Thursday, 25 May 2017

Tiny Rails goes global!

Hello, Tiny Rails players! We hope you're well and enjoying our latest update to the game.

We're very excited to announce that update 1.3.2 will include, for the very first time, translations of certain game elements. This has been a much-requested feature and we're happy to finally be able to offer it to our fans.

This "first pass" includes translations of UI elements, tutorial text and menu text into three languages: Russian, German and French. We're continuing to work with player volunteers and professional partners to include other languages, as well as to work towards translating other text in the game.

Please offer us your feedback on this addition. If this is making an impact for our players, we'll definitely pursue it more diligently in future updates.

A big thank you to players Happensmaker and HeartCore for their assistance with these translations, and to Javier and Tomasso for their contributions to our Spanish and Italian efforts, coming soon.

Thanks, and enjoy!

Friday, 21 April 2017

HIRING: Junior Producer

The Job: Tiny Titan Studios is hiring an energetic, detail-oriented, dedicated and intelligent individual to join our team as a Junior Producer. Do you have top-notch organizational skills? Are you a born leader? YOU might be the next Titan!

As a Titan Producer, your duties would include:
  • Facilitating collaboration amongst a team of artists, designers and developers
  • Creating and managing product release schedules to meet timeline and budget goals 
  • Using analytics data and reports to make informed decisions about feature creation, content and monetization opportunities
  • Optimizing and developing effective development pipelines to meet studio standards
  • Documenting code standards and practices for reference by team members and management
  • Developing features and content to drive user acquisition, retention and monetization

The Requirements: Our ideal candidate would meet the following criteria:
  • Eligible to work in Ontario, Canada
  • Minimum of three (3) years professional experience in a production or quality assurance role
  • Shipped at least two (2) mobile titles on iOS and Android platforms
  • Thorough knowledge of and experience with Unity, Hansoft and Microsoft Word products, with an emphasis on Word and Excel
  • Skilled at creating and analyzing spreadsheets
  • Demonstratable leadership skills and a strong project management background
  • Experience with Agile game development pipelines
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Passion and enthusiasm for video games, particularly retro and mobile gaming
  • Bonus Points: Familiarity with JIRA and Confluence
  • Bonus Points: Experience with QA and bug reporting pipelines
  • Bonus Points: Familiarity with social media platforms/tools including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and HootSuite
Please note that our successful candidate will be required to work on-site at our offices.

Who We Are: We're Tiny Titan Studios, the maker of hit mobile games like Tiny Rails and Dash Quest. We like playing games, but we love making them! Our mission is to make fun, high-quality, retro-inspired games - our last four releases have been featured as Best New Games on the App Store. We have a great office space in downtown London, Ontario, Canada and we're dedicated to making it and exciting and awesome place to come to work each day.

Find out more about us and our games here:

http://tinytitanstudios.com/presskit/

The Perks: What's awesome about being a Titan? All of this stuff and more!
  • Competitive salary, to be negotiated with potential candidate
  • Benefits packages and incentive-based bonuses
  • Networking events and social outings in one of southwestern Ontario's biggest game dev hubs
  • An exciting office space featuring a full kitchen, gaming facilities and more, located in the heart of downtown
  • A tight-knit, friendly team and a totally awesome office dog/mascot
    Does this sound like your kind of opportunity? We would be delighted to hear from you! Please email jobs@tinytitanstudios.com with a link to your art samples or portfolio. Please note that Tiny Titan will only be contacting potential candidates from our pool of applications.

    Tuesday, 14 February 2017

    HIRING: Game Developer

    The Job: Tiny Titan Studios is hiring an energetic, detail-oriented, dedicated and intelligent individual to join our team as a Game Developer. Do you live to code? Is making games your passion? Are you a programmer extraordinaire? YOU might be the next Titan!

