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What We’ve Learned About TinyWars

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Post Fan Art Competition – Popular Character? Oh Yeah!


This is a popularity indicator generated based on results from our contest’s Judges. The lovely character Kumo, appears to be an extremely popular character being featured in 23/70 entries. What this tells us is that, regarding the pacing of the game and how long we spend time with each character, Kumo’s arc should be lengthened to satisfy the demand for this character. (But not too long, part of this character’s appeal is her mysterious aura and backstory.)


Artists from top, left to right: SoloEsper01JanthidaHyperion-YamazakiMiahWolfemiyanaiorisu

What does this mean for the rest of the cast?


Contest Entry by DrawXAngel

The rest of the cast won’t be changed or redesigned. Their designs are solid and each of them have their own unique story! There is currently no game content of TinyWars or even any story really released yet, so I do not have any concern about Kumo’s popularity over the rest of the girls. Kumo was specifically designed to look “mysterious” and “intriguing.”


Entry by VKingStudio

Progress Update For Gameplay Prototype

As scheduled, the gameplay prototype should be ready for play testing this month! We have currently finished implementing the final wave to this prototype level. As far as the game’s content goes, it is complete! However there are a few more technical features that need to be completed before the prototype is ready for testing, these include:


  • Implement a “Level Complete” screen at the end of the level
  • Implement a basic menu system (Provide developer info, build info, and basic menu options)
  • Disable the incredibly buggy “fast forward” feature (It’s not going to work for this build!)
  • Actually do a play through and make sure it is POSSIBLE to beat the demo with perfect health!
  • Might leave the test controls enabled so people can have fun experimenting with the game. (Spawns enemies, adds money, etc.)


Remember this little test creature that looks like it was drawn in MS Paint? We’ve grown quite fond of it.


His sprite has been enhanced by our lovely artist, LaDollBlanche.

Things to Consider

Many features of this gameplay prototype will be changed in future builds and demos. Particularly the menu system and general theme of the GUI will be revised to fall more in line with the “tiny” theme. Certain enemy sprites and enemies themselves might be changed.


The prototype is one single sandbox level. It was designed simply so we could develop all the features that the TinyWars game would run on. There are some specific advanced features that have not been implemented, but we have implemented the core features that most of the levels will run on! (We have a few special levels planned)


Because this prototype is designed for testing, there are a variety of enemies that spawn in each wave. In a normal level we would not have this much variety of enemies. Ideally, we would want to build it up, or keep all the enemies within a specific theme. In this prototype you will encounter a bunch of different enemies that look like they came from all sorts of different places. It  looks like a mess on screen and doesn’t have any predictability to it.


Why Tower Defense?

The purpose of this gameplay prototype is to show off some unique features of TinyWars and show that this is NOT your ordinary tower defense game. Someone had suggested to me that we call this a “Siege Game” because “Tower Defense” has such negative associations with it. Specifically tower defense is seen as an old, “dead” and over done genre of video games that is usually associated with people’s first games.

I have a feeling that tower defense, especially for mobile is still a pretty strong genre. Games like Radiant Defense which had been on the app store’s top list several times and other great TD games are all inspirations for TinyWars. However, I will say that I am generally disappointed with most tower defense games that are anime themed. Why do I want to play anime themed games? Is it to see overly sexualized witches with subpar gameplay? No of course not… (I mean I guess some people wouldn’t have a problem with that!)

Why anime theme in general?

Because we have a compelling story to tell. The anime artwork and design is an art style we choose to go with because we have a particularly interesting and engaging story to tell. I know other “anime” games use the anime theme for the sake of being anime, but we have our motivations and I hope that our hard work, whether in writing or in the gameplay, will not go unnoticed!

Interested in Beta Testing?

If you are interested in becoming a beta tester for the prototype, the easiest way to get in touch with us is through our facebook page!

Feel free to send us a message and tell us that you’re interested in becoming a beta tester. It’s going to be pretty easy, nothing much you have to do besides play the game and if possible, do a screen recording of the gameplay! Simple right? 🙂

TinyWars Fan Art Update #2

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It’s really incredible that people are loving our project enough to actually re-create some of our characters. It’s really motivating and honoring to see so much TinyWars Fan Art! I really have a lot of respect for these people who took their time to create fan art for us, it means a lot!

3D Candy Sister HD Render

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This one comes from a 3D artist named Vertex a.k.a. Imagination XD The lighting and colors on this render look very realistic, almost like this could be some kind of clay or play-dough sculpture.

