Case Study: Dracco Trading Cards

What the client wanted:

The Tentacle Solutions UK based game design and development team initially got involved in this particular project when the Demark-based client was let down by the original huge games company, a Hungarian game development company, who had failed to deliver. They had promised a fully functional game would be delivered within 6 months but had not actually delivered anything to the client. If that was not bad enough, the situation soon became worse!

Our client was understandably disappointed with the level of service it had received up until that point. Of course, it did not help that they already had a multi-million pound TV advertising campaign signed off by that point. It would not have been a problem had the client been told that the game would not be delivered a little earlier, but as it was the campaign was too late to stop and would go ahead with or without the game.

They were desperate for a talented game development firm to start work on the game from scratch and develop the three part series of games… within 1 month. This was a sixth of the time that the original company had! Could we do it? Of course Tentacle Solutions could!

What Tentacle Solutions did:

After an initial conversation with the client, Tentacle Solutions fully realised the urgency of the situation and agreed to meet with the client that weekend in London.

During the meeting, we quickly identified the main areas for development and concentrated on scheduling them first, ploughing all of our resources into the development process so that the games would be ready to go live within the required time. We had to make sure that they were ready before the advertising campaign got into full swing.

The games were developed enough to go live on time. However, after the three sites went live we continued to work on developing the full site to ensure that the client received a completed game design and development project and was able to reap the rewards of the advertising campaign.

What Tentacle Solutions delivered:

We delivered 3 games in total – Luna Magica, Happy Puppies and Predators. Each of the games featured:

  • Complex XML programming onto a SQL Server
  • 2-way chat
  • Lots of mini games that interact and implement into the main SQL server
  • 2-Way racing game
  • Card upload facility
  • Games based around their series of trading cards
  • A shopping experiencing
  • A dining experience
  • A dynamic educational experience