Factsheet

Developer:
Universal Happymaker
Based in Seattle and Los Angeles

Founding date:
2010 (collective), 2016 (studio)

Website:
universalhappymaker.com

Press / Business contact:
msennott@universalhappymaker.com

Social:
twitter.com/astronautbest
facebook.com/AstronautTheBest

Releases:
Astronaut The Best

Phone:
(1 603) 204-8709

Description

Universal Happymaker builds games that are moral laboratories. We intend to create a world where everyone enjoys our games WITHOUT EXCEPTION.

History

Founding

Back in 2010, some graduate students at USC's Interactive Media program found a shared appreciation for experimental games with a narrative focus and a surrealist streak. We started the Universal Happymaker collective as an online home for our projects and game jams. The collective lay dormant for a few years after graduation, while its members moved onto various games industry careers. But it wasn't long before some of us really missed UHM's sensibility, so much that we decided to revive the name as a real game studio.

Astronaut: The Best

We worked for two years on various prototypes before finally finding one promising enough to show the world. We teamed up with an artist, composer, and community manager from outside the games industry to develop a mid-century cartoon aesthetic rarely seen in games. Though our Kickstarter came up just short of its goal, we're more dedicated than ever to finding a way to make AtB happen.

Projects


Videos

AtB Streamer Compilation YouTube

AtB Kickstarter Trailer YouTube


Images

There are far more images available for Universal Happymaker, but these are the ones we felt would be most useful to you. If you have specific requests, please do contact us!


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Awards & Recognition

  • "Official Selection, PAX Indie MEGABOOTH (for Astronaut: The Best)" - Seattle, WA: 2-3 September, 2016
  • "Official Selection, EGX Leftfield Collection (for Astronaut: The Best)" - Birmingham, England: 22-25 September, 2016

Team & Repeating Collaborator

David Mershon
Cofounder and Astronaut: The Best's lead

Mike Sennott
Cofounder and Astronaut: The Best's other lead

Julia Y
Artist, Astronaut: The Best

Matt Zapp
Audio, Astronaut: The Best

Joseph Osborn
Cofounder

Alex Beachum
Cofounder


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