Frima Studio

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Frima Studio
Industry Video games, Animation
Founded 2003
Headquarters Québec City, Québec, Canada
Key people Philippe Bégin, Christian Daigle, Steve Couture
Products Pocket God (Facebook), Build-A-Bearville, A Space Shooter for 2 Bucks!
Employees 265
Website www.frimastudio.com

Based in Quebec City and founded in 2003, Frima Studio is a Canadian multiplatform game developer. The studio develops products across multiple platforms, including the Web, console, handheld, iPhone, iPad, TV and mobile. They also develop technologies focusing on game development and data analysis.

They have been noted as one of the fastest-growing companies in Canada.[1]

To date, they have developed 12 MMOGs/Virtual Worlds, two dozen Console and Smartphone titles, over 80 Mobile games, and more than 200 Flash games.

History[edit]

Founded in the city of Québec in 2003 by Steve Couture, Philippe Bégin and Christian Daigle, Frima Studio has proved to be a successful journey for these three entrepreneurs looking to build quality video games in the midst of the dotcom crash. Originally, the name Frima comes from the French word “frimas,” which is the layer of frost that forms around windows during winter. This is due to the fact that the studio made its debut in the poorly-insulated apartment that the three founders shared. It is from these premises that the production of Flash games for Hollywood brands such as Harry Potter and Looney Tunes allowed the business to develop and make a name for itself.

In 2010, with the opening of a second studio in Matane, they counted some 265 full-time employees, and showed no signs of slowing down. Later that year, they became the beneficiary of a $2 million joint investment between the company and the Government of Quebec to fund employee training, the creation of 147 new jobs over the next three years, and the maintenance of 201 pre‐existing production‐oriented jobs.[2]

Softography[edit]

Development Services[edit]

Virtual Worlds and CMMOs[edit]

Year Title Client Platform Description
2011 Super Zapp! Les Éditions CEC Web Educational virtual world where children can learn through different mini-games
2010 LeapWorld LeapFrog Web Virtual world for players between 4 and 6 years old
2009 Littlest Pet Shop Online Electronic Arts/Hasbro Interactive Web The player has to manage a virtual pet shop with his/her friends
2008 Tracksters 10Vox Entertainment Web Multiplayer online racing game
2008 Magi-Nation: Battle for the Moonlands Cookie Jar (Tribal Nova) Web Virtual world set in a medieval fantasy environment
2007 Build-A-Bearville.com Build-A-Bear Workshop Web Virtual world where the player can create his/her own customized character and play mini-games
2007 NÉO Shifters Mega Brands Web Futuristic virtual world featuring multiplayer robot battles

Social and Web Games[edit]

Year Title Client Platform Description
2010 DriverVille Doner Web Facebook app developed in association with Mazda featuring adventures and customizable items
2009 Sara's Super Spa Deluxe Shockwave Web Strategic spa management game
2008 Nick Pals Nickelodeon Web Simulation game featuring different Nickelodeon pets
2008 Go Diego Go! Nick Jr. Web Based on the TV show, educational adventure game
2007 Avatar Bobble Battles Nickelodeon/Nick Arcade PC, Web Casual real-time strategy game based on the TV franchise

Console Games[edit]

Year Title Client Platform Description
2010 Vector Tower Defense Fun Tank PSP Strategy game where the player defends Earth from alien invaders
2009 Desktop Tower Defense THQ Nintendo DS Strategy game where player has to prevent invaders from crossing the screen
2009 Brainpipe Hands-On Mobile Smartphone, PSN Simple arcade game focusing on eye-hand coordination
2008 Calvin Tucker's Redneck Jamboree Zoo Wii Party game featuring mini-games
2008 Lola and Virginia Virgin Play Nintendo DS Mini-games themed around the popular TV show Lola and Virginia
2007 Puppy Luv Spa and Resort Activision/Game Mill Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance Simulation game in which the player takes care of different pets

Smartphone Games[edit]

