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.
More About Before We Leave
"Kiwi Game Starter (New Zealand Game Developers Association)" First Place 2019, Finalist 2018 (under the working title “Before”)
"The Pavs (New Zealand Games Festival Awards) 2020:" Winner. The Composed Segment: Excellence in Audio, Finalist: The Decorative Piece : Excellence in Visual Art, Finalist: The 'Slice of Heaven' Grand Prize.
Kiwi Game Starter 2019
The Pavs (NZ Games Fest) - Excellence in Audio
Link to our acceptance Video
Freeplay Across the Ditch 2020
NZ Game Festival
The Pavs, https://nzgamesfest.com/2020-finalists