Based in Prague, Czech republic
24 February, 2015
Ahoooj is a love story about a guy and a girl, who are in difficult phases of their relationships. The player helps them to build a new one. But most importantly is is about canoeing - a common passion in Czech Republic. As Czech development studio, Circus Atos wanted to create a game about national hobby. The game is meant to be chilled and relaxed experience taking the best of the canoeing culture. Ahoooj takes you on a journey through many well-known as well as off-the-beat canoeing sites in the Czech Republic.
The story is about a guy, who just got dumped and a girl who wants to get away from her controlling boyfriend. Together they embark on a canoeing trip. Player's goal is to evade obstacles like mosquitos or weirs and drive around nice sights to make the girl happy. If you bump too much, the girl is annoyed and the level ends. Pleasant views make her happy, i.e. she is more likely to stay on board. A comics strip about the relationship between the two is unlocked after completing each level. Both comics and levels are hand-drawn, no tiles, no procedural graphics.
The canoe is controlled very similarly as an actual one - you swipe around the boat in semicircles to turn and move it simultaneously. There is a hardcore mode as well, where players are required to control the canoe using both hands. It sounds more simple, but it isn't. Instead of monetization, you can donate to the developers in style: buy them a beer or a sausage at a takeaway, quite similar to the ones that are scattered around main canoe routes.
Ahoooj was created in Unity mainly by programmer Michal Berlinger and graphic designer Barbora Podhorská with help of external collaborators. As a hobby project, it was done on free evenings during three years. It is being published on February 24, 2015 on iOS and Android by Silicon Jelly, where Michal works full time as Unity developer. Ahoooj got an honorable mention on IGF 2015 student showcase.
- 10 various hand-illustrated levels - nothing generated procedurally or from tiles
- original swipe controls simulating real canoeing
- love story told by comics unlocked after each level
- levels are inspired by real life locations like Krumlov or Ploučnice
- two difficulty settings
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Awards & Recognition
- "IGF 2015 student competition honorable mention" Ahoooj, http://www.igf.com/2015
About Circus Atos
Circus Atos is a small independent game team based in Prague. We are passionate about creating genuine and imaginative experiences.
Under Leaves - A color-filled hidden object game from the world of animals. Lovingly crafted watercolor illustrations with relaxing audio and gameplay.
Aniscience ("Hravouka") - Our biggest project yet. An interactive educational game for kids. Open up a world of adventure to your child through nature's laws, her plants and animals.
Dimension Brothers - an innovative cooperative game using special glasses. Each player sees their own obstacles on the same screen but must share the experience with a partner to pass them.
More information on Circus Atos, our logo & relevant media are available here.
Idea, programming, production