Year Title Client Platform Description
2010 Greatest Tank Battles Breakthrough Entertainment iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Real-time strategy game where the player controls a tank inspired from the TV show
2010 Build-A-Bear Workshop App Build-A-Bear Workshop iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Mobile app with features linking to Build-A-Bear Workshop and their virtual world
2009 Monkey Kick-Off Miniclip iPhone, iPod Touch Kick the coconut as far as possible in this casual game
2009 iBrain Fit Brain Center International iPhone, iPod Touch Scientifically-designed brain training through mini-games
2009 Brainpipe Hands-On Mobile iPhone, iPod Touch Simple arcade game focusing on eye-hand coordination
2009 Parade Carnaval de Québec iPhone, iPod Touch Strategy game where the player has to recreate the Carnaval de Québec's parade
2008 Beijing 2008 Beijing 2008 iPhone, iPod Touch Mini-games based on the different Olympic events
2008 America's Got Talent Player X iPhone, iPod Touch Game in which the player has to match moves to become America's next rising star
2006 Deal or No Deal: Banker's Revenge Mobliss Mobile Casual game in which the player takes on the role of the Banker
2005 Family Guy: Stewie 2.0 Airborne Entertainment Mobile Real-time strategy game based on the popular TV franchise

Animation and Special FX[edit]

Year Title Client Platform Description
2010 Qualinet Space Odyssey Qualinet TV Special effects realized for a TV ad for Qualinet, leader in cleaning and disaster response
2008 Cranium Kabookii Ubisoft Wii Animated intro for Ubisoft's Cranium Kabookii.
2007 W Productions 10e ave TV Series of animated spots aired for three seasons on the Télétoon network.

Original Productions[edit]

Virtual Worlds and CMMOs[edit]

Year Title Platform Description
2007 GalaXseeds Web Free sci-fi online virtual world

Social and Web games[edit]

Year Title Platform Description
2010 Pocket God Web Facebook app based on the popular Bolt franchise for mobile, in association with Bolt
2010 Rock Paper Sumo Web Facebook application based on the Rock-Paper-Scissors system
2009 Big Brain Wolf PC, Mac Puzzle/point-and-click adventure game, in association with the NeuroActive Program
2007 Widgets Odyssey Web Sci-fi side-scrolling platformer
2007 Ciao Bella PC Romantic simulation game
2007 Peter Flat's Inflatable Adventures PC Comical 3D platform game

Console Games[edit]

Year Title Platform Description
2010 A Space Shooter for 2 Bucks! PSN, PSP A classic and simple space shooter game…for 2 bucks
2010 Young Thor PSN, PSP Action-adventure game starring Thor when he was a lad
2010 Widgets Odyssey PSN, PSP Sci-fi side-scrolling platformer
2009 Zombie Tycoon PSP Real-time strategy zombie game

Smartphone Games[edit]

Year Title Platform Description
2009 GalaXseeds Tubershooter iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Casual shooter game linked with the GalaXseeds MMOG
2011 A Space Shooter for Free! iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad A classic and simple space shooter game for free!

Awards and mentions[edit]

  • 2009

Profit 100: Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies: 10th position

Issued by Profit Magazine[3]

  • 2010

Pixie Awards: Gold Pixie Award for Qualinet Space Odyssey

Issued by the American Pixel Academy[4]

Indie Game Developer of the Year

Issued by Gamefocus.com[5](fr)

The Best Facebook Games of 2010: 4th place for Pocket God

Issued by Inside Social Games[6]

GalaXseeds

8.5/10 by Play BBG[7]

Rock Paper Sumo

“This game is really fun, addictive, and cute. Even if you don't like Facebook games this is a good one.”

By Tech and Games[8]

Zombie Tycoon

“Fun Gameplay. Simple but effective controls.”

8/10 By PlayStation Lifestyle[9]

A Space Shooter for 2 Bucks!

“If you're looking for a fun way to spend your commute for a week or a way to pass the time while on a lengthy plane ride, you needn’t look much further.”

9/10 by IGN[10]

Technologies[edit]

Molehill: Frima has been working with the latest version of Adobe Flash Player, which delivers the ability to create, texture and simultaneously animate hundreds of avatars without losing performance, as well as generate advanced special effects.[11] Frima was selected by Adobe as a Molehill pre-release partner.[12]

The SnowStorm Gaming Grid allows the creation of customizable social games and MMOGs.

The NorthStar Dashboard is a set of data tracking tools used to monitor key metrics linked to an online application.

The IceField 3D Engine allows the creation of in-browser 3D experiences using hardware acceleration.

The IceWave 2D Platform is used to easily and seamlessly deploy a project on multiple platforms.

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