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The Candy Sisters will appear in the second chapter of TinyWars. So unfortunately we won’t see them in the first demo release of TinyWars, but this girl and her little sister, Amy, have already gotten a lot of praise for their design and use of bright colors!  We’ll share a lot more details about their stories and personalities later as the project progresses.

Artist: Vertex

Hand drawn Mary Artwork


This is a sketch of our main character, Mary. The artists totally admits that this was a very quick sketch, but it’s 100 times better than anything I could ever do. No matter what the artist thinks about their own work, me and the TinyWars team really think it’s awesome. Any kind of fan art is more than we could have ever asked for!  Seriously, I mean it!

Now there isn’t much I want to reveal about Mary right now. She is our game’s main character, and you will learn a ton about her character, personality, and backstory from the first chapter of the game… And hopefully it’s interesting to you and makes you want to keep playing more!

Artist: xYoung-KGNAx

Kim A.K.A. “The Fire Witch” Ink Pen

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This is a lovely pose for our fire witch, Kim. This pose makes her look lovely and sweet; good reflection of her personality! The ink pens allow for those white details to stand out a lot more, i’d say this is pretty accurate in terms of her personality and design! 😀

Thank you! – From me and the rest of the TinyWars team! <3

Artist: Bunniikitty

Candy Sister Ink Pen

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Here’s another fan art of the Candy Older Sister. (She doesn’t have a name yet) Done by the same artist as the fire witch ink pen drawing! This one is really nice, very impressive that the colors from her original design can be replicated with ink and paper. This is beautiful! Thanks Bunniikitty!!!

Artist: Bunniikitty

Here are the WIP images of both the fan arts from above:

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Thank You!

It’s so much fun to receive fan art from people who really like our character designs! The whole team gets motivated every time we receive a new fan art. We’ve never had fan art for any of our projects before, so this is a really interesting and awesome experience! Thanks everyone!

Get Featured

If you want your artwork to be featured in a future Fan Art Update, you can submit your artwork to us through our social media or via this contact form! 

(Just select “Fan Art Submission” in the contact form. You can only submit fan arts via URL, so be sure to upload it somewhere publicly first!!!) 


2016 Fan Art Update #1

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Seeing fan art and other people drawing characters from my game is a really strange and special feeling. I want to share some of the very first fan artwork we’ve ever received! It makes me so happy to see this kind of artwork and I hope we will receive more in the future.

The following artworks are arranged in the order in which they were received.

1. Hand Drawn Fire Witch

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Artist: LaDollBlanche

This one is so unique, hand drawn with a different take on the Fire Witch character. Hand drawn work is quite special, so this Christmas present we received was really nice! Below is an image of the original character.

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2. Candy Girl’s Older Sister

As you can tell by now, we are really creative with our naming!  Though this older sister character isn’t necessarily a main character in the game, so maybe her name isn’t so important, but I promise we will have names for most of our characters by time we release!


Artist: Hyanna Natsu

This was a really cute New Years gift. Sort of a chibi-ized version of our Candy Girl’s Older Sister. And she’s holding what I presume to be a glass of alcohol. Really nailed the charactization of this girl since she’s supposed to be much older than the rest of the cast from TinyWars!

Original below:
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3. New Character Design???

Now this one is very, um, simple. Someone visited our studio to check out our work, and after they left, I stumbled upon this wonderful piece of original character design. I don’t know if we will end up using this one. I think the person who left this design is asking for a lot of money.

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Fire Witch Freaked Out!

So we had posted a sexy preview sketch of our fire witch. We have lots of different emotions for our characters throughout cut scenes in the game and talking parts. I figured we should use an “embarrassed” emotion and stick it in the corner.

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A couple days later someone (who I will keep anonymous) sent me the following image, apparently they had photoshopped our “freaked out” fire witch onto another picture. Warning immature content ahead:

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Does this count as a meme? I don’t know. But I figure if someone thought this was funny enough to take their time to photoshop in, why not? Below I have attached a PNG just in case anyone else has any creative ideas with this one. (Though I will not share or re-post anything inappropriate!)

Sexy Witch Reaction



Thanks for the fan art everyone, I love seeing artwork of our character! It energized the entire team to see that people love our characters enough to take their time to draw them for us. It truly is awesome and I can’t thank you enough! If anyone makes fan arts of our characters please feel free to email or tweet them our way!

Thank you for keeping up to date with the development of TinyWars, we have accomplished a lot of really great things last year and I can’t wait to share the soundtrack, gameplay, more character designs, and of course releasing our first playable demo!