work at V7 Entertainment, Inc.
- Team Lead
- Game Designer
- UI/UX Designer
- Art Lead, 2D & Texture Artist
- Branding & IP Creation
English Pup is an educational game-app for kids just beginning to learn English. Children get to explore a fully 3D world and play fun mini-games while walking their puppy. They will and learn English words through listening recognition exercises, interacting with characters, animals, and objects in the world, and entertaining puzzle, matching, and game activities.
A Personally Championed Passion Project, Taken Up Voluntarily on the Side of Regular Duties, Which Would Become V7 Entertainment's Most Successful Game Series
English Pup was a side project I personally took from prototype to a market, working with various interns and one dedicated programmer*, during my time at V7 Entertainment, Inc. The entire project took under a year, as was done ad addendum to my primary role as UX/UI lead for the company's main title. It would then go on to spawn a series of three more App titles, making it the most successful property created by V7.
From Prototype to Launch, I Took a Rag-Tag Team of Interns, Students, and Only One Full-Time Employee, and Launched the Game to the App-Store in Under a Year
An opportunity came up during my time at V7 to lead my own project when we were awarded a few intern students and a project group** from our alma mater school, the Centre for Digital Media. Following potential business connections to China, I was asked if I could make an educational game with these resources. I made prototype in Flash, and got the green-light. I designed some basic vocabulary reinforcement games based on my experience teaching English abroad in Korea. These games, situated within a 3D world that kids could explore, and learn vocabulary in, with a cute puppy protagonist, would prove to create a new, immersive, and entertaining educational experience.
The Original Version Went on to Generate Investment and Spawn Three More Titles, Making it the Most Successful Series Produced by V7 Entertainment
This original version has provided the foundation and proof for a dedicated production team to be created and funded. The team has since completed three complete new versions of a crisper, tighter, more expansive, and much more complete version of the game. Though I was unfortunately laid-off due to company budgeting, my original game was used as the framework to create the new titles, with much of the original game-play design staying intact. Originating from a mere side fascination, this property I feel like the proud parent of, went on to become the company's most successful IP.
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*Leto Yang, now a programmer at Hot Head
** Including Jasmine Jia, now a sound designer at Microsoft, and Jessie Gao, now an artist at Kabam