Balancing Monkey Games Presskit

All You need
To Know


Balancing Monkey Games is a boutique independent game developer based in Dunedin (Ōtepoti), Aotearoa New Zealand. We create non-violent games that aim to relax and entertain our players, while building a positive and uplifting community that reflects our ideals. It is our mission to make peaceful, accessible and culturally relevant games that enable us to support our local communities. We’re also ambitious for our games and brand to be globally recognised.


Balancing Monkey Games was formed in 2017 by New Zealander Sam Barham. He began working on his first game Before We Leave as a hobby project, while balancing the other demands of full-time work and fatherhood. As the project grew and gained recognition, the team expanded to include contracted artists, audio experts, a writer, an additional programmer and a community manager. In May 2020, Before We Leave was released exclusively on the Epic Game Store during the first Covid pandemic lockdown in Aotearoa NZ. The launch was a success, and enabled the studio to hire two of the contractors as permanent staffand to open an office in South Dunedin. In August 2020, Before We Leave won the New Zealand Games Festival Award for Excellence in Audio, aka The Pav for The Composed Segment.



Selected Articles

Team & Collaborators

Sam Barham

Creative Direction

Rafał Urbański


Anna Barham

Managing Director

Benedict Nichols


Isaac Bennett

Technical Artist, Programmer

James Dean

Sound Design

Emily Latta

Community, Media Manager

Saf Davidson


Edd Coates

UI Art

KeyWords Studios