Ghost Giant will warm your heart this Spring

Today, Thunderful and Perp Games are thrilled to announce that Ghost Giant will have a simultaneous physical and digital launch, this Spring!

Originally revealed during E3, this is one of the most highly sought after PlayStation® VR exclusive titles of the year. Ghost Giant is developed by Zoink – creators of beloved indie pearls such as Stick it to the Man, Fe, and Flipping Death.

This exciting puzzle adventure filled with warmth and charm sees a lonely boy named Louis befriend a giant ghost visible only to him. As the Ghost Giant, you’ll have to carefully build trust with Louis and help him through small, big and sometimes overwhelmingly huge obstacles, discovering the true meaning of friendship along the way. 

You will get to explore the world of Sancourt, helping its citizens with all manner of day to day problems by using your size and strength. Ghost Giant offers a unique dollhouse world which can be manipulated in multiple ways and is full of hidden secrets. 

The aim with Ghost Giant is to recreate the feel of exploring a doll’s house in VR by lifting off roofs and playing around with trinkets and furniture inside, while also giving players a purpose and sense of scale to deliver something truly special and memorable. You’re not just a manipulator from outside the screen, you’re really in there, participating in Louis’ world and being recognized by him as his friend. 

Ghost Giant will arrive exclusively on PSVR in Spring 2019 and will receive a boxed release in EU territories. A North American date will follow. 

SteamWorld Quest Lands on Nintendo Switch Later This Year

Today we’re proud to announce that our newest game, SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech, is coming first to Nintendo Switch in 2019! 

SteamWorld Quest is the roleplaying card game you’ve been waiting for! Lead a party of heroic steambots through a beautifully hand-drawn world and intense battles, using only your wits and a handful of cards. Take on whatever threat comes your way by crafting your own deck, choosing from over 100 unique punch cards!

What awaits you is a luscious treasure chest filled with gold, dragons, vivid worlds, magic, knights in shining armor as well as XP, turn-based battles and all that good RPG stuff! The humorous mix of traditional fantasy and steampunk robots makes for an unforgettable experience with lots of laughs.

We’re very excited to share our latest and possibly greatest adventure yet, and we can’t wait to hear your first impressions! We’ll reveal more details about #SWQuest in the coming months, including price, release date, story, gameplay details, future platforms and so on.

GIGA WRECKER Alt. is coming to Consoles This Year!

We are excited to bring the 2D action-adventure and metroidvania inspired game, GIGA WRECKER Alt., to the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One digital stores later this year together with Rising Star Games. We’re also proud to announce Limited Run Games will distribute the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch physical versions.

GIGA WRECKER Alt. comes to consoles with brand-new content that adds 20 additional puzzle stages to its campaign, a new companion character to assist players with the game’s increasingly challenging puzzles, and an “Ironman” mode with 5 times the damage than the regular mode.

Destroy your enemies using the ARCHE powers

GIGA WRECKER Alt. establishes a 2D world for navigating platforms and solving increasingly challenging puzzles as players progress to unearth the mysteries of a sudden invasion that left the world in ruins. As players explore, they’ll use the abilities of Reika – that game’s main protagonist – to destroy and reconstruct their surroundings for solving each puzzle and fighting back against the invaders.

GIGA WRECKER Alt. is a mixture of exploration and physics where players can bring down towering walls and then use the rubble as a platform for navigating each level. Reika has a power known as ARCHE (Arms Creating and Handling Effect) that allows her to construct various weapons from rubble and scrap. This ability helps her create and navigate platforms, beat traps, and destroy enemies. Of course, there’s also the ability to crush enemies with falling objects as well.

New Content for Consoles

  • Twenty brand-new puzzle stages added to the game’s Campaign mode
  • New non-playable secondary character that assists players with more difficult puzzles/challenges if they become stuck for a period of time
  • A new hardcore ‘Ironman’ mode that increases the damage to 5 times greater impact than normal mode.
  • Overhaul of the original localization to enhance the user experience
  • Italian and Traditional Chinese languages added for a total of 11 in-game languages (Japanese, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese).

HELLFRONT: HONEYMOON is out now!

Be quick and ruthless while keeping your cool in the first release from Image & Form and Zoink’s new publishing sibling Thunderful. HELLFRONT: HONEYMOON releases today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam.

