Seriously, a fresh Finnish mobile gaming company, launches its first game in App Store today. The team behind Best Fiends has previously been involved in developing games such as Angry Birds, Clumsy Ninja and Max Payne.
Best Fiends tells the story of Minutia, where cute creatures live in harmony until a meteor strikes and results in the slugs of Mount Boom turning against other inhabitants of the country. The player journeys through the game, building a team of creatures, watching them evolve and trying to rescue their home and fellows from the slugs.
Best Fiends is dynamic by nature: the levels are not the same for everyone, but are affected by the moves and the team of the player. The player will be able to unlock new surprises even after playing for six months.
Best Fiends has been created by a world class team, which consists of gaming experts who have their roots in various successful companies such as 20th Century Fox and Disney. Seriously, based in Helsinki and Santa Monica, was founded a year ago by ex-Rovians Petri Järvilehto and Andrew Stalbow. Järvilehto is also known for co-founding Remedy, the legendary gaming company behind Max Payne and Alan Wake.
Seriously raised $5M in seed funding from firms including Sunstone Capital and Upfront Ventures before publishing a single game. According to Järvilehto, Seriously is looking to create games that are available for free and content that is appealing to everyone. “There is no other medium than mobile games that can reach millions of people per day”, states Järvilehto. “As a game developer, it is incredible to be able to engage so many people.”
For Seriously, the journey only starts with Best Fiends. The team has managed to build the firm and their first game in only a year, and there is more to follow.
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