Wadjet Eye Games
|Headquarters||New York City, United States|
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|Website||Wadjet Eye Games|
Wadjet Eye Games is an indie video game developer, voice casting/directing contractor/sub-contractor and publisher which specialises in point and click adventure games. It was founded in 2006 by Dave Gilbert as a means to publish his own games, but has since expanded to publishing games by other designers as well.
Gilbert produced The Shivah in 2006 for MAGS, the monthly one-month Adventure Game Studio game contest. After winning the contest, Gilbert continued to improve The Shivah, adding voice acting and extra puzzles, then released it as a commercial title. It was originally sold via Manifesto Games, until Gilbert formed Wadjet Eye Games in order to sell it himself and move into game design full-time.
In 2006, Wadjet Eye released The Blackwell Legacy, the first in the Blackwell series. This was followed in 2007 by the continuation of the series, Blackwell Unbound. In February 2008, a publishing deal was announced between Wadjet Eye Games and PlayFirst. Under the agreement, Wadjet Eye Games would develop a casual adventure game for PlayFirst. The resulting game, Emerald City Confidential, a noir story set in L. Frank Baum's Land of Oz, was released on 19 February 2009. That year also saw the release of the third Blackwell game, Blackwell Convergence.
In 2010, Wadjet Eye Games published the first game developed by somebody other than Gilbert; this was Puzzle Bots, a casual puzzle game developed by Ivy Games. Further third-party games published by Wadjet Eye Games through 2011 and 2012 were Gemini Rue, Da New Guys, Resonance and Primordia. In February 2013 it was announced that Wadjet Eye Games would be publishing their first portable release, with Gemini Rue being ported to both iPhone and iPad.
Wadjet Eye Games was nominated for the Best New Studio award at the Game Developers Choice Awards in 2007, the same year that Gilbert received the AGS Lifetime Achievement Award In 2008, Gamasutra listed Wadjet Eye among their top 20 breakthrough developers.
|Title||Developer||Publication year||Metacritic Score|
|The Shivah||Dave Gilbert||2006|
|The Blackwell Legacy||Dave Gilbert||2006||80|
|Blackwell Unbound||Dave Gilbert||2007|
|Blackwell Convergence||Dave Gilbert||2009|
|Emerald City Confidential||PlayFirst/Dave Gilbert||2009||71|
|Puzzle Bots||Ivy Games||2010|
|Gemini Rue||Joshua Nuernberger||2011||82|
|Blackwell Deception||Dave Gilbert||2011||73|
|Da New Guys: Day of the Jackass||Icebox Games||2011||56|
|The Shivah: Kosher Edition||Dave Gilbert||2013||67|
|Blackwell Epiphany||Dave Gilbert||2014||83|
|A Golden Wake||Grundislav Games||2014||68|
|Shardlight||Francisco Gonzalez/Ben Chandler||2016||75|
- Adventuregamers.com interview with Dave Gilbert
- Morgan, Joe (February 27, 2013), Wadjet Eye Games Gives Reason For Retro Adventure Fans To Rejoice, Capsule Computers, accessed March 1, 2013
- O'Connor, Alice (4 November 2015). "The Vertigo Comics Games Wadjet Eye Never Made". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
- Game Choice Awards nominees (cited 12 February 2007)
- AGS Awards for 2006 winners (cited 12 February 2007)
- Gamasutra Top 20 Breakthrough Developers (cited 20 October 2008)