    As a Titan Developer, your duties would include:

    • Writing and maintaining reliable, reusable code for a variety of projects
    • Ensuring excellence in network performance and reliability for multiplayer projects
    • Participating in planning sessions and assessing code requirements for development sprints
    • Completing code reviews for peers on the programming team to ensure code quality
    • Documenting code standards and practices for reference by team members and management
    • Concepting and developing tools to streamline development processes for teams from multiple disciplines

    The Requirements: Our ideal candidate would meet the following criteria:

    • Eligible to work in Ontario, Canada
    • Minimum of three (3) years professional experience in a programming role
    • Adept at C/C++/C# programming languages
    • Shipped at least two (2) mobile titles on iOS and Android platforms
    • Thorough knowledge of and experience with Unity
    • Multiplayer game architecture experience with solid understanding of network protocols, client/server and peer-to-peer architecture
    • Demonstratable 3D math and graphics programming skills
    • Deep low-level knowledge of CPU and RAM functionality, optimizations, CPU pipeline, registers, intrinsics, cache lines, locality of reference and data-oriented design
    • Experience with Agile game development pipelines
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Passion and enthusiasm for video games, particularly retro and mobile gaming
    • Bonus Points: Front-end and back-end network coding experience
    • Bonus Points: Experience with Steam Greenlight process and integration with Steam SDK
    Please note that our successful candidate will be required to work on-site at our offices.

    Who We Are: We're Tiny Titan Studios, the maker of hit mobile games like Tiny Rails and Dash Quest. We like playing games, but we love making them! Our mission is to make fun, high-quality, retro-inspired games - our last four releases have been featured as Best New Games on the App Store. We have a great office space in downtown London, Ontario, Canada and we're dedicated to making it and exciting and awesome place to come to work each day.

    Find out more about us and our games here:

    http://tinytitanstudios.com/presskit/

    The Perks: What's awesome about being a Titan? All of this stuff and more!
    • Competitive salary, to be negotiated with potential candidate
    • Benefits packages and incentive-based bonuses
    • Networking events and social outings in one of southwestern Ontario's biggest game dev hubs
    • An exciting office space featuring a full kitchen, gaming facilities and more, located in the heart of downtown
    • A tight-knit, friendly team and a totally awesome office dog/mascot
      Does this sound like your kind of opportunity? We would be delighted to hear from you! Please email jobs@tinytitanstudios.com with a link to your art samples or portfolio. Please note that Tiny Titan will only be contacting potential candidates from our pool of applications.

      Thursday, 2 February 2017

      Tiny Rails Update 1.1.0: European Vacation

      Greetings from Titan HQ to all of our players, new and old. We've got a few happenings in Titanland to report on, so let's get to it!

      PAX South

      Tiny Titan CEO Jeff Evans and Producer Glenn Stanway recently returned from the home of the Alamo, San Antonio, TX, after a mission to Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) South. This is the youngest of the North American PAX shows, but it was absolutely HUGE, and the guys got a chance to see plenty of interesting games and talk to lots of fascinating people across the industry. They didn't manage to play the very much in-demand demos for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Resident Evil VII, but they did manage to experience breakfast tacos for the first time. Overall, they'd say it's a win.

      There was a big Canadian indie presence at this year's show, and Tiny Titan is looking forward to taking part in similar promotional missions with our peers in the near future. Thanks to all of the game devs, media representatives and players we met over the weekend for their interest in and support of what we do!

      Tiny Rails on Steam Greenlight

      While we're on the subject of thanks, we're immensely grateful to everyone who supported our recent Greenlight campaign for Tiny Rails. If you haven't heard the news, we're excited to report that the game was greenlit on Day 8 of our campaign with an approval rating of over 65%. We're thrilled with the response and we're making plans for updated designs and release schedules for the game.

      We couldn't have done it without all of the tweets, shares and votes from our amazing community. Sincerely, from us to you: thank you!

      Tiny Rails Update 1.1.0

      Last and most certainly not least, as of this writing, Tiny Rails update 1.1.0 is now available for Android and iOS! This update brings several new things to the Apple version of the game, but here's a summary of the latest things to be added:

      • EUROPE! Traverse the Transatlantic Tunnel and explore four new areas in Europe, with new quests, characters, moments, cars, engines and more. Players will need to complete portions of Chapter 8 to access the new areas and quests;
      • An updated Trainiary now features filters to sort your cars, an improved user interface and refreshed look, and the ability to buy duplicates of cars you've already discovered;
      • A new Manual Depart Mode can be toggled from the options menu, allowing you to force your train to remain at stations until you choose to depart;
      • Critical bug fixes for issues causing players to become trapped between stations and a fix for speed boost becoming locked with an increasing speed multiplier
      We're continuing to work on a couple of additions to come next week, after which we'll be spending some time to optimize the game, try to contend with a couple of tenacious bugs and generally try to improve stability and performance.

