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Trash Diamonds wins a grant by Thekla, Inc.

People from Thekla, Inc. (Anyone played The Witness?) had an amazing idea: offering grants for underrepresented puzzle game creators. And guess what? We’re one of the winners!

The idea was to submit “puzzle games that take place on a discrete grid where the interesting gameplay comes from unique rules governing the behavior of the objects.” As soon as we heard about this, we started thinking. I’ve personally made lots of #puzzlescript games and one could say I know my grids. I thought about 4x movement in a square grid (up, down, left, right) and came up with a game idea about balance. That’s when Trash Diamonds was born.

Then I wrote some backstory about inter-realities, different instances of Elon Musk and a pun-loving coffee machine. I talked to Ruppel to see if he was ok with all of these. He was indeed.

Trash Diamonds

Thing was we had little time, so we’ve chatted about Cactus games, his art and weirdness and about something that had just come out: Doodle Studio 95! by Fernando Ramallo (It’s like having Paint inside of the Unity editor!). Ruppel also wanted to make something “vaporwavy” (now he’s iterating on this “vaporwave” thing, making something truly amazing, but this is something for a longer post).

Long story short, we’ve made a prototype with 17 levels (with 3 or 4 good levels) and no tutorial (I think this was the first time we pulled it off so we are really happy with this decision). And now?

Now we have this grant for making our first pc puzzle game! Diamond Trash is going to be “A narrative-driven puzzle game about inter-reality, solitude and a pun-loving coffee machine.”

Just look at our first promotional poster!


* Note: Poker Chess Solitaire development is ON HOLD. We’ll resume it sometime in the near future.

Poker Chess Solitaire!

There are genre mashups, and then there are genre mashups. (Toucharcade)

We’re officially announcing our new game!

Poker Chess Solitaire (Presskit) is the ultimate board/card game mashup! Try to achieve objectives and clear boards/levels (hence the “solitaire” bit) by making poker hands according to a special set of rules (including chess piece movements, taking cards from the opposite color, checks and so on). Sounds complex? Believe us, It’s lots and lots of fun.

In Poker Chess Solitaire player can only move J’s, Q’s and K’s. J’s move like Knights from chess (L-shaped movement), Q like Queens and K like Kings. Also, J’s, Q’s and K’s can take cards from the opposite color (red suits vs black suits). Players can use this set of rules to rearrange cards in the board so as to make poker hands (every one of the four rows is a 5-card hand) and reach certain objectives. And there’s more to it! But don’t worry. We will teach you every rule while being really, really fun.

Read full reviews/previews/articles here!

Moveless Chess – Press Roundup


Moveless Chess (FREE) is out there. You can download the game HERE (iOS) and HERE (Android). Here are some press quotes about the game:

Like any puzzle game worth its salt (…) the feeling of satisfaction upon finding the correct solution is wonderful. (Toucharcade)

A+ for chess nerd cleverness. (Rock Paper Shotgun)

It’s chess as a puzzler, then, and with a twist that’ll even make veterans of the game stop and think about how to proceed at any given moment. (TechRadar)

By stripping the classic game of one of its building blocks, designer and developer Nico Saraintaris teaches a very old dog some great new tricks. (Gamezebo)

Read full reviews/previews/articles here!

And here a GIF with 50 levels!

Monster Streaking!

While we continue working on our upcoming game called #3Mermen, we have yet another gif announcement to make!

(Insert suspenseful music here)

We are wrapping up another game! WHAT?!

Monster Streaking!

Monster Streaking!

 Monster Streaking?

We’ve made Monster Streaking (a game about monsters running naked through a small American town) for Ludum Dare 33 (you know, the “make a game on a weekend” competition). Results were great and we’ve decided to work on it a little more and release it on Android and iOS. So expect some more info really soon!


Monster Streaking WIP!

Monster Streaking WIP!



It has been almost a year since we’ve released Kapsula. The premium model we originally chose to sell it (1.99 upfront cost) doesn’t seem to fit well with our app. So comrades…

Following the example of the amazing Radical by Beavertap games, we’ve decided to make Kapsula FREE for everyone! The game now features some video ads you can watch to get a free continue. BUT… you can skip them so they are not invasive at all!

We really hope that this model suits Kapsula better. We really like the game, so the more people playing it, the happier we get.


Cheers everyone!

You can get Kapsula here:

Kapsula for iOS is out! – Press roundup


So Kapsula for iOS is out… GO GRAB IT, COMRADE!

And what about the game in the press, uh?

Twitchy Tetris on a race track. ~ Chris Priestman (

With a quirky but unique style, Kapsula is an enjoyable mix of racing and match-3. Yes, really. ~ Jennifer Allen (

if you’re looking for something truly unique and don’t mind taxing your brain and reflexes in a slightly different way than you might be used to, Kapsula is a very solid and worthy pick-up. ~ Shaun Musgrave (

It’s a delight to look at and listen to. ~ Owen Faraday (

After a dozen plays, and many more no doubt on the way, I think I’ve caught the bug. ~ Mike Rose (

Read full reviews/previews/articles here! (UPDATING)


Note: Remember that you can play the game in your browser HERE!

Kapsula – Press roundup


Some press love highlights, comrades!

All you need to know about this game can be summed up with “retro-futuristic Soviet space colonies.” Sound crazy? It is. Crazy fun. (Phandroid)

Kapsula has a very cool retro-futuristic vibe based on Soviet space imagery. It’s like a more colorful version of an old pulp space adventure comic. (PC MAG)

As the road twists and curves, your head almost feels forced to move along with it, dodging traffic and taking in the darkened cityscape. It’s a very enjoyable racing experience. (Droid Life)

Read full reviews/previews/articles here!

Stay tuned for new features and stuff!

Note: Remember that you can play the game in your browser HERE!

Kapsula pre-release is here!


You can play the web version (FREE) or download Kapsula at Google Play (50% OFF final price).

(NOTE: iOS version will be ready in a couple of weeks.)


This is the same model we’ve used when working on Faif. We will deliver periodic updates with things we come up with and we will be working on players’ ideas and suggestions sent through the app,, and comments at this post, of course.

We are also sharing some press coverage in a following post, so be sure to check it out!

Drive safe, comrades!