Algo-Bot has been Greenlit

March 21st, 2014 by Sophie Schiaratura

Hi Guys,

We did it! Algo-Bot has been Greenlit by the community and we would like to thank you for that!

You can imagine what it means to us to have such a great community supporting the game. We are now more confident about the reboot on Kickstarter. 

If you want to get new about the reboot you can sign up to Algo-Bot’s newsletter here.

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 THANK YOU! 

Win a PS4 or 1 out of 50 Steam games with Algo-Bot

March 7th, 2014 by Sophie Schiaratura

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To  re-launch our game  Algo-Bot, we decided to organize a new contest. The goal of this contest is to get 2000 “yes” on Steam Greenlight and try to enter top 100

All you have to do is to enter the competition, then vote on Algo-Bot at Greenlight and finally leave a comment #coderules with your Steam (You must do that to be eligible to win this game)

You can enter the contest herehttp://woobox.com/kq4ggu

There will be 3 ways to win this game:

  • 31 x Random Gamers who enter this giveaway will have a chance to win Playstation 4 and 1 out of 30 Steam Games. Only one will win the Playstation 4.
  • 10 x Gamers with most Referrals will have a chance to win 1 out of 10 random Steam Games.
  • 10 x Random Gamers who Shared and Liked one of original announcemnt posts will have a chance to win 1 out of 10 random Stean Games.

 

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List of games available to win:

  • 3 Steam keys for Saints Row IV 
  • 5 Steam keys for Legends of Aethereus 
  • 1 Steam Key for Horizon
  • 2 Steam Keys for Broken Age
  • 5 Steam keys for Sleeping dogs 
  • 2 Steam keys for Banished
  • 2 Steam keys for Starbound
  • 5 Steam keys for Darkout 
  • 5 Steam keys for Fist Puncher 
  • 5 Steam keys for Postmortem 
  • 5 Steam keys for Tetrobot and Co.
  • 5 Steam keys for AErena – Clash of Champions 
  • 5 Steam keys for Survival Squad

Kickstarter momentarily canceled

February 5th, 2014 by Sophie Schiaratura

reboot_soonWe are profoundly grateful to those of you who backed Algo-Bot but the Kickstarter has to be momentarily canceled for important modifications.

It stills only 10 days to go and we still haven’t reached the 10% threshold of funding :) . Except if by an unexpected miracle the game raises $55,000 in a week, we won’t make it. Let’s be honest, the project raises approximately 150 bucks a day. No need to tell you that it’s not enough.

A deep analysis of our project and your comments showed us that we have 2 important problems that must be solved: poor visibility on the project (especially in the US) and thecommunication of the goals of the project.

 The communication

After talking with some of you and reading your comments, it appears that we have serious issues with our communication.  

First of all the message is not clear, what this game exactly is? Is it a game or a learning tool? For whom this game is meant for? Is it for kids, Programmers or programming students?

For example, according to Programmers, the inner-joke headlines were funny but could scare non-programmers. It remains a problem because the game is not only meant for Programmers and can be enjoyed by puzzle lovers? See? The message should be simplified.

The visibility

The press coverage we had represents 2% of the funds we raised which is nothing compared to your shares on social networks that raised nearly 43% of it. Thank you for that by the way!

The error we made here, was to count on press coverage to bring us backers instead of counting on our Kickstarter page to bring us backers and press coverage as a result of popularity.

One says that success doesn’t have to be a goal but always a consequence.

Conclusion

That’s the reason why we decided to cancel Algo-Bot KS campaign for a few months. Just the time to re-arrange the page and make the communication clearer and we’ll be back on Kickstarter. In the meantime our Greenlight campaign goes really well and be sure to spread the word around so the game can continue its ascension.

Finally, you, our beloved backers are welcome to sign up to Algo-Bot Newsletter to keep an eye on the project. Also, if you have any idea to improve the page, let us know! Thank you again for your support!  

Now live on Steam Greenlight!

January 28th, 2014 by Sophie Schiaratura

We’ve gone ahead and posted Algo-Bot on Steam.

By voting for Algo-Bot on Greenlight, you increase the chances that Valve will distribute the game through Steam. This is pretty important for improving the game’s visibility, and provides a secure, reliable way of distributing the game files automatically to our users.

 

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Greenlight is extremely competitive, so if you’re excited about Algo-Bot, share the Greenlight link with your friends and vote “YES”! Your move!

Thank you!

