August 21, 2014
Max Gentlemen is an arcade-style extreme manners simulator about stacking hats, inspired by a spam email for penis pills.
Max Gentlemen came from the longstanding and misguided desire to parody sexism at gaming conventions by making a game worthy of having it’s very own booth beef. Max Gentlemen was first thought up as an afterthought to a spam email, for penis pills. We never read that email; instead we dreamt up the world of Max Gentlemen; A world of extreme victorian gents.
Max Gentlemen was a much larger game more akin to some sort of action-dating-sim. It was stupid. We dropped it. Then along came a Game Jam to make a drinking-themed game in one month for an arcade cabinet. We ran with one of our various mini-game ideas. The resulting game was met with much praise.
We brought the game to PAX East on a tiny arcade cabinet and once again, to our surprise, people loved it. They wanted to buy it. We decided we needed to give it our full attention. I thought it would take a month or two.
Many months later we ran a Kickstarter and raised 2,469% of our modest $500 goal. Sadly we did not reach our strech goal to make Max Gentlemen into a Victorian Style MMO. However, We did learn that the indie game body pillow market is a vast blue ocean of opportunity.
In the next few months we built a custom arcade cabinet and brought the game back to PAX East to showcase in the Indie Megabooth. Everyone there had a blast and reaffirmed our wavering spirits. The game was taking much longer than anticipated but had also grown into a handsome steroid-charged flower.
Now, Max Gentlemen is available to you. Free. (Unless it’s not out yet and you are reading this page early.)
- Hat stacking old timey arcade action
- Over 39 collectable hats
- Cross-platform local multiplayer between mobile and desktop platforms
- A variety of levels, characters and modes
- Leaderboards or something…
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Our totally 100% serious business time Kickstarter. kickstarter.com.
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