Factsheet

Developer:
Starquail Games
Based in Ellensburg, Washington

Founding date:
February, 2006

Website:
starquail.com/

Press / Business Contact:
rvr67michael@gmail.com

Social:
twitter.com/rvr67michael
facebook.com/Starquail
Skype

Description

StarQuail is an independent game company founded by two guys from Ellensburg, Washington. We like to make games that we like to play!

History

Origins of StarQuail Games

Before there was StarQuail, there was Rothware. While in High School (1996 or so), Daniel Roth recruited his friend Michael Stearns to make art for a game he was making with some of his family members. The game was finished, but the combination was potent, and the two of them couldn't stop planning more games, although nothing else got finished. After spending a few years focused on getting university degrees, instead of looking for real jobs they decided to go into business for themselves, and have been hungry ever since.

Current Project: Tiny Barbarian DX

In 2011, Michael worked on his programming skills and put out a free game called Tiny Barbarian. "TinyB" as he likes to call it uses retro graphics and was based loosely on a short story in the Conan series by Robert Howard. It was met with considerable enthusiasm and in 2012 a sequel was started, making use of Astroman's engine. The new game will be made up of short episodes, each with new characters, backgrounds, music, and stories that are largely unrelated to one another. The gameplay is considerably refined with new moves, an improved combo system, mounts to ride, and multiple boss encounters. Daniel is still involved as a programming advisor, and music is being done by Jeff Ball, who worked on the Astroman and Tiny Barbarian soundtracks. The game was successfully backed via Kickstarter and the game is currently in development, with the first episode about to be released.

Projects

Videos

New Trailer YouTube

Kickstarter Launch Trailer YouTube

Images

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There are far more images available for Starquail Games, but these are the ones we felt would be most useful to you. If you have specific requests, please do contact us!

Awards & Recognition

  • "2010's top 10 XBLI titles for Astroman" - Game Developer Magazine, February 2011
  • "Sky Puppy: 8th Place, One Switch Game Competition" - RetroRemakes.com, April 2005

Selected Articles

  • "tiny barbarian, based on a conan story, shows us that heroic fiction like conan the barbarian translates well to the framework of contemporary run-jump-bash games, reminds us that games can be short stories instead of epics, and includes a self-consciously antagonistic romance, which is something i like."
    - Anna Anthropy on Tiny Barbarian, Auntie Pixelante
  • " I've encountered games that feel like this before, but who gives a ****, right? It's fun!"
    - "Justin" on Tiny Barbarian, Justin Talks to Himself
  • "Tremendous variety, colourful graphics, and more make this an unmissable purchase for platform game fans."
    - Steven Hurdle on Astroman, Writings of Mass Deduction
  • "Forget about Shadow Complex, Astroman is the real Metroid for Xbox. Actually, it's more like Metroid and Mega Man got in a tussle and fell into a bucket of magical rainbow paint."
    - JR on Astroman, 1Up or Poison

Team & Repeating
Collaborators

Michael Stearns
Artist, Programmer, Designer

Daniel Roth
Programmer, Web Developer

Jeff Ball
Music, Freelancer

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