Hello and welcome! Laughing Buddha Games was founded as an experiment when we saw a call for submissions from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to raise awareness of global issues and ways to impact them.
We submitted a game concept to the contest and was surprised by the reception. Buoyed by the response, we reached out to Heifer International to inquire about leveraging their existing case studies into gamified stories that could potentially teach about social-emotional skills, while raising awareness about global issues with demonstrated ways to make a positive impact. Luckily, they agreed: thank you Heifer International!
We worked on a few game prototypes of our project that we nicknamed Annapurna, with the Heifer International team and tried reaching out to different sources of funding to find potential partnerships, but our lack of expertise was telling in the zero buzz and interest that we generated.
Software engineers we were, but developing a game from scratch was new. That didn’t stop us. 🙂 We decided to build a simple game as a proof of concept. With constant feedback from friends and family, we developed our first original game, StarSmasher* that went through many iterations of code, art, music and game platforms to become what it is today.
The alpha release of StarSmasher*, led to a nomination at the Indie Showcase at Casual Connect Asia 2013 and the game was also showcased on Singapore’s GameBox website. The studio relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2014, with a focus on getting a “complete” version out. That meant, a complete port over to Unity with better graphics, more puzzles, iAds and iAP – the whole nine yards! Off we go!
Hitting the milestone of releasing our first complete game to the AppStore and Google Play was a big win for us, validating our business pipeline and game operations: we knew that we could do it and gaining that confidence was a priceless journey!
Thanks to your support, as of today: we’ve been featured in Apple AppStore SEVEN times and on Google Play, our app StarSmasher* has some great 5* reviews and is now at a solid 3.5*/5, HOW AWESOME IS THAT.
Check out our Arcade, that features the BEST HTML5 games, handcrafted by indie developers all around the world, that you can play FREE on any device, anytime and anywhere. We are partnering with Extra-Life.org and other global nonprofits to profit share our advertising revenues from our games and remain true to “…do good while gaming”.
BudAI, our Facebook Messenger chatbot, provides the latest games, shopping offers and other related information on demand. You can talk about Tao, games, toys, fortune cookies and news with BudAI, and he’s always learning from what you say!
BudAI Bazaar is now OPEN for business, featuring the most extraordinary toys, games, and gifts from our partners from around the world, for kids of all ages! What’s not to love? We ship our products worldwide and are always open to feedback to improve our product catalog, so let us or BudAI know what you think.
We are now on FbStart: a global program designed to help startups build and grow their business! Wish us luck as always and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see what we are up to next! \o/
#ThankYou #BecauseOfYouWeCan <3 #Love&LightAlways