Indie developer Utopian World of Sandwiches spoke to Nintendo News about their upcoming Wii U eShop party game called Chompy Chomp Chomp Party.
The studio is ran by husband-wife duo James and Sarah Woodrow in Cambridge, U.K. James spends the majority of his time making games while Sarah assists with the user experience and game design, concept art, and project management skills for the games.
“Woody (James) works in the shed at the bottom of the garden,” the studio told us.
While the original version of the game, Chompy Chomp Chomp, released on Xbox 360 in 2012 and on PC in 2013, it only featured up to four players in a 2D environment. “Chompy Chomp Chomp Party is us taking that game to the next level of multiplayer craziness.”
A PC port of the the studio’s latest Chompy title is planned, but Nintendo 3DS owners shouldn’t get their hopes up; however, Utopian World of Sandwiches hopes to bring it to Nintendo’s next home console, Nintendo NX. “We’re waiting on the edge of our seats for [NX] announcements.”
The studio also provided Nintendo News with a brief story on how the game came about:
“We were talking about the best times we ever had playing computer games and how we wanted to replicate that. We realized that the times we’ve had the most fun is sat in the same room as our friends or family, playing together. We have so many memories of this, especially from uni. We used to play Bomberman, Billy Hatcher, Monkey Ball, Wave Race, and Virtua Tennis. The GameCube and the Dreamcast were great for multiplayer! We still talk about times we had playing them with our friends 15 years later.
“We felt a little sad that at the time (2010/11-ish), the only way you could really play multiplayer games was online. We wanted to bring everyone back into the same room and we wanted something simple and accessible that anyone of any age or skill could pick up and play. So we started talking about how games used to have this beautiful simplicity. Pac-Man came to mind and we realized no one had ever made a one screen multiplayer Pac-Man, so we came up with this Pac-Man/Bomberman hybrid that has developed into its own game over the years. It started as dots on a screen after a few days game jamming and we found out it was really fun! Even without proper graphics!
“The look and characters developed out of the game mechanic. We wanted everything to be there for a reason and to mean something It’s such a visual game we didn’t want to clutter it up. The Chompies have no arms because they don’t need them. All they do is CHOMP! Sarah’s illustrative style is cute, but sinister, and these cute cannibalistic monsters suited it perfectly.”
Chompy Chomp Chomp Party offers short, one-to-five minute bursts of action for each game with up to nine players. “There’s lots of options and arenas that you can change around and switch on and off,” the studio explained. “When you play with different amounts and groups of people you get different experiences. There are three game modes at the moment (more coming soon) and no two games are ever the same.”
The game is currently slated to launch in North American on May 19 at the price of $11.99; it debuted in Europe on March 31. Utopian World of Sandwiches would love to bring the party to the Japanese eShop, but tells us there are currently no confirmed plans.
James and Sarah plan to add some extra chompy content to the game, too. “We are going to be adding more content as we go — not as DLC, but as free extra content. There will be more modes and levels as well as any other ideas we can come up with! We like to listen to the community so they will help guide where the game goes next.”
They also gave us their thoughts on Nintendo NX: “We’d like it if everyone had a GamePad/screen/3DS because then it would open up so many game ideas we couldn’t do on the Wii U.”
Feel free to check out the game’s European trailer below.