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SA game VALA: Alpha gets 50,000 downloads in two weeks

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Vicious Attack Llama Apocalypse: Alpha is a top-down 3D shooter for Windows Phone where you… well… slaughter rabid llamas to overcome the llama-induced apocalypse. Now I know what you’re thinking: “Why llamas?” I reached out to Matt Cavanagh, lead programmer on the game, and he answered: “Because 9/10 of the imaginary fortune-tellers  we asked predicted that llamas were a greater real-world threat than zombies.” 

Now if you have a Windows Phone and you’re not downloading the game right now, you need to assess where you lost your childish  sense of glee. Guns? Explosions?! Llamas?!? It’s like a B-grade sci-fi film which went horribly right somewhere that you can now triumphantly enjoy.

Click through to read a bit more about the game’s success and Matt Cavanagh’s plans for a llama belly-sliding version of Tiny Wings.

It was two days ago that South African development studio RogueCode announced that it had surpassed 50,000 downloads in around two weeks. When I asked Cavanagh whether he expected the massive numbers, he sheepishly replied, “We naively thought that we’d launch the game and a few people would download it. We released it pretty bare to just get peoples’ initial reactions.” Despite this, the game sits on a 4/5 rating on all Windows platforms – this was achieved without any marketing or promotion for the game at all.

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I asked Cavanagh how he planned to turn those numerous llama loving fans into gold-plated jacuzzis and he replied frankly that they’d “keep the game free until it is in a state that [they’re] happy with”.

When I inquired about more llama-themed games in RogueCode’s future, Cavanagh seemed to bite his tongue: “Nothing yet. We’ve discussed so many things to add to VALA that it is going to be a long time before that happens.”

Never fear though, llama lovers! Matt says he’d  love to make “a Tiny Wings-style game with a llama sliding on its stomach, because I have an infatuation with these games”. He continued: “Score would be determined by how far you get before the llama’s body has been completely ground down to pulp (because, you know, the ground is made of sandpaper).”

VALA: Alpha is currently free on Windows Phone and coming to other mobile platforms and PC at some point in the future.

  • RogueCode

    Thanks!
    Just a note – as of yesterday the game won’t download onto devices due to a store problem. Working with MS to get it fixed ASAP.

  • Shane Martin Schouw

    WAIT… so this game was built in sunny South Africa, right?? WHY THE HELL IS IT ON THE WINDOWS PHONE PLATFORM AND NOT ANDROID???? AND WHY IS THE CURRENCY EUROS AND NOT RANDS????

    • RogueCode

      Yeah, I probably need to change that symbol. It actually represents “energy” that you collect – hence the E, not the Euro which is a bit different.

      Yes, it was built here in S.A. It was funded by Nokia and Microsoft (AppCampus) so it is exclusive to WP for 3 months.

      • Shane Martin Schouw

        this is one of those moments where i judged too quickly without thinking. Forgive me.
        i didnt even know that they funded such undertakings, i should congratulate you for achieving that feat.

        • RogueCode

          No worries!

    • Ben Myres

      Woah! WOAH! WOAH?!!?!?!!?!?

      “WHY ARE WE SHOUTING?!”
      “I HAVE NO IDEA.”
      “BECAUSE THIS IS THE INTERNET.” :p

      Lol – Matt explains the euro thing below, but yeah – after about three months it should become available on Android :).

      Not being on other platforms is pretty worth it as AppCampus essentially funds the entire development of your game in return for a tiny exclusivity period :).

      • Shane Martin Schouw

        yeah, i just learned something new today… i honestly had no idea that they went that far to get a game or app out. really impressed now.

      • RogueCode

        Besides funding they also give a ton of support and free marketing which is awesome (and often stuff you can’t buy).

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