides.
As this marks their current climax, it does not mark the rest for both companies: Developer Mimimi Productions and publisher Reality Twist are already working on some exciting new titles and are now more determined than ever to bring great products to their audiences.
- Winner of the Apple Design Award 2012
- Winner of the Gamesload Newcomer-Award
- Number #1 Highlight in German AppStore!
- Number #1 Best Selling iPad-App in German AppStore!
- Number #10 iPhone Game in German AppStore!
- Nominated for the German Computergame Price
- Nominated for the Unity3D Award
- Multi-touch gesture control
- Meditative Soundtrack, great graphics, innovative gameplay
- 45 levels, more than 20 designs for the balloon and one huge bonus world
- 14 special tasks (Achievements)
- Playable cooperatively
- Full Retina Screen Support
- Message-system: Get notified when unlocking new balloon-skins.
- Optimized for iOS 5
- Compatible with iPad 1+2, iPhone (3GS and later) and iPod Touch (3rd and 4th generation)
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About Reality Twist
Reality Twist develops first-class video games for all premium platforms like the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, iOS and PC, and designs all type of genres for all kinds of target groups – from smart sport games to exciting adventures. For the Munich-based company, an immersive experience, exciting gameplays and thrilling worlds are always in the focus of its products. Reality Twist is a full service provider and offers the complete service spectrum of game development: from pre- and postproduction, conception, design, producing, project management to marketing. High-class and innovative products as well as sustainability are the primary goals during the development. Reality Twist therefore sets high values in an excellent educated team, consisting of programmers, authors, game designers and artists as well as a multiplatform-approach during the development of its products.
Besides a huge know-how about popular game-engines like Unity3D or Trinigy Vision, Reality Twists continuously improves its own basic technologies. By this, the company guarantees its clients not only a technological head start but also a high-efficient and above all a predictable development process. Apart from its own productions, Reality Twist also accepts work-for-hire-projects from other game developers or publishers. For the industry, the company develops professional, interactive simulators for theme parks. Reality Twist is supported by the level up program of “Game Connection”, Microsoft’s BizSpark initiative and the FilmFernsehFonds of Bavaria (FFF Bayern).
Find out more at www.reality-twist.com.
Reality Twist GmbH
81673 Munich, Germany
Tel.: +49-89-380 129-500
Fax: +49-89-380 129-509
About Mimimi Productions
Mimimi Productions is a game development studio based in Munich, Germany. In the last years we have enjoyed great success and gathered ample experience developing award-winning games, employing highly optimized workflows and making a name for ourselves in the games industry. We develop innovative games that compound easy to understand concepts with challenging puzzles to make products that are accessible to both casual and dedicated gamers alike. Our aim is to create high quality, enjoyable experiences combined with unique art styles for all platforms. Aside from our own projects we also produce commissioned work, ranging from business-apps and educational software to visualization for conferences, efficiently realizing our customer’s ideas and concepts.
In addition to developing games, Mimimi Productions actively participates in an array of interdisciplinary events, such as the Munich Gaming Convention (keynote: “Professional Game Development at Universities”) and filmtonart – The Day of Movie Soundtracks (panel: “See the Sound: Composing for Games”).
Find out more at www.mimimi-productions.de.
Mimimi Productions UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
Tel.: +49-89-809 115 070