Factsheet

Developer:
Tag of Joy
Based in Vilnius, Lithuania

Founding date:
2012

Website:
tagofjoy.com

Press / Business contact:
info@tagofjoy.com

Social:
twitter.com/TagOfJoy
facebook.com/TagOfJoy

Releases:
Monster Buster
Crowns And Pawns

Address:
5-517 Lukiskiu g.,
Vilnius, Lithuania

Phone:
+370 672 44359

Description

Tag of Joy is an award winning, creativity-powered company focused on game development for all major desktop and mobile platforms. Tag of Joy also makes rich and compelling interactive experiences, augmented and virtual reality solutions and other gamified products.

Company founders have given numerous talks at biggest conferences around the world, including GDC (San Francisco), devcom (Cologne), Quo Vadis (Berlin), XR Connects (Helsinki), PlayX4 (Seoul).

Tag of Joy founders are active people involved in a local game development community. They organized Game Jam 2012, 2013 and 2014 in Vilnius and also teach Game Development courses at the largest university in Lithuania.

History

Pre- Tag of Joy

As a high school student Šarūnas Ledas worked on a highly acclaimed fan game “Broken Sword 2.5” which was released in 2008 as a full feature game. Later he collaborated with an indie Australian developer and worked on various mobile games. When Šarūnas finished his university studies he teamed up with his brother Žilvinas and started working on games and visual interactive apps. This is how Tag of Joy was unofficially born in 2011.

Early days

In the beginning Tag of Joy was developing and porting games for other companies, eg. they ported “Nitro Nation Drag Racing” from Creative Mobile and “Happy Chef 2” from Nordcurrent to Windows 8 and Windows Phone platforms. They also developed an educational game “ABC Book 3D” that helps toddlers learn the alphabet.

First game “Monster Buster: World Invasion”

The “Monster Buster” game idea was born from a desire to extend a monster fighting experience and merge it with the real world by using Tag of Joy's previous experience in using augmented reality. The first prototype was built in a hackaton over the weekend in 2012 and was later accepted to the Microsoft and Nokia accelerator and funding program AppCampus.fi. The early beta version (similar in features to Pokemon Go when it was launched) was released in October 2014 on Windows Phone and it was the first monster fighting and collecting game that takes players outdoors. It was featured on numerous Windows Phone related websites, has great player feedback, and a hugely extended version was released in 2017.

Moving to PC and consoles with “Crowns and Pawns”

Currently Tag of Joy is working on a charming European mystery point-and-click adventure game “Crowns and Pawns: Kingdom of Deceit”.

Projects


Videos

Crowns and Pawns: Kingdom of Deceit teaser trailer YouTube
Monster Buster: World Invasion trailer YouTube

Images

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There are far more images available for Tag of Joy, but these are the ones we felt would be most useful to you. If you have specific requests, please do contact us!


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Awards & Recognition


Selected Articles

  • "Monster Buster is a fun game to play and having to move around your community to find new and rare monsters to battle adds a bit of appeal to the game."
    - George Ponder, Windows Central
  • "Step out into the real world with Monster Buster: World Invasion"
    - developer.microsoft.com, Windows Dev Center


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