Parkitect Launch Trailer

Game: Parkitect by Texel Raptor
Voiceover: Michael Dobson
Music: A Shell in the Pit
Direction: M Joshua

Wow! This was a wonder to work on! Marlon Wiebe’s trailers for the game set a high bar when the game came to Early Access several years ago. So honoring his approach was key—while building on the old jokes with a new script (featuring voice legend, Michael Dobson)! Michael’s delivery on the script pushed it just barely over the top: muffin-topped it, I would say. I make no apologies for that metaphor, as that charming British wit served up delicious plates of subtlety that let the gameplay flavor waft through the air before it even hits your mouth; err hands.

Anyway. As it says, “What are you waiting for, smartypants? Go build & manage your own theme parks with Parkitect today!”

Parkitect on Steam

Tricky Towers Nintendo Switch Announcement

Game: Tricky Towers by WeirdBeard Games
Music: Jonathan van den Wijngaarden
Initial Concept: GameDrive
Direction & Edit: M Joshua

The conversation has changed for indie games: the first question is no longer, “What’s your game about?” Now that first question is, “Is it on Nintendo Switch yet?” GameDrive leaned into that for the announcement on Nintendo Switch. But, then Nintendo had a lot of brand standards they needed the announcement to live up to. So I took the reigns, linked up the brand standards between all parties, and also updated the previous trailers we’ve done for Tricky Towers to appeal to the new platform!

Pre-order Tricky towers on Nintendo Switch: Launching October 11th!

Devader — Invasion of the Krin

Game: Devader — Invasion of the Krin by Falkenbrew & Hound Picked Games
Music & Sound: Matthias Binder
Direction: Mark Breuer (Falkenbrew)
Edit, Voice & Additional Direction: M Joshua

Devader harkens back to the pure chaotic simplicity of Robotron—with the added tensions of “DEFEND THE MATRIX!” Typically I lay down a scratch track for timing in prep for a real voice actor, but Mark liked how I sounded. So Matthias slapped some processing on me to make me sound actually good! I love how it has this 1997 vibe about it. Devader does some really awesome things with set design: the color and shape of the level comes from the blood of your enemies!

Wishlist Devader on Steam.

Risk of Rain – Launch Trailer – Nintendo Switch

Game: Risk of Rain by Hopoo Games and CodeMystics
Music: Chris Christodoulou
Direction & Edit: M Joshua

I never imagined I’d get to cut a trailer for Risk of Rain. The game came out on PC—before I was even cutting trailers. So now having crafted it and seeing it go up on Nintendo’s channel today is still pretty surreal.

Get it now on Nintendo Switch.

Rapture Rejects PAX West trailer

Game: Rapture Rejects by Galvanic Games, tinyBuild, and Explosm
Edit: Vanessa Williams
Direction: Patrick Morgan (Galvanic) and M Joshua

I couldn’t say no to Rapture Rejects, but I didn’t have the bandwidth to write, direct, and edit it myself. So I teamed up with Vanessa Williams, who handled all the editorial heavy lifting while I stood over the construction site and called shots. Her rapid-fire work carried over beautifully: embodying just what it feels like to play this eccentric take on Battle Royale.

Get in on the Rapture Rejects Alpha.

YIIK: A Postmodern RPG — Steam Teaser


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Game: YIIK: A Postmodern RPG by ACKK Studios & Ysbryd Games
Music: Toby Fox
Direction: M Joshua
Editing & additional Direction: Brian Kwek (Ysbryd)

YIIK captures all the tensions of Y2K panic, something I’ll forever associate with MTV in 1999, just because that’s how I spent my time back then. Brian Kwek at Ysbryd wanted a quick trailer for the game, but unfortunately I was too busy to edit, so I wrote him a quick script instead: Let’s take that song from the game that Undertale’s creator did, and make it feel like a music video?

Dig it? Wishlist YIIK on Steam.

Lost Legends of Redwall: The Scout (Act 1 Trailer)

Game: The Lost Legends of Redwall: The Scout — ACT I by Soma Games
Music by: James Marantette
Animation: Gavin Nichols
Motion graphics: Peter Venoit
Direction & Edit: M Joshua

Redwall’s library of books approach the status of literary classics, and for good reason. Their tales of bravery and honor paint a world that’s deeply relatable, but equally tragic. As we sought to capture the tensions of this first episode (or Act), I stuck close to the biggest Redwall staples: feasting, camaraderie, and standing up to tyrannical despots.

Wishlist on Steam.

The Messenger — Release Date Trailer

Credits

Game by: Sabotage Studio
Published by: Devolver Digital
Music by: Rainbowdragoneyes
Directed by: M Joshua And Nigel Lowrie (Devolver)
Edited by: M Joshua

I love how The Messenger deceives you into thinking it’s just a simple retro-inspired game, and then pulls the wool off your eyes, that you didn’t even know was there. The most important thing to me in this trailer is that we really sold that moment of, “There’s more to it than you realize.”

The Messenger hits Steam and Nintendo Switch on August 30th.

King Under The Mountain — Kickstarter Trailer

King Under the Mountain makes you feel like a king.

That had to come through in our Kickstarter trailer. I sat down with creator, Ross Turner to figure out how to capture that “Feel Like a King” spirit: he wanted to do that through showcasing the new farming & food systems. I agreed. Nothing feels more regal than telling your people to farm for you — making them think you’re feeding them by making them do all the heavy lifting.

It worked. The game hit its Kickstarter target in 5 days.

I can’t take credit. There’s something quietly majestic to building a settlement over time — seeing it become something uniquely your own.  Jordan Chin’s sound design did much of the heavy psychological lifting. His musical composition puts you in the “Your Majesty” mood. His sound effects make your subconscious trust these folks to obey your royal decrees. This game will generate volumes of rad player stories.

King Under the Mountain is a sure thing. Still, it has 17 days left to work on those stretch goals! Back it on Kickstarter!

 

Darkest Dungeon – The Color of Madness – OFFICIAL Launch Trailer

Darkest Dungeon stands at the precipice of my most-adored RPGs. The Color of Madness expands the original excursion: DLC inviting you to embark on a new Endless quest, rewarding players with many horrifying secrets. To craft the trailer for this new endeavor was a dream.

Or perhaps… the best kind of waking nightmare?

Creative reign was unfathomable to me — even after receiving Wayne June’s narration, active art files, and Stuart Chatwood’s new musical compositions. My drafts served as springboards — a dozen iterations that received flesh from Chris Bourassa’s direction of creativity. Jeff Tangsoc of Power Up Audio performed a master-pass on the auditory layer that made every vibration feel alive!

This project was a terrible delight! Darkest Dungeon: The Color of Madness releases today on Steam.