      Thank you as always for your support, everyone! We'll chat again soon.



      Friday, 13 January 2017

      Full Steam Ahead: Tiny Rails on PC

      Greetings from Tiny Titan! We hope the impending weekend finds all of you well and excited for whatever activities you've got lined up.

      Tiny Rails Launch

      We wanted to take a moment to talk about the launch of Tiny Rails on iOS/Android in early December. Thank you to our players for helping to make the game launch a big success. It was our strongest launch to date, with the game reaching 1 million installs within its first week of availability thanks to a Best New Games feature on the App Store. Post-launch, response on Google Play has been outstanding, and we're seeing our biggest install days for any title we've released at present. It's been fantastic and we're extremely grateful for your support.

      What does the future hold for Tiny Rails? In the immediate sense, we're working hard to iron out a lot of the wrinkles that shipped with the game. We're well aware of bugs that need squashing and performance issues on various iOS and Android devices, and we're doing everything we can to try and remedy these. Thank you for your bug reports so far; we encourage players to continue contacting us at support@tinytitanstudios.com with their observations and issues.

      Tiny Rails Updates: Coming Soon

      On the development side, update 1.0.8 should be submitted next week. This update will contain a fix for the ever-troublesome and surprisingly-difficult-to-fix speed boost lock bug, some light optimizations and continued improvements for visual issues caused by our recent navigation overhaul. We'll be including tools to assist with bug reporting and customer support, very similar to those found in Dash Quest, which we're excited about, and you'll see at least one new feature: Factories, where players can gather resources to manufacture a unique train car in each area.

      Factories are being introduced to help give our late-game players more to do, and to that end we're also working on more robust quests for our following update, 1.1.0. The major addition in 1.1.0, however, will be content, namely Europe! Four new map areas and chapters will await you, as well as new cities, characters, quests, cargo, Moments and environments.

      Tiny Rails on Steam Greenlight - January 16, 2017


      There's one other major development we'd like to speak about: Steam Greenlight. We've wanted to branch out on to other platforms for some time, but we've always debated how appropriate our titles were for a PC audience. The feedback we've received on Tiny Rails, including photos of players propping up their phones/tablets on stands to have the game running in the background while they do other things, has convinced us that it's a great fit for the PC platform. Letting your train travel away in a background window while you work or stay in touch on social media seems like a natural extension of what we created the game to do.

      With that in mind, we plan to launch a Steam Greenlight campaign for Tiny Rails on Monday, January 16, 2017 at 11:00 am Eastern Time. For those unfamiliar with the process, developers who wish to launch a game on Steam must submit a title to Greenlight, where users vote for whether they'd like to see the title become available or not. We're counting on our huge numbers of Facebook and Twitter followers to help us get the job done, so please keep your eyes peeled on Monday morning for links to our Greenlight page. Your upvote is a huge help and we'd really appreciate your continued support!

      In terms of what a PC version of Tiny Rails would look like, we'd intend to remove ad support and in-app purchases, and focus on adjusting the game economy to reflect this. We'd like to add menu hotkeys and a scalable UI to help support various monitor resolutions. And we might have a few other surprises or changes in store.

      There you have it, Tiny Rails players. We are incredibly thankful for your support and kind words about the game, and we hope we can count on your continued support to help us bring the game to a whole new audience!


      Until next time... look for Greenlight links this coming Monday!

      Wednesday, 11 January 2017

      HIRING: Game Designer

      Who We Are: Tiny Titan Studios is an indie studio based in London, Ontario, Canada (that's right, not that London). We're the creators of mobile games like Dash Quest and Tap Smiths, both available on iOS/Android and actively supported by passionate players. We strive to bridge the gap between classic retro gaming and modern phone and tablet experiences in each of our projects.

