What is Punk Pie?

from PunkPieTeam on Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 at 8:27 am

Punk Pie is an independent computer game design company based in York in the United Kingdom. The team is dedicated to creating unique concepts that stand out from the ocean of predictable titles available, and they constantly strive to create revolutionary ideas, rebelling against industry normal practice.

They do this by observing trends, technologies and platforms, and mixing this with cutting-edge scientific knowledge, fearless technology development, a superb knowledge of broad-spectrum human behavior, and highly-diverse in-house skills. The end product is computer game art forms with mass appeal.

Aurifi is available now, but our other title is still in development and under wraps, but keep visiting this page – Punk Pie is a dynamic company with multiple titles due out in 2010.

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  1. Christine Faltz Grassman, August 11, 2010, 12:35 pm | Permalink

    I am a 40-year-old American blind woman who, until discovering Aurifi, never understood why gamers become addicted to their pastime. I purchased Aurifi two days ago from the app store, and I am hopelessly hooked.
    I have no idea whether you had the visually impaired in mind at all when you designed this game, but it doesn’t matter. I just want you to know how very deeply I appreciate the full accessibility of this game, and I sincerely hope that the lack of a graphics-based environment does not hurt your r&D in supplying more such games and apps.
    I really cannot express to you how much frustration blind and visually impaired kids, teens, and adults experience when unable to participate independently with peers with pursuits such as the WII, Playstation, Xbox, Guitar Hero, and other games. You have a market here which you might not fully appreciate.
    I intend to blog about Aurifi, and to promote it, and you might like to know that the reason I gave Aurifi a try in the first place was due to a review in the “app directory at:
    This is a web site for blind and visually impaired users of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, and the app directory reviews apps in terms of accessibility.
    Again, thank you so much.
    I do have one simple request, however: While the voice currently used in Aurifi is delightful, could you consider supplying a comely British male voice as well? *Wink*.

  2. PunkPieTeam, August 12, 2010, 8:01 am | Permalink

    Dear Cfgrassman

    We are over the moon at Punk Pie. We have had a steady stream of kind letters to our blog on the punk pie website from blind / VI users.

    We made a game for everyone – it was clear to us that the blind / VI community would hopefully benefit the most, but what has taken us by surprise is the way that it has been adopted! I’m not sure where you are based, but in the UK the game was featured in the ‘new and noteworthy’ section of the app store, and suffered from some bad reviews.

    However, in the US, the game has more naturally (and more slowly) found its natural audience, and the game has (last time I looked) 4 out of 5 stars. This, I believe, is down to the fact that blind / VI players actually listen to the game properly, and don’t get instantly frustrated by its lack of graphics.

    We certainly do intend to create a follow-up and more audio games. Largely, that depends on the game taking off, so you are doing the right thing by spreading the word.

    It’s lovely to get emails like this, it makes the late nights, early mornings and weekends all worth it.

    Regarding the voice over, our budget would only stretch to one professional voice over artist, and we had to decide. The decision was based on the fact that research showed that people respond best to a female sat nav voice. We are very keen to add choices of voice.

    I’ll pass this on to the rest of the team. Please keep in touch.


    Chris at the Punk Pie Team

  3. David Partrick, November 25, 2010, 3:31 am | Permalink

    Another very happy blind user. This is the first game I’ve purchased for my Touch, and it’s nice to join the ranks of those who seee this little beast as a game platform. Thanks so much. Can’t wait to hear what you come up with next.


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