Last week, Geeky Brummie got an invite to Voofoo Studio‘s tenth birthday party. Dave and I went along to help them celebrate and test run their flagship game, Mantis Burn Racing.
Voofoo are an independent games developer, based in Birmingham. Using their own in-house game engine, they create a variety of fun, successful games. Collaborating with Sony and Ripstone, Voofoo have developed games including the Develop Award nominated pool game, Hustle Kings, and a range of ‘Pure’ titles, which include pool, chess and casino games.
Reaching ten years in business is impressive for an indie developer, so understandably Voofoo were ready to celebrate.
Dave and I joined them at Nuvo, in Brindley Place, to drink some fizz, eat canapes and have a go at not embarrassing ourselves with a lap around the virtual race track.
After a pile of mini burgers, chicken skewers and potato skins, we tracked down Marketing Manager Sean for a chat about Voofoo’s birthday and their future plans. Sean, and Voofoo, are rightly very proud of the work the studio has produced. For a small team, they are putting out incredible quality work, that more than earns it’s place alongside much larger studios. Voofoo’s Mantis Burn Racing was one of the very first games to offer full 4k support on PlayStation Pro. I was amazed when Sean told us that only one artist worked on Mantis , as the game looks visually fantastic. The dedication here is obvious.
I won’t give away any secrets, but Sean dropped a few hints that bigger and better things are coming for Voofoo, with lots of plans for future releases that will continue to push the company further than ever before.
We couldn’t leave without a play on Mantis Burn Racing ourselves, and Dave had a go at placing on the hot lap leaderboard. It may be my day job overlapping, but the track really reminded me of the street circuit in Monaco. There are 12 different tracks, as well as a 9 season career mode, to keep you amused. Mantis Burn is a seriously good looking game, and Dave found the controls very responsive, making for a fast-paced, fun race. Whenever we do cave and upgrade to a PS4, this will definitely be a must-purchase for us.
You can find out more about Voofoo on their website. Mantis Burn Racing is available on PS4, XBox One and Steam. Huge thanks to Voofoo for the invite, and for showing us such a good time.
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