      Find out more about us and our games here:

      http://tinytitanstudios.com/presskit/

      Our newest title, Tiny Rails, was featured as one of Apple's Best New Games at launch and hit 1 million downloads within its first week of availability. Our last four titles have been featured by Apple and we take the quality of our games very seriously. We've recently relocated to an exciting, vibrant new office space in downtown London, and we're dedicated to making it an exciting and downright awesome place to come to work each day.

      The Job: Tiny Titan Studios is looking to hire an energetic, enthusiastic and creative individual to join our team as a Designer. Do you LOVE the idea of building the next Tiny Titan world, designing gameplay systems and exciting content? YOU might be the next Titan!

      As a Titan Designer, your duties would include:
      • Designing and pitching game features and content built to improve player retention, fun factor and monetization
      • Working with the development, art and production teams to translate concepts to in-game execution
      • Spearheading design of new projects, as well as maintaining current titles with new features and content
      • Plan systems and game mechanics while balancing pacing, difficulty and in-game economies
      • Plot complex game systems and formulas while creating support documentation
      • Analyze data and player feedback to make educated decisions around new content and modifications to existing products
      The Requirements: Our ideal candidate would meet the following criteria:
      • Eligible to work in Ontario, Canada
      • 3+ years of industry experience with shipped titles
      • Thorough knowledge of Excel spreadsheets and formulas, Word and the Microsoft Office suite
      • Love for the retro video game aesthetic
      • Energetic, passionate and creative self-starter with a keen eye for detail
      • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
      Bonus Points: These skills would really help put a candidate over the top:
      • C# programming and/or art experience
      • Experience with Unity, Visual Studio and Photoshop
      Please note that our successful candidate will be required to work on-site at our offices.

      The Perks:
      • Competitive salary, to be negotiated with potential candidate
      • Benefits packages and incentive-based bonuses
      • Networking events and social outings in one of southwestern Ontario's biggest game dev hubs
      • An exciting office space featuring a full kitchen, gaming facilities and more, located in the heart of downtown
      • A tight-knit, friendly team and a totally awesome office dog/mascot
        Does this sound like your kind of opportunity? We would be delighted to hear from you! Please email jobs@tinytitanstudios.com with a link to your art samples or portfolio. Please note that Tiny Titan will only be contacting potential candidates from our pool of applications.

        Monday, 9 January 2017

        HIRING: Quality Assurance Intern

        Who We Are: Tiny Titan Studios is an indie studio based in London, Ontario, Canada (that's right, not that London). We're the creators of mobile games like Dash Quest and Tap Smiths, both available on iOS/Android and actively supported by passionate players. We strive to bridge the gap between classic retro gaming and modern phone and tablet experiences in each of our projects.

        Find out more about us and our games here:

        http://tinytitanstudios.com/presskit/

        Our newest title, Tiny Rails, was featured as one of Apple's Best New Games at launch and hit 1 million downloads within its first week of availability. Our last four titles have been featured by Apple and we take the quality of our games very seriously. We've recently relocated to an exciting, vibrant new office space in downtown London, and we're dedicated to making it an exciting and downright awesome place to come to work each day.

        The Job: Tiny Titan Studios is looking to hire a Quality Assurance Intern. We're seeking a talented, motivated and detail-oriented individual who LOVES to make games to join our team. As a Titan Intern, your skills and responsibilities would include:
        • Reporting bugs to the Project Lead(s) and entering in bug database 
        • General game play testing across multiple mobile titles 
        • Communicating findings in a clear/concise manner to team(s) 
        • Completing 'smoke tests' on new builds, update candidates and retail versions of products
        • Following proper testing procedures as outlined by QA Lead 
        • Becoming proficient in all Tiny Titan Studio products 
        The Requirements: Our ideal candidate would meet the following criteria:
        • Eligible to work in Ontario, Canada
        • Detail-oriented, energetic, passionate and creative
        • Love for the retro video game aesthetic
        • Exceptional communication skills
        • Good working knowledge of the video game industry
        • Basic computer experience, including knowledge of Windows, Outlook, Word and Excel
        • Ability to follow verbal/written instructions
        • Flexibility in work schedule changes
        Bonus Points: These skills would really help put a candidate over the top:
        • Experience with Unity, game testing or quality assurance
        Please note that our successful candidate will be required to work on-site at our offices in London, Ontario, Canada.

