Based in Austin, Texas
June 3rd, 2011
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Wild Rooster is an independent game studio in Austin, Texas. We make the kind of multiplayer games that you want to share with your friends. Our games combine a nostalgic arcade experience with adrenaline-packed gameplay. Like a warm hug punching you in the face.
Rusty Moyher began creating games in 2011. Moving from independent filmmaking to independent games, he began creating experiences targeting iOS. After six months he released Box Cat, a retro arcade smasher for iPhone and iPad. Box Cat was received well critically and commercially and helped fund the next phase of development.
Encouraged, he began exploring ideas for a larger "Game 2". After six months of prototyping and experimentation, Rusty settled on a four player space brawler called Astro Duel. To break from this complex followup, he created a tabletop hand frenzy for iPad called Bloop. The simple, engaging design of Bloop lead to a finalist spot at IndieCade 2012.
Retro Game x 7
In August 2012 Rusty teamed up with Shaun Inman and Matt Grimm to create Super Clew Land for the 24th Ludum Dare game jam. It was their first time working together and it was a blast! They hatched a plan to make six more games and Kickstarted it. Retro Game Crunch was released as a complete package to the world in March 2014.
Astro Astro Astro
After on-and-off work for a couple years, Astro Duel was completed and released for iPad in July 2014. With more ideas still to explore here, a free standalone companion game called Astro Party was released later that year. Astro Party went on to become a cult hit at middle schools and high schools in the US. Three years later, over ten thousand games of Astro are played every school day. In early 2016 Astro Duel was released for Windows and Mac on Steam. Just over a year later, an expanded version with support for up to six players was released on Nintendo Switch.
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Awards & Recognition
IndieCade East - Official Selection
Touch Arcade's Best Group Games of 2012
Games for Change ANZ - Official Selection
IndieCade - Finalist
JaredTA's Best Cat Games of 2011