SEGA have announced that Heroki, an action-adventure platformer, has launched on iOS. The game was developed by independent game developer Picomy who are based in the Netherlands. The team consists of four developers who together created Heroki over the past five years in their spare time.
The game boasts the Picon Engine, a proprietary game engine they built from scratch to ensure the best possible performance and graphics. Separate from the game code, this powerful engine will be used for Picomy’s future projects as they continue to iterate on the design and technical prowess of it. On top of building their own game engine, the team also designed each level by hand to ensure that no two levels were the same.
[quote by=”Chris Olson, COO of SEGA Networks Inc”]There’s something inherently magical about Heroki — we think players will delight in exploring the world as the playful propeller-headed hero — it will be love at first flight. We are proud to work with Picomy to publish this game and bring such a great experience to market.[/quote]
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Additionally, the Picomy team composed the dynamic soundtrack and sound effects that play into the imaginative world of Heroki and change to match the environment. For instance, if Heroki is flying nearby the harbor, a player will hear the pirate whistling a tune to the rhythm of the music or when he’s near the farm, there will be a different tune with a banjo also on rhythm.
Set in a whimsical universe full of flight and fantasy, Heroki challenges and delights players with fun and intuitive touch controls, and engaging gameplay. An action-adventure game, players take the role of the propeller-headed hero, Heroki. Using the wind to fly, freefall, dash, and bash across beautiful 3D rendered sky-islands, jungles, seas and deserts, Heroki is on a quest to save the peaceful sky village of Levantia.
[quote by=”Michael Balm, Co-founder of Picomy”]SEGA has been more than a publisher, but a partner throughout this whole process. Making a game the size of Heroki with such a small team takes a tremendous amount of time, passion and effort. It’s been a magical journey to watch Heroki come to life from concept to full-fledged propeller-headed flight.[/quote]
Heroki is available exclusively on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for £5.99.