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1:00 AM on 08.21.2013

Ridiculous Fishing brings in nearly $1M since launch

Vlambeer founders Jan Nijman and Rami Ismail revealed at their GDC Europe presentation that Ridiculous Fishing has sold 300,000 copies, according to Joystiq. At $3 a copy, that's $900,000 in total sales. So close to $1 millio...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:05 PM on 08.20.2013

Wasteland Kings debuting exclusively on Sony Platforms

During today's conference, it was announced that Wasteland Kings would be making its console debut exclusively on Sony's PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4, once again adding their growing line-up of indie titles.  Unvei...

Tim Sheehy

4:00 PM on 08.15.2013

Vlambeer's 'roguelike-like' Wasteland Kings revealed

Super Crate Box, LUFTRAUSERS, and Ridiculous Fishing developer Vlambeer's next game Wasteland Kings is another minimal, arcade-style project, one that builds on its prior titles and "feels like Vlambeer." If you've tried any ...

Jordan Devore



Sonic, Pokemon, and the power of pixels with Paul Veer photo
Sonic, Pokemon, and the power of pixels with Paul Veer
by Jonathan Holmes

Last week on Sup Holmes (now on iTunes) we welcomed passionate pixel pusher Paul Veer to the program. Paul loves videogames, so naturally, the art and design of the Kirby, Pokemon, and Sonic franchises were irresistible subjects to his wonder mind. After playing Sonic games off and on for 20 years, I'd never fully understood the long lasting appeal of the series. It always felt like the Poochie of 2D platformers to Mario and Mega Man's Itchy and Scratchy.  Luckily for me, Paul is an expert Sonic fan, and he explained why the games can be so enthralling. 

It sounds like the thinking required to master the better Sonic games is not all that different from the mentality you may need to become an expert animator. You need to enjoy the process even when it's slow going, be twice as careful once you get get good enough to move fast, and once you get good and fast? That's sounds like an amazing feeling. It's no wonder Paul has enjoyed both pursuits so much over the years. 

We also talked about Paul's dream project (a game about a woman who sings songs about your life!), working with Vlambeer (Super Crate Box, Gun Godz, Luftrausers), the beauty of Vanillaware games, going to college for game design, Wario Land: Shake It!, and so much more. It was a great time!

Thanks again to Paul for appearing on the program, and tune in this tomorrow at 1pm PST/4pm EST when we welcome Cassie Chui, artist on Electronic Super Joy to the program. It's going to be futuristic.

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11:25 AM on 07.28.2013

Sup Holmes veers into danger with Paul Veer

Today on Sup Holmes we welcome young buck art stud Paul Veer to the program. You may not know Paul's name, but if you are among the millions that have played The Hunger Games: Girl on Fire or Super Crate Box, or are one...

Jonathan Holmes

7:00 PM on 07.25.2013

Ridiculous Fishing update: Custom music option, new items

Vlambeer has rolled out a new version of Ridiculous Fishing for iPhone and iPad, and I think you're going to love one of the changes in particular: the newly-introduced knife lets you cut your line, meaning you can restart an...

Jordan Devore





11:00 PM on 06.26.2013

Free updates are in the works for Ridiculous Fishing iOS

As soon as I sat down with Ridiculous Fishing, I was hooked (ha!). Vlambeer had created something so simple, yet truly addictive and fun, and it was incredibly hard to put down. Fans now have a lot to look forward to, as Vla...

Chris Carter



LUFTRAUSERS is just the right amount of crazy photo
LUFTRAUSERS is just the right amount of crazy
by Patrick Hancock

Vlambeer sure does make great games. Super Crate Box and Gun Godz in particular are just so finely tuned that I can't help but wonder whether the dudes that make up the Netherlands-based studio are game developer robots. I'm pretty sure they are. Has anyone actually seen them get doused by water? I know I haven't.

At any rate, these robots are working on creating another game called LUFTRAUSERS. It's about flying a plane, being a badass, and blowing people up. Classic Vlambeer.

