This post has two audiences – the lovely followers we’ve gained in recent years as we’ve started on more of our own projects and the new readers from iDevBlogADay , which is an indie developers weekly blog initiative we’re lucky to be part of.
Essentially this means I’ll be trying to keep up with writing a new (and hopefully interesting) blog post every Saturday. I did debate for a bit whether to have a separate site for these posts as some people may be glad to see only a rare monthly post from me!!
We’ll be taking the opportunity to make some improvements to the site and we’re trying our FeedBurner for our RSS feeds now – please subscribe! Also if you aren’t already be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
WHO ARE WE?
Some of you may not have a clue who Four Door Lemon Ltd are (apart from being a really weirdly named British company!).
We’re a five year old games developer based in Bradford, West Yorkshire in the North of England. We started out as 2 guys, grew quite a bit with remote contractors at one stage in 2008 (while having a core team of 5 in the office) and we currently have 7 people in the office.
It’s been a very interesting journey so far and we’ve been involved in a huge variety of projects across pretty much every gaming platform. Internally we are fairly code orientated but the last year or so has seen us performing a lot more design and working more closely with our art guys (who are mostly external contractors we have had close relationships with for many years).
When we started out we aimed to earn enough money from work-for-hire and licensing out our engine to produce our own titles for 6-12months. This money never materialised due to various reasons (not helped by the financial crisis) but we survived and then ended up falling into self-publishing on iPhone (starting with QuizQuizQuiz and more recently You Are The Ref) which has led to us starting on similar fun projects.
We see our future being a healthier split of our own work across a large amount of digital distribution platforms and client projects.
WHAT’S COMING UP?
I’ve got a list of topics for the blog but looking at other iDevBlogADay posts I’m not really sure where exactly to pitch it or whether people have specific queries that could coincide with stuff we’re working on.
Feel free to post a comment on this post or to contact me on twitter with any suggestions for posts!
We’ll be enjoying the lovely sights of Paris next week while attending the Paris Game AI Conference which we’re also proud to be sponsoring.
Please get in touch if you’d like to meet up with Simon while there or at Game Horizon or Develop Brighton in the coming weeks!
Game AI Conference 2010 Press Release
A busy few weeks at Four Door Lemon towers which sees the release of both You Are The Ref and QuizQuizQuiz World Football (links will take you to the iTunes page).
For more information on You Are The Ref please see the official site!
Nice to be getting some great coverage and reviews of the latest game project we’ve been involved with ‘Aurifi’
Read more over at Screen Yorkshire and some of the comments below!
Also be sure to download the game from Apple via iTunes
‘’Aurifi deserves major kudos for taking an interesting risk and creating such a unique product. For those looking for something different or those who are mere curiosity seekers I would definitely recommend checking it out. I can promise you you’ve never really played anything like it before. As someone that relishes new gameplay experiences this one definitely scratches that itch.” – Gamezebo
“Aurifi marks the beginning of a completely new genre of gaming” – BornTechie
“4 out of 5 : Download this app if you’re ready to try a state-of-the-art audio game” – Snapcase07, Appolicious
“Aurifi is unlike any game available for the iPhone, and is likely the first of its kind for any gaming device.“ – Appolicious
“Aurifi uses a finely-woven tapestry of sound effects and music to create a gaming experience unlike anything you’ve experienced before.” -TouchMyApps
“Welcome to the advent of audio games on the iPhone and iPod Touch” – N4G
“This concept is totally revolutionary… This is one of the must have games. I LOVE IT!” – Davide
“…an enjoyable and oddly hypnotic experience.” – PocketGamer
We’re pleased to announce one of the projects we’ve been busy working on – please see the press release below for further information with much more information coming soon!
The website will be coming soon at http://www.youarethereferee.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Four Door Lemon announce football trivia game “You Are The Ref”
Four Door Lemon are pleased to announce the upcoming launch of You Are The Ref on the iPhone and iPod Touch.
The ‘You Are The Ref’ cult football art strip, which has been hugely popular with fans and players since 1957, features a series of awkward football refereeing decisions to challenge your knowledge of the football rules. This exciting new trivia game will bring the series to interactive platforms for the first time.
Keith Hackett said “We’re very pleased to be announcing the game version of You Are The Ref which will bring the great artwork and puzzling questions to a whole new audience as well as our long established fan base.”
The game will provide a great challenge to football fans young and old just weeks before the World Cup kicks off.
Simon Barratt of Four Door Lemon added “Working closely with Paul Trevillion and Keith Hackett during development has been great fun. I have been a football supporter from a very young age and having learned quite a bit while playing the game, I was staggered at just how little I did know about the rules of the beautiful game!”
The games launch date and further details will be released shortly.
For the latest information please go to http://www.youaretheref.co.uk and be sure to follow us on Twitter (@youaretheref) and Facebook.
For further information, please contact:
Simon Barratt, Four Door Lemon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Four Door Lemon Limited develops, provides and supports cutting edge game and interactive media technology services. Since formation in early 2005 this multi-platform development studio has worked on over 30 titles across all major platforms as well as providing high-quality middleware to many other projects.
Paul Trevillion is a legendary illustrator with a career as a comic/sports artist spanning 50 years. He has met and drawn some of football’s biggest names including Pelé, Bobby Moore, George Best and Franz Beckenbauer.
Keith Hackett is a former Premier League and International referee. As well as playing his part on the pitch Keith has been involved in publications around the rules of the Beautiful Game since 1986 and has worked with Paul since the 1970s.
You Are The Ref Announcement