Space voyagers from Orbital Knight don't slow down – 9th birthday and big update of Spire Blast
06 July 2021
Orbital Knight, a Polish independent studio founded in 2012 specializing in high-quality mobile games, is celebrating its 9th birthday in July. It's a great opportunity to present the history of the studio, its most important productions and its plans for the future. What makes it even spicier is the fact that before it set off into space it was called Tabasco Interactive and was later renamed to Orbital Knight.
The first project they started was an atmospheric platforming neo-noir game, inspired by the iconic Blade Runner and Sin City. Unfortunately, the project was canceled and Orbital Knight has focused on another title – space shooter Star Horizon. A very important, from today's perspective, decision was made at the time. They took a risk and created a department dedicated to mobile game development. This direction turned out to be a bullseye, as Star Horizon, that released in March 2014 for smartphones and tablets, became a huge success. The game was even recognized by Apple as one of the best-looking mobile games available on the iOS platform. In Star Horizon, players take on the role of a Star Federation pilot who, sitting behind the steering wheel of a spaceship, fights vicious battles with opponents in space. In addition to intense action, the developers put a lot of emphasis on the storyline and the development of relationship between the game's protagonist John and the artificial intelligence of his ship – Ellie.
After the success of Star Horizon, the developers from Orbital Knight began their work on Kickerinho which served as a smaller distraction, before they felt ready to start the production on their next big title. It's an addictive arcade game based on popular football juggling technique. Its growing popularity led to the creation of a sequel titled Kickerinho World. These two titles have been downloaded by more than 10 million users worldwide, making Kickerinho the #1 sports game on the App Store in 120 countries. As of June, Kickerinho World is also available on Nintendo Switch.
One of the breakthrough moments in the studio's history was establishing cooperation with Voodoo – a global publisher specializing in hyper-casual productions. Joint activities, expert and marketing support from Voodoo allowed Orbital Knight to reach 100 million downloads across all platforms.
The studio's latest release is the physics-based puzzle game Spire Blast, released on iOS as part of the Apple Arcade initiative. It's a colorful title in which players must work with their dragon companions to knock down mysterious towers of various shapes that have popped up all over the kingdom. To succeed, they’ll need to use their wits, logical thinking, and puzzle-solving skills.
The developers have approached this project very ambitiously, constantly introducing new, interesting mechanics and levels to the game, some of which are inspired by players' feedback. The game has just received an update 1.4, which includes new locations: Skylands consisting of 27 new levels and a unique Alchemist's Shop – a place where players can buy useful boosters and upgrades.
– Our goals for the next few years are to meet the needs of the players and our team. We want to keep developing our hit game Spire Blast and create new physics-based games related to this fan-favorite universe. Internal collaboration, communication and a sense of community are also important to us – despite the pandemic reality, we want Orbital Knight to remain a group of dedicated, creative and fun nerds. We are open to fresh ideas and inspiring people who want to join us – comments Karol Drzymała, CEO Orbital Knight.