        Please note that this is an unpaid internship position. We are certainly willing to consider permanent paid positions for candidates who demonstrate exceptional skill and enthusiasm, however!

        The Perks:
        • Networking events and social outings in one of southwestern Ontario's biggest game dev hubs
        • An exciting office space featuring a full kitchen, gaming facilities and more, located in the heart of downtown
        • A tight-knit, friendly team and a totally awesome office dog/mascot
        Does this sound like your kind of opportunity? We would be delighted to hear from you! Please email jobs@tinytitanstudios.com with a link to your art samples or portfolio. Please note that Tiny Titan will only be contacting potential candidates from our pool of applications.

        HIRING: Production Assistant

        Who We Are: Tiny Titan Studios is an indie studio based in London, Ontario, Canada (that's right, not that London). We're the creators of mobile games like Dash Quest and Tap Smiths, both available on iOS/Android and actively supported by passionate players. We strive to bridge the gap between classic retro gaming and modern phone and tablet experiences in each of our projects.

        Find out more about us and our games here:

        http://tinytitanstudios.com/presskit/

        Our newest title, Tiny Rails, was featured as one of Apple's Best New Games at launch and hit 1 million downloads within its first week of availability. Our last four titles have been featured by Apple and we take the quality of our games very seriously. We've recently relocated to an exciting, vibrant new office space in downtown London, and we're dedicated to making it an exciting and downright awesome place to come to work each day.

        The Job: Tiny Titan Studios is looking to hire an energetic and enthusiastic individual to join our team as a Production Assistant. Do you LOVE the idea of making games, interacting with our players and helping us promote our brand? YOU might be the next Titan!

        As a Titan PA, your duties would include:
        • Working with the development, art and production teams to prepare social media plans in order to promote our brand and products
        • Assisting the production team and CEO with administrative duties and support, including product testing
        • Contributing to the studio blog in order to communicate with our player base in an effect and exciting manner
        • Community outreach, marketing and customer support
        The Requirements: Our ideal candidate would meet the following criteria:
        • Eligible to work in Ontario, Canada
        • Fluent with social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and YouTube
        • Outgoing, friendly personality and comfort with appearing in media (ie. promotional videos, Twitch streams, photos, conventions and trade shows)
        • Basic computer experience, including knowledge of Windows, Outlook, Word and Excel
        • Love for the retro video game aesthetic
        • Energetic, passionate and creative self-starter
        • Exceptional communication skills
        Bonus Points: These skills would really help put a candidate over the top:
        • Quality assurance/game testing experience
        • Experience with Unity, phpBB and Hootsuite
        • Experience with customer service and/or support
        Please note that our successful candidate will be required to work on-site at our offices.

        The Perks:
        • Competitive salary, to be negotiated with potential candidate
        • Benefits packages and incentive-based bonuses
        • Networking events and social outings in one of southwestern Ontario's biggest game dev hubs
        • An exciting office space featuring a full kitchen, gaming facilities and more, located in the heart of downtown
        • A tight-knit, friendly team and a totally awesome office dog/mascot
          Does this sound like your kind of opportunity? We would be delighted to hear from you! Please email jobs@tinytitanstudios.com with a link to your art samples or portfolio. Please note that Tiny Titan will only be contacting potential candidates from our pool of applications.

          Tuesday, 3 January 2017

          HIRING: Senior Artist

          Who We Are: Tiny Titan Studios is an indie studio based in London, Ontario, Canada (that's right, not that London). We're the creators of mobile games like Dash Quest and Tap Smiths, both available on iOS/Android and actively supported by passionate players. We strive to bridge the gap between classic retro gaming and modern phone and tablet experiences in each of our projects.