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2:45 PM on 05.30.2013

Luftrausers goes color while Vlambeer goes live stream

On last Sunday's Sup Holmes (now on iTunes) we were joined by the unflappable Rami and J.W. of Vlambeer fame. The reveled the path of near-cancellation and eventual success of Ridiculous Fishing, the origins of their unique ...

Jonathan Holmes

2:30 PM on 05.26.2013

Sup Holmes arrests development with Rami and J.W.

Last time we had Rami Ismail of Vlambeer on the Sup Holmes, he and his studio were probably best known for Super Crate Box. Since then, things have really exploded for the studio. Ridiculous Fishing took the world by storm o...

Jonathan Holmes



Ridiculous Fishing: Strategy Guide, Tips, and Tricks photo
Ridiculous Fishing: Strategy Guide, Tips, and Tricks
by Papa Niero

Destructoid loves Ridiculous Fishing. We can't stop talking about its clever design, quirky vernacular, and unmistakable prismatic aesthetic. Whenever I see strangers on the train playing the likes of trashy iOS games like Candy Crush I want to elbow them in the eye and show their remaining good eye what they're missing. 

Backstory: Billy is a man with a mysterious past, out for the sort of redemption that requires lazer-guided bazookas and isolated fishing vessels. Reel men. Fishing is Billy's chi. Help him cast his lure to the deepest depths of the ocean without touching a single fish, attempting to lure the rarest catch, then grabbing everything valuable in sight on the way up.

Once your catch is flung into the air you'll use pistols, rockets, and multi-touch semi-automatic weapons to turn it into cash, allowing you to purchase ridiculous upgrades. America was created so this game could someday exist, and this guide attempts to help you enjoy 100% of your $2.99 iOS purchase. Don't worry, there are no other opportunistic in-app game purchases you must be subjected to. Amen, Vlambeer.

Pace yourself -- you can't just run and gun through it in a few hours. There are hats, man.

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2:15 PM on 03.25.2013

Flying high on Luftrausers with Vlambeer

Holmes talks with the ever-charming Rami Ismail of Vlambeer to help those of you with short attention spans learn more about Luftrausers, coming soon to almost all the things (PC, Mac, Linux, PS3, PS Vita). Check out more of Holmes' Talk Fast interview series!

Conrad Zimmerman

5:15 PM on 03.22.2013

Luftrausers to release on PS3 and Vita

Devolver Digital has announced that they will be publishing Vlambeer's Luftrausers on PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. The aerial combat title, due to release this spring, will also be available on...

Conrad Zimmerman

10:30 AM on 03.18.2013

Ridiculous Fishing dev thinks free-to-play is mostly evil

Ridiculous Fishing is a game that looks ripe for microtransaction exploitation, but developer Vlambeer has opted instead to charge a flat $2.99 and let the chips fall where they may. The studio's belief that free-to-play mode...

Jim Sterling



Review: Ridiculous Fishing photo
Review: Ridiculous Fishing
by Jonathan Holmes

A lot of great game developers are fascinated with fishing. Pokémon, Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess, and Animal Crossing all feature the option to fish. Earthbound/Mother creator Shigesato Itoi created a series of fishing games. Former Sup Holmes guest Sophie Houlden wants to make a game where every system is based on fishing

What is it that makes fishing such a compelling mechanic to developers? Ridiculous Fishing helps to answer that question. It's takes all of the moment-to-moment experiences associated with fishing (calm, anticipation, surprise, disappointment, pride, shame, epiphany) and turns them all up to appropriately ridiculous levels of intensity. That's why it's the best fishing game.

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1:30 PM on 03.05.2013

Ridiculous Fishing casts its line March 14

Vlambeer has announced the release date for Ridiculous Fishing, which will be arriving on iOS March 14. I was fiddling around with the game on my iPad over the weekend, and it's some highly addictive stuff. If you've played ...

Conrad Zimmerman