International Racing Squirrels


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★ “Flat out brilliant.” – IndieCade 2012 judges

★ “Sufficiently whimsical.” – Steve Russell, creator of the first computer game.

★ “A perfect pick.” – Games™

★ “Remarkably slick…with a playful spirit and sharp wit.” – The Observer

★ “An absurdist skin stretched over a surprisingly deep management sim that hits that dark magic sweet spot of addictive gameplay.” – Turnstyle News

★ “An outstanding experiment in hybridizing genres (…) a truly clever experimental game (4.5/5 stars)” – Indie Game Reviewer

★ “The cartoon style is eye-catching, and the gameplay is of the ‘suck you in and say goodbye to productivity’ variety. Boot up at your own risk.”- Huffington Post

★ “Check out International Racing Squirrels because who wouldn’t.” – Dailymotion AppJudgement

★ “Playniac has developed quite the interesting management sim. Mechanics evolve as the game progresses and features abound.” – IndieGame Mag

★ “Modern schoolkids are so spoiled.” – Guardian Gamesblog

★ “Aesthetically and functionally, it’s a well-presented game, with a sinister undertone behind the humour and apparent cuteness.” – Rock Paper Shotgun

★ “A highly detailed online game.” – Games For Change

★ “Taking the managerial genre to new heights.” – SegmentNext

★ “Will (your squirrel’s) success go to their heads?” – IndieN

★ Showcased at Develop Indie Showcase, IndieCade 2012, IndieCade East 2013, GameCity 7, Game Connection 2013 and BAFTA.

★ Featured on Sky TV’s PLAYR show, G4TV (at 2:35 mins), The Game Station / Indie Statik, Indie Game Reviewer and Ashton Kutcher’s Thrash Lab.

★ Featured in the Adobe Gaming showcase.

Think you’ve got what it takes to manage a team of squirrels and get them to the top? International Racing Squirrels, made with Channel 4 Education, is at www.racingsquirrels.com and on Kongregate, where it was rated 3.9/5 (and rising) and featured in their Hot New Games section. The iPad version can be downloaded on the App Store. If you’d like to see a PC version, please vote for us on Steam Greenlight [UPDATE: This game got Greenlit!].

The game is a race management sim where you run an errant gang of misbehaving squirrels, who act a bit like glamorous soccer stars. It is set in the dark underworld of the international squirrel racing scene. Bribery, debt, hotel room trashing, gambling and secondary careers in reality TV or the pop charts are rife.

In the up-tree urban training facility you purchase squirrel homes, build up your team from a selection of bizarre characters and train them up using running machines, lift weights, receive massage and practice the ancient martial art of Squdo. When your team’s ready, it’s off to the racetracks in their private jet. From jungles to futuristic cities and streets to deserts, the squirrels face a barrage of opponents who get harder as the game progresses. You watch the race progress from above with live-generated race commentary and, as team manager, dive in with mini-game boosts and power-ups when it’s time to overtake.

We worked with FSA subsidiary the Money Advice Service and gambling charity Gamcare to model accurate real-world finances and financial scenarios in the game. A pre-release version won a bronze medal in the 2011 Serious Play Awards. You can read a bit about how it was made in Develop magazine.
Selected comments from the Kongregate community:

“One of the best management games around.” “Great game, these management games always get me addicted.” “Production values yes (sic) are top notch.” “Not a single flaw in the graphics, menus, or UI flow.” “I love this game!”

★★★ GREENLIT BY STEAM ★★★
★★★ INDIECADE 2012 FINALIST ★★★
★★★ SHORT-LISTED FOR INDIECADE 2012 IMPACT AWARD ★★★
★★★ GAME CONNECTION AMERICA 2013 SELECTED PROJECTS FINALIST ★★★
★★★ INDIECADE EAST 2013 FEATURED GAME ★★★
★★★ DEVELOP INDIE SHOWCASE 2012 FINALIST ★★★
★★★ SERIOUS PLAY AWARDS 2012 WINNER ★★★

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