Indie Game Developer
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Posted by Holmfry - June 30th, 2016
What's up NG army! I'm excited to announce that thanks to an epically heroic teamup between Newgrounds and myself, Tankmen's own Sgt. John Captain is now a playable character in my iOS/Android game, Hurdle Turtle Forever!
It's free, and you can download the game from http://hurdleturtle.holmadegames.com
If you're not familiar with Hurdle Turtle, he actually got his start right here on the Newgrounds frontpage back in 2010, as well as Xbox 360! I decided it was time to overhaul the gameplay and combine all of the levels from the various versions of the game, as well as some new ones, in a nice shiny HD package.
Oh, the game also officially stars Kratos from God of War but you know, whatever. ;)
Posted by Holmfry - June 13th, 2014
Not wanting to miss out on all the E3 shenanigans, we'd like to make a special release announcement.
Parry Gripp, musician/internet sensation/hero to small animals everywhere and all around great guy, has put aside some time from fronting his awesome band Nerf Herder to team up with Ottawa based Indie Studio Holmade Games and create a new arcade game for mobile devices based on his mega-hit, Raining Tacos!
So open your mouth and close your eyes - it's raining tacos! Eat them up while dodging all the chaos! How long can you survive? How many tacos can you gobble up? Who will want to sit next to you in small enclosed spaces afterwards?! Only one way to find out.. click one of the links below to grab up this super fun game, available now on the iOS App Store and Google Play!
<disengage self promotion engines> ;)
Once again, we'd like to thank Newgrounds and the Newgrounds community for all their support in the past :D
Posted by Holmfry - April 22nd, 2013
A few weeks back we sort-of announced, via our various social networks, the sequel to what is probably our most beloved game - Hurdle Turtle 2! Well, now we'd like to full-on announce it all officially and stuff - HT2 will be releasing on Xbox Live Indie Games later this year! We have some brand new screenshots for you as well! We could only attach one to this news post, so be sure to check our blog right here for the other one ;)
As you can see, there's a bunch of changes and new features that have been added. Graphics are tighter, Hurdle actually earns his Turtle title by swimming through some stages, and there is now 4 player local co-op! Believe me, if you thought the original got crazy as the speed poured on, just you wait... ;)
In addition to all of that, Hurdle now progresses throughout a series of stages - no more endless running for this turtle!
As if all that wasn't enough, another treat is that Octapus is back with another amazing chiptune-inspired soundtrack!
There are other surprises in store as well as development continues, and you'll find out about them first-hand on our blog, so stay tuned!
Posted by Holmfry - October 28th, 2012
Did we scare you? For more Hallowe'en thrills and chills, we've added a brand new character pack exclusively to the iOS version of Hurdle Turtle.. for free!
The Classic 'Ween Pack features four brand new turtles, including some favorite spooOOOooky Hallowe'en haunts!
If you already have the game, all you have to do is download the latest update. All new turtles come unlocked and ready to go - all through the darkest, stormiest nights!
If you don't already have the game, grab it from the App Store here.. it will come with The Classic 'Ween Pack ready to roll!
In addition, if you don't have an iOS device, you can always check out our spooky turtle entry into the 2010 Newgrounds Hallowe'en Collection, "Hurdle Turtle: Halloween!", right here!
Happy Hurdle.. er, Hallowe'en.. and be sure to eat way, WAYYY too much candy!
Posted by Holmfry - June 7th, 2012
Recently, we had the honor of being interviewed by the super friendly folks over at Santa Monica Studio - the creators of the God of War series - in regards to our 8-Bit demake of God of War, titled Bit of War. It was a lot of fun!
Apparently the development team at Santa Monica discovered and LOVES Bit of War - which, as a team who has created a fan-game, is the absolute highest praise you could ever hope for!
Check out the interview (which is full of some possibly interesting development tid-bits as well as a solid helping of malarky) on the official God of War site right here!
