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www.handy-games.com GmbH, doing business as HandyGames, is a German video game developer and publisher that specializes in mobile games. Headquartered in Giebelstadt, Germany,[1] the company develops downloadable and pre-installed games and applications for mobile phones.[6] As of July 2018, it is a subsidiary of THQ Nordic.[5]

CompanyEdit

The company was founded in 2000 by brothers Christopher and Markus Kassulke along with Udo Bausewein. In 2006, HandyGames released its first free, ad-funded game and began the gradual transition to a largely ad-funded business model. Since 2010, all new HandyGames mobile titles are either free or freemium. By 2014 HandyGames had 150,000 app downloads per month and more than 100 million downloads in total.[7]

HandyGames started to expand to other platforms like PC or Smart TVs in early 2012.

In January 2014 and 2015, the company were main sponsors for the "HandyGames Charity Day" in Würzburg, which aimed to raise funds for cancer research. On both occasions the event was able to raise roughly 50000 Euros.[8][9]

HandyGames was one of the first companies to launch games for wearable technology in 2014.[10] The games are compatible with Android Wear devices, including the Moto 360 by Motorola, the Huawei Watch, the Sony SmartWatch and the LG G Watch.[11]

The company began developing VR (Virtual Reality) Games 2015 and released titles like "Hidden Temple - VR Adventure".[12] They can be played in 360° mode or in VR using one of the supported head-mounted displays like Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, or Google Cardboard.[13] Simultaneous HandyGames began developing games for the Eighth generation of video game consoles like the PlayStation 4, Xbox One[14] or later the Nintendo Switch.

On 9 July 2018, THQ Nordic announced that it had acquired HandyGames and all of its intellectual property. THQ Nordic said that the studio management and all employees remain with the company.[5][15]

GamesEdit

Year Title Platforms
iOS Android PC PS4 Xbox Switch TV J2ME[16] WP
2017 Aces of the Luftwaffe - Squadron[17] No No No No No Template:Yes No No No
2016 1943 Deadly Desert[18] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes No No No No No No
2015 1944 Burning Bridges[19] Template:Yes Template:Yes No No No No No No No
2015 Clouds & Sheep 2[20] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes No Template:Yes No No
2015 Hidden Temple - Adventure[21] Template:Yes No No No No No Template:Yes No No
2015 Max - My Fitness Dog[22] Template:Yes No No No No No No No No
2015 1942 Pacific Front[23] Template:Yes Template:Yes No No No No No No No
2014 Dynamite Fishing – World Games[24] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes No Template:Yes No Template:Yes
2014 Devils And Demons[25] Template:Yes Template:Yes Yes* No No No No No Template:Yes
2014 Super Party Sports: Football[26] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes No Template:Yes No Template:Yes No Template:Yes
2014 Stage Dive Legends[26] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes No No No Template:Yes No Template:Yes
2013 Ninja Hero Cats[27] Template:Yes Template:Yes No No No No Template:Yes No No
2013 Guns'n'Glory Zombies[28] Template:Yes Template:Yes No No No No Template:Yes No No
2013 1941 Frozen Front[29] Template:Yes Template:Yes Yes* No No No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2013 Aces of the Luftwaffe[30] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes No No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2012 Guns'n'Glory Heroes[31] Template:Yes Template:Yes Yes* No No No Template:Yes No No
2012 Rocket Island[32] Template:Yes Template:Yes No No No No No No No
2012 Epic Battle Dude[33] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes No No No No No Template:Yes
2012 Save the Puppies[34] Template:Yes Template:Yes No No No No Template:Yes No No
2012 Townsmen[35] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes No No No No No Template:Yes
2012 Farm Invasion USA[36] Template:Yes Template:Yes No No No No Template:Yes Template:Yes No
2011 Clouds & Sheep[37] Template:Yes Template:Yes No No No No Template:Yes No No
2011 Guns'n'Glory WW2[38] No Template:Yes No No No No No No No
2011 Happy Vikings[39] Template:Yes Template:Yes No No No No No No No
2011 Aporkalypse[40] No Template:Yes No No No No No Template:Yes No
2011 Townsmen 6[41] No Template:Yes No No No No No Template:Yes No
2011 Super Dynamite Fishing[42] Template:Yes Template:Yes No No No No No No No
2010 Guns'n'Glory[43] Template:Yes Template:Yes No No No No No Template:Yes No
2010 infeCCt Template:Yes Template:Yes No No No No No Template:Yes No
2008 Gothic 3: The Beginning[44] No No No No No No No Template:Yes No
2003 Townsmen-Series No No No No No No No Template:Yes No

* not ported or published by HandyGames

Virtual Reality GamesEdit

Year Title VR Platform
Rift GearVR Vive PSVR
2018 Townsmen VR[45] Template:Yes No Template:Yes No
2018 Devil and the Fairy[46] Template:Yes No Template:Yes No
2017 Stunt Kite Masters VR[47] Template:Yes No Template:Yes Template:Yes
2016 Panzer Panic VR[48] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes No
2015 Hidden Temple - VR Adventure[49] No Template:Yes No No
2015 I Slay Zombies - VR Shooter[50] No Template:Yes No No

Wearable GamesEdit

Year Title Wearable
Sony SmartWatch Motorola Moto 360 Samsung Gear Live LG G Watch LG G Watch R Asus ZenWatch Huawei Watch
2015 Bouncing Bandit Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2015 Photo Party Puzzle[51] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2015 Kitty – My Fitness Cat[52] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2015 My Fitness Maze[53] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2015 Max – My Fitness Dog[54] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2015 My Fitness Racer[55] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2014 Vegas Fruit Slots - Wear[56] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2014 Guns'n'Glory Heroes - Wear[57] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2014 SPS: Football Wearable edition[58] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2014 Remote Effects Pro[59] Template:Yes No Template:Yes Template:Yes No No No

AppsEdit

Published and developed by HandyGames

Year Title Platform
Android
2016 Pick by Watch[60] Template:Yes
2015 Clouds & Sheep – AR Effects[61] Template:Yes
2015 style Collection – Watch Face[62] Template:Yes
2015 party Collection – Watch Face Template:Yes
2015 diamond Collection – Watch Face Template:Yes
2015 nice Collection – Watch Face Template:Yes

AwardsEdit

  • German Game Developer Award 2006: Best Game / Story and Best Sound[63]
  • German Game Developer Award 2008: Best Mobile Game[64]
  • Samsung Smart App Challenge 2012: 1st prize[65]
  • Samsung Smart App Challenge 2013: 2nd prize[66]
  • Deutscher Entwicklerpreis 2014: Innovationspreis (innovation award)[67]
  • Deutscher Entwicklerpreis 2015: Bestes Studio (Best German Game Studio)[68]
  • Deutscher Entwicklerpreis 2015: Bestes Mobile Game (Best German Mobile Game)[69]
  • Deutscher Entwicklerpreis 2015: Sonderpreis für soziales Engagement (Social Commitment Award)[70]
  • Deutscher Computerspielpreis 2018: Bestes Game Design[71]

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