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Happy 4th birthday!

4 years ago, on November 1st 2012, we’ve released our first game “The Proposal”. Since then we’ve released more than 80 games. We owe a huge thanks to you, our devoted fans, who inspired us and gave us the will to keep on making games.
In this post we’ll share some of our early works, as well as discuss the future of CG.

The Past

It’s always a good idea to take a pause, look back and see the progress one has made over the years.
When we first started our way we used Fidget the gorilla as our brand’s mascot. 3 months later we removed Fidget’s image from our site and seven months later we revealed Carmelo for the first time. In the picture below you can see Carmelo’s early sketch. Yes, he was initially green!
mascot

Our first game ever was supposed to be Mad Head: A mad scientist who tries to take over the world using his evil machine, a typical idea for many of the point and click games in the ’90s.
Because we weren’t sure if the young audience would be able to relate to such a story, we eventually decided to go with a love story, and that’s how we ended up with The Proposal.
mad head

We tried to promote the release of The Proposal with some mini games we released on Facebook, such as Mr. Fortune Teller:
zoltar

After the release of our third game, Ray&Cooper, we wanted to create another game with the same mysterious vibe R&C had. Watching Gravity Falls at the time gave us the idea to have the new game deal with the paranormal.
The initial concept was inspired by Gravity Falls:

vp concept

The characters were extremely ugly too, look at Caroline!
vp_concept

Another game series that we initially had a different idea in mind for was… CrazyDad! He was supposed to be CrazyChef at first – A crazy chef having a TV show, in which he teaches how to cook (but it doesn’t go very well).
crazy_dad

A different genre we wanted to try at the time was simple escape games. It makes the work a lot easier: no characters, no dialogues and no voice over. We wrote 3 escape games and prepared their graphics, but never released them, because most of you prefered having a character in the screen, along with dialogues.
In the picture below you can see a screenshot from Escape the Theater, a game which was never released.
cinema_escape2

The Present & Future

During the last 12 months we’ve launched Carmel+, released our first mobile game and developed a game with full cooperation from our fans. We’ve recently started working on a new chapter for Vortex Point and some of our games are being ported to mobile for free distribution as we speak.

vp8

The rapidly growing mobile games industry, along with the decrease of online browser games popularity, will force us to make changes. Though we have no intentions of leaving the online gaming industry, we will start to focus more on the mobile games market.
We have 4 short web games which are waiting for release and after that we will be taking a break for a month or two, in order to work on some new mobile games (which we will distribute for free), along with Carmel+ games.

So once again – thank you all for your support and feedback for all this time.
We hope you’ll all enjoy our work for many more years to come!
Moti, Or and Goran

  • Joy Broekema

    You guys are awesome! Even though I am 20 years old I still love to play all your games. Actually my whole family and many friends play the games. Hope you make many more games!!!!! Thumbs up guys

    • Hi Joy,
      Thank you very much!
      We’re older than you and still enjoy playing our games and others, it’s never to late to play 🙂

  • Kathryn

    I can’t even remember the first time I played one of your games, but I can safely say I’ve been playing for at least two of these past years. Your games are what made me interested in point and click games, and ever since I learned you had a website I’ve been watching and reading the blog posts, playing new games when they were released and thoroughly enjoying each and every one. Thank you, Carmel Games, for existing at all and making all of these wonderful little games that you so generously allow others to play for free. I hope you stick around for many years to come.

    Happy 4th Birthday, Carmel Games!

    • Thank you so much Kathryn!
      We hope to keep seeing you with us for many more years to come 🙂

  • Riley the Llama

    Happy 4th birthday to my favorite website on the internet! <3

  • Joshua

    Happy 4th birthday to an amazing group of people, keep up the fantastic work!

  • Tom

    Happy Birthday I just found you guys at the start of the year and love your games.

    • Thank you Tom, we hope see you with us in the following years too!

  • TJ

    Happy, happy birthday!! I’m so glad to be one of your biggest fans! Here’s to many more exciting years, and much good fortune!! <3

    • You are one of our biggest fans indeed Tammy 🙂 Thank you so much for everything!

