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Posts tagged “Andy Schatz”

Feature: Animal Harm

Redwall Meets Revolution: Tooth And Tail

Tooth and Tail [official site] is to Command and Conquer what Monaco was to an actual bank heist. If you took an RTS and threw it into a pot then burned off all the fat, you'd be left with something that looked a little like the latest from Andy Schatz and his team at Pocketwatch Games. But would you lose some of the flavour as…

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Feature: Who Pockets The Pocketwatchmen?

Monaco Developer Announces “First Great Gamepad RTS”

Monaco developer Pocketwatch have announced a new game, which they are currently calling "Armada". This is, they stress, currently a working title, and the game is in the very earliest phases of development, having no real art to its name. But there is a strong concept, and they're keen to talk about that. I caught up with pocketwatch man, Andy Schatz, to talk about the…

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Monaco’s Trailer Has Stolen My Heart

I played a beta of Monaco about, ooh, two years ago. Back then, I was already impressed with the top-down steal(th) game's interesting take on co-op thievery. It was one of those games that already felt complete, and I expected a few months more polish was all it needed. Craig of two years ago was such an optimist! Well, we all know the truth, and…

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Feature: In The Bag

It’s A Steal: Andy Schatz Talks Monaco, Other Stuff

Andy Schatz' inspired multiplayer co-op heist game,Monaco, is a lot of fun. I'll describe that fun to you in more detail in another article. For now, though, with the game just a couple of months from release, have a read of my chat with the creator of the IGF-winning game. We talk Indie Fund, Kickstarter, Volcanoes, and the joy of beta testing. Read on!

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Feature: A Good Hiding

The Stealth Letters, Part Two

The fraternity of stealth impresarios turn their brains towards the question of stealth multiplayer, with contributions from Andy 'Monaco' Schatz, Raf 'Dishonored" Colantonio, Patrick 'Splinter Cell: Blacklist' Redding, and questions directed by the handsome Nels 'Mark Of The Ninja' Anderson. The first part of this developer round-table article is here, and definitely worth a read

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Feature: Hiders & Seekers

The Stealth Letters, Part One

Stealth game fans pay heed. Over the next two days RPS hosts a conversation between Nels Anderson, Lead Design of Mark Of The Ninja, and a number of other stealth-game luminaries, as they discuss matters of of sneaking and hiding in videogame form. Anderson talks to Patrick Redding, Game Director on Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Andy Schatz, creator of Monaco, and Raphael Colantonio, co-creative director of…

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Monkeys, Viruses, Chaos: Monaco

Hello! I'm supposed to be away today (don't envy me - I was doing my tax return, weeping, screaming, not having any fun), but I just wanted to stop in and share this level walkthrough of Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine with you. Even now, some sixteen years on from its original announcement, Andy Schatz and Pocketwatch Games' long in the making, IGF winning co-op…

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YOU Can Make Monaco More Realistic, Kinda

Monaco! There's a game I'm very excited about. Hopefully we'll have a ton to say about it very soon. Meantime, creator Andy Schatz is working on enfleshening his co-op, semi-free-form heist game, and one thing he's decided upon is making sure any hacking language and terminology used in it (i.e. when a character is hacking an in-game computer) is relatively convincing. That's where you come…

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A Steal: Indie Fund Invest In Monaco

The happiest person I've met at GDC so far has been last year's IGF winner, Andy Schatz, the creator of 4-player heist game, Monaco. Why so happy? Well, the Indie Fund - an investment group set up by the World Of Goo creators 2D Boy and others - is funding his game, allowing him to hire a level designer and to focus on getting the…

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Spy Party Hard: Hands On With Spy Party

Andy “Monaco” Schatz's cat is being slowly broiled alive. It crawled behind the oven, which was in the process of cooking Macaroni & Cheese. It's only later that Andy's Delightful Wife is alerted by the frantic yelping of a distressed pussycat. We're about to play SpyParty at my hotel room when the alert comes through, leading to a frantic cross-San Diego dash to try and…

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IGF Factor 2010: Monaco

Part of you wants to be upset with Pocketwatch Games. Why haven't they given us 2009's Unknown Pleasure Venture Dinosauria yet? That part is soon quashed when you see what Andy Schatz is working on. Monaco is a four-player co-op stealth game that's been shortlisted for both the Design and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. Minimalist graphics. Exciting theme. Stealth. This one has RPS written…

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Unknown Pleasures 2009: Venture Dinosauria

Pocketwatch have been cultivating their seeds in their increasingly distinct stretch of soil for a while now. Wildlife Tycoon was a IGF finalist. Venture Arctic, its semi-sequel, while winning Gametunnel's Sim of the year was somewhat overlooked, becoming most noticeable when it went free for a week around Christmas. But the third game of ecology strikes us as something which has a chance of finding…

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