Developed by Swedish indie studio Skygoblin, this twin-stick strategy shooter features intense local multiplayer deathmatches for up to four players, as well as a singleplayer mode where you can challenge the speedrunning community on the online leaderboards.

A Thunderful Release

HELLFRONT: HONEYMOON is the first release from newly founded publishing house Thunderful – a sister company to Swedish studios Image & Form ( the SteamWorld series) and Zoink Games (Fe, Flipping Death).

Key Features

  • 1-4 Player Pick-Up’n-Play local matches
  • Tight-as-hell PvPvPvP combat
  • Short, intense matches. It never drags!
  • Play solo or co-op missions or go all out DEATHMATCH!
  • Speedrun and compete on the leaderboards!
  • Full controller support + mouse & keyboard!

Best enjoyed with friends over a six-pack of fruit juice. One screen, one winner!

HELLFRONT: HONEYMOON is available now at £/$9.99 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

Meet Thunderful at Day of the Devs!

We’re happy to announce that we have been invited to be part of Day of the Devs – a very special event hosted by Double Fine and Iam8bit held in San Fransisco on November 3.

On November 3, Zoink’s new PlayStation VR title Ghost Giant that’s going to take to the floor and show you all a new kind of VR experience. You’ll also find Lonely Mountains: Downhill by Megagon Industries, an exciting downhill mountain biking game that will be one of the first titles released by Thunderful Publishing!


Sometimes all you need is a helping hand

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In Ghost Giant, you are the protector of the lonely little boy Louis. Invisible to everyone but him you can explore his world and help him and the citizens of Sancourt.

From the creators of Fe and Flipping Death comes this heartfelt puzzle story in VR, about trying to keep life together with a little help from a very big friend.


Just you and your bike

Press kit | Trailer | Website

Take a thrilling ride down an unspoiled mountain landscape in Lonely Mountains: Downhill. Make your way through thick forests, narrow trails and wild rivers. Race, jump, slide and try not to crash – all the way from the peak to the valley!

Lonely Mountains: Downhill is a Downhill Mountain Biking Game focusing on responsive and fun controls, an open level design and an untouched nature in a beautiful low poly style.


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Thunderful Announces First Games and PAX West Line-up

Thunderful is cock-a-hoop to announce its first games, coming from Skygoblin and Megagon Industries.

HELLFRONT: HONEYMOON, from our Gothenburg friends Skygoblin, is a full-on, top-down multiplayer action game where up to four players fight for control over a single screen battlefield. Base building, troop management and twin-stick shooting combine for the perfect balance between strategy and skill. We call it a sci-fi party war game. One screen, one winner. HELLFRONT: HONEYMOON is due out later in 2018 on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Lonely Mountains: Downhill, from Berlin-based duo Megagon Industries, sees you and your bike explore huge, handcrafted mountains. Play it safe and follow the trail or take a risk and find the quickest way down for speedrunner immortality. No audience, no barrier tape, no product placement. Just you and the rocky peaks of the Lonely Mountains. Lonely Mountains: Downhill is coming to PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2019.

Both games will be playable at the Thunderful booth at PAX West (6003, level 6). We’ll also be showing Flipping Death by Zoink as well as SteamWorld Dig 2 and Anthill: Switch Edition by Image & Form.

Ed Valiente and Brjánn Sigurgeirsson

Rising Star Games Joins the Thunderful Family

The Thunderful Group, which encompasses development studios Image & Form and Zoink Games as well as Thunderful Publishing, is pleased to announce that it has acquired publisher Rising Star Games with offices in the UK and US. The new managing director for Rising Star Games will be Ed Valiente, who is also the managing director of Thunderful Publishing.

Sweden-based Thunderful was established in December 2017 by Bergsala Holding (50%), Image & Form CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson (25%) and Zoink Games CEO Klaus Lyngeled (25%).

There are two main strategies behind Thunderful: one is to achieve close and effective collaboration between Image & Form and Zoink Games on PR, marketing and publishing of internal titles. The second is to set up a publishing powerhouse – Thunderful Publishing – where the proven self-publishing capabilities of the studios are reinforced through recruitment and acquisition to be able to also take on external titles that can match those of Image & Form and Zoink in quality.

