About Spooky Squid
Located in the snowy wastes of Toronto, Canada, Spooky Squid Games was founded in late 2008 by pixel artist and game designer Miguel Sternberg. He was joined soon after by Andrij Pilkiw who rounded out the team with his programming prowess and ability to curse in Ukrainian. Since forming they have released several free games including Night of the Cephalopods, praised by critics for its ground breaking interactive narrative technique and listed as one of indiegames.com’s Best Freeware Arcade Games of 2008. Their first commercial game They Bleed Pixels, a 'lo-fi gothic' platforming beat'em up, was released in August 2012 and is available for Windows, Mac and Linux on Steam. Their first project Guerrilla Gardening: Seeds of Revolution, a militant stealth gardening game is currently mothballed due to being massively ambitious but you can read about its first year or two of development here. Artist Alina Sechkin joined the team in 2015 to lend her pixeling talents to a yet to be announced upcoming game and Russian Subway Dogs, an arcade game about the stray dogs of the Moscow Metro, currently in production.
A veteran of Toronto’s indie game scene, Miguel is a former co-founder of Capybara Games and The Hand Eye Society, an indie game arts and culture group where he served as president from 2014-2016. His pixel art has graced the back cover of Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together, the movie Crank, the web game Legends of Zork, as well as several aging cellphone games based on major movie franchises. Through the Hand Eye Society he started Comics vs Games a series of projects and events taking place in and around the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) that work to bridge the indie game and comic communities.
Andrij (Andrew) has been working on professional and personal game projects since the mid '90s. His commercial game programming experience before Spooky Squid include working for Gray Matter Studios Inc. helping to develop their in house proprietary 3D engine and working on Storm Hawks SkyRace for Bitcasters where he created the custom shaders that allowed the game to match the unique visuals of the show. He is a fan of CRPGs, stealth and 4X games.
An alumni of Toronto's DMG program, Alina Sechkin's pixel art appears in Will O’Neill's Actual Sunlight and Necrosoft's Playstation Vita game Oh, Deer! as well as at the DPAD2 game culture exhibition. She joined the Spooky Squid team in May 2015 and is lending her pixel art talents to Russian Subway Dogs and a currently unannounced secret project. You can view her artwork on her Facebook art page.
What's the deal with Guerrilla Gardening Seeds of Revolution?
Guerrilla Gardening: Seeds of Revolution was planned to be our first commercial game project. A revolutionary militant stealth gardening game that we did extensive prototyping and pre-production work on from 2009 to late 2010. Unfortunately it was an extremely ambitious game and we did not have access to the funding needed to complete it. It's currently mothballed for the foreseeable future. We still believe it's a really great idea and one we may eventually return to. You can read about it, view the trailer, concept art and extensive development videos here: