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Quinn’s Q&A: BBQ, Chicory Cafe, and McCoy!

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By , May 6, 2015 2:28 pm
Question 1:
In Papa Louie 2, what are the trees in BBQ Bog and the Saucelands made of?
Answer 1:
That area of Munchmore is themed like many barbecue restaurants, which is why you’ll find hills that look like checkered tablecloths, bridges made of sausages, and these unique trees that seem to be topped with cole slaw instead of leaves. You’ll also find lots of metal pipes in the area, carrying that delicious barbecue sauce to other areas of the land!
Question 2:
What do they serve at the Chicory Café in Portallini?
Answer 2:
The Chicory Café is a popular place in town to grab a cup of freshly brewed coffee or a delicious espresso beverage. Each morning they serve a new special blend of coffee, and the regulars love to stop in and try the latest flavor before heading to work.
Question 3:
What inspired you to create the Cactus McCoy series?
Answer 3:
We had previously worked on a short game for Lionsgate Films based on the Expendables movie, which was designed like a classic retro platformer with each character wielding a different weapon. As we were working on the game, we originally wanted one of the characters to fight hand-to-hand by punching other enemies, and had him hitting and juggling the enemies in the air. Lionsgate ultimately decided on a different weapon for him to use, but we were still interested in the idea of a platformer where you could fight with a weapon or choose to use your fists. We later took this idea and expanded on it with a variety of weapons that both the main character AND the enemies could use, combining elements of shooting, melee, and brawling into a single new game. At one point we also saw the word “enemigo” used in a description of our Papa Louie game on a Spanish-speaking website, which gave us the idea of using a Southwest or Wild West theme for the game (and for using the name “Enemigos” for the bands of outlaws that Cactus McCoy fights).

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Quinn’s Q&A: Apps, Difficulty, and Gummy Worms!

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By , August 7, 2014 3:32 pm
Question 1:
Why do you skip some Papa’s Gamerias when you’re making apps?
Answer 1:
We didn’t really plan to go in order when making apps of the Gamerias. We started with Papa’s Burgeria since it had simpler mechanics and we thought flipping burgers and stacking toppings would be fun with a touch screen, and we did Papa’s Freezeria next because the ingredients were so different from everything seen in Papa’s Burgeria, and it’s always been a fan favorite. We knew the gameplay in Papa’s Wingeria would work great on a touch screen, so we decided to work on that one next. That doesn’t mean we’re giving up on the games in-between though. We’d love to go back and make apps of the other games we skipped in the future!
Question 2:
Besides the Gameria series, what was the hardest game to make?
Answer 2:
Our MMO platformer Remnants of Skystone was definitely the hardest to make, but of the other games, Jacksmith was probably the most difficult to develop. In Gamerias, each meal in a game is basically built the same way (steak tacos aren’t too different from chicken tacos), but with Jacksmith we had six different crafting processes where each weapon was created differently. We were also trying to combine game genres in a new way, which always takes some time to get right. On top of that, we added tons of content to the game with dozens of enemy types, lots of elemental variations, and hundreds of weapon parts. We worked off and on for nearly a year on Jacksmith, which is much longer than we usually take!
Question 3:
Why are there Gummy Worms in Papa Louie 2? All of the other creatures are burger-related or savory foods.
Answer 3:
As you might have guessed, Gummy Worms are not native to Mount Monterey. Professor Fitz believes they originate from the far reaches of Munchmore in an area that he calls the Gummy Grotto, though no one has traveled that far to find out if it’s true. Gummy Worms are a favorite of the Lettuce Larks, and it seems they’ve flown to the worms’ far-off habitat and brought some back to the cheesy mountain.

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Quinn’s Q&A: Holiday Favorites, Onions, and Santa!