          Find out more about us and our games here:

          http://tinytitanstudios.com/presskit/

          Our newest title, Tiny Rails, was featured as one of Apple's Best New Games at launch and hit 1 million downloads within its first week of availability. Our last four titles have been featured by Apple and we take the quality of our games very seriously. We've recently relocated to an exciting, vibrant new office space in downtown London, and we're dedicated to making it an exciting and downright awesome place to come to work each day.

          The Job: Tiny Titan Studios is looking to hire a highly skilled 2D/3D Artist to join our art team. We're looking for a talented and motivated individual who LOVES to make games to join us at our London, Ontario offices. As a Titan Artist, your skills and responsibilities would include:
          • Adhering to and developing the visual style of our games
          • Designing and conceptualizing characters/environments
          • Working within established art production pipelines
          • Meeting quality benchmarks for art team
          The Requirements: Our ideal candidate would meet the following criteria:
          • Eligible to work in Ontario, Canada
          • 3+ years of game industry experience with shipped titles
          • Exceptional 2D art skills
          • Exceptional 3D art skills
          • Love for the retro video game aesthetic
          • Energetic, passionate and creative 
          • Strong communication skills
          Bonus Points: These skills would really help put a candidate over the top:
          • Experience with animation
          • Experience with developing Unity projects
          Please note that our successful candidate will be required to work on-site at our offices.

          The Compensation:
          • Competitive salary, to be negotiated with potential candidate
          • Benefits packages and incentive-based bonuses
          • Networking events and social outings in one of southwestern Ontario's biggest game dev hubs
          • An exciting office space featuring a full kitchen, gaming facilities and more, located in the heart of downtown
          • A tight-knit, friendly team and a totally awesome office dog/mascot
          Does this sound like your kind of opportunity? We would be delighted to hear from you! Please email jobs@tinytitanstudios.com with a link to your art samples or portfolio. Please note that Tiny Titan will only be contacting potential candidates from our pool of applications.

          HIRING: Jr. Artist

          Who We Are: Tiny Titan Studios is an indie studio based in London, Ontario, Canada (that's right, not that London). We're the creators of mobile games like Dash Quest and Tap Smiths, both available on iOS/Android and actively supported by passionate players. We strive to bridge the gap between classic retro gaming and modern phone and tablet experiences in each of our projects.

          Find out more about us and our games here:

          http://tinytitanstudios.com/presskit/

          Our newest title, Tiny Rails, was featured as one of Apple's Best New Games at launch and hit 1 million downloads within its first week of availability. Our last four titles have been featured by Apple and we take the quality of our games very seriously. We've recently relocated to an exciting, vibrant new office space in downtown London, and we're dedicated to making it an exciting and downright awesome place to come to work each day.

          The Job: Tiny Titan Studios is looking to hire a highly skilled 2D Artist to join our art team. We're looking for a talented and motivated individual who LOVES to make games to join us at our London, Ontario offices. As a Titan Artist, your skills and responsibilities would include:
          • Adhering to and developing the visual style of our games
          • Designing and conceptualizing characters/environments
          • Working within established art production pipelines
          • Meeting quality benchmarks for art team
          The Requirements: Our ideal candidate would meet the following criteria:
          • Eligible to work in Ontario, Canada
          • Exceptional 2D art skills
          • Love for the retro video game aesthetic
          • Energetic, passionate and creative 
          • Strong communication skills
          Bonus Points: These skills would really help put a candidate over the top:
          • Strong pixel art skills
          • Experience with animation
          • Game industry experience with shipped titles
          • 3D experience
          Please note that our successful candidate will be required to work on-site at our offices.

          The Compensation:
          • Competitive salary, to be negotiated with potential candidate
          • Benefits packages and incentive-based bonuses
          • Networking events and social outings in one of southwestern Ontario's biggest game dev hubs
          • An exciting office space featuring a full kitchen, gaming facilities and more, located in the heart of downtown
          • A tight-knit, friendly team and a totally awesome office dog/mascot
          Does this sound like your kind of opportunity? We would be delighted to hear from you! Please email jobs@tinytitanstudios.com with a link to your art samples or portfolio. Please note that Tiny Titan will only be contacting potential candidates from our pool of applications.