wildlife tycoon: venture africa
Pocketwatch Games, a San Diego, California-based company, is dedicated to making enriching entertainment that encourages players to explore and discover the intricacies of real-world issues and locations. With the development of Venture Africa and future titles, Pocketwatch Games intends to use video games as a platform to improve knowledge of the environment and contribute to the intellectual development of young gamers.
The company was founded in January, 2005 by Andy Schatz, a veteran of the video game industry. His story is like many other developers that have chosen to go independent: he thought that large commercial games were becoming less interesting to play, more expensive to build, and less rewarding to create.
Pocketwatch Games is currently developing Venture Arctic, an ecosystem simulator set in the icy northern reaches of the globe. Seasonal changes, aquatic and terrestrial life forms, and authentic Inuit lore make this title another unique and enriching gaming experience.
Developed for the PC and Mac using the Torque Game Engine. The independent game development community as well as the open source movement contributed significantly to the tools used to make the game.
Executive Producer: Andy Schatz
Lead Programmer: Andy Schatz
Lead Designer: Andy Schatz
2D Art/Web Design: Nicole Anguish
3D Animation: Greg Lemon
Environmental Art: Adam deGrandis
Music and SFX: John Seguin
Poetry: Artie Moffa
Technical Art: Ken McAll
Platform Engineering: FroGames
Voice Over: Phil Norfolk, Amanda Engelke
Game Design Support: Linhart Walter, Austin Swallow