Woorld arrives today!

Hello hello hello! Today, the whimsical Tango experience WOORLD is available for download on the Google Play store with the the magical Lenovo Phab2Pro phone! 

What is Tango? It's is a set of sensors and computer vision software that enables augmented reality (AR) experiences on your smartphone, including utilities, gaming and education, so you can do more, play more and explore more. The Phab 2 Pro is the very first Tango enabled smartphone - which means that you can now play Woorld for yourself! 

We made Woorld with first-time AR users in mind - creating something that's part game, part creativity app... and all silliness. Curious to see more? Check out this little video that Keita made to help announce the game at Lenovo's most recent event in Japan.

We are super excited to release this little game to the public, and are really looking forward to see what you make with it. Tag us in your #WOORLD videos with @funomena @projecttango and @lenovo so we can see your world in a whole new way. 

Luna VR at PAX 2016

Hello everyone! As you may have seen from some of our more recent Tweets and Facebook posts, we've been hard at work in our headsets, bringing our new game Luna to VR.

Those of you who have been following the game's progress may recall that Luna's early PC development explored the idea of a gesture-based interface via our partnership with Intel's RealSense program. We were particularly interested to see how tracking a player's hands could give them the feeling of touching Luna's storybook world, interacting with the creatures & objects they discovered, and connecting with the events that transpired within.

As we continued to investigate these ideas, we saw more and more potential for engaging players and their creativity by directly involving their hands and body. We began to wonder how the game would look in VR, and how it would feel if you could touch it with tracked controllers. And once we saw just how immersive it felt, we knew it had to be...

So we are *very* excited to announce that Luna will be playable in VR at PAX Prime in Seattle this weekend, at the Indie Megabooth (booth 859). We're also thrilled to be showcased by two of our outstanding partners - Oculus and AMD! You will be able to play Luna on all Oculus Touch stations at the PAX 2016 VR Free-Play area (4th floor, Westin - Ballroom 1), and also at AMD (booth 1613). 

Luna is a uniquely tactile VR experience, where the focus is on observing, listening and adding your own personal touch to the world. In this particular demo, you can use the tracked controllers to solve puzzles, revealing the pieces of a miniature, musical forest. You can then rebuild the world with these pieces, which slowly reveals Austin Wintory's interactive score, while brinigning the forest & its characters back to life.

In addition to this playable VR version of Luna, we'll have lovely new Luna T-shirts, signed Bird & Owl posters, some new stickers and these incredibly adorable Bird buttons...

BirdButton

Sound beautiful and intriguing? Want some cute swag? Excited to get something signed, shake a hand, or give us some good old fashioned encouragement? Stop by and let us know you're out there!! We're really looking forward to meeting you, listening to you play, and hearing what you think. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOORLD - Sneaky peek for Tango devs

The AR title we have been developing in collaboration with Google is now available on the Play store! That means that if you have a TANGO dev kit, you can download the game and give it a try. We'd love to hear your feedback about the play experience, and have set up this email address for collecting your thoughts & screenshots. Please let us know what your WOORLD looks like! 

When can non-developers get their hands on WOORLD? The game will ship on all Phab2 Pro phones - coming from Lenovo this September! 

 

Calling All Funomenauts...

We've had a very productive summer at Funomena so far, and as we get ready to bring Luna to the public (we will be showing it at PAX!) we are also looking for some new Funomenauts. We've added 2 positions to our jobs page, and will add another one in the next week or so.

Concept from Our VR storybook puzzle game - Luna.

Concept from Our VR storybook puzzle game - Luna.

What does it mean to be a Funomenaut? We seek people who are open to the uncertainty of making independent, different games while also believing that it can and should be done! We seek people who love the diversity and genuine creativity of our industry, while also seeking to improve our practice and elevate our art form. 

If you know someone you think would be a good fit for these positions or our team, please let us know! If you are someone who might have a skill we could benefit from, reach out! We can't guarantee that we have a spot for you now - but we are always happy to know fellow explorers, and... you never know!

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