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About the Company
PearFiction Studios is an independent online game developer located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The company was founded in 2014 by former aerospace tech and multimedia entrepreneur, Thierry Semoff. The firm ramped up operations and began recruiting talented programmers, illustrators, and sound artists initially tasked with mobile and social casino games. By the end of their second calendar year in business PowerUp Slots™ climbed to become the #5 casino game in the iTunes store - two spots above Big Fish Casino.
In early 2017 they made their first official appearance at ICE Totally Gaming in London and by June they had signed on with Leander Games, a Microgaming Quickfire platform partner, to release four games. In August they signed a distribution agreement with RNG Foundry to provide content over the Quickfire platform. By early 2018 all the pieces had come together and news began circulating again with the SlotsMillion most likely to be among the first to launch Gustavo El Luchador Slot.
Software and Games
In addition to casual and social games such as PowerUp Slots, Blitz Racer, Tiny Necromancer, Crazy Camera, Jelly Bounce, and Planet Surfer PearFiction Studios has four real money slots in its portfolio that are currently licensed via Leander, in Alderney and the United Kingdom. Gustavo El Luchador, Outer Space Invaders, The Smashing Biscuit, and Pugs Life were created with PixiJS for HTML5 and can be played on any device with a web browser connected to the internet.
HTML5 is the new industry standard in game content delivery as it bypasses unreliable plug-ins like Flash which used to be needed for interactive animated gambling and other games. The markup language is opensource and virtually future proof and is simply an evolution of the coding that has been used to deliver web pages since the birth of the World Wide Web.
While the El Luchador (Mexican wrestler) theme is not brand new, it is still fresh compared to Egyptian, Wild West, and other tired themes. The narrative is one of a 4 foot tall, 80-pound kid who wants nothing more in life than to win and wear the coveted golden belt and become top Luchador.
The team has done a remarkable job in marrying simplicity in graphics, animation, and sound effects to excitement and gameplay satisfaction. Nearly every element of the game seems to be sifted, re-sifted, and refined to its existential ingredients in order to deliver a lean, fast loading, and stable HTML5 package while eeking out every shadow, twitch, and anticipation element possible.
The base game keeps you spinning while the two bonus games provide welcome thrills. The three-stage picking game has players hoping to choose the right mask to find a key unlocking the next level with top prizes of 100x or more total stake. The free spins game is played on a new set of reels with knockout punches and kicks against the protagonist or opponent for cash prizes.
The Smashing Biscuits are a cartoonish rock band first seen playing in one of the character's father's garage. The rock and roll sound effects, stacked symbols and electrifying free spins bonus trigger set players up for a rousing feature with different characters becoming wild symbols after being featured in a winning spin.
The Final Analysis
Although PearFiction Studios may be a small, small fish in a pool that's full of sharks - much like Gustavo - the quality of their product and astute business moves indicate that we should be seeing many more games from this talented design house in the future. While it may be difficult for new labs to break into the market, and surely no current boutique developer will ever dominate, game accelerators like RNG Foundry and platform partners like Leander Games make it possible for players to experience an ever-expanding universe of high quality, unique, and entertaining new games.
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