[Kickstarter Update #3] Internal Level Editor

January 27th, 2014 by Sophie Schiaratura

[Watch it on Kickstarter]

Hi folks!  

Thank you again for your pledges and support! As you can see, the project gets slowly funded, backer by backer but hey! Rome wasn’t built in a day! Was it?

We noticed that one reason may be the poor visibility we have on the project and it would help a lot to be featured by Kickstarter. According to my sources, one of the statistics that Kickstarter uses to determine who gets featured on the main page is the number of “Finished plays” which means the number of time your video has been entirely seen. We currently have 21,59% of plays completed and we need that number up over 75%. So, here’s my request: Please click play on the main project video, and let it play all the way to the very end. This is super important!

Now, let’s talk about something way sexier. I mean the Level Editor! Many of you backed $80 to have an early access to it and therefore the ability to submit your own levels for the final version of the game. So, we decided to briefly show you how it works. Please keep in mind that this editor is our internal version and it’s not as user friendly as the one you’ll get. Ladies and Gentlemen, please a standing ovation for Guillaume Bouckaert and his level editing presentation!

 

Hope you enjoyed it!  

Thank you for your support, and thank you for telling your friends about the project!  

- The team

 

 

[Kickstarter Update #2] Be the first people to see our new offices :)

January 21st, 2014 by Sophie Schiaratura

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It’s Day 6 and we are only 5% funded. It’s still a looonnng way home. So don’t forget to share this campaign with your friends, your colleagues, your social network and all the programmers and puzzle lovers you know.

I know that, at almost a week from the beginning of the campaign, you’d like to see updates about the game but we have been very busy moving in our new office this weekend. As a proof, here is some pictures and a video of the weekend. 

You know what’s fantastic with the new building? WINDOWS! We now have windows and it’s just awesome. I am sure it will help us to increase our productivity. 

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Thank you again dear backers!

If you have questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Speak to you very soon!

-The team

 

Here’s the link again to share it around you: 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fishingcactus/algo-bot-code-smarter-not-harder

[Kickstarter Update #1] 24 hours later…

January 21st, 2014 by Sophie Schiaratura

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[Read it on Kickstarter]

From everybody here at Fishing Cactus: Thank you <3. Thank you for being fans Of Algo-Bot , thank you for spreading the word about it and thank you so much for the support you have shown us in your comments!

Depending on how the development is coming along, we will be posting some new prototypes or screenshots later this week to keep everyone enticed. If there is anything you want us to show or have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask them by dropping a comment in the comment section or sending a private message to this account.  

We are also happy with the overwhelmingly positive press we’ve received for Algo-Bot so far. Here are some highlights:

“I’ve played through several levels, and so far I can tell that Fishing Cactus has a good thing going (…) I’d highly recommend pledging to this cause, as Algo-Bot has found my favor”  The Examiner.com - Steven Cathy

“Seuls deux mondes étaient accessibles dans la version envoyée à la rédaction, mais ils permettaient de se faire un premier avis assez positif sur les mécaniques d’apprentissages” Gamekult – Boulapoire

“un jeu de type puzzle qui a pour ambition d’amuser mais aussi d’initier au code informatique ceux qui le souhaitent. Apprendre en s’amusant, ça c’est un concept sympathique.” Mondes Persistants – Arkehyna

Gamershell – Silviu Gheorghe

GhostStorm – Stephen Quinn

Pixelbbq – Brice Rebillard

We can’t tell you yet if the game will be a success but we can already tell you that it’s gonna be an incredible adventure. Seeing the team holding its breath when I pressed “Launch” really worthed it!

Thank you again!  

- The Team

Be a part of the Creation of Algo-Bot, our latest, Bestest game ever

January 15th, 2014 by Sophie Schiaratura

algobot_kickstarter_iconToday we launched Algo-Bot on Kickstarter!

After months of waiting, Kickstarter finally allowed us to press the green button that will make our project live. We can’t wait to find people to share our dream with.

As some of you probably know, Algo-Bot is a game related to programming logic. In this game you solve problems using coding basics. Enough talking! We warmly invite you to have a look at our Kickstarter page and find the pledge that suits you  best. 

Not everyone is familiar with Kickstarter. To make it short, Kickstarter is a crowd-funding platform in which you can pre-order a product at a lower price than you would pay once the product is widely available. It also allows backers to play a much bigger role in the creation process. Backers are literally helping someone create their dream and each dollar is a vote of confidence that someone believes in your project. When you pledge money for a Kickstarter project, the money doesn’t leave your bank account until the project is successfully funded.

