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Cast of characters

Monday, February 11th, 2019

I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the characters that have appeared in our games over recent years and how we’ve used them.

Spooky Bonus

Spooky Bonus was our successful match-3 game that came out in 2013 on casual portals (and later on Steam). There wasn’t a great deal of character interaction in this game, but it did feature this shopkeeper character, who pops up in dialogs.

Regency Solitaire

Our next game, Regency Solitaire had a visual novel element with slide-on characters and a protagonist that you can gradually ‘upgrade’ in terms of her costume and jewellery. We put a lot of effort into researching historical clothing, hairstyles and so on for this game.


We took the customisable character to a new level with Shadowhand in 2017. Our main character had a wide selection of clothing and weapon items, all of which affected gameplay. To make things more complicated, our character also had several different fight stances. This meant hundreds of pieces of art, and a lot of art direction.

For all of these games we outsourced our art to RetroStyle Games. We think they did a really good job.

Ancient Enemy

For our latest project, Ancient Enemy, we have some new collaborators and have changed up the art style to suit the tone of the game. Our character artist is the talented Jen Pattison, and we have also had bold UI artwork from Dan Emmerson.

This style is something of a departure from our previous games, and we think it works…

Tell us what you think!

Grey Alien Games and Suricate Software bring Jewel Match Solitaire L’Amour to Steam

Friday, January 25th, 2019

Jewel Match Solitaire L’Amour by Suricate Software is coming to Steam for PC. UK-based Grey Alien Games will publish the game on behalf of Suricate Software, a European game developer behind numerous classic casual titles. This follows a similar agreement to bring Suricate’s other Jewel Match Solitaire titles to Steam last year.

Jewel Match Twilight Solitaire L’Amour includes 200 solitaire levels, five beautiful scenes to build and multiple card decks. Players will can enjy tons of gameplay variations and power-ups, along with 50 replayable bonus mahjong levels.

Jake Birkett, owner of Grey Alien Games said: “We are delighted to publish Suricate Software’s romantic themed game on Steam. Jewel Match Solitaire L’Amour is a truly charming game and we think it’s just right for Valentine’s Day.”

Grey Alien Games has several of its own titles on Steam, including Regency Solitaire and solitaire-driven RPG, Shadowhand.

Jewel Match Solitaire L’Amour is due to launch on 14 February, 2019.

For more details or to wishlist, please visit the Steam store page, here:

Ancient Enemy Dev diary #3: How to create dynamic poses in your game

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

We’ve been having a lively discussion today about character poses in games so we thought we’d share some of our experiences. You may find this instructive, or amusing, or both!

Slightly batty

In our previous game Shadowhand, we went to a lot of trouble to get aspects of the stances as accurate and lifelike as we could. The types of thing we looked at were angles of limbs in active poses, hand grips on weapons, and scale.

On our Watermill level, we have a Washerwoman character who battles the protagonist with a laundry bat. This was a kind of wooden paddle used in that time period (1770s) to beat and agitate laundry in large vats of water – thankfully most of us have washing machines that do this job today!

To get the pose and hand grip right, Helen posed with a cricket bat and we sent the images, along with detailed costume and character art references, to our artists at Retrostyle Games. The final character poses are below.

Developers are willing to go to great lengths to make games!

Ancient Enemy

Our artist Jen is doing a great job on our fight stances for our next game, Ancient Enemy.

Here are some of the poses she has come up with so far:

Dynamic poses present some challenges but we think they really add a lot to the game!

Don’t forget you can wishlist Ancient Enemy Here: