Orange Juice Fan Art Contest Winners Chosen!

#1 "Wedding Bride" by TsukinoRS

#1 “Wedding Bride” by TsukinoRS

After a long and hard judging process, TsukinoRS’s wedding bride version of Suguri was chosen as the winner of the second Orange Juice fan art contest!
They will be receiving a unique 200% Mixed Juice! T-shirt on top of a free copy of the game.

Since we were overwhelmed by the sheer number of great entries (well over a hundred in total), we decided to extend the other rewards from top 5 to top 20.
The following users have won themselves a copy of 200% Mixed Juice!:
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NOTE: All winners, please add echomateria [Fruitbat Factory] to your Steam Friends list to receive your rewards. We will contact you with your reward shortly after. If you haven’t heard from us by 30.9.2015, please reach us at support@fruitbatfactory.com.

#2 "Transition" by El' Nath

#2 “Transition” by El’ Nath

#3 "The Vorpal Seagull" by Solmyr2000

#3 “The Vorpal Seagull” by Solmyr2000

#4 "Obligatory Hotspring "Episode"" by Kulas

#4 “Obligatory Hotspring “Episode”” by Kulas

#5 "Sora's Extraordinary Specs" by Anonymous_Neko

#5 “Sora’s Extraordinary Specs” by Anonymous_Neko

#6 "200% Mixed Friends" by puppyprince

#6 “200% Mixed Friends” by puppyprince

#7 "Inter-Continental Ballistic Marc" by Geoff

#7 “Inter-Continental Ballistic Marc” by Geoff

#8 "Instensifying Poppo!" by QPoyio

#8 “Instensifying Poppo!” by QPoyio

#9 "100% Orange Juice 5" by LendoKhar

#9 “100% Orange Juice 5” by LendoKhar

#10 "LittleCustard" by Kelsuis

#10 “LittleCustard” by Kelsuis

#11 "suguri~" by curenanako

#11 “suguri~” by curenanako

#12 "Kai and Poppo BFF" by Zero Eiyuu

#12 “Kai and Poppo BFF” by Zero Eiyuu

#13 "The winning hand" by Octopus Prime

#13 “The winning hand” by Octopus Prime

#14 "Orange Chibi" by WUR

#14 “Orange Chibi” by WUR

#15 "There's Bound To Be Pudding There" by [明] Isara (No Game, More Life)

#15 “There’s Bound To Be Pudding There” by [明] Isara (No Game, More Life)

#16 "The Popponator" by Sir Stiffy

#16 “The Popponator” by Sir Stiffy

#17 "Give em' back, Marie Popo!!" by NightSkull

#17 “Give em’ back, Marie Popo!!” by NightSkull

#18 "The lost sheep" by Pa!

#18 “The lost sheep” by Pa!

#19 "Pudding Thief (no color)" by Frostshark

#19 “Pudding Thief (no color)” by Frostshark

#20 "Suguri Pic for Contest" by Yinsashi

#20 “Suguri Pic for Contest” by Yinsashi

In addition, as promised, we’ve run all the rest of the entries through our trusty RNG machine, and the following lucky five will receive a copy of 200% Mixed Juice! as well:

"Do you like bullying other people?" by Blues

“Do you like bullying other people?” by Blues

"Innocent" by Truly Drowsy

“Innocent” by Truly Drowsy

"Kai's Ace in the Hole" by S.

“Kai’s Ace in the Hole” by S.

"Random Orange Juice Characters" by Puru

“Random Orange Juice Characters” by Puru

"100% suntan (Contest Entry)" by kmyc89

“100% suntan (Contest Entry)” by kmyc89

The full list of the fan art can be seen in the Steam artwork gallery. Again, big cheers to all participants!

100% Orange Juice Fan Art Contest Winners Announced!

The fan art contest gathered a total of 63 amazing entries, and the jury had a very hard time choosing the cream of the crop.  Because the top was so evenly matched, in the end we decided to expand our promised rewards.

In a tie for first place we have these two artworks (click for full size):

100% Orange Juice Idols by Kulastarol

100% Orange Juice Idols by Kulastarol

That Little Thief by Echo

That Little Thief by Echo

A QP Shooting – Dangerous!! Limited edition t-shirt goes out to the winners, together with a 4-pack of 100% Orange Juice and a copy of QP Shooting – Dangerous!!

And in shared second place we have these two entries:

Playing Fernet by Silicoid Ambassador

Playing Fernet by Silicoid Ambassador

My Neighbor Poppo by WUR

My Neighbor Poppo by WUR

A 4-pack of 100% Orange Juice will go out to the winners, together with a copy of QP Shooting – Dangerous!!

And lastly, because we were so thoroughly impressed by the art entries, instead of a single third place entry, everyone who entered a valid entry to the contest will be receiving  a copy of QP Shooting – Dangerous!! once it is released!

A full gallery of all the fan art submissions can be seen here as well as in the Artwork section on Steam! What’s your favorite?

For the purpose of handing out the rewards, we would ask all participants (with an image in the gallery above) to add echoMateria[Fruitbat Factory] to their friend list on Steam and message him to get sorted.

Human Tanks on Steam & Contest

Human Tanks have now entered their new hangar on Steam, and are happily enjoying barley tea together.

There’s a -10% release discount on War of the Human Tanks, as well as two new packages available on Steam.