Now you know everything about Algo-Bot and Kickstarter, so, it’s up to you to help us make our dream come true. 

To finish this post, I’d like to thank our beloved Team who helped creating this amazing Kickstarter page. Thank you!

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PS: If I were you, I’ll back for the Unicorn version ;) Come on! U-NI-CORN, U-NI-CORN *-*

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The traditional Christmas newsletter and our wishes for 2014

December 24th, 2013 by Sophie Schiaratura

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Dear Santa,

We have been very good and prolific this year. Now and then we have been oddly and spiky but most of the time as jolly as a cactus can be.

The Cacti worked so hard this year, I am afraid they are just about to turn a little bit grinchy. You know how it is, especially at this time of the year. I guess your elves are busy and grumpy too. At least, I hope your reindeers, penguins and polar bears are getting along. Talking about penguins, we may have got something for you: it’s a game called Learn 2 Fly. We’ve been working on it for a year now and it’s almost finished. Don’t hesitate to spread the word!

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Fortunately, we will invest the new building by the middle of January which should make us merry as crickets. It will be the perfect occasion to rest and have a joyful feast.

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Our planning for 2014 looks promising: There is an opportunity to develop more Fishing Cactus branded games.

We started with Algo-Bot. This serious game has been developed for Technobel with the participation of the EU. They were so satisfied that they allowed us to extend the development and commercialize as a full game. That brings us to a brand new adventure: crowdfunding. If by any chance you are interested in coding, Santa, it’s the right game for you. Cherry on top, the game recently won two awards: Top 5 best indie game at Indie Prize Showcase and Best Serious Game HR – Training at Serious Game Expo.

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Not to be outdone, our other projects are making good progress. In particular, the game we are developing with Child Focus. This one is going to be pure genius. It’s a serious game meant to make teenagers responsible and aware of their use of social networks.

Let’s talk less serious! We just signed a game that will keep us busy in 2014. This game officially gave us the Wii U developer status. So, don’t be surprised if you find our games on your list in the future.pelican_pano_north_pole

So many different games, wonderful universes, beautiful ornaments that are Fishing Cactus’ pride with on tree-topper, Piratoons an awesome pirate game that will also be released under Fishing Cactus brand early 2015.

All this blabla to tell you something, Santa, we have been very kind this year but we don’t need anything for ourselves. If you really want to give us a present, it would be great if you could visit our friends and all the people we had the chance to work with and fill their socks with Candy Canes and beer because we want nothing more than thank them this year.

Thank you and best wishes for 2014.

The Fishing Cactus Team

Tales From the Gaming Trenches

November 28th, 2013 by Sophie Schiaratura

Creatures_iOS_thumbNo need to tell you that we have been quite busy these days. Most of our teams are working on several projects at the same time excepting Creatures’ team who is focusing on finishing Creatures Online. That game really cost us an arm.

Talking about Creatures Online,  we have been releasing a “weekly update” on the forum every week for 4 months now  . The point of those updates is to show to the community where the development exactly stands. We should have done that from the beginning but the community management was not that effective back in those days. It was the first time we had to manage such a big license with such an active community. We did our best and I really hope that the community noticed it. As you certainly know, Fishing Cactus doesn’t take care of the CO page on Facebook nor the Twitter account anymore.

Algo-Bot_SGE13_award_thumbAndrea and I talked to Raphaël “Ulandar” from ProsiebenSat.1 Games, who is in charge of the whole community management of Creatures Online. A bunch of good ideas came from that conversation such as making videos to show game improvements, talking about CAOS, etc.

The sooner Creatures will be finished the sooner the team will be available to work on other games in production such as Algo-Bot which should hit Kickstarter in January. Yeah I know what you think! It’s a fact that we have deadline issues :-) I have to admit that I’ve never thought that launching a Kickstarter campaign could be that difficult. Meanwhile, you will find our Kickstarter video here and signup if you want to be informed the day Algo-Bot hits Kickstarter. Hope that this game will be funded because it really deserves to be finished. It’s not my only opinion, the awards below talk by themselves: Top 5 of the best Indie Game at Indie Prize Showcase and Best Serious Game in category HR – Training at Serious Game Expo. So, proud of our little fellow <3

To finish my post I would like to wish you a lot of Roasted Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and Pumpkin Pie! Happy Thanksgiving!

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