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By , July 2, 2014 4:38 pm
Question 1:
Holidays are fairly recent, yet most of your customers have been around for a long time. How do you match older customers to holidays?
Answer 1:
Once we decide on the food items we’ll have for each holiday, we try to find customers who would normally like those foods, or that seem to go well with them. Chuck usually orders something with pineapple, so he’s a fan of Summer Luau with its tropical-themed foods. Sarge Fan would of course be excited about Onionfest and all of the onion-themed items in Papa’s Cupcakeria, and he switched his favorite holiday to Halloween in Portallini to order pasta with onions. We have a long list of every customer’s favorite foods, so we sometimes switch their favorite holidays in certain towns depending on when their favorite items are available.
Question 2:
Of all the toppings typically used on a pizza, why did you pick onions as the main enemies for Papa Louie?
Answer 2:
We were originally going to have lots of different foods as enemies for Papa Louie, including spaghetti monsters and flying cannolis, and other vegetables like green peppers and eggplant. Sarge was originally going to be one of these regular enemies in the game, with lots of smaller pepper-tossing Sarges running around. When we decided he would fit better as the main boss of the game, we added more onion enemies for him to command, and removed a lot of the other random enemies that didn’t quite fit.
Question 3:
In Papa’s Donuteria, why does Santa only visit during Christmas?
Answer 3:
When Santa first started visiting the restaurants in Papa’s Cupcakeria, he would first come during Christmas and order cupcakes decorated for the holiday. After Christmas though, he would still come back to the cupcake shop for regular cupcakes, and it seemed really strange to see Santa in the middle of summer! Since he seemed so out-of-place, in the newer games he’ll only visit during the Christmas season. And you must have been good this year, since when he first visits he already has a Silver Customer Award!

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Quinn’s Q&A: Blue Moon, Gold Stars, and Xolo!

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By , February 18, 2014 3:58 pm
Question 1:
What does Blue Moon Syrup taste like (in Papa’s Freezeria HD)?
Answer 1:
Blue Moon flavored ice cream is popular in the midwestern United States, and it’s a very sweet fruit flavor, though it’s hard to describe what kind of fruit it tastes like. Some people say it tastes like a blend of raspberry, lemon, and pineapple, or kind of like a fruit-flavored cereal.
Question 2:
What happens when a customer earns a Gold Award and their star meter is filled up?
Answer 2:
You’ll get extra tips from the customer each time their meter is filled, even if they’re already a gold customer. Once they’re gold, customers won’t come into the restaurants as often, so you have a chance to earn Gold Awards on your other customers. Once nearly everyone has a Gold Award though (or on a customer’s favorite holiday in the newer games), gold customers will return again!
Question 3:
Why is Xolo a regular customer in Papa’s Freezeria HD, instead of a closer like in every other game?
Answer 3:
In Papa’s Freezeria HD, the original closers from Papa’s Freezeria return to the restaurant, so his sister Xandra takes back her place as an ice cream closer. Xolo couldn’t be left out though, so he makes his debut visit to Calypso Island in Papa’s Freezeria HD as a regular customer. It seems that Xandra is just more picky about her sundaes than her brother is!

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Quinn’s Q&A: The Holiday Edition?

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By , January 14, 2014 8:50 am
Question 1:
Why did you start adding seasons in Papa’s Cupcakeria?
Answer 1:
While the Gamerias don’t really have endings, we noticed a lot of players would keep playing the games until Papa Louie is unlocked (and sometimes longer). In the older games, you would run out of unlockable toppings much earlier than this, and there wouldn’t be anything new to look forward to along the way aside from new customers. So to keep things more interesting all the way through, we thought of seasonal ingredients that would unlock for different holidays, where customers’ orders would sometimes change throughout the year, and there would always be something new to add to their orders. You could also see the restaurant change with new decorations and see the town change with the seasons. Cupcakes seemed like the perfect food to introduce with seasons, since bakeries decorate cupcakes for all sorts of holidays.
Question 2:
Why don’t the other holidays from Papa’s Cupcakeria return in Papa’s Pastaria?
Answer 2:
A lot of the holidays return, but the waterfront town of Portallini has its own local holidays and occasions that are more common to the region. For example, even though the town has its own baseball team in the Portallini Gondoliers, the Gondola 500 is the largest-drawing sporting event in the area, so the town celebrates the Gondola 500 every September. In August, baseball season pales in comparison to the traditional Neptune’s Feast, where the townsfolk celebrate their love of seafood with festivals and feasts throughout the month.
Question 3:
When is the exact date of the Gondola 500, Pirate Bash, and Onionfest?
Answer 3:
The Gondola 500 is held on the last Saturday of September in Portallini. Pirate Bash is September 19th, the same day as the International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Onionfest is a week long celebration in the town of Frostfield and usually takes place the second week of May.

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