During Gamescom 2016, we also found The Good Mood Creators with their game Mekazoo. We had the chance to speak with the studio’s level designer, Samuel Dassler, who told us various things about the game and the studio.
The game is a platformer where you are able to switch characters. The characters are all animals with unique abilities. The game boasts a unique kind of co-op experience with the players being able to switch to their animal whenever they want to, having the two players be forced to communicate in order to guide the main character to the end of the stage.
Mekazoo features a range of playable mekanimals, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, to guide players across a dynamic (and sometimes perilous) landscape.
Always encouraging continued motion, Mekazoo features a creatively fun and diverse platforming experience tasking the player to juggle the strengths and weaknesses of the Armadillo, Frog, Wallaby, Pelican and Panda to swing, boost, bounce, climb and fly through the dynamic, puzzle-filled environments.
The studio of Good Mood Creators is comprised of 15 people and it is based in Seattle, US. The game has been in development for the past 3 years and they are expecting Mekazoo to release in the middle of next month (September 2016) on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, Mac and Linux. “We are also looking at bringing it to the Wii U,” said Samuel.
“We found a few challenges when working with the art of the game, since it is very detailed, and that took us a lot of time, but with 5 artists, despite it being a long process, it came out really well,” explained Samuel. One other notable thing during development from what we were told, was the fact that getting all the character animals of the game to play well together in-game was also quite challenging.
The game is inspired by older games such as Donkey Kong and Sonic the Hedgehog and Samuel told us that they call it a “throwback platformer” for that reason. “The game is made in such a way so that you can speedrun it but also just run around and explore it if you wish so.”