Factsheet

Developer:
Circus Atos
Based in Prague, Czech republic

Release date:
27 April, 2017

Platforms:
Apple App Store
Mac App Store
Steam
Humble Store

Website:
underleaves.circusatos.com

Regular Price:

$1.99 - App Store
$4.99 - Steam

Description

Journey into the forest, the jungle or the depths of the deep blue sea.

Find chestnuts for the pigs, a caterpillar for the crocodile or a starfish one, two three.

Under Leaves is a color-filled hidden object game from the world of animals. Gorgeous hand-drawn watercolor illustrations and a soothing soundscape make for a gently exotic experience. The game will take you through 6 different locations around the world where 21 animals lie, waiting to be discovered. Free of any text, the game is accessible to everyone.

History

Under Leaves was created by Barbora Podhorska as part of her final Bachelor work for a degree in Animation and Interactive Art at the Faculty of Art and Design in Pilsen. It was built with the help of her partner, programmer and game designer, Michal Berlinger... and just a little hindered by their bouncing baby son.

Bara was always an illustrator with a deep love of nature and animals. Some time ago she was collaborating with Michal on a game they called "Hejaaa" – an adventure about shepherds in the mountains. She and Michal had made several smaller games before this one but both wanted Hejaa to be a more ambitious project. Hopes turned into expectations, however, which themselves turned into pressures... After a story draft and a visual test, it became clear that Hejaa was getting too big and was suffering from too many gaps in the design. Bara grew frustrated with the lack of progress and Michal was not able to push the game design any further.

And yet, this time of pressure turned out to be important for Bara and Michal. Whenever a day grew weary or frustrating – be it from the project, motherhood or her studies – Bara would relax and unwind by painting monochromatic watercolor images. When Michal saw her do this, he stopped pulling his hair out and began thinking how they could make a game around the soothing worlds she painted when away from work. Their aim quickly became to create a project that Bara could build mostly alone, one with a strong artistic focus. While searching hard for the right type of gameplay, the idea came to make 'the search' the game itself – a simple hidden object mechanic would be ideal! Few decisions in the history of the studio were as simply perfect as this. A working prototype was ready in a month and it stirred up a great response from friends and university tutors alike, which gave Bara and Michal a gigantic boost. It took a year to fully finish the game and Bara would drop into uni whenever she could. The day Bara delivered the finished game was the same day it was released all around the world she'd spent a full year painting.

Features

  • gorgeous hand-drawn watercolor visual
  • relaxing gameplay and audio
  • 6 different locations over the world
  • 21 animated animals to discover
  • accessible to everyone because no text! (just numbers)

Videos

Under Leaves Trailer YouTube, Vimeo, .mp4


Images

download all screenshots & photos as .zip (21MB)
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download logo files as .zip (1MB)
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About Circus Atos

Boilerplate

Circus Atos is a small independent game team based in Prague. We are passionate about creating genuine and imaginative experiences.

Projects

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
More information on Circus Atos, our logo & relevant media are available here.


Under Leaves Credits

Barbora Podhorska
Designer

Michal Berlinger
Programmer

Marek Poledna
Sound designer


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