Sound of the Human Tanks DLC, priced $9.99 contains all of Sound of the Human Tanks I,II and III, for 90 tracks of funky game music from War of the Human Tanks and Human Tanks: Alter.

A further Imperial Edition comes priced at $16.99, and contains the game as well as the music collection.

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The game is fully armed with new Steam features, including:

  • 61 Achievements
  • Steam Cloud
  • Stats and Leaderboards
  • Steam Trading Cards

To celebrate the release, we are announcing a map design contest for War of the Human Tanks.

The goal of the contest is to design a new bonus map for War of the Human Tanks. The design can be as detailed as you want it to be, as long as it adheres to the physical limitations of the game (maximum map size is 17*17 octagons, which can be passable or non-passable), graphical or a written concept, and designed for any difficulty level – up to you! We’ll choose the design we find most interesting and add that map as an extra bonus map to the Steam release of the game (to be found under ‘Free Battle’).

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Contest rules:

  • One submission per person
  • The design can be submitted in any form we’ll be able to read
  • Fruitbat Factory retains the right to modify the winning design as they see fit
  • Submissions are accepted until 10.2.2014
  • Entries to be submitted to support@fruitbatfactory.com

The winner will receive a unique War of the Human Tanks t-shirt, an Imperial Edition of the game on Steam, and the eternal fame of contributing to the war effort.

#94 Spirits

It’s here!

99 Spirits has finally broken the elusive roof on Steam Greenlight and listed in the top 100 game entries.

99 Spirits rank #94 on Steam Greenlight

Currently ranked #94, the Puzzle RPG 99 Spirits has been rising strongly over the past weeks, and we look forward to climbing even higher.

In related news, Rice Digital is running a great promotion where you can help us on Greenlight and get free games in the process! Check it out at http://www.ricedigital.co.uk/free-games-from-fruitbat-factory/

Many thanks to the good folks at Rice Digital!

Our other two Greenlight entries are climbing nicely as well, War of the Human Tanks is currently 90% of the way to top 100, so not far behind, and the new contestant 100% Orange Juice is already 51% of the way up.

It’s truly a joy to look at these numbers, and they’re all thanks to everyone’s continuous support.

4th in “Best Indie Strategy of 2012”

This morning we woke up to an unexpected nomination.

The good folks at indiegames.com have put together their ranking of Best Indie Strategy Games of 2012. You can find it here.

We found War of the Human Tanks in the 4th place.

“War of the Human Tanks would definitely head our top named games list of 2012, but, alas, we have prepared no such thing for you dear readers. We will though suggest you give this strategy/visual novel hybrid a go and see what you can do with its cast of armored humanoid weapons and simple yet deep RTS mechanics. The game includes over 30 maps of tactical challenges and even allows players to use resources earned from combat to purchase new abilities and upgrades between battles in what can only be described as its strategy mode.”

IGTW 4th best strategy game

This definitely makes for a nice start for the new year, as we begin to gear up for the work ahead. Big thanks @ the Indie Games weblog.

What was your favorite indie strategy of 2012?

2012 Reflections

With the year 2012 drawing to a close, we’re looking back at the year that has passed and evaluating what we have accomplished.

Fruitbat Factory
came to be in early 2012. The missive we set to ourselves when we started was to bring unique and interesting Japanese games to English-speaking audiences worldwide.

Our first localization – strategy game War of the Human Tanks developed by Yakiniku Banzai, was announced in May and released September 14th 2012. It was met with a by and large positive reception, though it’s obviously not a game for everyone. War of the Human Tanks is still struggling on fiercely in Steam Greenlight.

Our second localization, the Puzzle RPG 99 Spirits by TORaIKI was announced in October, shortly after the game’s release in Japan in August. Just last week we wrote about winning the Eclectic Indie Dev Grant competition with it. 99 Spirits is planned for an early 2013 release.

Following the release of War of the Human Tanks, we have taken advantage of two bundles – Bundle in a Box and IndieFort (which right now is still running) to spread awareness of our work. It’s been great to see new people commenting on the game and taking an interest.

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Now let’s review some stats (everyone loves stats, right?):

War of the Human Tanks and its soundtrack, Sound of the Human Tanks;

available from 8 digital distributors,
over 7600 copies distributed,
made it to top10 sellers on Green Man Gaming, and rank 6 on GamersGate,
29,255 unique visitors on Desura,
21,316 unique visitors on Steam Greenlight.C

And our company Fruitbat Factory;

40,089 video views on YouTube,
25,548 unique visitors visiting our homepages 34,560 times,
5,611 visitors on this blog.

It’s hard to say how they compare, but those are some nice numbers overall. We hope things will only get better from here.

Fruitbat Factory’s Halloween Week Begins

The Guess the Game Contest is now over, big thanks to all who participated.

The winners will be notified via e-mail this week, and even if you didn’t win you should keep an eye on your e-mail as we decided to throw in a free copy of Sound of the Human Tanks I OST from GamersGate to reward the efforts of all who ventured a guess.

As we look forward to announcing the game this week, we’re having a big sale on GamersGate, Desura and Indievania: you can purchase all versions of War of the Human Tanks at a 25% discount from them for the duration of this week.

FBF Haloween Art

We hope a lot of people will take advantage of this offer – and don’t forget to vote for War of the Human Tanks on Steam Greenlight, where the battle never ceases.

Lastly and most importantly, stay tuned for a major announcement as we’re going to be announcing our next title very shortly. Can’t wait to let this one out of the bag!