Factsheet

Developer:
Heart Shaped Games
Based in Chelsea, Michigan

Founding date:
October 2010

Website:
heartshapedgames.com/

Press / Business Contact:
scott@heartshapedgames.com

Social:
Scott: @brodiegames
Company: @heartshapedgame
FB: Highgrounds
FB: Hero Generations
FB: Heart Shaped Games

Releases:
Hero Generations
Hero Generations: ReGen
Highgrounds
Brave Hand

Address:

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Description

Heart Shaped Games is a design-centric independent game studio focused on building meaningful and memorable games. Founded by former Mircrosoft Xbox LIVE Arcade Producer Scott Brodie, we build games players love! (Looking for info on our projects? Hero Generations: http://heartshapedgames.com/press/sheet.php?p=Hero%20Generations | Highgrounds - http://heartshapedgames.com/press/sheet.php?p=Highgrounds | Brave Hand - http://www.heartshapedgames.com/press/sheet.php?p=Brave%20Hand)

History

Studio Background

Heart Shaped Games is a design-centric independent game studio founded by industry veteran Scott Brodie and Kate Brodie. Scott Brodie has been making games professionally since 2002, including work as an Xbox LIVE Arcade Producer for Microsoft Game Studios. He worked with talented independent developers on games like Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Scrap Metal, Aegis Wing, and Snoopy Flying Ace. Heart Shaped Games (HSG) was founded in late 2010. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, we strive to create meaningful and memorable games that players love. We focus on original gameplay, elegant design and deep systems, while never losing sight of being fun first.

Hero Generations

HSG's first release, Hero Generations, is a roguelike/4X strategy game where each turn is 1 year of your hero's life. Described as "The 5-Minute Civilization", you must find fame and seek out a mate to have a child with before you die. Hero Generations was a finalist and showcase game at IndieCade 2011, was successfully funded on Kickstarter in April 2014, then launched successfully on Steam in April 2015.

Highgrounds

An original multiplayer Collectible Card Game with over 240 collectible characters. It's been called "Magic: The Gathering without the cards." Battle opponents online, either live or in a play-by-mail style. It is playable now for free at www.highgroundsgame.com.

Hero Generations: ReGen

The ultimate remake of the innovative Roguelike/4X Strategy game Hero Generations. Every turn is one year of your life. Explore, find a mate, build a home, and raise a child before you die to keep your legacy going. Based on an all new game engine, ReGen is packed with hundreds of redesigned, re-tuned, and enhanced features. Praised as "the offspring of Sid Meier's Civilization, Jason Rohrer's Passage, and The Legend of Zelda. Available now on Steam, the iOS App Store, and Google Play.

Brave Hand

Brave Hand is a beautifully simple, original single-player card game of luck and skill by designer Scott Brodie. As you play, you unlock the story of the Wanderer and the Guardian, depicted across 16 gorgeous hand-painted themes. An elegant design that combines the simplicity of classic card games like War and Solitaire, the test of will of Poker, and the strategy of collectible card games.

Future Work

Heart Shaped Games continues to incubate and build original games with our team of talented partners. We build games players love!

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Images

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There are far more images available for Heart Shaped 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

  • "IndieCade Finalist 2011 - Hero Generations" - Culver City, CA, 8 October, 2011
  • ""Hero Generations: Truth in Game Design Applied" presented at Meaningful Play 2014" - East Lansing, MI, 20 October, 2011
  • "Google Play IGF Finalist, 2017 - Brave Hand" - San Francisco, CA, 23 September, 2017

Selected Articles

  • "4X strategy zoomed in to the individual and personal level. It’s my favourite Kickstarter pitch since Meriwether."
    - Adam Smith, Rock, Paper, Shotgun
  • "...a multiplayer strategy game so ingenious and accessible that you should probably just stop reading this and go play it."
    - Mike Fahey, Kotaku
  • "Highgrounds is 'Magic: the Gathering' for the web generation"
    - Ben Popper, The Verge
  • "...a surprisingly fun deck building game."
    - Penny Arcade Report,

Team & Repeating
Collaborators

Scott Brodie
Founder, Game Designer

Kate Brodie
Studio Manager

Dominic Sodano
Artist, Hero Generations and Hero Generations: ReGen

Kep Amun
Programmer, Hero Generations: ReGen

Patrick Shaw
Producer, Hero Generations

Nate Berna
Artist, Highgrounds

Riley Frambes
Artist, Brave Hand

presskit() by Rami Ismail (Vlambeer) - also thanks to these fine folks