Posted by Holmfry - March 16th, 2012
It's been a long while since we've posted!
That's because we've been hard at work completing what has been for us a 5 year journey. The whole time we were working on Hurdle Turtle and Pixel Whirled and their various incarnations, Bit of War (our 8-bit demake of the God of War universe) has been an ongoing side project - a labor of love - that we are so excited to now finally share with the world!
As a free fan game we couldn't always afford to give it as much attention as we wanted to and so development has been (very) part time. It has taken many forms over the years and the project has been started, stopped and restarted numerous times as other projects took the forefront, and as we found the right look and feel for the game.. as this very blog can attest to!
It's taken us far too long to get here. But this year we made a New Year's resolution to put everything else aside and give it the love it deserved and complete it.. and here it is! It was ultimately our fans' support of our other games that allowed us to take this liberty, and for that we are eternally grateful.
This page contains a link to the download page (temporarily hosted on filedropper while the game awaits authorization on indiedb.com) and will soon contain a lot more than that - an online instruction manual in the style of old school NES manuals, as well as an explanation of the story of the game and its inspirations.
Please enjoy the game - it's free for your Windows PC! - and feel free to leave us feedback and questions right here!
Thank you all!
Posted by Holmfry - November 19th, 2011
Our God of War 8-bit demake project, Bit of War, will be heading free to PCs everywhere around the world very soon! We've been working on it as a side project off and on over the past 3 years, but now the game is almost finished with just a couple of boss fights and some final polishing left. Likely, it will be complete before Christmas. However, we do want to make sure there's ample time for testing and as that would have pushed release just into next year anyway, we've settled on March 16, 2012 (a date of some significance).
Enjoy the poster below, feel free to print it out and post it up everywhere (hi-res copy available through link below), and go ahead and get good and excited for the game! :)
Check out the N4G news release about the game with screenshots right here!
Posted by Holmfry - September 23rd, 2011
Big news!! Tomorrow, the 24th of September, Pixel Whirled follows in the small green footprints of Hurdle Turtle to make the jump from the Xbox Indie Games channel to the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch!
If you're a fan of the original Xbox version of the game, you're going to love the new iOS version, which includes new features such as Game Center leaderboards and achievements and brand new powerups exclusive to this version! In addition, this version features new intuitive controls that will have you physically flipping your device to rotate Pixel World!
If you're unfamiliar with the game, check out the Pixel Whirled mini-site here to view trailers, gameplay videos, screenshots and downloadable goodies for your computer!
So limber up those hands and get a good sleep tonight - because tomorrow you're going to be taking out wave after wave of 8-bit chaos.. on the go!
Posted by Holmfry - June 14th, 2011
If you've been following us, you may know that we've been working like fiends on an 8-bit God of War demake, currently titled Bit of War. Well, it's getting fairly close to completion and we're starting our hunt for the perfect soundtrack. To that end, we thought we'd make it interesting and host a little contest to find the perfect tunes!
- To enter, create an 8-bit version of the following menu music from God of War 3:
- Your 8-bit version could be the full piece, or a smaller loop of the important bits - it's up to you. However, it should be awesome.
- Send the finished .mp3 file to firstname.lastname@example.org anytime between now and 11:59pm EST June 30th, 2011. So about two weeks, give or take.
Note: This contest will be published on our main website in 48 hours from the time this was posted, but for the next couple of days we're only announcing it here on Newgrounds to give you talented folks first crack at it! :D Because Newgrounds is amazing.
Winning!* (the important bit): If you are chosen as the winner, the winning .mp3 will be featured in the menu of the final game. Full credit will be given to the winner as the game circulates like a virus across the internet. Women will likely throw themselves at you**. More importantly, you will gain the opportunity to create more music to be featured in the game!
For more information on Bit of War, please visit our blog here.
*Despite the fact that you are winning, tiger blood will not be provided.
**Holmade Games makes no guarantee that women will throw themselves at you.