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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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Quinn’s Q&A: The Studios, Flavor X, and Baseball Teams

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By , January 8, 2014 4:29 pm
Question 1:
Do you guys make games at your homes or is there a specific place that is Flipline Studios?
Answer 1:
When we first graduated college, we were working from our two separate homes (hence the plural studio in Flipline Studios). But less than a year later, we found a nice studio loft in Cleveland, Ohio. We live about 30 minutes from each other so the Studio is a nice halfway point between the two of us. It has an open office space, bathroom, kitchen, and a sound room for recording music and sound fx.
Question 2:
What is the Flavor X drizzle recipe?
Answer 2:
Unfortunately, even we don’t know the recipe to the Flavor X drizzle. Papa Louie found a batch of it in the uncharted X-Zone. He taste-tested it and found it incredibly delicious and quite invigorating. Not content with keeping it for himself, Papa brought it out for the first time to celebrate New Years in Papa’s Cupcakeria.
Question 3:
Can you list the names of the baseball teams in Papa’s Hot Doggeria including where the team is from?
Answer 3:
Sure, we can do that! The Tastyville Tomatoes, the Burgerburgh Sizzlers, the Tacodale Hardshells, the Calypso Island Coconuts, the Maple Mountain Flapjacks, the Starlight City Buffaloes, the Frostfield Batters, the Portallini Gondoliers, the Oniontown Crushers, the Powder Point Woolies, the Sakura Bay Samurais, and the Toastwood Turkeys.

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Quinn’s Q&A: Cheese Wheels, Food Choices, & Romanos

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By , December 23, 2013 10:10 am
Question 1:
In Papa Louie 2, why is there only one Cheese Wheel in the whole game?
Answer 1:
Back when we were making the first Papa Louie game, we started out with lots of different foods as enemies in our first draft, like jumping green peppers and flying cannolis. As we kept working on the game, we created more varieties of onion enemies and removed our older placeholder enemies — except we forgot about one lone Cheese Wheel in World 3! The game was already released by the time we noticed. When we started working on Papa Louie 2, we decided to add just one lonely Cheese Wheel to the new game as a tribute to the original.
Question 2:
How do you choose your next Gameria?
Answer 2:
When we were brainstorming a sequel for Papa’s Pizzeria, we started a list of different food ideas and how the food preparation could be turned into 3 or 4 hands-on stations, and we’ve kept adding to the list since then! Sometimes we have a food that we want to use, but we just can’t come up with a good way to break the process up into Gameria-style stations — for example, we had “chicken wings” on our list for years because we couldn’t figure out a good mechanic for a Build Station, until we finally came up with the plate presentation for Papa’s Wingeria. When we look through our finished ideas to pick one, we also usually try to come up with a new mechanic that hasn’t been used in the previous games, like frosting cupcakes or saucing wings.
Question 3:
Who is the Mother of Gino Romano and wife of Giacomo Romano?
Answer 3:
As some of you may know from the Gino Romano Flipdeck, his father was Giacomo “Gigante” Romano. To answer your question, Gino’s mother’s name is Florentina. She’s very very old and doesn’t get out and about much. Needless to say, you won’t be seeing her waiting in line for any of Papa’s restaurants. Florentina is fairly content with the cafeteria meals served at the Prune Creek Retirement Home.

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Quinn’s Q&A: Music, Pizza Chefs, and Table Manners!

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By , August 6, 2013 4:59 pm
Question 1:
How do you make the music for your games?
Answer 1:
For most of our games, we compose and record the music ourselves using a MIDI keyboard and software in our small recording booth here at Flipline Studios. The keyboard lets us play notes (like you would on a piano), and the computer records each of those notes and lets us make changes to them later in the software. This way, we can make it sound like any instrument we need, and we only have to use the keyboard to record them all. We only record one instrument part at a time, so it can take a while to record all the parts for a complete song.
Question 2:
Why is Papa Louie a pizza chef?
Answer 2:
For our first Papa Louie game, we wanted to create a character that had a unique way of fighting enemies in the level, instead of jump stomping on enemies like in most platformers. We thought about our hero being able to hit projectiles back at enemies (which eventually became Pizza Monsters spitting cheese), so we tried to think of a swinging weapon that would also relate to the main character. Hammers and baseball bats had been used in a bunch of other games, so when we finally thought of a pizza paddle we knew we had to make our hero a pizza chef! That decision also led to the monsters coming from pizzas, and other enemies being ingredients that you use on pizzas, with the whole game revolving around Papa Louie being a chef.
Question 3:
Why can’t customers eat at tables?
Answer 3:
The lobby can get pretty filled up with all of the customers waiting in line, and all of the furniture and decorations that you can place in the lobby. The main reason is that there’s just not much room to have customers staying in the lobby after they get their food!

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