Well, Thunderful is starting to deliver on its strategies. This spring, Thunderful appointed Ed Valiente as the managing director of Thunderful Publishing. Ed Valiente is a gaming industry fixture with stints at Sony, Square, Microsoft, Bandai Namco and most recently eight years at Nintendo of Europe. A dream signing.

“Once he knew what we were planning, getting Ed hooked on the idea was easy,” says Thunderful CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson. “It’s the first time we recruit from outside Sweden, so it’s been a good exercise in dealing with Swedish red tape, housing and what have you. Having him on board is absolutely delightful.”

Interest from developers in teaming up with Thunderful Publishing has been… substantial, to say the least. Therefore, Thunderful has acquired 100% of the shares in Rising Star Games from Bergsala Holding to cope with the new workload, and to benefit from many years of expertise. Ed Valiente will be the new managing director at Rising Star Games, in addition to being the managing director of Thunderful Publishing.

“The team at RSG is very competent,” says Ed Valiente. “We look forward to bringing in quality titles for us all to work with.”

Rising Star Games have offices in the UK and the US, and have titles in the works that will be released under the current label. RSG’s tagline is “the home of Japanese games”, and Thunderful Publishing will use the Rising Star Games brand when bringing strong titles from Japan to the west. Future western titles will be published by Thunderful Publishing.

Klaus Lyngeled (Zoink) and Brjann Sigurgeirsson (Image & Form)

Image & Form and Zoink join forces, become Thunderful companies

Image & Form and Zoink, two of the most successful veterans in the Swedish gaming industry, join forces to form Thunderful. The new company becomes one of the most important players on the European gaming circuit.

The owners of internationally acclaimed game studios Image & Form and Zoink have joined forces and formed Thunderful, a limited liability company that will wholly own Image & Form and Zoink. In turn, Thunderful is owned by Bergsala Holding, Brjann Sigurgeirsson and Klaus Lyngeled.

In 2017 Image & Form has been very successful with their latest release, SteamWorld Dig 2. The SteamWorld series, established 2010, has forged the studio into a leading developer and publisher of many different game genres on all current-gen platforms. Zoink made headlines when EA, responsible for game franchises such as Battlefield and FIFA, clinched the contract to publish Zoink’s pioneering game Fe, slated for release early 2018. Among others, the studio has also launched a very interesting VR project with one of the industry leaders in the field.

Both Image & Form and Zoink are based in Gothenburg, Sweden. They’ve collaborated for a long time and will continue to develop games with existing and new IPs under their respective labels.

“We already work together on a daily basis in PR, marketing, intelligence, and publishing,” says Brjann Sigurgeirsson, CEO of Image & Form and CEO of Thunderful. “Image & Form and Zoink will continue to produce games like we always do, but we’re now formalizing our close relationship. Through Thunderful we can share resources more effectively, officially act together and launch bigger, more ambitious game projects. We’re becoming a real powerhouse.”

With the paperwork out of the way, the next step in 2018 is moving into bigger offices together.

“Brjann and I already exchange very much information, so this development is natural,” says Klaus Lyngeled, CEO of Zoink and Chief Creative Officer of Thunderful. “With a group of close to 50 people, we’ll grow our clout both nationally and internationally.”

Behind the successes lies a long-term dedication to making high-quality games, and today the studios are being compared to the likes of Nintendo and Double Fine.

“The gaming industry is rife with opportunities and many try their hand at it,” says Sigurgeirsson. “We know that in order to stay at the absolute top level, we must continue to develop world-class games. Fortunately, we are consistently proving that this is where we belong.”

A common denominator is Bergsala Holding, who among other things is the sole distributor of Nintendo products in the Nordic region. Bergsala is a long-standing partner in both companies, and have been imperative for the growth this far. Owe Bergsten, the CEO of Bergsala Holding, looks forward to the Thunderful cooperation. “There’s strength and clarity in gathering these great game developers and all their projects under one roof,” says Owe Bergsten. “The future looks both bright and exciting.”

EY Corporate Finance acted as exclusive financial advisor in the establishment of Thunderful AB.

THUNDERFUL NUMBERS

  • Employees: 46
  • Years in the industry: 20
  • Games in development: 9
  • Games released: 16
  • Games sold: 2M+
  • Total downloads: 6M+