  • James Palmer

    Happy Birthday! Loving the work guys. Keep it up. 🙂

  • o.b.1

    Happy Birthday!!! Can’t wait to see what you come up with in the future.

    • o.b.1

      Also, are your mobile games going to be available on iphone?

      • Thanks!
        And yes, they will be available on iOS, we’re working on it 🙂

  • Jason2003gamer

    I thought it was 3 nov but happy birthday

  • Irenne

    Happy birthday, guys! Your old games look cute, but the new ones are just awesome!
    (Anyway, I think that a game about a mad scientist trying to take over the world would be fun! You should reconsider it :D)

    • meg

      yessssss

    • Joshua

      Agreed, that does sound like a fun game!

    • All shall be reconsidered in time 🙂
      Thank you so much Irenne for your support in all this time!

  • meg

    it has been a whole year since i started playing your games…….good luck for the future and keep making more games <3

    • Thank you meg, we hope to keep seeing you here for more years 🙂

  • Umta-ta

    happy anniversary, carmelo! keep up the good work. oh, and do we ever get to see / play the mad scientist game?

    • Thank you Umta! We’re considering to create that game, we’ll see 🙂

  • GreyhunterWolf22

    Happy Anniversary,Keep up with the good work!

  • Aura

    many many happy returns of the day and thank you for entertaining us with your wonderful games…..

  • HEy Carmelo! sorry was tooo busy but HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

  • Belinda

    Happy 4 years!!!

  • Le Fantôme

    I know I’m late, L’chaim

  • ayudya

    happy 4 years !!

  • Unicorn

    Happy 4 years!!!!! I really love your games (I think that the mad scientist game sounds really good) and I played all of them like a thousand times (I’m serious) and I really love gravity falls so right now i love you even more. also, I really loved the “smelly bird” reference you made for “friends” in the Sherlock Holmes game and I hope you will do more things like that because I’m kind of obsessed. Hope you will do more games because your ideas are always the best 🙂

    • Hi Unicorn!
      Thank you for all the kind words, it’s very nice to hear 🙂
      We try to put many references in our games, some of the games have several references and some have one or none. Too bad not everyone can understand and relate to all of them all the time 😛

  • Kimberly Lopez

    Wow! Happy 4th birthday! 😀 It’s really cool to see how much you’ve improved throughout the years. That would be nice if you would release those escape games that you made (the screenshots remind me of “Myst”). It could be a neat throwback-type special or something. 🙂 Keep up the awesome work; I can’t wait to see what you’ll cook up next!

    • Hi Kimberly,

      Thank you very much for your kind words 🙂
      We will definitely release some of them, just don’t know which ones yet 🙂

  • Laddy Muezza

    Happy 4th birthday!
    LOVE YOUR GAMES !!!

  • Beatriz Lima

    Hey guys! Sorry for my poor english.

    I’m from Brazil, and that post make me very nostalgic, I discovered your games in one aleatory site a very long time ago, and since then, I always come to check up your new games. The first time I played, I stayed so enchanted. I’m so happy and can’t believe it have already been 4 years!

    Happy 4th birthday!

    Can’t wait for the next’s one. 🙂

    • Hi Beatriz,

      Thank you so much! Always nice to hear from a veteran fan of ours 🙂
      Glad to see you still keep following us after all these years and hope you will continue to do so!

  • AtomicBow

    Sorry if I’m late, but I want to wish you a very happy birthday. Your games have always brought a smile to my face, and they’re great fun to play as well. Each game gets better as you develop them, especially the Vortex Point series. I hope you enjoy developing these games as much as we love the play them. Happy fourth anniversary, Carmel games.

    • Thank you very much Atomic! We hope we will continue to get better as we always strive to improve more 🙂 We enjoy developing them very much, hope we don’t get bored eventually 😉

  • GreyhunterWolf22

    Hey Carmel!You could make Fidget a character in one of your games!Just a small suggestion and maybe,you could even the green version of Carmelo!

    • Hi there,
      We are not familiar with ant Fidget character, we’ll check it out
      Thanks!

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